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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Apotheosis of Ralph

Votapek wows hometown crowd with two concertos plus encore

by Lawrence Cosentino
There is no elevator to the top of Ralph Votapek. You have to take the stairs to get to the summit. But once you get there, the view is panoramic, the air is clean, and you feel like you're on top of the world. Friday night, the Lansing Symphony teamed up with MSU's piano monument and artist-in-residence for 36 years to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Votapek's win in the first Van Cliburn competition in 1962.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Death becomes her

Star wattage lights up dark comedy, 'Vigil'

by Tom Helma
What exactly does a man say to a barely recognizable family member he hasn't seen in 30 years, and what if she's not as close to death as he was led to believe? Morris Panych, the playwright behind Lansing Community College's production of "Vigil," explores this dark little corner of family decorum, taking the audience through a macabre process that is enlightening, comedic and poignant to the end.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Courting controversy

'Spring Awakening' delivers, despite some technical snafus

by Paul Wozniak
What happens when teenagers start exploring their own sexuality? No, this isn't the lead to a Dan Savage column, just a timeless question posed by the musical "Spring Awakening," now playing at Riverwalk Theatre. Like their production of "Hairspray" two seasons ago, Riverwalk's production of "Spring Awakening" has the potential to be the best of community theater. Save for a few crucial, chronic technical issues, it still could be.
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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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