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Friday, January 17,2014

Rocking in Memphis

Capital Area Blues Society to host 11th annual fundraiser

by Nicole Halvorsen
Friday, Jan. 17 — The Capital Area Blues Society hosts its annual Beale Street Bound Blues Party this Sunday. The event serves as a fundraiser to send musicians who won the local Blues Brawl contest to compete at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 21-25.
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Thursday, January 16,2014

Notes from Neil

A Mid-Winter's Mix

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Jan. 16 — One thing you won't see in this newsletter are reviews of the various self-improvement books that pop up like mushrooms this time of year - you know, the ones that make you feel bad about already having broken your resolutions. Why not? Because I've always believe...
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Thursday, January 16,2014

Lansing’s got comedy

‘America’s Got Talent’ runner-up comes to Lansing

by Nicole Halvorsen
Thursday, Jan. 16 — Taylor Williamson is telling the story about performing a year ago at a girl’s sweet 16 at her mom’s Korean restaurant. “It was horrible, it was a bunch of teenagers who didn’t care about me performing,” he said. “I got about $50. My biggest career goal is to never do that again.”
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Wednesday, January 15,2014

Out on the Town

by City Pulse Staff
THURSDAY, JAN. 16 >> Mike Birbiglia at the Wharton Center Comedian/storyteller Mike Birbiglia comes to the Wharton Center, and just in the nick of time: Nothing warms you up like a good belly laugh. Birbiglia last graced the Wharton Center stage in 2012 with his one-man show &...
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Wednesday, January 15,2014

Premium Russia

Lansing Symphony makes hearts sing at latest MasterWorks concert

by UTE VON DER HEYDEN
The Lansing Symphony Orchestra sounded great at its MasterWorks 4 concert, “Tchaikovsky & Beyond,” at the Wharton Center Saturday night. The all-Russian program began and ended with suites from two of Tchaikovsky’s ballets, “Sleeping Beauty” and “Swan Lake,” and included another, less performed ballet suite from Igor Stravinsky: “The Fairy’s Kiss.” The program also featured a performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 by guest soloist David Requiro.
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Wednesday, January 15,2014

Anger management

Courtroom drama cuts like a dagger

by Paul Wozniak
“Twelve Angry Men” depicts an optimistic, if not idealistic vision of the American judicial process. The myth of a man changing his peers’ opinions through reason is the jury room equivalent to Wyatt Earp taming the West.
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Wednesday, January 15,2014

Tune in, space out

Ambient musician gets atmospheric at MSU's Abrams Planetarium

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Although John Boyle attended Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, he said he didn’t get much out of his classroom time when he was there.
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Wednesday, January 15,2014

Illusions of life

‘Her,’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ have some existential fun

by ALLAN I. ROSS
With full acknowledgement to Tyler Durden, the idea that everyone’s a beautiful and unique snowflake is classic, all-American hooey. But why would anybody choose to buy into a reality where the world is an unfair, arbitrary place when self-deception is infinitely more palatable?
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Wednesday, January 15,2014

New In Town

Kirabo Fair Trade/Old Town Businesses

by ALLAN I. ROSS
After six-and-a-half years of selling fair trade items at Kirabo, her store in East Lansing, owner/operator Gail Catron is selling the business. But it’s not for a lack of commerce.
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Wednesday, January 15,2014

Duke elegant

Tom Wopat talks jazz, Tarantino and ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ in HD

by Rich Tupica
It’s been 28 years since Tom Wopat squealed around the fictional roads of Hazzard County in that old Dodge Charger, The General Lee, in the hit CBS show “The Dukes of Hazzard.” These days, however, he’s committed to recording jazz music and acting on Broadway.
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