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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Evan almighty

Versatile TV-6 newsman has big plans for his next 3 years in Lansing

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Spending an afternoon on a bar patio with Evan Pinsonnault, you don’t so much get the feeling you're hanging out with a TV morning news anchor as you are being charmed by a consummate performer. As he knocks back a beer, he sweet talks the waitstaff and enthusiastically greets passing fans before casually running down the list of roles he's juggling.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

New in town

Capital City Homebrew Supply & Plush Consignments

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Things are brewing across the street from the City Pulse offices on Michigan Avenue. Well, maybe not actually brewing on-site, but a new business is certainly getting things started. On Thursday, owner/operator Todd Branstner opens his venture, Capital City Homebrew Supply, where he hopes to separate himself from similar beer- and wine-making supply stores around town.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Blues brothers — and sisters

BluesFest rolls through Old Town this weekend, highlighting a unique Lansing sound

by Rich Tupica
In Lansing, there are two key fixtures that support the area's vibrant blues scene, keeping that 12-bar chord progression within two degrees of separation at any time: The Green Door, which has become a hallowed institution for the blues, attracting national and international acts with its electric atmosphere, and the annual Old Town BluesFest, which rolls into town like a storm once a year, shaking north Lansing to the quick.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Phoenix with nine lives

Disaster-prone Williamston pub expands with live performance venue

by Rich Tupica
When a business proprietor experiences three disasters in as many years, finding a willing insurance company gets to be a thorny state of affairs. Perhaps that's why bar owner Craig Banwell keeps his insurance agent, Ganesh Reddy, by his side — at least during interviews with local media.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Breathe Owl Breathe, an East Jordan, Mich. folk group, blends guitar, banjo, cello and vocals into an earthy indie folk sound. The trio's original songs are subtle and heartfelt, but sometimes come with a touch of humor. The band headlines a night of indie-folk Friday at (SCENE) Metrospace.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Sound and sexuality

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Dennis McFadden, of the University of Texas at Austin, is the third speaker in MSU's semester-long series "Whom You Love: the biology of sexual orientation," which aims to demonstrate that homosexuality is a natural occurrence in humans. His lecture, 4 p.m. Monday, is in Wells Hall room 115B and is free and open to the public.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

The Screening Room

Missing pieces, disjointed performances fail to keep Anderson's latest film together

by James Sanford
Following World War II, Americans began to question the conventions of society as never before, explaining the enormous popularity of novels like Somerset Maugham’s "The Razor’s Edge" and the rise of the self-help book culture.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Electric 'Ave'

Multimedia project gives some love to Michigan Avenue

by Holly Johnson
The road running from Michigan State University to the Capitol may share the name of Chicago's biggest shopping district, but the East Lansing-to-Lansing version of Michigan Avenue is no Magnificent Mile. For the most part, it's a humdrum street full of flavorless storefronts and one golf course gone wild — with Frandor, it should be noted, a pale comparison for the Loop.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

'Sisters' in 'Show Business'

MSU repertory theater goes meta with overlapping, Chekhovian-themed shows

by Dana Casadei
A play can take anywhere from weeks to years to get off the ground, with hours of rehearsals, costume fittings and making sure each beat has been perfected. Directing two shows at one time? Some would call that crazy. But Rob Roznowski, a Michigan State University professor and head of acting, saw it as a just the type of challenge he wanted to tackle. Again.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

Back into orbit

Votapek launches Lansing Symphony season with rare two-concerto mission

by Lawrence Cosentino
In 1962, 23-year-old Ralph Votapek won the first Van Cliburn piano competition, serving a double dip knuckle crunch in a waffle cone: Beethoven's magisterial Fourth Piano Concerto and Prokofiev's volcanic Third. That same year, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.
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