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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Punk preservation: The Touch & Go Zine story

Touch and Go magazine chronicled hardcore history, as seen by two fans from the lansing Underground

by Rich Tupica
At night, Vee and Stimson, both in their mid-20s at the time, would sit in Vee’s second-floor apartment in downtown Williamston and listen to new, ultra-limited pressings of hardcore punk, post-punk, even second-wave ska. They would browse the bins at Flat, Black Circular in East Lansing for the latest Black Flag singles.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
This year, the Ten Pound Fiddle turns 40 and WLNZ-FM turns 20. To celebrate, both organizations are co-hosting the “20/40” party at the Avenue Café. Headlining the all-ages show is the Ragbirds, an Ann Arborbased Americana/fusion group. The band, which plays a split set — one at 8 p.m. and another at 10:30 p.m. — is led by vocalist/songwriter Erin Zindle. She plays violin, mandolin, accordion, and banjo while dancing. TJ Zindle (guitar), Randall Moore (percussion), Dan Jones (bass) and drummer Jon Brown round out the band’s lineup. The Ragbirds mixes pop, gypsy, Afro-Cuban, Celtic, Middle Eastern and African and Cajun sounds. Also performing is the Ypsilanti-based Black Jake & The Carnies. The selfproclaimed “Kings of Crabgrass” hit the stage at 9:15 p.m.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Strange beauty

Coffee house photo show captures everyday splendor

by Jonathan Griffith
Coffee shops in the 17th and 18th century were convergences point for great minds. Scholars, scientists and other brainy types would drink coffee, debate and discuss ideas with their peers, and as such they were known as “penny universities,” because coffee only cost a penny. Eventually, the plague came, and society put a pin in the whole coffee shop fad for a while.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Theater for the mind … and soul

Thursday, Nov. 6 & Friday, Nov. 7

by Anne Abendroth & Allan I. Ross
This weekend, two shows will give local audiences a choice between an epic romance that sweeps across Europe and a powerful drama about anti-Semitism in the American South. Either way, prepare to be challenged by the strict societal rules of these two very different worlds. And you’ll never guess which one’s a musical.
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Thursday, October 30,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Holocaust, Hauntings and the Hall

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, OCT. 30 — I hope all of you have been to ArtPrize 2014. Being in the middle of it every day is what I miss most from my days in the former Schuler Books Downtown. It'll always remain a yearly "must see" for me, no matter where I roam. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

Adrenaline and High C

Symphony unleashes Bruckner’s ‘Te Deum’ in massive choral program

by Lawrence Cosentino
Nobody reads the arts section to find more things to worry about, but here’s one anyway. Let’s say you go to Saturday’s annual Lansing Symphony choral blowout. Overwhelmed by the sight of some 200 massed choristers and musicians from the MSU Choral Union, State Singers, University Chorale and the full orchestra, you drop your program under the seat. The lights go down.
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

Smells like team ‘Spirit’

Supernatural comedy benefits from solid ensemble, classic script

by Tom Helma
It’s been 73 years since Noël Coward debuted his supernatural romantic comedy “Blithe Spirit.” In the years since, there have been multiple permutations, both on stage and in the movies, on the theme of one’s spouse coming back from the dead to haunt them. So the question is: Can a community theater bring an elderly stage play back to life, overcoming the notion that the theme has been done so many times that the original has entirely lost its luster? Yes, it can.
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

ELFF discovery

Mid-Michigan gets its close-up in 17th Annual East Lansing Film Festival

by City Pulse
Now that Batman and Superman have returned to their respective secret hideouts, East Lansing residents who’d gotten starry-eyed about being part of a blockbuster cinematic universe are suffering a hype hangover. But a phalanx of filmmakers at the 17th Annual East Lansing Film Festiva...
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

This is Halloween …

Friday, Oct. 31 & Saturday, Nov. 1

by City Pulse
Halloween won’t fall on a Friday again until 2025, and who knows — by then an actual zombie apocalypse could turn every day into Halloween. If you’re still looking for something to do for this Friday, however, here’s a guide to some of the things going on in mid- Mi...
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

Deus ex McKenna

Bill Murray gets a shot at redemption in ‘St. Vincent’

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Bill Murray doesn’t have an agent. If you want to reach him about a movie project, you have to leave a message at his personal 1-800-number. It’s true. If he likes your spiel, he calls you back. If not … well, that’s probably the reason “Ghostbusters 3” still hasn’t happened.
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