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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Local H at The Loft, Saturday, Oct. 18 Alt-rock band Local H, best known for its 1996 post-grunge tune “Bound for the Floor” (you remember, “And you just don’t get it/keep it copasetic!”), plays a free show Saturday at the Loft. Opening are the Legal I...
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

UNCORKED: O Canada%u2028

A tour of Niagara-area vineyards

by Alan Kerr
Wednesday, Oct. 15 — Thousands of people travel to Niagara, Canada, each year to enjoy the wonders of the falls, embrace the historic impressions of Niagara on Lake or embark upon one of the hiking trails along the Niagara Escarpment. There’s also a route that allows oenophiles to sample some of the area’s wonderful and diverse wines.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

What Lies Beneath

by Jonathan Griffith
Its about this time of year that most Michiganders are cracking open protective slips full of winter attire to prepare for the unrelenting cold. So as you’re zipping up your umpteenth layer, try and comprehend this: There was a time when Michigan was always warm. In fact, it was cove...
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Monday, October 13,2014

Turn it down

Mid-Michigan Zine Fair edition

by Rich Tupica
Self-publishing a DIY magazine, or “zine,” takes a lot of work. I should know. In June 2008, local graphic designer Kara Swanson and I self-published a free Lansing-focused music and art zine called — get this — “Turn it Down!” The release show for the zine featured 15 area bands and drew about 200 locals to the now defunct Basement 414. Then, in early 2009, City Pulse approached me to write a local music column under the “Turn it Down” moniker. Thanks to that one-issue zine, for the past five years City Pulse has dedicated this page to highlighting localmusic shows.
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Monday, October 13,2014

‘Once’ bitten

Academy Award-winning film get the musical treatment at Wharton

by Beth Waldon
Monday, Oct. 13 — This week, “Once” comes to the Wharton Center for a six-day run. Based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, it’s the story of an Irish musician whose recent connection with a woman inspires him to take his music to the next level. The show brings 12 actor/musicians on stage, enhancing the musical touch behind the story.
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Friday, October 10,2014

In memoriam

Memorial for longtime Lansing actress, director to be held this Sunday

by City Pulse Staff
Friday, Oct. 10 — A memorial for longtime Lansing community theater icon Addiann Hinds has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday. Hinds died of lung cancer Sept. 22. She was 75.
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Thursday, October 9,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Two Kinds of Drama, with a Physics Chaser

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, OCT. 9 — Having always been fascinated by what the moon does, I found the recent blood moon spellbinding. The full moon of the night before was one of the brightest I've seen and, per my experiment on my back deck, was bright enough to read by. A celestial booklight, so to speak. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, October 9,2014

Fashion statement

The Runway aims to design new potential for downtown Lansing

by Anne Abendroth
THURSDAY, OCT. 9 – It might look retro but everything about The Runway is stylish, new and fashion-forward. The fashion and design incubator brings back the retail roots to the former Knapp’s department store in downtown Lansing. The Runway is the first tenant to open in the newly renovated historic structure. It’s located on the Washtenaw Street side of the building.
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Wednesday, October 8,2014

Sock of the new

Young soloist, new music spice up Lansing Symphony

by Lawrence Cosentino
A young piano soloist and a baby-fresh piece of music (by classical standards, at least) promise to liven up Saturday’s Lansing Symphony slate. But Maestro Timothy Muffitt is not rolling the dice. Neither are unproven quantities. In fall 2012, Muffitt brought Colton Peltier (pronounced “pell-tee-air”) in to solo with the Baton Rouge Symphony, which Muffitt also leads. Audience feedback was so positive that Peltier came back a year later to open the 2013-‘14 season.
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Wednesday, October 8,2014

Extra bass hit

Christian McBride digs in for MSU residency, big band concert

by Lawrence Cosentino
Christian McBride, one of the greatest bassists in jazz history and a veteran of over 300 recordings, has played with Sonny Rollins, James Brown and Sting. He’s traded licks with Philadelphia rappers, Egyptian oud players and opera diva Renée Fleming. He doesn’t believe in saying “no.”
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