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Tuesday, March 15,2011

Turning sound around

Lansing native delves into experimental music with Loop Goat project

by Rich Tupica
A “loop” is a short section of sound that’s repeated continuously, creating an entirely new track. It’s something Jessica Arnold fully embraces with her solo project Loop Goat.
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Wednesday, March 9,2011

Out of the maw of Minnesota

Globetrotting St. John’s Chorus makes a stop in Lansing during national spring tour

by Lawrence Cosentino
When the 46-voice St. John’s University Men’s Chorus rattles the apses and naves of Lansing’s First Presbyterian Church Saturday, local music lovers will have a chance to witness one of America’s regional wonders without hitting the interstate..
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Wednesday, March 9,2011

For filmmaker-actor Michael McCallum, it's time to get LUCKY

by Mary C. Cusack
On a recent Wednesday evening, the man who just completed the feature film “Lucky” knocks on wood without irony as he discusses his filmmaking experiences. Anyone who knows anything about making movies knows that luck has very little to do with success, and despite his gesture, Michael McCallum places his faith in hard work, not luck.
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Wednesday, March 9,2011

Turn it down: A survey of Lansing’s musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Two Brooklyn-based bands, Rex Complex and Railbird, joined forces and independently booked a United States tour, which stops at Mac’s Bar Friday. Opening the show are local rockers Narc Out the Reds and Life Size Ghost.
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Wednesday, March 2,2011

Detroit blues star Eddie Kirkland killed in car crash

Guitarist performed in November at Leroy’s Classic Bar & Grill

by Rich Tupica
Detroit blues legend Eddie Kirkland, 87, who played with the likes of John Lee Hooker and Otis Redding, was killed in an automobile accident Sunday while doing what he did since the 1940s ' touring the country and playing the blues.
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Wednesday, March 2,2011

Uncovering the underground press

Former Joint Issue reporter looks back on 1960s Lansing

by KURT ANTHONY KRUG
After writer Ken Wachsberger was released from jail for the first time in 1970 during his senior year at Michigan State University, he was a changed man and had emerged a radical. “Jail changes you; it gives you a whole new perspective," said the 61-year-old from Ann Arbor, who was one of 132 students arrested in 1970 at.
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Wednesday, March 2,2011

A heaven-sent choice

Faith led Deidreanna Potter to become a harpist; now, she's performing at Red Cedar Festival

by Yang Zhang
Growing up in a music family, Deidreanna Potter had to choose an instrument to play. But she didn’t want a common one. Inspired by her Christian faith, Potter picked the harp at age 10. “I was amazed by how many times the harp was called upon in the praise of the Lord, and I thought that must be a pretty good instrument,” she said.
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Thursday, February 24,2011

'The Wizard of Oz': Ding! Dong! The show is dead

MSU musical has technological magic, but is sorely lacking in charm

by Tom Helma
While scenic designer G. Max Maxin has thrown tons of technological video graphic wizardry at the audience in the Michigan State University Theatre production — a spectacular unfolding of everything plus the kitchen sink that a scene designer can do...
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Wednesday, February 23,2011

The green and the black

Coal-fired MSU moves toward energy transition

by Lawrence Cosentino
Holding hand-made valentines with slogans like “clean energy = true love,” a series of student speakers pushed MSU’s “Be Spartan Green” slogan up against the reality of its T.B. Simon Power Plant, the largest on-campus coal-burning power plant in the nation and one of the largest 500 coal plants in the nation.
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Wednesday, February 23,2011

Brohn’s ’Alhambra’ premieres Saturday

Double concerto was inspired by Washington Irving

by Lawrence Cosentino
Master orchestrator and arranger (and Michigan State University alum) William Brohn has crafted many award-winning sonic canvases, from Broadway’s "Miss Saigon," "Wicked" and "Ragtime" (for which he won a Tony for best orchestrations) to intense new takes on Prokofiev’s "Ivan the Terrible" and "Alexander Nevsky.
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