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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Slide on in, the jazz is fine

Trombonist Robin Eubanks barnstorms for a week with MSU’s Jazz Orchestra

by Lawrence Cosentino
Robin Eubanks is one of the top trombonist-composer-arrangers in jazz, but “genius” talk isn’t his style. The latest international jazz star to take part in MSU’s Jazz Studies residency series doesn’t hide behind the mystique of improvisation, no matter how miraculous it might seem to outsiders.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Historic junk mail

Auction features vintage marketing pieces, personal correspondences

by Bill Castanier
Now that the ephemeral gewgaws of Black Friday are in the recycling bin, Craig Whitford, a local numismatic and philatelic auctioneer, is giving collectors a chance to purchase what he calls “historic junk mail.” The actual term is “cover envelopes,” but that doesn’t do justice to this collection of over 1,400 pieces of vintage advertising.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Ten Pound Fiddle´s Holiday Sing, Friday Dec. 12 All talent levels are welcome to attend and sing at the 12th Annual “Holiday Sing” Friday at the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series. The event is hosted by longtime local folk-music supporter Sally Potter. The diverse selection o...
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Lansing’s glitterati

Arts Council honors four leaders of local culture at annual awards presentation

by Allan I. Ross
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing honored four key contributors to the mid- Michigan arts and culture scene at the 35th Annual Holiday Glitter gala Tuesday night. The Applause Awards were given in three categories: the Individual Leadership Award, which was presented this year to Nancy and Gary McRay; the Business Leadership Award, presented to Lansing Community College and its president, Brent Knight; and the inaugural Civic Leadership Award, which was given to East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

On ego’s wings

Michael Keaton soars in the gravity-, genre-defying ‘Birdman’

by Allan I. Ross
The sooner you see “Birdman” the better. Like the latest episode of “South Park” or “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” it is utterly of the moment and its urgency, its insistent need to be consumed, is evident in every frame. Who knows how long it will be before this revolutionary style — an entire movie constructed as a single take! Meta commentaries of today’s marquees! — feels passé.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
On Oct. 20, Uli´s Haus of Rock, 4519 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. on Lansing’s south side, announced on its Facebook page that it would be temporarily closed as the venue´s management dealt with “some legal issues.”
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Comic Book U

Aspiring comic artists and graphic novelists showcase this semester’s work

by Jonathan Griffith
Just as the Justice League recruits rising talents who fight for the forces of good, so shall the world of graphic novels and visual storytelling greet its newest champions at East Lansing’s Hollow Mountain Comics next Wednesday. The students of Michigan State University’s Comics and Visual Narratives have completed their semester’s work and are ready take up arms in the never-ending battle against poorly paced layouts and unoriginal ideas.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Holiday events

Friday, Dec. 5-8

by Jonathan Griffith
The Holidays are here in Greater Lansing and with them comes a deluge of events and activities with a little something for everybody. There is so much to do that even the anti-Santa spirit Krampus would put down his rusty chains and bells and get tanked on some eggnog.
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Wednesday, November 26,2014

When parallels meet

MSU’s jazz and classical armies rendezvous and conquer

by Lawrence Cosentino
There are risks to putting jazz and classical musicians together. When Duke Ellington unleashed his first big jazz-symphony hybrid, “A Tone Parallel to Harlem,” in 1951, photographers swarmed the stage. (Ellington made news taking a bath, let alone blending a symphony orchestra with his big band.) A flash bulb exploded and fell on the balding head of a string-bass player, according to a review the next day.
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Wednesday, November 26,2014

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The shuffle between Kris Elliot’s downtown Lansing Urban Feast restaurants seems to have settled down … for now, at least. The Black Rose, formerly connected to the defunct Edmund’s Pastime, opened last Friday, just in time for Silver Bells in the City traffic. The space, 206 S. Washington Ave., is the former location for Tavern on the Square, which became Tavern and Tap earlier this month when it moved up to the corner, 101 S. Washington Square, former home of Edmund’s. (Before that, the space belonged to the third downtown Urban Feast restaurant, Troppo, which opened there in 2004; in 2010, Elliot built a new building from the ground up for Troppo across the street.)
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