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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Bravo, Mr. Brand

Wharton Center executive director receives prestigious Broadway award

by Ty Forquer
At the Wharton Center, it is usually the casts of actors or the groups of musicians that get standing ovations. On May 12, however, the center’s top man-behind-thescenes received his own standing ovation when Mike Brand, Wharton Center’s executive director, was awarded the Samuel J. L’Hommedieu Award at this year’s Broadway League Conference in New York. “It’s a really special honor, and speaks well for the Wharton Center’s efforts,” Brand said.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Old Town beat down

North Lansing’s hip district dominates 2015 Top of the Town awards

by Ty Forquer
Lansing’s Old Town took the 2015 Top of the Town awards by storm, landing three businesses in the top six overall vote getters and snagging 19 first-place honors. For years, the neighborhood has been known for shopping, boasting an eclectic collection of antique shops, art galle...
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Electric oceans

Musician Dave Menzo goes electric with ‘Shhh…’

by Ty Forquer
Ann Arbor-based musician Dave Menzo found inspiration for his latest album, the synthesizer and drum machineheavy “Shhh… ,” in an unlikely place: his local library. In addition to traditional library fare, the Ann Arbor District Library is home to the Music Tools collection, an impressive assortment of drum machines, analog synthesizers, effects processors, microphones and other music-making equipment that can be checked out by cardholders.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Almost full

Rapper Wale added to Common Ground’s 2015 lineup

by Ty Forquer
WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 — Washington D.C.-based rap artist Wale will join Snoop Dogg and Tech N9ne in Lansing on July 11 as Common Ground Music Festival slowly but surely fills out its 2015 lineup.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Return to Vietnam

Historical Society of Greater Lansing hosts panel of Vietnam veterans

by Michelai A. Graham
WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 — Lansing area history buffs will get a chance to have a firsthand encounter with Vietnam War veterans as the Historical Society of Greater Lansing hosts a panel Thursday in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. The panel of three veterans will feature two Lansing natives, Ronald Springer and William Murphy.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Force of nature

Saturday, May 23

by Michelai A. Graham
Ixion Theatre is preparing for its upcoming premiere of "Mother’s Nature," a collection of three original one-act plays penned by Lansing writers. The womencentric theme will be portrayed through O.G. Ueberroth’s “Family Tradition,” Terry Palczewski’s “Enough is Enough” and Andy Head’s “Generations.” Ixion Theatre is a relatively new, Lansing-based theater ensemble that performs most of its productions at REO Town’s AA Creative Corridor. The group launched in 2012 with a mission to encourage creative collaboration and to produce stories for diverse audiences. Ixion asked for submissions from the Lansing community for Mother’s Nature, and three storytellers stepped up to the plate.
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Tuesday, May 19,2015

And the Top of the Town award goes to…

by staff
It’s a still night on Michigan Avenue. A crowd gathers in anticipation. They heard this could be the night. Wait a minute — is it? Could it be? Yes! A plume of white smoke emerges from the chimney of City Pulse headquarters. The people of Lansing have selected the 2015 Top of the Town winners.
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Spring ‘exuberation’

Symphony premiere brings major composer, new music to Lansing

by Lawrence Cosentino
Thanks to a good reputation and a bit of luck, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra will play the world premiere of a tuneful piece for piano and orchestra by one of the nation’s top composers at Friday’s final MasterWorks concert of the season. Robert Aldridge will be on hand this week to see his baby, “Variations on a Folk Tune for Piano and Orchestra,” come into the world after eight years of gestation.
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Breach of trust

‘A Good Killing’ explores issues of trust, access and abuse

by Bill Castanier
After the successful debut of her mystery/ thriller novel, “Law of Attraction,” author Allison Leotta decided she needed what she called a “little writing nest.” So she repurposed an extra bedroom, painting it a light blue because she had heard that the color helped creativity. She soon found that wasn’t working for her, and went back to working at the kitchen table. She has since written three more superb thrillers at this table, drawing on her 12 years of experience as a federal sex crimes prosecutor in Washington, D.C.
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Curtain Call

by City Pulse
CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, the second paragraph of "Laughing at death" was omitted in an earlier version of this story. The missing paragraph has been added below. Domination drama Sexual tension drives edgy ‘Venus in Fur’ It feels like a mistake...
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