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Wednesday, March 14,2012

Guitar star

Grammy winner Isbin picks up on 'Passion'

by Rich Tupica
That confidence is a testament to her steadfast skills with the nylon strings and her poised on-stage coolness. At the November 2009 show, Isbin performed just feet away from the First Family and did what she does at every show: sat, guitar in lap, masterfully nailing each note.
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

Take a bow

Violinist makes his own 'transitional journey'

by Rich Tupica
He now plays, what he calls, "a transformational journey through digital violin." It’s a field that relies heavily on improvisation, digital-effects processors and looping pedals, creating an experimental blend of classical, even some rock tones. On Thursday, he brings his ingenuity to the Creole Gallery.
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Who says St. Patrick’s Day has to be all about Irish music? This Saturday Mac’s Bar is all about rugged American-style rocking. Black Jake & the Carnies, an Ypsilanti-based band, headlines the night, delivering ferocious murder ballads and foreboding tales to the beat of an old-time string band. The septet’s blend of Americana, bluegrass and punk (dubbed “crabgrass”) sets a disorderly pace for original songs about evil creatures and banjo-pickinī demoniacs. The band features Black Jake (banjo, vocals), Joe Cooter (bass), Gu
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

Au revoir to 'Oklahoma' and so long 'Hello, Dolly!'

This season’s high school musicals include ‘Hairspray,’ ‘9 to 5,’ ‘Chicago’ — and ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

by James Sanford
To some, the term "high school musical' calls to mind visions of Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale. To others, it means wake-me-when-it’s-over productions of "H.M.S. Pinafore" or "Peter Pan."
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

The screening room

The humor is hard-hitting in Gleeson's 'Guard'

by James Sanford
"The Guard" teams dumpling-faced, plain-talking small-town police sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) with the considerably more polished and professional Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle), an FBI agent assigned to track down international narcotics traffickers who are bringing a boat full of cocaine to the Emerald Isle.
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

Curtain Call

'Checking Out' checks in at LCP

by James Sanford
The Lansing Civic Players production unfolds inside The Lonely Pelican, located in fictitious Pepsicola, Fla., where manager George (Rick Wendorf) and his daughter, Karin (Brittney Benjamin), have to face their own reservations about life.
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

CATA provides safe travel alternatives for Saturday’s festivities

by Allison M. Berryman
The Entertainment Express trolley service will run two hours early on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., and will travel its regular route between downtown Lansing to downtown East Lansing until 2:30 a.m. Each trolley will travel to and from Washington Square and M.A.C and Albert, stopping at 23 designated Entertainment Express spots along the route.
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

A dancer's 'Answer'

MSU concert tries to define the meaning of 'home'

by Adam Ilenich
The concert also examines comfort levels. “For example, in my piece there are two couples: One couple is two males and one couple is two females,” Barr said. “What does that do to people, watching two males touch one another? Or watching two females be close to one another?”
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

'Love is very mysterious'

Guest pianist Philippe Bianconi plunges into a sea of Brahms with Lansing Symphony Orchestra

by Lawrence Cosentino
For a globe-trotting pianist with some top-shelf awards on his mantel, Philippe Bianconi seems to have a pronounced Buddhist streak. He loves nothing more than to dissolve into something greater than himself.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

Slam-dunk

Jerry and Isaac Sprague score in a double feature

by Tom Helma
In “Two Beers and a Hook Shot,” we have serious relationship drama presented in a naturalistic style: dark, painful-to-experience material. This is a play about the challenge in a father-son relationship to transcend past sins, to overcome sufferings and a raging emptiness, and to transform hatred to love through the magic of basketball.
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