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Wednesday, July 11,2012

'We were different: We were kind of rockabilly'

After 55 years and hundreds of shows, The Blue Echoes — Lansing's first rock band — keeps on rolling

by Rich Tupica
The band's love of country-tinged rock shined through on cuts like "It's Witchcraft," a primitive and menacing hillbilly-rock track that could've easily been released on the Sun Records label. (A copy of the single was available earlier this week on eBay — for a cool $249.)
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
For those interested in flipping through thousands of vinyl records, a good place to start might be the Saturday's Lansing Record & CD Show at the University Quality Inn in Frandor (next to Spare Time Entertainment Center). The huge show, which opens at 11 a.
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

Screening room

Katy Perry shows off creations from local designers

by James Sanford
The Buitendorps checked out the film last week (along with their older sister, Erin, a City Pulse Pulsar judge). They didn’t have to wait very long to see the first of their creations on the screen.
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

'Eat' with your eyes

Katina Bitsicas' artwork combines ballet, commentary — and meat

by Holly Johnson
"It's a reaction to how I used to be a ballet dancer and how I would feel onstage when everyone is looking at you," said Bitsicas, an East Lansing native. She uses photography, video art and performance to provide social commentary on constricting and over-sexualized societal views of the female body.
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

'People can learn what the art is about'

Broad curator Alison Gass hosts a tour of Kristin Cammermeyer's 'Resituating'

by Holly Johnson
"People can learn what the art is about, instead of just seeing it," Gass said. By knowing the journey of the exhibition and artist, Gass says she hopes to provide the viewer with a more complete experience.
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Thursday, July 5,2012

Urban Revelation

Lynn Orta creates a garden universe in a west side parking lot

by Lawrence Cosentino
Every morning, Griffith reads her Bible and watches Lynn from her window. "We thought it was a job she had, but we found out it was just something she likes to do. Everybody around here, they know it’s Lynn’s garden."
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Thursday, July 5,2012

Advice Goddess

Mourning breath & deflower arrangement

by Amy Alkon
Q: At 19, I married the first man I slept with. He died last year after 23 years of marriage, and within a month, I was in a new relationship with a wonderful man I met online. I’m certainly still grieving, sometimes horribly, but my new man understands, and he’s patient. He appreciates me and insists on my total commitment to him (meaning that I can’t date anyone else). The problem is, he lives in another state, and in our year together, his work schedule has kept him from visiting me. He can make me quiver when we talk on the phone, but the distance leaves me lonely at night. Can a long-distance relationship ever work?
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Thursday, July 5,2012

Another day for McKnight

Author Steve Hamilton brings back ex-Detroit cop Alex McKnight in 'Die a Stranger'

by Bill Castanier
Last weekend, Steve Hamilton was in the Upper Peninsula, enjoying the cool breezes off the big lake and a whitefish fry at the local Lions Club. He was staying in Brimley, not far from Paradise, the literary home of Alex McKnight, the protagonist of his award-winning mystery series.
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Thursday, July 5,2012

It'll get you, my pretty — and your little dog, too!

"Wicked" retains its magic at the Wharton Center

by Paul Wozniak
At its core, "Wicked" tells of the unlikely friendship between Elphaba (Christine Dwyer) and Galinda (Jeanna De Waal), its evolutionary transformation and its dramatic consequences for the land of Oz.
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Thursday, July 5,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
For those who still dig big hair and poppy synthesizers, Friday night at Lou and Harry's may be the spot to be, for a free show by Starfarm. The flashy area cover band plays a "totally awesome collection of '80s songs."
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