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Wednesday, April 9,2014

The hammer and the brush

Drummer Jeff Hamilton knows how to play well with others

by Lawrence Cosentino
They call him “The Hammer,” but veteran jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton is more versatile than that. And nicer.
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

Festival shuffle

Microbrew and Music Festival changes location back to Adado Riverfront Park

by City Pulse Staff
Organizers for Lansing’s inaugural Microbrew and Music Festival announced this week that the festival will return to its original planned location in Adado Riverfront Park downtown.
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

Out On the Town

by City Pulse Staff
THURSDAY, APRIL 10 >> ‘Particle Fever’ at Studio C! We live in an incomprehensibly vast universe, but by looking at its smallest components, maybe we can get some insight on how it works. “Particle Fever” takes viewers inside the particle-smashing Large...
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

CCFF Movie Reviews

by City Pulse
Reviewers are: David Barker, Lawrence Cosentino, Mary Cusack and Shawn Parker. “Valhalla” (64 min., directed by Nick Waggoner) A man lays spread-eagled on a sunbaked mesa. Modern life, a narrator tells us, has gotten too complicated and soulless. Remember your first child...
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

Digital healing

4th Annual Capital City Film Festival demonstrates mass media’s therapeutic power

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When people talk about the effects of entertainment on society, it’s usually not in high regard. Movies and video games are blamed for desensitizing people to violence, while each new wave of pop music is summarily dismissed as mindless dreck. Decades before people were dissing the wup-wup-wup-WHOMP of dubstep, they were scandalized by anything with an accentuated back-beat. Today’s old guard is always yesterday’s vanguard, where controversy plus time equals quaint.
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

Girl, uninterrupted

Q&A with Sandra Collins, star of Capital City Film Festival documentary 'Girl'

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Wednesday, April 9 — On Thursday, electronic dance music DJ Sandra Collins will take the stage at the Loft for a free show, kicking off the 4th annual Capital City Film Festival. Collins is the featured performer in the documentary, “Girl,” directed by Kandeyce Collins. The film will have its North American premiere at the festival earlier that evening.
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

New In Town

RED CEDAR SPIRITS/SLEEPWALKER ALE AND SPIRITS/SOUP SPOON CAFE

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week I told you about two new Lansing area micro-distilleries: Sanctuary Spirits in Grand Ledge and American Fifth Spirits, which will open in downtown Lansing sometime this summer. But that’s not all the notable potable news in the area.
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

Latin pride

Music festival celebrates 10 days of Latin American culture

by Alexandra Harakas
Two weeks ago, the film “Cesar Chavez,” featuring Michael Pena as the titular civil rights leader, debuted at Lansing’s NCG Cinemas. It is one of only 664 theaters in the country — and around 10 in Michigan — that are showing the movie, and its local release was supported by a petition campaign launched by local Latin Americans that garnered over 250 signatures. A spokeswoman for NCG said the screenings are getting “good” business, including two of the daily showings that feature Spanish subtitles.
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

Art prize

Michigan Fine Arts Competition giving $5,000 to one Midwest artist

by Kyle Koehler
Friday, March 28 — An ongoing art contest could make one Lansing-area starving artist not so starving. The 32nd Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition (MFAC), open to artists all over the Midwest, started taking submissions last month; applicants have until April 11 to submit their entries. Winners will divvy up a $5,000 cash prize. There is a submission fee of $40, and is open to artists 18 and over. More information on how to submit, go to bbartcenter.org.
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

Vote for Vixens

Local roller derby league has shot at $25,000 prize

by Nicole Halvorsen
The Lansing Derby Vixens hope to skate past the competitors to win a national contest this week. The local roller derby team has made it to the top 10 in the “Make Your Idea Happen” contest, sponsored by the office supplies chain Staples. The contest puts the Derby Vixens in the running (rolling?) for a chance at a grand prize of $25,000 gift certificate to Staples.
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