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Friday, October 3,2014

Wing-ing it

Williamston Theatre honored with prestigious national award

by KRISTA WILSON
Friday, Oct. 3 — Last week the Williamston Theatre was honored by the American Theatre Wing as one of the most promising 12 companies in the nation. The National Theatre Co. Grant comes with a $12,000 prize, and is given to 10 or 12 theaters annually to support emerging talents nationwide.
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Friday, October 3,2014

Point and shoot%u2028

Final week to submit your photos to East Lansing Photo Contest

by Beth Waldon
Friday, Oct. 3 — For those who prefer looking through the lens rather than at it have less than a week to submit up to five recent photographs to be judged in the 2014 East Lansing photo contest.
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Thursday, October 2,2014

Turn it down: Pete Yorn interview

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Songwriter Pete Yorn plays an all-ages, acoustic solo set Sunday at the Loft. The New Jersey native’s musical genesis happened in the late ‘90s in small Los Angeles clubs. After he signed with Columbia Records and released 2001’s “Musicforthemorningafter,” he hit the alternative mainstream with hits like “Life on a Chain.” In 2009 he released a collaborative album with actress Scarlett Johansson and followed it up with a solo, self-titled disc on Vagrant Records. Last year he released a record with his band, the Olms. Yorn talked to us by phone from Santa Monica.
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Thursday, October 2,2014

Flatbread special

Broad Art Museum cooks up a weekend full of activities

by KRISTA WILSON
Thursday, Oc.t 2 — You can “Broad-en” your weekend with history, music and family activities at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum this weekend. The museum will host enriching exhibits that are free and open to the public.
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Wednesday, October 1,2014

‘People-ish’ plurality

Allen Toussaint shares upbeat, varied bill with Preservation Hall Jazz Band

by Lawrence Cosentino
In 2012, New Orleans music icon Allen Toussaint got a National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. Toussaint is among a handful of artists who are in both the rock ‘n’ roll and the blues halls of fame, but even for him, going to the White House was an extra high high. “It felt royal,” Toussaint said. “Especially with this president. He’s a hands-on person. You can feel it in his handshake. He didn’t send someone to do it. He was there, body, mind and spirit.”
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Wednesday, October 1,2014

Saving Halloween

Turning the holiday back over to its rightful celebrants — the kids

by Allan I. Ross
Once upon a time, Halloween meant two things: Candy and costumes. Oh, and also: It was for kids. But as America has become increasingly immaturized — where movies based on toys from the ‘80s rule the box office and video game systems have become basics of home entertainment — so too has the ultimate children’s holiday been usurped by grownups.
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Wednesday, October 1,2014

Women in power

by Allan I. Ross
The Indie Film Series at Studio C! continues this weekend with six new titles, blazing an art-house movie trail that will lead into the 17th Annual East Lansing Film Festival at the end of the month. Series programmer Susan Woods once again cherry-picked the films from the buzziest international, independent and documentary fare making the festival circuit rounds. “These are some of the best movies out there, and if it weren’t for (the Indie Film Series), Lansing audiences would never get to see them on the big screen,” Woods said.
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Wednesday, October 1,2014

New in town

O'REILLY AUTO PARTS/STOCKYARD COMEDY ZONE/JOKERS ARE WILD

by Allan I. Ross
Speculation and rumors have abounded about what would happen to the former Paul Revere’s building since it closed last summer, but this week I confirmed with Missouri-based O’Reily Auto Enterprises that the building will be leveled and an O’Reilly Auto Parts store will be built on the property.
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Wednesday, October 1,2014

Schauer pledges to reverse cuts

Record reflects core Dem principles; Can he fire up the base, independents?

by Mickey Hirten
Although he´s been a congressman and long-serving Michigan legislator, Mark Schauer´s political record hasn´t really surfaced as an issue in his bid to unseat Gov. Rick Snyder. Snyder´s record, as befits an incumbent, frames the campaign so far. Voters know what they get with Snyder; Schauer is more of an unknown, which is good, and bad.
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Wednesday, October 1,2014

Finding a home

Diversity and our differences, how we relate matters

by Belinda Thurston
Rita Flanagan’s father left Yazoo, Miss., after his family collected enough money to get him a bus ticket out of town. He “did something,” she said, that could have gotten him killed – a glance at a white woman, or not crossing the street to clear a path for white people – she guesses. Dixya Acharya left Nepal five years ago after spending 17 years in a Bhutanese refugee camp in squalid and cramped living conditions. She was 4 when her parents abandoned their 30-plus acres of land fleeing violence in their homeland to keep their 10 children safe.
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