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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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Tuesday, April 15,2014

Tasty beer, tasteless comedy

Craft beers and raunchy comedy on tap for Brew Ha-Ha at The Loft

by Kyle Koehler
Tuesday, April 15 — Few things go hand-in-hand better than copious amounts of beer and questionably tasteful comedy. Brew Ha-Ha, the unofficial pre-party for this weekend’s Microbrew & Music Festival, takes this knowledge to heart for an event Thursday night at The Loft.
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Friday, April 11,2014

Yin and yang of Lingg

Brewer’s ‘Dreams Gone Wrong’ a mixed deck of MSU and Lansing history

by Lawrence Cosentino
More than 300 pages are packed into “Dreams Gone Wrong,” former State Rep. Lingg Brewer’s epic about gamblers and campus turmoil at Michigan State University and in Lansing during the 1960s. And each page is a fresh roll of the dice.
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Friday, April 11,2014

Kink and class

Wharton Center announces part of its 2014-’15 season

by City Pulse Staff
Friday, April 11 — East Lansing is getting kinky next year — literally. The Wharton Center announced a portion of its 2014-’15 today, 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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Friday, April 11,2014

Smee and you

The classic Peter Pan tale gets international makeover

by Kyle Koehler
Friday, April 11 — You’re probably familiar with the story of “Peter Pan.” A child refuses to grow up, lives in a mystical land called Neverland and fights pirates with the help of his fairy friend, the Darling siblings, and the Lost Boys. But what if instead of calling the Native Americans in the show racially explosive names like “redskins” and “Indians,” we actually place the story in India? That's what director Rob Roznowski set to find out.
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Thursday, April 10,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
This week’s Turn it Down is dedicated to Capital City Film Festival’s live music roster. From indie rap to sludge metal, it spans a broad spectrum of modish sounds.
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