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Wednesday, April 2,2014

Curtain Call: A deaf in the family

Peppermint Creek drama explores family communication in a different way

by Mary C. Cusack
For those who have wished they could tune out their family during a Christmas fight over who ruined the childhood of whom, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.’s “Tribes” will serve as a cautionary tale. There is a fate worse than suffering petty familial bickering: Sitting on the sidelines in silence.
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Wednesday, April 2,2014

Five-star ‘Hotel’

Ralph Fiennes leads all-star cast in quirky, comedic ‘Grand Budapest’

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Over the last 18 years, writer/director Wes Anderson has refined a whimsical cinematic style that has the lushness of a Merchant Ivory weepie and the whirligig wackiness of a “Peewee’s Playhouse” episode. His films are stocked with offbeat characters, frequently featuring big name actors rendered unrecognizable by deliberately horrible makeup, who converse in bouncy Seussian rhythms and crackling Wildean wit. Stop-motion animation, elegant set design and sideways tracking shots abound.
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Wednesday, April 2,2014

New In Town

SANCTUARY SPIRITS/AMERICAN FIFTH SPIRITS

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In the last two years, the Lansing area has welcomed two microbreweries to the growing craft beer scene: BAD Brewing Co. in Mason and EagleMonk Pub and Brewery in Delta Township. Two more have been announced, but while we’re waiting for Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale and Music Street Brewing Co. to start cranking out suds, another trend in mid- Michigan alcohol production has arisen: micro-distilleries.
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Wednesday, April 2,2014

Ales in the outfield

‘Beer hounds’ take over downtown ballpark for first-time event

by Katy Barth
As opening day fever sweeps across the country this week, it’s officially OK to start using the word “summer” again in regular conversation — as in baseball’s boys of summer, who took to the field after the bitterest winter in recent memory. But who’s to say America’s pastime is the game itself and not the forum for open-air, public socializing … and, you know, all that beer drinking.
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Wednesday, April 2,2014

Magazine and be seen

Three Lansing artists featured in high profile art publications this spring

by Kyle Koehler
Word about the thriving Lansing art scene was bound to get out sooner or later. This month the praises of three local artists who specialize in quilting, watercolor painting and Japanese woodblock printing, respectively, are getting national attention — international attention, in one case. Jane Reiter, Mark Mehaffey and Linda Beeman, all members of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, are featured in the April/May issues of high profile art magazines.
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Tuesday, April 1,2014

What’s happening in Lansing today

by City Pulse Staff
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Capital City Toastmasters Meeting. Learn public speaking and leadership skills. 7 p.m. FREE. CADL Downtown Lansing Library, 401 S. Capitol Ave., Lansing. (517) 367-6300, cadl.org. Speakeasies Toastmasters. Improve listening, analysis, leadership and presentatio...
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Monday, March 31,2014

What’s happening in Lansing today

by City Pulse Staff
Monday, March 31 Learn to Meditate. Taught by Bob Teachout. Enter at rear of building. 8:15-9 p.m. Donations. C. Weaver Physical Therapy Exercise Studio, 1720 Abbey Road, East Lansing. (517) 272-9379.  Adult Rape Survivor Support Group. Pre-registration preferred. 6-7:30 p.m. FR...
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Thursday, March 27,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Some Spring Novels

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Mar. 27 — I often start things off with a comment about the weather, but after this late-March week I'd rather change the subject. How about the NCAA basketball tournament? Nope, just looked at my bracket in shambles. How about books? Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, March 27,2014

Bronze icon

Lansing hosts program to honor man behind Spartan statue

by Nicole Halvorsen
Thursday, March 27 — The artwork that launched a thousand of selfies will be honored next week. Michigan State University’s statue, The Spartan, and its sculptor, Leonard Jungwirth, will be the subject of an informational program by Historical Society of Greater Lansing next Thursday, April 3.
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Wednesday, March 26,2014

All about Ava

Lansing Symphony unleashes principal trombonist in explosive concerto

by Lawrence Cosentino
Ava Ordman will get more than a spotlight at Saturday’s MasterWorks concert. The Lansing Symphony’s principal trombonist is about to straddle a bomb like Slim Pickens in “Dr. Strangelove” and ride it to a climax no listener is likely to forget.
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