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Wednesday, July 25,2012

Castles and goat farms

'Ink Trails' follows famous and not-so-famous Michigan writers

by Bill Castanier
They hailed from Benzonia, Elk Rapids, Saline, Hudson, Harbert, Grass Lake and numerous other whistle stops between Marquette and Monroe.
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

Slicker than snot

Two actors play a whole town in Williamston's dazzling 'Red, White & Tuna'

by Mary C. Cusack
In this case, as with last year's "Greater Tuna," that cast is Aral Gribble and Wayne David Parker. While director John Lepard is plenty skilled and accomplished, working with Gribble and Parker must make his job easy. In addition to already having developed many of the characters, they are also fleet-footed in switching among characters, creating and maintaining unique physicality for each one.
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

Survival, not revival

Cheap Girls celebrates five years in the Chevy van

by Rich Tupica
The rigorous tour regimen started not long after the band began garnering buzz for its 2008 debut LP, "Find Me a Drink Home." The band plays its five-year anniversary show Friday at Mac’s bar
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

High energy, big ears

Eclectic Eric Darius tops smooth jazz bill in Holt

by Rich Tupica
"He is high, high energy — from start to finish," Wilson said. "I don’t know how he blows on a saxophone like that for over an hour. People are going to be shocked by his performance."
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
The debut seven-track EP by a new local "post art pop" band, Language, will be released Thursday at Mac's Bar. Language, which features Chris Minarik (guitar/vocals), Bobby Sullivan (guitar/synth) and drummer Joseph Dellgowan, is influenced by Girls, Yo La Tengo, Joy Division, Wire and an assortment of other British post-punk bands and classic American pop groups.
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

Strong themes for tough times

Sandra Seaton's 'The Will' delves into race, family, power and music

by Christopher Horb
Seaton conceived the Civil War drama on a trip to her native Tennessee. While studying public records relating to the African-American post-slavery experience, she examined her family's history and discovered her great-great grandfather's last will and testament.
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

When children grieve

Riverwalk Theatre and Ele's Place collaborate on 'Getting Near to Baby'

by Holly Johnson
Despite its title and cast of several child actors, Riverwalk Theatre's "Getting Near to Baby" is not a children's show. Set in a small town in 1967, the play deals with a child’s ability to overcome tragedy through humor, wisdom and sensitivity.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Get on the write track this month

Short story contest challenges authors to build a story around a bookstore

by Bill Castanier
The Lansing area has two locations of Schuler Books & Music, an independently owned chain thatīs been in operation for 30 years, and two used book stores, Curious Book Shop and Archives Book Shop. However, none of these are located within the city of Lansing.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Get an early look at 'Beasts'

East Lansing Film Society previews acclaimed drama

by City Pulse
The East Lansing Film Society hosts a free sneak preview of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" at 7 p.m. Thursday at East Lansing's Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road. The film is scheduled to open locally July 27.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
For those who dig unique covers of classic jams, Friday at The Loft may be the spot. The "Summer Singalong Vol. 2" hosts a roster of local bands, all performing sets by other bands and artists. Cavalcade, Lansing-based weirdo metal extraordinaires, performs the "Donnie Darko" soundtrack; meanwhile, pop-punks Frank & Earnest rocks out as Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band.
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