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Wednesday, June 25,2014

New in town

Strange Matter Coffee Co.

Craft beer is so last week. Entrepreneur Cara Nader is riding the next wave of specialty beverage production: Craft coffee. Nader is the owner/operator and “chief coffee engineer” for Strange Matter Coffee Co., a new café coming soon to Lansing’s newly named East Town district.
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Hot Mess at the Unicorn - June 27-28. The Hot Mess, a local rock ’n’ roll cover band, plays two nights in a row this weekend at the Unicorn Tavern in Old Town. The group is vocalist Sara Cruz, Steve Langlois (guitar), Kevin “Chip” Herbert (drummer) and bassi...
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Welcome to East Town

Eastside businesses transform neighborhood into cultural hub

by Allan I. Ross
Twenty years ago, Old Town wasn’t Old Town. It was North Town, a Bohemian neighborhood that even the people who lived there called “seedy.” Today, the quaint boutique district is home to art galleries, home decor stores, hair salons and a yoga studio. The New York Times even gave it a shout-out last year in an article about the Broad Art Museum. Old Town represent!
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Come as you are

Over the Ledge’s latest explores the dawn of sexual therapy

by Shawn Parker
Over The Ledge Theatre Co. presents a bawdy, deceptively emotional tale of a late 19th century physician that specializes in female maladies, and the complex cast of characters that orbits his practice.
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Eat drink man woman ... bird, otter, asian bear cat

Thursday, June 26

by Jonathan Griffith
If you were in Germany and a local were to tell you that it “looks like you have a monkey on your back,” they just mean it looks like you’ve had a bit too much to drink. Now, if someone were to tell you that at Potter Park Zoo, it might be cause for panic, but in consider...
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Full ‘Circle’

MSU Summer Circle show depicts fanciful origin story for annual series

by Jyotsna G. Singh
“The Summer Circle” offers a richly inventive —and entirely fictional — history of how MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre began. Written and directed Review by MSU Theatre Department Professor Rob Roznowski, it is an homage to MSU’s 54-year tradition of performing outdoor plays during the summer.
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Friday, June 20,2014

A slice of comedy

Connxtions Comedy Club auctioning off memorabilia, equipment and more

by Eric Finkler
FRIDAY, June 20 — From the windows to the walls to the handicap bathroom stalls, Connxtions Comedy Club will be selling every last bit of its property in an auction on Tuesday.
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Thursday, June 19,2014

Passion for the lyric

INTERVIEW with singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, performer at the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
THURSDAY, June 19 — At 25, Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, headliner of this weekend’s East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, is one of jazz's most promising young artists. Her playfulness, intelligence and supreme musicality drew strong comparisons from the festival’s artistic director, Rodney Whitaker, who called Salvant “a breath of fresh air” in jazz.
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Thursday, June 19,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Summer Used Book Roundup!

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, June 19 — Another trip through the used book stacks, thinking about what might be fun for the upcoming summer months. This list comes from the Grand Rapids store, so folks in Lansing will need to check on the availability of these. And they're first come, first served, so if you see something you have to have, give us a call and we'll set it aside for you. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, June 19,2014

Cutting the fat

Legislators, medical community weigh in on ways to combat obesity

by Simone Carter
THURSDAY, June 19 — This week marks the one-year anniversary of the American Medical Association officially defining obesity as a disease. Obesity has become one of America’s biggest health issues, and Michigan is at the frontline of the battle of the bulge: Michigan is ranked 10th among obesity rates in the country.
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