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Thursday, April 17,2014

Something to hold

What are record-store owners’ picks on Record Store Day?

by RJ Wolcott
Thursday, April 17 — A seemingly endless array of album artwork abounds as the sounds of the ‘70s welcome visitors to The Record Lounge, 111 Division St. in East Lansing. Plastered on the shops’ exterior windows are advertisements for Saturday’s upcoming event, Record Store Day, the most significant event for owners and aficionados across the country.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Kink and class

Wharton Center announces first part of its 2014-’15 season

by City Pulse Staff
East Lansing is getting kinky next year — literally. The Wharton Center announced a portion of its 2014-’15 last week, which includes a stop for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Kinky Boots.” Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman is coming too, but chances are his wardrobe will be much more subdued.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Out On the Town

by City Pulse
WEDNESDAY, ARPIL 16 >> SPARTANS AGAINST SLAVERY Human slavery is far from over, a fact that Lansing-based organization, Songs Against Slavery, wants to share. The group, which is dedicated to increasing awareness of modern-day sex trafficking, hosts a free concert featuring mu...
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Neverland goes to India

MSU’s ‘Peter Pan’ flies high in inventive reimagining

by Mary C. Cusack
It is not possible to crow too loudly about MSU’s production of “Peter Pan,” especially as Peter himself insists the audience do so during his showstopping number, “I Gotta Crow.” The MSU Review Department of Theatre has maximized every inch of the Pasant Theatre to create a truly spectacular fantasy with amazing production values.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

The Blake effect

Williamston native steps into new role at Peppermint Creek

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Blake Bowen realized Hollywood wasn’t for him at an audition for a fast food commercial in 2010. The Williamston native had been living in Los Angeles pursuing an acting career when he had an epiphany.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

New In Town

Grand Art Supply/Hack´s Key Shop

by ALLAN I. ROSS
A longtime Lansing business recently had a change of ownership while another will be quietly hanging up its paintbrushes later this year. Diane Engman has some big plans for Hack’s Key Shop, which she bought from retiring owner Gordon Sparks in December. Greg Limmer, owner/operator of Grand Art Supply, announced this week he’ll close his store on Nov. 30.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

PROTEST. ROCK.

A look at the '70s music scene that shaped a generation in Lansing

by Rich Tupica
The Lansing-area music scene is booming. Venues like Mac’s Bar and The Loft pack in Gen Xers and Millennials weaned on grunge, pop and electronic dance music. But in the ‘60s and ‘70s, local music had a radical, activist edge. Local bands Plain Brown Wrapper, Ormandy, The Dogs and Magic were part of an impassioned collection of groups that played free, outdoor concerts fueled by the discontent of their fan bases, made up mostly of Baby Boomer Vietnam War protesters.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Brew switcheroo

Lansing’s second music and beer festival this month settles on Adado Park

by Katy Barth
A few months ago, professional event organizer Sam Porter spotted a pile of empty beer cans after an event in East Lansing. Poking out from among the PBRs and Busch Lights, something caught his eye: a bottle from Grand Rapids-based microbrewery Founders Brewing Co. Most people wouldn’t give it a second thought, but for Porter, it was a sign of positive change in the way craft beer — and Michigan craft beer, at that — has gone mainstream.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Katy Barth
This week’s Turn It Down is dedicated to the Microbrew & Musical Festival lineup. The two-day event is part craft beer festival and part concert event. Two main stages and the separate Silent Disco tent, featuring DJ Dominate from 6-11 p.m. both nights, will spotlight an array of...
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Camp Somewhere

How to choose the best summer camp for your child

by Nicole Halvorsen
Summer vacation 2014 is only two months away and summer camp slots are filling up fast. In this section, you’ll find the first-ever City Pulse Summer Camp Guide, detailing a wide selection of camps specializing in sports, nature and science in mid-Michigan. But how do you know which one is right for your kid? And what exactly should your kid expect from a good camp?
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