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Wednesday, January 30,2013

The next riff

$1 million gift to MSU Jazz Studies program is a 'game-changer'

by Lawrence Cosentino
As seductive in college as it was in the clubs, jazz has long had the power to coax open a well-placed wallet, but a recent gift from the MSU Federal Credit Union to Michigan State University's Jazz Studies program is in a class by itself.
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

Music for a fading empire

BBC Orchestra, Keith Lockhart brings high British melancholy to Wharton

by Lawrence Cosentino
Forget FDR and Churchill, Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl or fond nods from Ronald Reagan to Margaret Thatcher. The "special relationship" between Britain and America was really cinched in 2002 when Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart was named music director of the very British BBC Concert Orchestra.
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

Lansing-area Black History Month events

by City Pulse Staff
Feb. 4: “Coffy” (1973). An example of blaxploitatoin cinema, popular in the early ´70s. African-American nurse (Pam Grier) takes violent revenge against a group of drug dealers. 7 p.m. FREE. East Lansing Public Library Meeting Room, 950 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-2...
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

First Sunday

by City Pulse Staff
New ExhibitsThe Avenue CaféPaintings by Sarah de Ruiter. Reception: 1-4 p.m. Feb. 3. Hours: 10 a.m.-midnight Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. (517) 853-0550. By the Riverside“Two-Gether,” featuring paintings by four artists and photos by Bill Norton. Ongoing: &ldq...
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

Whitehills, gold anniversary

Local women's book club celebrates 50 years of literary greats

by Bill Castanier
The Whitehills Book Club is unlike typical book clubs, which gravitate toward bestsellers and popular fiction. It's not because the women who compose the group, mostly residents of the Whitehills subdivision in East Lansing, are book snobs — instead, they like to push their collective literary taste beyond traditional fare.
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

Reaching for the 'Heights'

Despite some missteps, Peppermint Creek musical still has energy

by Paul Wozniak
If the last Hispanic characters you remember from a Broadway musical are Maria and Bernardo from "West Side Story," "In the Heights" hopes to update your memory. "In the Heights" is a feast of styles and sounds from Latin America and beyond, pouring salsa and hip-hop hooks over traditional storytelling like spicy guacamole over a bowl of chips.
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
If you love poppy punk and football, you're in luck — this show doubles as a Super Bowl Party. For the past five years, Way to Fall has been steadily gigging and recording its brand of pop-core, taking influence from their pop-punk forefathers.
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

The Midas touch

MSU exhibit mixes science and art

by Dylan Sowle
It's not often that art intersects with science, but on Sunday, visitors to the MSU Museum will be treated to an exhibit that's equal parts experiment and sculpture.
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Wednesday, January 23,2013

A soaring success

by ALLAN I. ROSS
There's a scene near the beginning of Act II of "Billy Elliot the Musical" when the 12-year-old title character (played by Ben Cook) has a vision of himself as a grown-up ballet dancer. As the lights dim and the theme from "Swan Lake" begins, smoke pours across the stage and the two start to dance in unison.
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Wednesday, January 23,2013

$#*! William Shatner says

Legendary TV, movie personality brings one-man show to Wharton

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Scrolling through William Shatner's IMDb profile is like studying the pop culture fossil record — an assertion he all but confirms after I tell him, in a bold understatement, that he's had a long career.
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