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Wednesday, July 20,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
Opening the show are The Fencemen (featuring members of Small Brown Bike and Ettison Clio), along with locals Frank and Earnest, plus Aspiga from New Jersey. Narc Out the Reds also recently pressed up a 7-inch single, which will be released at the show.
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Wednesday, July 20,2011

The Screening Room

Bob Baldori found the keys to a rocking documentary

by James Sanford
No one can accuse Baldori of playing it safe on his first directorial project. “Boogie Stomp” ambitiously weaves together three plotlines: Baldori’s working relation' ship and friendship with his partner, Bob Seeley; Seeley’s background in the Detroit music scene; and the rise of the boogiewoogie form in American music.
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Wednesday, July 20,2011

The grant is gone, but the beat goes on for the Community Dance Project

Two programs feature groups of varying sizes and music of all styles

by Christina Strong
Melissa Lilje, artistic director of the CDP, says its 17 dances are set to a variety of tunes, including contemporary classical music, country, and hip hop. The dances are divided into two shows: Program A features casts of one to five dancers, while Program B includes the more elaborate numbers.
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Wednesday, July 20,2011

Mighty Medicine hosts CD release party Saturday

by Ashley Brown
The CD release party takes place at Saturday at the Creole Gallery and features performances by vocalist Rockelle Whitaker, the folk reggae band Billiards Music; Peter, Paul and Cat; solo guitarist Elden Kelly and jazz singer Anissa Risper..
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Wednesday, July 13,2011

Upon this rock

MSU prof David Stowe plugs into Christian pop

by Lawrence Cosentino
In the 1970s, Jesus made his own big move into the secular world, backed by infectious tunes, electric guitars and drum kits. My new friend across the street, George, couldn’t stop talking about “Jesus Christ Superstar.” (He played it for me when his disapproving parents were gone.
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Wednesday, July 13,2011

D.O.A. in A2

A psychotic killer stalks the streets of Ann Arbor in ‘Very Bad Men’

by Bill Castanier
In his second book, “Very Bad Men,” Dolan continues to write about the “mean” streets of Ann Arbor, but expands his mystery playground to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. (The U.P. is also starring in two other mysteries this year in books by Jim Harrison and Steve Hamilton.
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Wednesday, July 13,2011

'Creek' speak

Star John Lepard talks about Williamston’s latest world premiere

by Paul Wozniak
A culture clash becomes a comic civil war in Williamston Theatre’s “And the Creek Don’t Rise.” Penned by frequent Williamston collaborator Joseph Zettelmaier, “Creek” follows a work-displaced Michigan couple (Williamston Theatre executive director...
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Wednesday, July 13,2011

He jumped off the Speedwagon, but stayed on the road

Duke Tumatoe remains true to his bluesy roots

by Rich Tupica
“I take inspiration from a lot of the stuff I grew up listening to: I grew on the south side of Chicago in the ’50s and ’60s ' I was exposed to it as a kid,” Tumatoe said. “They played it on the radio. It’s what we listened to. I got to hear some of the best electric blues players in Chicago: Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf.
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Wednesday, July 13,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
There is no cover charge for co-op residents and they can bring a “ 1” guest. Also, residents and their 1 guest will have a “line by-pass” as well, so no waiting in line outside to get in, no matter what time they show up. $4 for non-co-op residents..
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Wednesday, July 13,2011

The Screening Room

Closing the curtain on a decade of Pottermania

by James Sanford
“Go ahead. Read it. You know you want to.”  The boldly lettered posters were all over London, but I never bothered to notice exactly what they were promoting. Some sleazy celebrity tell-all, I guessed. I couldn’t have been more laughably offbase. The campaign was...
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