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Wednesday, August 8,2012

Folk in the road

Great Lakes Folk Festival 2012 brings world music to the streets of East Lansing

by Rich Tupica
Lora Helou, the festival's associate director, said she respects the Dylan-esque sound, but said the team of organizers is more interested in introducing fascinating faraway cultures to East Lansing.
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Wednesday, August 8,2012

A smooth 'Crossover'

Local artist Phil Denny drops debut CD

by Rich Tupica
Phil Denny has no regrets about his drastic career swap. Two years after ditching his day job as vice president for US Capital Mortgage, the Lansing native has adeptly transitioned into his dream job as a professional smooth jazz saxophonist.
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Wednesday, August 8,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Bomb the Music Industry! (BtMI), a New York-based DIY musical collective led by songwriter and producer Jeff Rosenstock, returns to Mac's Bar Wednesday for an early, all-ages concert hosted by Fusion Shows.
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Wednesday, August 8,2012

'All of the frustration, none of the prestige'

Lansing hosts major disc golf tournament

by Sam Inglot
Those metal baskets with dangling chains you may see at the local public park are not trashcans or weird barbecue grills.
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Wednesday, August 8,2012

Less filling, tastes lame

Inaugural beer and music festival fell short of expectations

by Sam Inglot
There is more than enough room for improvement for the Michigan Rock N Brew festival after last weekend's bust of a maiden voyage. It was a first-year festival — and you could definitely tell.
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Wednesday, August 8,2012

Modern family

LCC's Community Dance Project brings dance to the masses

by Holly Johnson
Modern dance showcases aren't known blockbusters in the entertainment world, but that's not stopping a group of nearly two dozen choreographers from attempting an epic feat of synergistic pageantry.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

Something Old Town, something new

Etienne Charles and John Douglas trumpet this weekend's JazzFest

by Lawrence Cosentino
On June 5, U.S. Rep. Howard Berman of California recognized the Trinidad-born trumpeter and Michigan State University professor for his "musical contributions to nationals of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the world," as part of a resolution marking Caribbean American Heritage Month.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

How 'Spartacus' broke the blacklist

Kirk Douglas recalls a watershed epic

by Lawrence Cosentino
One morning in junior high school, I walked into class and saw a film-noir scene chalked in painful detail on the blackboard. I was stumbling down an alley, bleeding and clutching my stomach, with a huge smile on my face.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

The kids are all right

Riverwalk's 'Baby' teaches without preaching

by Mary C. Cusack
The script is a good choice to educate audiences about how children deal with grief. It is touching without being preachy and balances tragedy with appropriate humor.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

A second stab at the first time

After a last-minute cancellation last year, Michigan Rock N Brew organizers try again

by Rich Tupica
As Ted Wilson sits in his East Michigan Avenue office wrapping up a late-evening meeting about the Michigan Rock 'N Brew Festival he’s organizing, the DIY promotional method he's implementing proves its worth, at least in some capacity.
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