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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Stormy, with a good chance of mystery

'Stand By' for meteorologist Jake Dunne´s second novel

by Bill Castanier
Like the hot and sticky weather he sometimes reports on, Lansing meteorologist Jake Dunne uses his concise and easygoing storytelling ability to grab the reader in “Stand By,” his new mystery-thriller.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Summer Guide

Say goodbye to freezing rain and snow drifts: The sun has officially returned to town. It´s once again safe to eat outside, visit a local festival or plan a fishing trip or a golf game. True, our much-loved Michigan cherries might be hard to find this yea

by City Pulse
The patio outside the Peanut Barrel in East Lansing isn’t the fanciest in town, or the largest, or the most festive. It is, though, perhaps the best spot in the Lansing area to relax with friends over a meal, to sip a glass of wine on a breezy evening, and people watch. A few meters away from Grand River Avenue, there’s plenty of buzz from the street, but the bustle comes just as much from the bikers, skateboarders, strolling shoppers, students at the bus stop and the blue-water fountain gurgling nearby. Flowers, shrubs and whispering tree leaves dampen the noise of the city, and on a hot, sunny afternoon they blanket the space in a cool blanket of stippled shadow. Make mine a chianti.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Sample the summer

Here are a few highlights for your summer calendar

by City Pulse
Saturday, June 2 Pumpstock American Roots Music Festival: East Lansing’s American roots music festival features Tommy Womack, Harpeth Rising, Matt Bliton and the Kedzie Street Choir, Bill Bynam & Co. and the Martine Locke Trio. $10 donation suggested. 2-8 p.m. June 2, East Lansing Bailey Community Center Park, 300 Bailey St., Lansing. (517) 927-2100.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Food Finder

by City Pulse
Eastern tastes 3 TIMES CAFÉ — Everything is made fresh to order at this café, which features a menu of Korean favorites. 2090 Grand River Ave. Okemos. 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 12 p.m.–10 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. (517) 349-3122. TO, RES, WiFi, $$
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Saturday's weather forecast looks very chili

'Rockin' the '80s' is the theme of BWL Cook-off

by City Pulse
Organizers say that´s how much chili will be dished out between 4 and 9 p.m. Approximately 50 different kinds of chili are scheduled to be served, ranging from hot to mild to wild. Soft drinks, beer and other alcoholic beverages will also be available, but the popular Duck Derby is not being held this time around.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Backstage outrage

Egos and ideals clash in entertaining 'Understudy'

by Paul Wozniak
Always on call but never on stage, Harry is in “actor purgatory.” He’s the permanent understudy, destined to be invisible except as the title character of the meta-comedy “The Understudy” at Williamston Theatre.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Running toward adventure

Adventure races will have you dodging boulders and climbing over lily pads

by ALLAN I. ROSS
June is shaping up to be a muddy, bruise-y, adrenaline-fueled rush for Lansing thrill junkies. With all the wimpy “fun runs” cluttering the River Trail and Michigan Avenue with sweatless, unsullied speed-walkers and joggers, cutthroat competitive runners have had to run politely with the rest of the herd. But over the last two years, something extraordinary has happened: The local racing world has apparently reached its critical mass, giving rise to two sports that are putting the fight back in fight-or-flight.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Beaver leaves it

by ALLAN I. ROSS
After a raucous two-year run in downtown Lansing’s thriving bar district, the Wild Beaver Saloon has swapped its Coyote Ugly-meets-Hooters sensibilities — and eyebrow-raising name and dress code — for a more cosmopolitan look and feel. Meet the new bar on the booming 200 block of south. Washington Square: Eden Rock.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Another Roadside Attraction, which plays Mac’s Bar Thursday with The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle, is a Virginia-based band with a love for nostalgia and the carnival. The band members not only co-write songs; they also create costumes and band merchandise together. Along with guitars and drums, the band also features fiddle, cello, viola, tenor banjo, kazoo, and ukulele players — plus a bunch of other oddball instruments, such as the spoons and “the clockworks.”
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Home sweet (summer) home

Over the Ledge Theatre Co. moves to Ledges Playhouse with 'Apartment 3A'

by James Sanford
That’s the poisonous promise of Annie (Abby Murphy), a development director at a cash-strapped TV station. Annie’s not an assassin, though: She’s simply a woman who’s been knocked a bit off-balance by seismic shake-ups in her personal life (including a cheating husband, an abrupt move to a new home and a brush with a peculiar neighbor) that have turned a hectic pledge week into an over-the-edge week.
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