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Wednesday, December 10,2014

The billionaire up there

Tuesday, Dec. 16

by City Pulse Staff
The 19th national tour for “Annie” makes its way to East Lansing next week, 37 years out from its debut on Broadway in 1977. Its origins go back further still if you consider the beloved Depressionera comic “Little Orphan Annie” the musical was based on. The comic’s author, Harold Grey, probably had no clue back in 1924 when the strip debuted that his cartoon would be responsible for inspiring timeless hit songs like “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Maybe” and the eternally optimistic “Tomorrow.”
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Mario world

The voice of the Detroit Tigers reflects on 20 years in the big leagues

by Bill Castanier
In 1995, Mario Impemba had been calling play-by-play in minor league baseball for eight years and he was wondering how much longer he could last. Then he got a call from the Angels — that would be the major league baseball team based in Anaheim. Although his story does make it seem like someone was looking out for him.
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

‘Miracle’ workers

Williamston Theatre delivers near perfect holiday show

by Paul Wozniak
The antique furniture and appliances, non- English words in spoken English, the guilt, and the stubbornness should all be familiar to anyone who grew up in a working class, ethnicreligious home. Playwright Tom Dudzick nails the Polish-Catholic family in “Miracle on South Division Street,” which is no doubt transcribed from his own experience. In spite of its familiar character types and “traditional values”-themed story, Williamston Theatre’s production, directed by Rob Roznowski, feels refreshingly original.
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
10th Annual Punks Vs. Pokes, Friday, Dec. 12 With a promise of “tuneful twang, thunderous punk and everything in between,” each year Punks Vs. Pokes hosts a dueling roster of punk rock and alt-country bands at Mac’s Bar. The annual showcase is hosted by Aaron Bales of...
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Last minute gift guide: The vinyl frontier

local entrepreneurs make art out of old record albums

by Allan I. Ross
Who knows why interest in vinyl records is waxing these days. Perhaps it’s the soothing crackles and pops of a needle sneaking through the grooves, or maybe it’s just nostalgia for dust jackets and liner notes. But for Records Redone, albums are both the message and the medium.
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
While yoga, spinning and boot camp classes will soon be filled to capacity by New Year’s resolution makers, local women have a new option that is bound to be a conversation starter: Pole dancing. Welcome to Stilettos & Steel Fitness on Lansing’s west side. “This isn’t training for the strip club,” said owner/ instructor Candice Tess. “Pole builds confidence and strength. A lot of women come thinking this would be fun, but say they’re really impressed how hard of a workout it is.”
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

How deep the rabbit hole goes

New Saper exhibit threatens to peel the skin off the real world

by Jonathan Griffith
While browsing the eclectic works along the walls of East Lansing’s Saper Galleries, it’s easy to feel like you’ve tumbled down one hell of a cultural rabbit hole. The pieces come from eras throughout time and from all over the world, with styles and media as varied as the subject matter. If there’s could be a factor that lends consistency to this artistic smorgasbord, it’s the enthusiasm for the works by the gallery’s owner, Roy Saper. With energetic aplomb, Saper can illustrate the ways of how well deserved an exhibit’s home on his walls can be.
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Lat minute gift guide: Hunger never takes a break

Food, volunteered time are also good gifts this holiday season

by Danielle Welke
Whatever you call it — tzedakah, zakat, alms, shabdosh, charity — this is the time of the year when people in mid-Michigan start to think about giving their time, money or food items to nonprofit organizations. The Greater Lansing Food Bank is a leader, distributing to seven counties and over 120 food pantries to families in need. Not only does the Food Bank receive food, but it also supplies shampoo, toothpaste, dog food and a variety of miscellaneous supplies that are needed for everyday life.
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Last minute gift guide: Made in lansing

cross some gifts off your list with locally made goods

by KRISTA WILSON
If you’re looking to keep your holiday dollars local, consider one of these gifts: Fabiano’s Candy The body craves sugar this time of the year — it’s a basic human desire. Maybe that’s why giving sweets is a December tradition. Since 1924, Fabiano&rsquo...
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Friday, December 5,2014

Extending last call

Bernero opposes bill to let bars stay open to 4 a.m.

by City Pulse Staff
FRIDAY, Dec. 5 — Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is against allowing bars to stay open an extra two hours until 4 a.m., as a bill working its way through the state Legislature would permit.
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