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Wednesday, April 13,2011

A different kind of high art

Five local artists raise their profiles on new billboards

by Gabi Moore
Craig Mitchell Smith had noticed quite a few unrented billboards in the Lansing area. He wondered if there was something that could be done to make them more aesthetically pleasing.
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Wednesday, April 13,2011

A collector's dream

Record Store Day features limited-edition collectibles from assorted artists

by Rich Tupica
“In my eyes, it’s a tacit acknowledgement by the record industry that there’s a loyal, committed group of customers who are looking for something more than the run-of-the-mill, no frills product that the majority of music consumers give no second thought about,” Butts said.
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Wednesday, April 13,2011

Turn It Down: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
This Friday, he’ll play at the Ten Pound Fiddle. Old New England murder ballads, Southern Appalachian and Irish songs, gospel: Eriksen does them all. His music has been featured in films like Billy Bob Thornton’s “Chrystal,” “Behold the Earth” and the Oscarwinning.
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Wednesday, April 13,2011

A citywide cinematic celebration

The Capital City Film Festival gets underway Thursday with shorts, features, music and a John Hughes tribute

by James Sanford
As far as Capital City Film Festival co-founder Dominic Cochran is concerned, there’s plenty of room in Lansing for more than one film fest. After all, this is not going to be a cinematic battle royale, with two organizations slugging it out for prime pictures.
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Wednesday, April 13,2011

The Screening Room

For director Tom McCarthy, it’s a ’Win Win’ situation

by James Sanford
BIRMINGHAM — His movie is called "Win Win." But this particular Friday morning had almost been a lose/lose for writer-director Tom McCarthy.
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Wednesday, April 13,2011

Breaking new (Common) Ground

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trey Songz dated for July music festival

by Alyssa Gienapp
The first acts have been announced for this year’s Common Ground Music Festival, and music fans should prepare for a dose of classic rock from the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd and a dash of contemporary R&B, courtesy of Trey Songz.
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

'Inspiration' lacks foundation

Riverfront sculpture needs more money for a pedestal

by Lawrence Cosentino
There’s a ton of sculpture coming to downtown Lansing ' literally ' but nowhere to put it.
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

30 days of verse

April is the time to cherish; Poetry — let it never perish!

by Bill Castanier
Allen Ginsberg would be howling over poetry’s evolution from coffee houses and the dank corridors of ivy-covered halls to highway billboards proclaiming “I geek poetry.” He would also be pleased that poetry is still being used to extort social causes..
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
This Friday the band’s “Dirge Across America Tour” will stop at Mac’s Bar. In April 2010 after the re-release of “Abuse,” Wormrot’s debut album on Earache Records, the group embarked on another tour across Europe and the United States. The band will release a new full-length titled “Dirge” in May.
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

The Screening Room

'Mad Men' in limbo? Here are some alternatives

by James Sanford
You’ve heard the news: AMC’s “Mad Men” is on hiatus until sometime next year. No more flashbacks to the days of Mother’s Little Helpers and Daddy’s After- Work/Pre-Dinner Glass of Scotch.
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