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Monday, March 18,2013

A little night (chamber) music

Pianist Ralph Votapek performs with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings at Wharton

by Gabi Moore
Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings was started by four friends who missed the intimate music style and smaller pieces of their college days. Since then it has grown into a collection of musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra who come together to perform and record chamber music.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Word to your mother — 'Mother Earth,' that is

Greater Lansing Ballet celebrates Earth Day with ecologically themed performance

by Gabi Moore
The Greater Lansing Ballet Co.’s next performance is not just entertainment — it has a message for the audience as well. The “Mother Earth” ballet, which was performed for the first time in 2002, stemmed from choreographer and artistic director Barbara Banasikowski Smith’s love of nature. A trip to Xcaret, an ecological park in Mexico, inspired the ballet, which tells the story of Mother Earth and the affects of human intervention on the environment.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Last trip down 'Fairview St.'

A final screening of the Michael McCallum drama is followed by a night of music from the soundtrack with Graham Lindsey and Jen Sygit

by Rich Tupica
Wednesday, May 18 — The 2009 noir drama “Fairview St.” has won nine major awards and been accepted into 21 film festivals internationally since its release. The locally written and produced feature will be shown on the big screen one last time Thursday at Celebration Cinema. Following the viewing, a night of live music at Moriarty’s Pub will pay homage to another aspect of the movie – its moody, Americana-flavored soundtrack.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Double-duty

Meet Jesse Deardorff-Green, who has two plays in this weekend's Renegade Theatre Festival

by Rich Tupica
Thursday, Aug. 18 — Originally from Fort Wayne, Ind., and now living in Laingsburg, 34-year-old Jesse Deardorff-Green became a professional actor at an early age. Today, he keeps busy in the Lansing theater scene, working in productions at Peppermint Creek Theatre Co., Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing Community College Theatre, Michigan State University Theatre, and various other independent companies. He is also writing a novel. Deardorff-Green talked with City Pulse about his career and the Renegade Theatre Festival, which hosts plays in various locations across Old Town by the area’s up-and-comers. Two plays that Deardorff-Green wrote (and performs in) are included in this weekend’s festival.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Occupy East Lansing

Michael Moore comes to town with 'Here Comes Trouble'

by Rich Tupica
Friday, Nov. 25 -- Since the always-controversial Oscar winner Michael Moore shot to stardom in 1989 with “Roger & Me,” a documentary focusing on the negative effects of General Motors plants closing in Flint, the film director, author, and activist hasn’t strayed far from his Mitten State roots, even after scoring massive commercial successes with “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11.” The 57-year-old Traverse City resident recently released “Here Comes Trouble,” an autobiography focused on his earliest years. Moore will discuss the new book and some current political topics Tuesday at the Michigan State University Auditorium.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Patient Zeros chill out at Mac's

CJ Kjolhede's one-man band performs Tuesday

by Rich Tupica
Thursday, Dec. 8 — CJ Kjolhede, formerly of the defunct Roll Over Radio, has a new one-man-band called The Patient Zeros. He describes himself as a “garage folker.”
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Monday, March 18,2013

Turn back the rock clock

LansingMusic.TV and GTG Records release local covers compilation

by Rich Tupica
Wednesday, Jan. 4 — With the towering shadow of Detroit looming, the Lansing rock scene has always been an underdog in Michigan music. While the capital city has never had a Motown, MC5, Iggy Pop or White Stripes to call its own, Lansing has nonetheless racked up a fair amount of credible underground sounds, many of which are covered on a new, locally produced, compilation CD: “Secret Identities: Lansing Covers Lansing.” The album features solely Lansing-based bands, covering tunes by other Lansing bands, new and old. The collection of homegrown tunes will be released Friday at Mac’s Bar.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Unity and diversity

The members of the BLAT! Pack work together to achieve their musical and artistic ambitions

by Rich Tupica
Wednesday, Feb. 8 — Being involved in a local music scene can provoke competitive behavior. But working together seems to work best for the BLAT! Pack.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Sonic boom on the frontier

Frontier Ruckus talks new record, new label, new sound

by Rich Tupica
Tuesday, May 1 — When the eccentrically swaggering alt-country star Ryan Adams first spun the “Deadmalls and Nightfalls” LP, Frontier Ruckus’ long and wistful second album, the acclaimed songwriter professed his admiration for the band via Twitter.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Rrrrrrr! Grrrrrr!

Head out to see Nicolas Cage's 'Drive Angry' and you're on the road to ruin

by James Sanford
Nicolas Cage’s slow career suicide continues with “Drive Angry,” in which he revisits his less-than-classic “Ghost Rider,” reflects back on the glory days of “Gone in 60 Seconds” and puts one more coat of tarnish on that best actor Oscar he won for “Leaving Las Vegas” 15 long years ago.
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