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Tuesday, April 28,2015

Getting heavy

Common Ground adds Three Days Grace and P.O.D. to 2015 lineup

by Ty Forquer
TUESDAY, APRIL 28 — Common Ground Music Festival continues to fill its 2015 schedule, announcing a Friday night lineup of hard rock groups led by Three Days Grace, P.O.D. and All That Remains.
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Friday, April 24,2015

Return of Jerry

Jerry Seinfeld returns to the Wharton Center

by Ty Forquer
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will be return to the Wharton Center stage July 9. Known for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere, Seinfeld has set his sights on performing both nationally and internationally in 2015.
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Thursday, April 23,2015

Stringing it together

Colombian harpist fuses jazz, Latin and folk

by Lawrence Cosentino
THURSDAY, APRIL 23 — Edmar Castaneda can turn his harp into a trellis of flowers or a barge full of fireworks. Forest waterfalls and urban skylines shimmer from its vibrating lines. The Colombia-born harpist throws folk, Latin and jazz rhythms and melodies into a gorgeous mélange that is completely his own invention.
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Thursday, April 23,2015

Monuments and machine guns

Tour explores Capitol building’s connection to Civil War

by Lawrence Cosentino
THURSDAY, APRIL 23 — In the wake of the Civil War, one particular tour of Michigan’s brand new state Capitol building got a little too lively. Chicago historian Matt VanAcker can show you an obscure entry off the west lawn — the only one with double doors — that opened into the an armory, a military storehouse containing small arms, gun carriages and a Gatling gun.
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

A horse and his man

Historian explores Lansing’s connection to the capture of John Wilkes Booth

by Lawrence Cosentino
Who says you can´t milk a horse? Chalk up another daring deed for Lansing´s Luther Byron Baker, the detective who led the militia unit that tracked down and killed John Wilkes Booth. For years after Baker returned to Lansing, Baker was a fixture at the Decoration (Memorial) Day parade, mounted on his trusty horse, Buckskin. When the horse died, Baker had him stuffed and trotted him out on wheels. At personal appearances, Baker sold an “imperial sized” postcard emblazoned with a photo of horse and rider. An “autobiography” of Buckskin, written from the horse’s point of view, was included on the back.
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

Flags of our fathers

Historian offers a rare look at historic battle flags

by Lawrence Cosentino
At a recent Civil War roundtable commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Chicago historian Matt VanAcker pulled out a battle flag from the 24th Michigan “Iron Brigade,” which suffered 80 percent casualties at Gettysburg. “Nine men died carrying that flag,” VanAcker said. “It has bloodstains on it.”
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

A notable evening

Library of Michigan Foundation honors 20 authors at Night for Notables

by Bill Castanier
Canadian author Emily St. John Mandel was not the only one surprised when her post-apocalyptic novel, “Station Eleven,” was named a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award. What surprised close followers of the award was not only that she was a virtual unknown, but — perhaps even more unlikely — her book was tainted as a thriller with a postapocalyptic theme. Books like this just don’t make it onto the list of finalists for the prestigious award.
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

Curtain call

MSU's "Hair" and Ixion's "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds"

by City Pulse
 Ageless Aquarius MSU’s production of ‘Hair’ still feels edgy, relevant It’s been nearly 50 years since the dawning of the “age of Aquarius,” and yet the rock-musical “Hair” still resonates. The Vietnam War is over and LSD Review ...
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

New in town

Saddleback Barbecue

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Business partners Matt Gillett and Travis Stoliker plan to open Saddleback Barbecue, a Southern-style barbecue joint, next month in REO Town. It’s named for the British saddleback, a distinctive type of pig with black-and-white bands. Gillett settled on the name as a tribute to his r...
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Rockin' For Ronald' s House with Mr. Denton on Doomsday, Sunday, April 26 An all-ages benefit show for the Ronald McDonald House of Mid- Michigan will feature live rock bands and an art raffle in between bands. Performing are Mr. Denton on Doomsday, Stikyfut, Building Birds and the Ac...
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