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Wednesday, April 25,2012

Straight from the harp

Deidreanna Potter plays with Lansing Concert band

by City Pulse
Deidreanna Potter, a 17-year-old harpist from Charlotte, receives the Kenneth G. Bloomquist Lansing Concert Award at Saturday´s Band Lansing Concert Band performance; 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28 she will perform Dart Auditorium composer David 500 N. Capitol Ave.
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

Running against the wind

First Lansing Marathon came together, despite difficulties and challenges

by ALLAN I. ROSS
At 7:35 a.m., several hundred people are milling about in the shadow of the Accident Fund Building, jumping and stretching to keep warm. It’s cold enough to snow, but clear blue skies belie that fear. The cutting northeast wind is their concern today. Well, that and the daunting challenge of running 26.2 miles before lunch.
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
The Mitten Mavens, a Lansing-based all-female roller derby team, hosts a rock show fundraiser Friday at Mac’s Bar. Taking the stage is a bill full of local rockers, including Narc Out the Reds, The Playback (local indie rock), Charlie Slick (electro-glam from Ann Arbor), Inflatable Best Friend (Kalamazoo-based rock), and The Dolphins (local garage/rock-n-roll).
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

The screening room

Connect with the superb Oscar-winning 'Separation'

by James Sanford
(Note: After this week's City Pulse was published, the booking of "A Separation" at Celebration Lansing was canceled. We will let you know if the film is rescheduled.) The engrossing, fascinatingly detailed Iranian drama “A Separation” reminds us that pointing fingers can be very risky business indeed. Writer-director Asghar Farhadi argues that the workings of the world are so tricky that simple solutions and easy answers are often hard to find.
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

Congo lines

A brothel madam battles brutal realities in the Pulitzer-winning 'Ruined'

by James Sanford
But while Mama Nadi may be able to manipulate her customers and her employees, she can’t shut out the realities of what’s going on outside her door, nor can she turn away from the traumas her employees have experienced: broken families, sexual slavery and the disgrace of being “ruined” by rapists.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Fiddler on the podium

Joshua Bell becomes conductor of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

by Lawrence Cosentino
There hasn’t been a player-manager in baseball since Pete Rose in the 1980s, but the breed is far from extinct. Classical violinist Joshua Bell, already destined for the Fiddle Hall of Fame, will both solo with and conduct the fabled Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in a meaty all-Beethoven program at the Wharton Center Saturday.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Art farmers

Broad Museum infiltrates the soil with the launch of 'The Land Grant'

by Lawrence Cosentino
The culture shock of the ultramodern Eli and Edythe Broad Museum springing up at agricultural-rooted Michigan State University has already been compared to a spaceship landing in a cornfield. Little did we know the infiltration would start from the grass roots.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Advice Goddess

Inner booty & Romeo must dial

by Amy Alkon
Q: In your answer to “Dismayed,” the 32-year-old woman with a Ph.D. who was unimpressed by the men she was meeting, I was struck by how cold and calculating it all sounds: Women evolved to marry money and power; men look for eye candy to parade around on their arms. As a man who doesn’t bring money or power to the table, what do I have to give up? Why can’t you just fall in love like you got hit by a ton of bricks and have that be enough?
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Common Ground adds Bush and Kevin Costner

by City Pulse
Yes, that's the same Kevin Costner you know from “Field of Dreams,” “Dances With Wolves” and “The Bodyguard.” He formed the Modern West band in 2007 and released a country album, “Untold Truths,” in 2008. Costner and Modern West come to Common Ground July 11.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Ready to run

Lansing Marathon is set for Sunday

by City Pulse
An estimated 2,000 runners are expected to participate in the first Lansing Marathon on Sunday. The 26.2 mile course begins at the Accident Fund building and runners will travel through Kircher Park, Potter Park Zoo, Michigan State University and REO Town before finishing at the Capitol Building. Participants have seven hours to complete the marathon, which begins at 8 a.m.
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