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Wednesday, August 20,2014

Pole-vaulting the gamut

2014 Renegade Theatre Festival gives reviewers plenty to cover

by City Pulse
From sleepers to yawners, "Campfire" to "Cock," real-life stories to imaginary friends, the 2014 Renegade Theatre Festival didn´t just run the gamut, it pole-vaulted over it, Roto-tilled it and planted purple petunias on top. Thankfully, City Pulse´s skulking band of undercover critics were on hand to chronicle Lansing´s end-of-summer cornucopia of productions from local theater companies and independents.
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

2014 Pulsar winners

Standing ovation for Beachler at interactive annual theater awards

by Paul Wozniak
The 2014 City Pulse Pulsars, recognizing the best in Lansing theater, were handed out Monday night at Over the Ledge Theatre in Grand Ledge. Kelly Stuible and Veronica Gracia- Wing hosted the evening’s festivities. Instead of scheduled presenters and entertainers, Stuible and Gracia-Wing invited audience members to read the nominees and winners from the screen. Winners in “musical” categories were asked to sing for their award.
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

The street runneth over

Art fairs pile onto Renegade Festival to create a sensory overload

by Jonathan Griffith
Over the weekend, the Renegade Theatre Festival filled the historic buildings and streets of Lansing’s northern enclave, as it has for the past eight years. Spaces profane and sacred, from Zoobie´s tavern to the Quaker meeting house (and a few galleries in between) hummed with exhibits and performances. There was only one way to shove an art fair into the mix: by taking it to the streets.
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

Seeds of thought

Thursday, Aug. 28

by Jonathan Griffith
The Broad Art Museum´s "Land Grant" series is ready to play another thought provoking riff on the land-grant origins of MSU, a multi-media meditation on wealth, exploitation and natural resources called "Forest Law." “It’s in our tradition of addressing global issues with an open and experimental nature,” says Yesomi Umolu, assistant curator for the Broad Museum and curator of “Forest Law.”
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

New in town

Tabooli

by Jonathan Griffith
When the Avengers sat down to a post-movie credits meal of chicken shawarma, some folks thought the mainstreaming of Mediterranean cuisine couldn´t go any farther. They were wrong. The “make your own” model pioneered by burrito joints and sandwich shops is the next frontier. Joining Jerusalem Bakery on Lansing’s Michigan Avenue is Tabooli, a Mediterraneanstyle restaurant borrowing ideas laid down by places like Chipotle and Panera.
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

LGBTQ Milestones in the Capital City

by Todd Heywood
1972 – East Lansing is the first municipality in the nation to adopt a non-discrimination ordinance protecting people based on sexual orientation. 1974 – Lesbian Connections magazine begins publication every two months. 1979 – The first meeting of the Lansing Asso...
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Sarah Winterbottom
Eyes Set to Kill at The Loft - Thursday Aug. 21 Eyes Set To Kill, an Arizona-based metal-rock band, is fronted by vocalist/guitarist Alexia Rodriguez and her sister Anissa Rodriguez (bass). The band headlines Thursday at The Loft; openers are The Relapse Symphony, Close To Home, Dri...
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

Transforming and transitioning

The controversy around Michfest and transgender equality

by Emily Dievendorf & Lisa Vogel
Equality Michigan issued a call July 29 to boycott the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (Aug. 5-10) for non-inclusion of transgender women. The call sparked a firestorm of reaction in the media and among friends centering around non-discrimination, feminism and the essence of female-identification.
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Thursday, August 14,2014

Broadcast news

Local TV, radio changes break new ground, say goodbye to longtime personalities

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Contrary to media doomsday polemicists, the Internet did not kill television, just as TV didn’t kill radio in the ‘50s and radio did not kill newspapers in the ‘20s. As you’re reading these words, some DJ somewhere is giving “Hotel California” its billionth spin while a cub TV reporter is earning her wings interviewing a 90-yearold yoga enthusiast. The broadcast industry is rarely news itself. In Lansing this week, recent developments have included several noteworthy changes.
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Wednesday, August 13,2014

‘Walden’ in the city

Lansing area simplifiers go for less stuff and more soul

by Lawrence Cosentino
Suzanne Love pulled Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” from the shelf two weeks ago. She hadn’t looked at it since college. Back then, it was required reading. Now it’s more like an inner voice. At 66, Love retired on a fixed income last year.
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