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Wednesday, August 29,2012

New in town

Bar 30 & spare time entertainment center

by Allan I. Ross
The number 30 has inspired generations of navel-gazers to contemplate their unproductive lives and try to figure out where all the time went. In fact, card companies and party supply stores have made a good living selling dour 30th birthday paraphernalia, goading guests of honor into feeling prematurely over the hill. It's funny, then, that Bar 30 chose to slap that number right there in their name, numerophobes be damned.
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Monday, August 27,2012

Reviewing renegade

Food-themed shows rise to the top

by City Pulse Staff
Last weekend's Renegade Theatre Festival transformed Old Town into one big stage, as actors and actresses took over nine of the area's businesses and empty spaces. With show names like "Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner," "Comfort Food" and "Surviving Lunch," we couldn't help but notice a culinary theme.
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Thursday, August 23,2012

Soak up the Sun

Diverse music festival takes over Mason

by Rich Tupica
Living in a small town can be a tad drab, a little too hushed and bit too Mayberry-ish. Perhaps that’s why the city of Mason decides to ditch the quiet life, pitch a beer tent and pump up the volume this time every year.
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Wednesday, August 22,2012

Slumdogs, no millionaires

Pulitzer Prize winner speaking in East Lansing

by Bill Castanier
As some of the overindulged freshmen of 2012 move their flat-screen TVs, laptops and mini-fridges into comfortable dorms with gourmet dining, they could probably use a cold dose of the harsh reality presented in Katherine Boo’s debut book, "Behind the Beautiful Forevers."
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Wednesday, August 22,2012

New in town

Retail Therapy

by ALLAN I. ROSS
I've never seen a single episode of "Sex and the City," but I've always imagined there's a scene where all the women are sitting around depressed, crying into their cosmopolitans about something (not enough sex? too much city?), until someone perks up and suggests that they all go SHOPPING! Cue montage scene, and all problems are solved. But that's just (my highly subjective and borderline sexist take on) a TV show, right? Not anymore.
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Wednesday, August 22,2012

Mighty encouraging

Local band releases love letter video to Michigan

by Rich Tupica
Think of classic Michigan rock 'n roll, and you'll probably conjure up images of a shirtless Iggy Pop rolling around uninhibited on stage, shrieking into a microphone. Or perhaps you'll imagine MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer ripping into the restless opening chords of "Kick Out the Jams." But guitarist Larry Neuhardt and vocalist DeShaun Snead, who headline the Lansing-area band Mighty Medicine, prefer to honor the music and the history of Michigan in a more carefree and unruffled fashion.
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Wednesday, August 22,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
The third installment of Fusion Shows' Summer Sing-Along happens Friday at The Loft. The series showcases a number of local bands performing a full set of covers from a particular band. This time around, Elliot Street Lunatic performs as the Beatles, while Mike Mains & the Branches perform as pop-radio rockers Third Eye Blind.
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Wednesday, August 15,2012

The Sexperts

Local panel discusses inflammatory book series next week

by Bill Castanier
The window at Barnes & Noble in the Lansing Mall beckons the mall walkers like a suburban siren with more than 50 copies of "Fifty Shades of Grey" proudly on display. Since it first appeared as an online-only fan fiction spin-off of the "Twilight" series, British author E.L. James' lurid novel series, which includes the two sequels "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Free," has become an unprecedented publishing phenomena.
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Wednesday, August 15,2012

An unconventional truth

MSU prof raising funds for provocative new documentary on sexuality: 'This movie is going to be eye opening for people who don't understand progress.'

by ALLAN I. ROSS
A year after Al Gore famously mounted his scissor lift to stress the factual threats of climate change in "An Inconvenient Truth," Oxford University conducted an international survey of people who had seen the film.
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Wednesday, August 15,2012

'Like a death in the family'

Downing’s strange, sudden 'retirement' leaves some at WLNZ in tears

by Rich Tupica
Retirement after a 37-year career would typically be a celebratory affair, with a jubilant going-away party hosted by co-workers and management that would honor the decades of devoted service.
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