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Wednesday, April 1,2015

New in town: Royal makeover

Downtown Lansing’s Knight Cap gets new owners, revamped interior

Last September, I broke the news that an interested party had signed a purchase agreement with Charlie Sinadinos to buy her fine dining establishment, the Knight Cap, downtown Lansing’s longest continuously operating restaurant. At the time, that party asked to not be named, but last week it became official: Leo A. Farhat Jr. and his son, Gregory Farhat, are the new owners of the Knight Cap.
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas at The Loft, Friday, April 3 Emerging Michigan-based band Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas has been busy lately. Within the past year, it recorded its new album, “Secret Evil,” performed the single “Sorry I Stole Your Man” on...
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Lillies and rosés

Great wines for your Easter dinner

by Justin King
It’s time to come clean about your plans, Lansingites. Easter Sunday is a few days away, and you don’t really know what’s going on. No one tells you any of the crucial details. There you are, just asking what you can do to help. Lesson number one: Everyone’s still improvising, even mom and dad. Family Easter is pretty much a ham-gut couch journey, fueled by the futility of wishing for mercury north of 60. Fat chance.
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Mann behind the mask

Wednesday, April 1

by Ty Forquer
Nearly three years ago, Chris Mann stood under the bright lights as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice.” Tonight, Mann will lurk in the shadows of the Wharton Center as the phantom in a gritty, revamped “The Phantom of the Opera.”
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Close encounters of the verse kind

Lansing celebrates National Poetry Month

by Laurie Hollinger
No fooling — today marks the first day of April, a month also known as National Poetry Month. Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month was created to highlight the work of American poets, encourage the reading of poems, bring more poetry into classrooms and to encourage increased support for poets and poetry. All events listed are free and open to the public.
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Artists at work

Peckham and MSU reveal collaborative art installation

by Ariel Rogers
A crowd of artists, employees, administration, friends and family gathered Thursday as Peckham Inc. revealed “Art@ Work,” an ambitious art project five years in the making. Katy Perry’s “Firework” played as a light show illuminated the 200-footwide by 40-foot-tall installation on the wall of Peckham’s manufacturing floor.
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Bringing country to the capital

Bear Creek Brothers tap into Nashville sound on its new EP

by Sarah Spohn
With a little twang and a whole lot of heart, Bear Creek Brothers are growing a new crop of Lansing county fans. With 94.1 flipping the switch from alternative rock to classic country, the duo seems to be hootin’ and hollerin’ at just the right time and place. Fusion Shows hosted the band’s debut EP release party at the Loft on Friday. An energetic crowd scuffled across the Loft’s dance floor, line-dancing skills on full display.
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Thursday, March 26,2015

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Food and Fun

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, MARCH 29 — There's a Scottish theme to this week's newsletter. Purely by coincidence, two of the authors are from the north end of the UK. The third book? I'll let you decide what group it might belong to. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Barge of slow ravishment

'Xerxes' brings delicate Baroque opera to MSU

by Lawrence Cosentino
It´s a heady week for music winos. For the first time in MSU Opera Theatre´s history, director Melanie Helton is going all the way to the back of the cellar and uncorking the really good stuff — from 1738. Baroque opera is about 30 years into a worldwide resurgence at places like Cooperstown´s Glimmerglass Festival. Finally, the barge of slow ravishment is penetrating the wilds of the Red Cedar River in the form of George Frederic Handel´s “Xerxes,” the “Messiah” composer´s last operatic masterpiece.
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Curatin call: Beauty in simplicity

Nathan Dome and Sally Hecksel deliver pitch-perfect performances

by Tom Helma
Less is, indeed, sometimes more. In the canon of theater, there are large, block-buster mega-musicals, and then there are small minimusicals. ‘They’re Playing Our Song” is one of the latter. A mini-musical of a mere 11 songs, peppered, however, with some of the most witty dialogue that playwright Neil Simon has to offer.
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