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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Fiddler on the podium

Joshua Bell becomes conductor of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

by Lawrence Cosentino
There hasn’t been a player-manager in baseball since Pete Rose in the 1980s, but the breed is far from extinct. Classical violinist Joshua Bell, already destined for the Fiddle Hall of Fame, will both solo with and conduct the fabled Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in a meaty all-Beethoven program at the Wharton Center Saturday.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Art farmers

Broad Museum infiltrates the soil with the launch of 'The Land Grant'

by Lawrence Cosentino
The culture shock of the ultramodern Eli and Edythe Broad Museum springing up at agricultural-rooted Michigan State University has already been compared to a spaceship landing in a cornfield. Little did we know the infiltration would start from the grass roots.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Advice Goddess

Inner booty & Romeo must dial

by Amy Alkon
Q: In your answer to “Dismayed,” the 32-year-old woman with a Ph.D. who was unimpressed by the men she was meeting, I was struck by how cold and calculating it all sounds: Women evolved to marry money and power; men look for eye candy to parade around on their arms. As a man who doesn’t bring money or power to the table, what do I have to give up? Why can’t you just fall in love like you got hit by a ton of bricks and have that be enough?
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Common Ground adds Bush and Kevin Costner

by City Pulse
Yes, that's the same Kevin Costner you know from “Field of Dreams,” “Dances With Wolves” and “The Bodyguard.” He formed the Modern West band in 2007 and released a country album, “Untold Truths,” in 2008. Costner and Modern West come to Common Ground July 11.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Ready to run

Lansing Marathon is set for Sunday

by City Pulse
An estimated 2,000 runners are expected to participate in the first Lansing Marathon on Sunday. The 26.2 mile course begins at the Accident Fund building and runners will travel through Kircher Park, Potter Park Zoo, Michigan State University and REO Town before finishing at the Capitol Building. Participants have seven hours to complete the marathon, which begins at 8 a.m.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Not-so-fine wine

'Vino Veritas' is diluted by unconvincing acting

by Paul Wozniak
In addition to its power to impair our vision, speech and judgment, imbibing too much alcohol can also coerce people into saying what they really mean. Hence the premise of “Vino Veritas” — roughly translated “in wine, truth” — a play by David McGregor about unbridled honesty.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Viva vinyl!

Local shops await annual Record Store Day sales

by Rich Tupica
While the 4-year-old event is a day validating the love of digging through crates of LPs and 7-inches, it’s also a huge financial boost for the indie shops. Local stores participating this year include Flat, Black and Circular, The Record Lounge and Schuler Books and Music (Eastwood).
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
"My whole sound is kind of this funky house, funky disco and a bit of techno,” said DJ Dan, who is playing The Loft Friday. The event is hosted by X Theory Collaboration: “Lansing´s newest electronic music movement.” DJ Dan (a.k.a. Daniel Wherrett) has been a fixture in the techno scene since 1991, when he began to make a name for himself in Los Angeles. Since then he’s toured the world and released stacks of records. “I’ve definitely gone more underground,” Wherrett said in a phone interview. “I’ve decided to go back to my roots and play funkier house — more underground stuff. I really have no desire to go into the mainstream.”
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

The screening room

Seek 'Shelter'; you'll find a great psychological thriller

by James Sanford
He wakes up screaming from nightmares in which hundreds of birds swoop down upon him, oily rain falls and a seismic jolt shakes his house, causing his living room furniture to hang suspended in mid-air, like something out of “Inception.” Could these terrifying visions be premonitions, or are they merely warning signs that he’s losing touch with reality?
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

'Justice' is served

MSU adjunct professor pens a legal thriller

by KURT ANTHONY KRUG
Being an appellate lawyer was both an asset and a hindrance for author Anthony J. Franze when he was writing his first novel, "The Last Justice."
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