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Wednesday, February 13,2013

Slavery To Freedom: An American Odyssey, Part II

'The status quo does not mean democracy'

by ALLAN I. ROSS
"Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey" is an annual lecture series commemorating Black History Month featuring three speakers who have become icons of the African-American struggle for civil rights. Vincent Harding, 81, is the second speaker in the series. Harding is an historian, author and professor. He also wrote speeches for Martin Luther King Jr., including his famous "A Time to Break Silence" speech in 1967 that took a firm stand against the war in Vietnam.
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

New in town

EagleMonk Pub and Brewery

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Lansing is in the middle of a brewing renaissance — and the outlook is only getting sudsier. In the last year, we've seen an influx of homebrew supply stores, a flurry of craft beer taps pop up in restaurants all over town and the opening of two new microbreweries — with the promise of two more to come before 2014. So what's the deal — did Homer Simpson find a genie's lamp or something?
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

Was it good for you?

ArtGasm fails to achieve climax, but shows 'big city' promise

by Sam Inglot
It had live music, spoken word performances, fire spinning and half-naked women serving as paint canvases, but multiple organizing snafus made ArtGasm — an experimental event that was held in a REO Town warehouse on Feb. 8— more of an outlandish party and less of the bona fide festival it was supposed to be.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

'All we got is the spirit'

A press roll through jazz history with drummer Randy Gelispie

by Lawrence Cosentino
Randy Gelispie folded his hands and gave thanks for his meal. Settling into a booth at the Lansing Mall Panera Bread, he began to dismantle his sandwich, like a jeweler taking a watch apart.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

'Days' to remember

Williamston show examines eccentric post-9/11 nuclear family

by Tom Helma
How do we respond, how do we recover from a national trauma? "End Days," now playing at the Williamston Theater, shows the unfolding impact of the 9/11 experience on a nuclear family. Although there may very well be 10,000 aftermath stories of that fateful September day, this story is more than just another one.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

Welcome MBLGTACC

by City Pulse Staff
Attempting to pronounce the acronym for the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference phonetically makes you sound like you're trying to summon an archaic deity of some sort. (Our best attempt: "Em-bleg-tac.") But the acronym for the conference is as big as the event itself — it's the largest college LGBTA conference in the country, with an average attendance of 1,700.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

What to do

Out & About

by City Pulse Staff
Need to step away from the conference for some grub or entertainment? We've got you covered — there's plenty to do in Lansing, East Lansing and Okemos this weekend. Here's a list of bars, restaurants, museums, art galleries and activities you can hit while you're here, separated by region for easy navigation.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

Endgame for 'art mecca'

Local mall's gallery project dissolves after three years

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Less than three years after it began, Meridian Mall's fledgling "art mecca" will soon be uninstalled, having never made it past its first phase. It's an inauspicious end to what was supposed have been a bold expansion of the thriving Lansing art gallery scene.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey, Part 1

Daughter of civil rights icons: 'We have a moral obligation to help others'

by ALLAN I. ROSS
"Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey" is an annual lecture series commemorating Black History Month. Three different speakers will be featured who have become icons of the African-American struggle for civil rights. Donzaleigh Abernathy, 55, is a playwright and actress, appearing in shows such as "The Walking Dead" and "Shameless."
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

Start your engines

'RuPaul’s Drag Race' star stops at Spiral

by Rich Tupica
Before Latrice Royale was a world-famous, plus-sized drag queen and reality TV star, she was Timothy Wilcots, a child of the '70s growing up in Compton, Calif., just blocks away from gangsta rap legends Eazy E and Dr. Dre.
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