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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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Wednesday, April 6,2011

Curtain Call

A second harvest of ’Grapes of Wrath’

by Christopher Horb
Since its publication in 1939, John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” has moved generations with its depiction of the struggles faced by Americans during the Great Depression.
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

Playing to win

Okemos musician wins Lansing Concert Band competition

by Alyssa Gienapp
Alto saxophonist Jordan Lulloff says he doesn’t mind a little musical back-up.“I’ve always liked playing, and I love performing,” Lulloff said. “I especially like performing with an ensemble or a band behind me.”
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

Chiseling out art

A young woodcarver makes his mark

by Yang Zhang
For some people, woodcarving is an old-fashioned craft. But for Alec LaCasse, it’s an artform that enriches his life.
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

There's treasure in People's Temple

'Sons of Stone' is the band's auspicious debut release

by Douglas Siwek
People’s Temple: ’Sons of Stone’ release show with Jason Alarm and The Dolphins 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9 Mac’s Bar 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing All ages $6 (517) 484-6795
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

Opera with punch

MSU Opera Theatre takes on Ricky Ian Gordon’s fierce ‘Grapes of Wrath’

by Lawrence Cosentino
Sing a song of hope, love and family. Is it the great American song yet? Try a song of unemployment and foreclosures, union busting and immigrant bashing, alcohol and suicide. Need more? Sing of vigilantes with torches, reformers branded as communists, and bankers golfing while depositors lose their shirts.
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

Farewell and zwee-bop

MSU Jazz Vocal Ensemble assembles for the last time

by Lawrence Cosentino
As part of a university-wide 20 percent slash of programs across many departments, the School of Music’s 7-year-old vocal jazz program has been dropped. The program’s founder, MSU vocal jazz luminary Sunny Wilkinson, will not be re-hired next year after 17 years with the school.
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

Delightfully 'Distracted'

Smart script, superb cast make Peppermint Creek’s offbeat comedy a gem

by UTE VON DER HEYDEN
Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. has done it again ' fulfilled its stated mission of entertaining while raising awareness and encouraging dialogue.
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