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Wednesday, February 20,2013

Joshua Davis releases new album

Local musician's 'eye-opening' experience in Israel inspires album

by Rich Tupica
Most albums start in practice rooms or music venues where songs take their shape. But the roots of Joshua Davis' new album, "A Miracle of Birds," run all the way to the West Bank in the Middle East, a hostile terrain where Israelis and Palestinians hurl stun grenades, teargas and rocks at each with seemingly endless verve.
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Friday, February 15,2013

New in town

Portable Feast and Friends

by ALLAN I. ROSS
This week, a fascinating three-year-long game of restaurant switcheroo comes to an end when Portable Feast and Friends returns to its former Old Town digs. After closing in 2009 and embarking on a different food service venture the next year, owner/operator Sharon Hind has settled back in at 1216 Turner St. with the re-opening of her breakfast and lunch café.
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Friday, February 15,2013

'Sister' superior

Movie makes seamless slide to stage in musical comedy

by ALLAN I. ROSS
This was the first time I can remember the curtain falling down at the end of Act I and thinking, "That's it?" As in, "Are we already halfway thr— oh yeah, I guess we did get a lot done there. Wow, that was fast!"
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Thursday, February 14,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Detroit prog-rockers Stikyf't return to Lansing Saturday for a gig at The Loft. The "gypsy art-rock" band takes from a variety of genres, from jazz and Latin, to rock, jam and metal. Fans of Shocking Blue might want to check out this show.
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

Biggest in their medium

After four decades, the Verdehr Trio 'tapering off' with concert series

by Lawrence Cosentino
After 40 years of music making, hundreds of world premieres, 20 CDs and seven spins around the globe, Sunday will be among the last chances for local audiences to soak in the bracing sonic vinaigrette of Walter Verdehr's violin, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr's clarinet and Silvia Roederer's piano.
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

Valentine's Day Don'ts

by City Pulse Staff
Oh, Valentine's Day. It is such a love-hate relationship with you. Your evolution from celebrating martyrdom to celebrating consumerism has been a long — and at times, awkward — journey. But here at City Pulse, we're still lovers. And if you're lonely this year, why not load up on your favorite bottle of cabernet and muster up the courage to seek out your future partner?
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

Born of fire

Local author conjures up historical fiction based on real Lansing tragedy

by Bill Castanier
Ghosts, UFOs and other unexplained happenings provide fodder for plenty of spooky mystery novels, but author Barbara Darling Saxena said the central plot for her debut thriller, "Souviens," came to her one night after doing some genealogical research at the Library of Michigan.
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

Slavery To Freedom: An American Odyssey, Part II

'The status quo does not mean democracy'

by ALLAN I. ROSS
"Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey" is an annual lecture series commemorating Black History Month featuring three speakers who have become icons of the African-American struggle for civil rights. Vincent Harding, 81, is the second speaker in the series. Harding is an historian, author and professor. He also wrote speeches for Martin Luther King Jr., including his famous "A Time to Break Silence" speech in 1967 that took a firm stand against the war in Vietnam.
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

New in town

EagleMonk Pub and Brewery

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Lansing is in the middle of a brewing renaissance — and the outlook is only getting sudsier. In the last year, we've seen an influx of homebrew supply stores, a flurry of craft beer taps pop up in restaurants all over town and the opening of two new microbreweries — with the promise of two more to come before 2014. So what's the deal — did Homer Simpson find a genie's lamp or something?
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

Was it good for you?

ArtGasm fails to achieve climax, but shows 'big city' promise

by Sam Inglot
It had live music, spoken word performances, fire spinning and half-naked women serving as paint canvases, but multiple organizing snafus made ArtGasm — an experimental event that was held in a REO Town warehouse on Feb. 8— more of an outlandish party and less of the bona fide festival it was supposed to be.
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