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Wednesday, April 15,2015

The green report: Medicinal mantra

Om of Medicine is a hidden gem

by Steve Green
In downtown Ann Arbor, it can get very busy with people rushing around everywhere. The first time I went to Om of Medicine a couple years ago, I honestly walked right by the entrance. Twice. There is no eye-catching sign, so it is easy for newcomers to miss. Once I made it up the stairs to the third floor of its downtown building, however, I felt that the hunt —and exercise — had paid off.
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Monday, April 13,2015

Alternative invasion

Empire of the Sun and the Flaming Lips will close Common Ground 2015

by Ty Forquer
MONDAY, APRIL 13 — The Flaming Lips and Empire of the Sun will close out the 2015 edition of Common Ground Music Festival. While the prime slots on Friday and Saturday have not been revealed, Common Ground has announced the headliners for Sunday’s lineup.
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Wednesday, April 8,2015

His name is Mudd — got a problem?

Descendant of vilified Civil War doctor kicks off month of Civil War events

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Historical Society of Greater Lansing and local partners are pulling out all the stops for a monthlong series of events and exhibits, turning up a surprising number of Lansing-area connections to one of the bloodiest and most fateful of our national dramas.
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Wednesday, April 8,2015

Curtain Call: As good as it gets?

‘Sirens’ takes a surrealistic look at mid-life crises

by Tom Helma
There comes a moment in a long-term relationship where a person can look back from whence they came and wonder what would have happened if he or she had pursued a different path. “Sirens,” at Williamston Theatre, sounds light-hearted warning bells for a settled-in couple when the nest has emptied, when the every ordinary days of life are droning endlessly on, when at least one member of the couple has lost their reason for living, their purpose in life, their very … song.
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Wednesday, April 8,2015

Rallying the literary troops

Jack Lessenberry keynotes this year’s gathering of Michigan writers

by Bill Castanier
A Rally of Writers is nearing the dreaded 30, but it doesn’t seem to be getting old. In its 28 years as the region’s premier writing conference, it has managed to stay fresh because it is always “looking for the truth,” said Linda Peckham, one of the rally’s organizers and originators. For Peckham, the truth is very important. “People see it in all the genres (of literature),” she said.
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Wednesday, April 8,2015

Curtain Call: Music of the night

Revamped ‘Phantom’ big on spectacle but doesn’t skimp on content

by Paul Wozniak
“The Phantom of the Opera” is here. Ok, it’s “Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera,’” Review but not to worry — the touring production running at the Wharton Center is still “The Phantom.” The songs and story are the same, but reinvented sets and staging breathe new life into this pop-Broadway juggernaut by emphasizing character over opulent spectacle.
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Wednesday, April 8,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
    Owen at the Loft, Thursday, April 9 The Capital City Film Fest is more than just a series of indie flicks — the fest is always packed with live music. The shows, booked in conjunction with Fusion Shows, are spread across two venues and span a variety of genr...
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Wednesday, April 8,2015

Common knowledge

Common Ground Music Festival announces more performers

by Ty Forquer
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 — Common Ground Music Festival’s 2015 lineup is beginning to fill out, including the addition of Youtube sensation Charlie Puth, dance/folk/pop band Misterwives and the recently reunited 90s alternative band Failure.
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Wednesday, April 8,2015

Growing up on film

Film festival capitalizes on its growing reputation

by Ty Forquer
Entering its fifth year, the Capital City Film Festival is hitting its stride. Each year brings a little more experience, a little more credibility and a little more momentum to the festival — and it is starting to pay off. Co-founders Dominic Cochran and Jason Gabriel have raised the festival from infancy into the established regional festival it is today. “We’re not a toddler anymore,” Gabriel joked.
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Wednesday, April 8,2015

CCFF: Selected movie reviews

by Ty Forquer
For full festival schedule, go to www.capitalcityfilmfest.com RATTER Branden Kramer / 2014 / 80 minutes / English / United States  A remote access Trojan, or RAT, is a piece of malicious software that gives a third party covert access to a computer, smartphone, or o...
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