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Wednesday, October 10,2012

Curtain Call

This week's previews and reviews

by City Pulse Staff
‘Peach’ boysBy H'L'NE DRYDEN This weekend, the Michigan State Department of Theatre serves up the stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, “James and the Giant Peach.” A production of mega proportions in nearly every aspe...
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

Of mice and Mennonites

Michigan author's second memoir covers religious humor and a cancer fight

by Bill Castanier
Readers of Rhoda Janzen's hilarious 2009 New York Times bestseller "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress" may recall her failed date with a guy named Mitch who wore a Jesus-nail necklace. Since then, life has changed dramatically for Janzen — in her newest book, "Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?" Janzen and Mitch have each added another piece of jewelry: wedding rings.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

'La voz' of a community

Spanish language radio mainstay celebrates 25 years at WKAR

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It's a long story how Tony Cervantes, longtime radio personality at WKAR-AM, got the nickname El Chayo — in a nutshell, it's a homonym of a nickname of an inside joke from his youth. Just don't call him Antonio.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

New in town

Biggby coffee & Greener planet gardening

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Earlier this year, Biggby Coffee moved up to No. 255 on Entrepreneur Magazine's Annual Franchise 500 list, essentially making their signature black-on-orange "B" the second most distinguished letter to come out of East Lansing since a certain white-on-green "S."
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

Taking it to the streets

The battles of the Lansing buskers

by Rich Tupica
Commuters along Michigan Avenue have noticed a change in scenery in the Frandor area: a steady succession of sad faces holding cardboard placards pleading for cash. "Anything helps," the signs often say. That's just one of the hitches local street entertainers come across while performing on the city's sidewalks.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Typically the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series is reserved for veteran folk performers from across the globe, but occasionally a local group or performer is asked to play. This Friday, that honor goes to the Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle, an "Americana, gypsy-jazz, blues and vaudeville" band that plays a Fiddle show at Old Town's Creole Gallery.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

Playing to his strong suit

MSU grad finds home in Hollywood with web series

by Hélène Dryden
Baseball may be the national pastime, but in mid-Michigan, football reigns supreme. Love it or hate it, mid-Michigan is steeped in pigskin culture, fueled by those seven annual home games at Spartan Stadium that touch the lives of nearly every soul within a 10-mile radius.
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

Of love and rams

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An enormous fireplace with ornate Victorian-style tile dominates the Carr family's living room. Elaborate plasterwork covers the ceiling and arched glass windows adorn the walls. Homeowner Gordon Carr says that when people step into his house, they are instantly struck by the unique design. His lecture includes content from his studies focusing on homosexual rams, which prompted a high-profile protest by PETA in 2007.
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

1st Sunday

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New Exhibits East Lansing Public Art Gallery“Close to Home,”  featuring watercolor artist Anita Brett. Reception: 1-2 p.m. Oct. 7. Hours: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (...
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

Decimal D-day

LSO tackles Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony

by Lawrence Cosentino
Orchestras love to tie neat little titles around subscription concerts, like "The Power and the Passion" or "From Russia, with Love." They're usually cheesy and easy to ignore, except when they're not there. The Lansing Symphony’s second MasterWorks concert of the season, on Oct. 6, is baldly billed as "Shostakovich Symphony No. 10." The subtext: You can’t put a bowtie on this bear.
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