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Friday, January 9,2015

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Getting Caught Up

by Neil Rajala
FRIDAY, JAN. 9 — Spending the last few weeks of the year recapping things I've already written about, while great fun, does cause me to miss a book or two that came out near the end of the year that truly deserve to be mentioned. Here are two significant titles that fit that description and will amply reward the time you spend with them. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, January 8,2015


WLNS anchor, man-about-town leaves Lansing for Los Angeles

by Allan I. Ross
In 1971, iconic Detroit news anchor Bill Bonds, who died last month, popped up briefly in “Escape from the Planet of the Apes.” Five years later, his station mate at WXYZ-TV, Diana Lewis, cameoed in “Rocky.” Neither strayed far from their field of expertise — they both played reporters — and they both returned to their real jobs when filming was complete. For them, apparently, showbiz was just a moonlighting gig.
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

‘The Voice’ by proxy

Cellist Bion Tsang sings with a cello at Saturday’s Lansing Symphony concert

by Lawrence Cosentino
Austin-based cellist Bion Tsang, guest soloist for Saturday’s Lansing Symphony concert, coaches youth football, loves to roughhouse with his three young kids and has a great laugh. He sounds like a guy most people can relate to. Yes and no.
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

The perpetual optimist

Lansing sci fi author pays Z homage to ‘Dr. Who,’ ‘Peanuts’

by Bill Castanier
Much like a professional athlete, Lansing-based science fiction writer Jim C. Hines has felt the buzz of performing at the highest possible levels in his profession. Hines, 40, has just published his 10th science fiction novel, “Unbound,” the third in his “Magic Ex Libris” series. “It’s almost like nothing else when you are writing and everything comes together,” Hines said. “You say, ‘Now I’ve got it. I’ve created something really good.’”
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Duhks at Ten Pound Fiddle, Friday, Jan. 16 The Duhks perform the first show of the Ten Pound Fiddle’s winter season. The Canadian band, known for its energetic modern folk sound, formed in 2001 in Winnipeg. The five-piece group blends old-fashioned folk with French Canadian a...
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

‘Comedy is not for everybody’

J.J. Walker on Cosby, Ferguson and comedy’s role in race relations

by Allan I. Ross
Don’t ask Jimmie Walker to say “Dyno-MITE!” Even though it’s the catchphrase of his breakout character, J.J., which made him a star on the groundbreaking ‘70s TV show “Good Times”— not to mention itīs the name of his autobiography — he won’t do it. At least not over the phone.
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
Lansing’s east side gained a new restaurant last week when China Flavor opened at 2033 E. Michigan Ave. It joins Asian Gourmet on that busy block, giving diners yet another cause for pause for Asian cuisine between Michigan State University and the Capitol.
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

The tuber mensch

Williamston artist puts potatoes in the spotlight

by Jonathan Griffith
The world of culinary arts is replete with all sorts of accouterments featuring potatoes, the fourth largest food crop in the world, but it has seldom found a home within the confines of a frame. Sure, van Gogh painted “The Potato Eaters” in the late 19th century, but it’s more about the weathered subjects and their way of life, than the starchy tubers.
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

Chekhov, please

Thursday, Jan. 8

by Ty Forquer
Imagine a show combining the smart comedy of “Frasier” with all of the backbiting and name-calling of “Desperate Housewives.” This is the vision director Alex Freeman brings to Riverwalk Theaterīs production of Anton Chekhov’s “The Sea Gull.”
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

A folk favorite

Celebrating 40 years of the Ten Pound Fiddle

by Laurie Hollinger
The Ten Pound Fiddle is 40 this year. The concert series was created much like a folk song comes together. It is both a personal and a community endeavor. The parts are simple and the feeling is deep.
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