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Wednesday, September 17,2014

Saturday night and Sunday morning

Sharrie Williams blends gospel and blues, headlines BluesFest 2014

by Lawrence Cosentino
The gospel blues of Saginaw’s Sharrie Williams will bring the bells of Sunday morning to the Saturday night grooves of Old Town BluesFest. Williams’ radiant, bigger-than-pain voice fuses blues and gospel into one irresistible force, diagnosing your ills with the former and healing you with the latter.
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

Fall Colors

Violinist Evgeny Kutik brings autumnal bite to Lansing Symphony opener

by Lawrence Cosentino
. A fascinating Russian violinist, very much alive at 28, and a dead Russian composer who refuses to roll over at 174 dominated Friday’s Lansing Symphony opener. The ursine show of force moved me to climb into a virtual T-90 tank, point it westward and shred the sublime verse of Joni Mitchell: “I’ve looked at Slavs from both sides now/alive and dead, and still somehow/their brooding power holds me in thrall/I just can´t shake that Russian pall/at all.”
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

The integration of Spartan Nation

‘Raye of Light’ explores the players and coaches who crossed racial lines in the ‘60s

by Bill Castanier
Hearing 76,000 Spartan football fans chanting “kill, Bubba, kill” was a bit disconcerting for opponents’ offensive ends as they lined up across from Michigan State University’s Charles “Bubba” Smith in the mid-1960s.
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

Monster smash

Riverwalk season opener brings iconic Brooks comedy to electrifying life

by Paul Wozniak
It’s alive! In 2007, Mel Brooks gave his 1974 cinematic creation “Young Frankenstein” new life as a Broadway musical. Riverwalk Theatre’s production of that show works extremely hard to keep up with the monster of a Broadway spectacle, and overall successfully reanimates the playful spirit of the film — humps and all.
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

Let the right wine in

Taking the mystery out of selecting a good bottle of wine

by ALLAN I. ROSS
As specialty wineries — including those in the booming Michigan scene — have continued expanding their vintages to a wider clientele, wine shelves in local stores have grown into whole departments. But while increased options are good for both casual consumers and wine aficionados, it can make selecting a bottle a little more challenging.
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

New in town

RENO´S NORTH

by ALLAN I. ROSS
East Lansing has Reno’s East. Lansing has Reno’s West. Is it really any surprise that the sports bar and grill micro-chain would start spreading in other directions? “People loved to ask if there was ever going to be (another Reno’s), and I always said ‘maybe someday,’” said Reno’s owner Jessie Stiptack. Last week, that someday came when she started renovation — ahem, make that Reno-vation — on the former Rookie’s Bar and Grill in DeWitt Township, converting it into the third member of the Reno’s family: Reno’s North.
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
While Clarence “Blowfly” Reid’s songwriting career started in the 1960s, it wasn’t until his 1971 LP, “The Weird World of Blowfly” that his cult following began to grow. His sexually explicit songs and parodies, performed in a flashy mask and cape, range from “Shittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” to raunchy originals like “Porno Freak.” Friday, the 75-year-old performer headlines at the Avenue Café; opening is the All American Funk Parade.
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

‘Tis the season

THURSDAY, SEPT. 18 & SUNDAY SEPT. 21

by Jonathan Griffith
It seems Halloween starts earlier every year. The back-to-school aisles in local superstores have started filling up with candy, and costume shops have already begun taking over vacant storefronts. In that vein, two literary events this week and one spooky tour will start getting mid-Michigan in the spirit of the season.
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Tuesday, September 16,2014

Reaching high

Crowdfunding campaign could help REACH art studio expansion

by KRISTA WILSON
TUESDAY, SEPT. 16 – A new look for the southern gateway to REO Town is within reach. The REACH Studio Art Center is seeking donations for its major expansion that will renovate and transform five dilapidated structures on South Washington Avenue into an innovative arts facility for youth.
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Tuesday, September 16,2014

Peace of art

East Lansing commemorates National Welcome Week with Peace Pole installation

by KRISTA WILSON
Tuesday, Sept. 16 — National Welcome Week emphasizes unity between diverse groups living in mid-Michigan. As part of the weeklong event, East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett and St. Vincent Catholic Charities have paired together to install a Peace Pole in downtown East Lansing, near the corner of Albert Street and Abbot Road, next to the Black Cat Bistro.
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