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Wednesday, April 4,2012

A musical melting pot

LCC's 'American Spirit' has a little of everything

by Adam Ilenich
When you call your show “The American Spirit,” you want a cast that reflects that idea. So director Vickie Diebold brought together 30 dancers and multiple styles for the Lansing Community College spring concert.
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Wednesday, April 4,2012

Would The Dude abide?

Venerable Lansing bowling alley parts with tradition to court a new generation

by Andy McGlashen
Nowhere else in Lansing would Don Draper look so at home as in the mid-century splendor of the Spare Time Entertainment Center’s cocktail lounge. From the black leather booths to the pendant lighting and starburst bar top, it could easily double as a set for one of those soggy power lunches on “Mad Men.”
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Wednesday, April 4,2012

Pinsonnault's picks

This year's Top of the Town Local TV News personality winner spotlights some of his favorite things about living in Lansing

by Evan Pinsonnault
Common Ground Music Festival: It was the first community event I went to after starting as TV-6 morning anchor back in July of 2009. In fact, it was my first day of work at the station! I remember Tim (Barron) introducing me on the mainstage party deck that Monday night and poking fun at pronouncing “Pinsonnault.” Who’d have thunk that two years later I’d be co-hosting the event with him and interviewing many of the artists live on-air for WLNS. And I’m looking forward to repeating that success again this summer, both for the CG audiences each night and the viewers of TV-6.
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

Eat this book

It's time to belly up for the Edible Book Contest

by Lawrence Cosentino
Each year, on or around April 1, a global network of book nuts takes Bacon literally. Edible Book contests are hosted at schools and literary clubs from France to Russia to Brazil to Australia, with Michigan events at Michigan State University’s Center for Poetry Monday and the Kalamazoo Book Festival April 6.
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

Advice Goddess

Manure and wife & doctors without borders

by Amy Alkon
Q: My fiancee insists on having our wedding at “THE most magical place to get married,” this beautiful lake resort. Her family’s well-off, but having it there creates a financial hardship for my relatives and our friends, who are working crappy jobs in a terrible economy. Our guests mostly live in our hometown, and the lake is a four-hour drive each way, and there are no affordable places to stay.
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

Bad medicine

Professor Susan Reverby writes about medical research gone wrong

by Bill Castanier
Reverby, the Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas and Professor of Women´s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College and an historian of American women, medicine and nursing, speaks April 5 at the Michigan State University’s World View Lecture Series.
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

No easy answers

Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. rises to the challenge of the emotionally charged drama 'Next Fall'

by Paul Wozniak
This isn't science-fiction. It's a question of faith that drives the core conflict between the two lead characters in the Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. production of "Next Fall." In Geoffrey Nauffts' script, the rhetorical debate pits spiritual certainty against science on a personal level.
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

A Southern sizzler

'Memphis' raises the roof — and the temperature

Colorful, energetic, and chock-full of heart, “Memphis” is the best surprise to happen to East Lansing since the early cherry blossom explosion last week. And like that brief dash of summer we had, “Memphis” is a real scorcher.
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Mac’s Bar will be kickin’ the bass Saturday when five Michigan-based DJs spin some bass-heavy electro. Hitting the decks at the event, dubbed “Mac’s Hot Shit,” is DJ C. Phear (from Detroit), POPSH!T (from Kalamazoo), K@dog (from Detroit), iNoV8 (from East Lansing), and Peppstep. Over the past 10 years DJ C. Phear, a.k.a. Casey Phear, has become a fixture in the Detroit electronic music scene and a driving force in the Michigan dubstep and DNB scenes. His sets also include jungle, jump-up, trip hop, liquid DNB, and soul dubs.
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

Love on the rocks

Take two hard-luck cases, add one wise bartender, throw in songs and shake it up: That's 'The Usual'

by James Sanford
Now through April 22 Williamston Theatre 122 S. Putnam St., Williamston Preview 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29; all seats $15 Friday, March 30 through April 22: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; 3 p.m.
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