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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Year of the Long Pinch

Unforgettable jazz and classical moments of 2014

by Lawrence Cosentino
If you love jazz and classical music and you live in the Lansing area, you only needed six words in your vocabulary to describe this year’s schedule: “Pinch me. I must be dreaming.” A relentless run of top-drawer musical experiences, most of them related in some way to the stellar MSU College of Music, made 2014 the Year of the Long Pinch.
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Best performances of 2014

by Paul Wozniak
Michael Hays in “Twelve Angry Men,” Riverwalk Theatre As Juror #3, Hays was a world-class villain. He prowled the stage like a sentinel hound ready to pounce on any dissenting opinion, and used his intimidating stature to full effect. He stared daggers across the room and — at one point — wielded one with palpable menace.
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Stage struck

Local theaters were filled

by Mary C. Cusack
The year came in like a lion, literally, as Williamston Theatre opened 2014 with an outstanding production of “The Lion in Winter.” In this era of reality television where families trade their dignity for 15 minutes of fame, “Lion” is timelier now than when it was written in 1966. The play is a fictionalized version of historical events during Christmas 1183 in the home of Henry II of England and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, their sons, lovers, and other assembled guests. The psychological eviscerations are bloodier than a “Saw” movie, and the phenomenal cast, in particular Sandra Birch as the matriarch, stormed the stage with relentless narcissism and fury.
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Turn it Down’s picks for Top 3 Lansing-made rock ‘n’ roll records of 2014 (in no particular order)
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

A&C How it was

A look at the year in Lansing´s cultural scene

by Allan I. Ross
Trying to figure out the cultural highlight of 2014 in mid-Michigan boils down to a clash of clashes: Was it the Caped Crusader taking on the Man of Steel at the filming of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” at the Broad Art Museum in October, or was it the musical genre showdown that was presented to local music aficionados at Classical Meets Jazz at the Wharton Center last month? Seeing as how the film shoot was a closed set and local extras weren’t allowed to make a peep, it seems Ellington and Mozart slightly edge out Supes and Bats. Sorry, guys, but it all comes down to transparency.
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Categorical imperatives

Some of 2014’s best films flew way under the radar

by Allan I. Ross
It’s easy to sing the praises of films like “Birdman,” “Boyhood” and “Whiplash” — fine films, all — but some of the year’s best films will likely languish unseen in your online streaming queue unless they get a little bump. Consider this that bump. By category, the best films I saw in 2014:
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
Coffee grounded It was a good year for local java junkies. Strange Matter Coffee Co., 2001 E. Michigan Ave., opened in Lansing’s newly (re)named East Town neighborhood. And two new “micro-roasters” started cranking out bags of beans to local restaurants and specialty retail shops: Bloom Coffee Roasters and Rust Belt Roastery, both in Old Town.
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Dance away to the blues

Friday, Jan. 2

by Jonathan Griffith
There is something decidedly retro about Lansing’s REO Town. Granted, it’s a revitalized corner of town built on the historic grounds where some of the world’s first automobiles were massproduced, but even the area’s residents would admit that the throwback vibe is pervasive. Come on, they have a restaurant called Vintage Café, people. It only makes sense then that for a couple Fridays out of the month, REO Town hosts an event where you can slick back your hair, grab your best girl and dance the Cake Walk. Enter Sugar House Blues
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Tuesday, December 23,2014

Michigan stories

Gift suggestions for books from and about the Great Lake State

by Bill Castanier
Adventurous chipmunks, as featured in City Pulse´s cover story this week, aren’t the only Michigan characters that made their way onto the page this year. If you’re still looking for a last-minute gift for that bookworm on your list, consider one of these selections with local connections. Dennis O. Cawthorne’s “Mackinac Island: Inside, Up Close, and Personal” and Michael Federspiel’s “Little Traverse Bay” are both delightful looks at the history of Michigan’s cottage life.
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Tuesday, December 23,2014

NYE 2015

A selection of Lansing-area New Year’s events for Wednesday, Dec. 31

by City Pulse
Beggar’s Banquet Complimentary champagne toast at midnight and food specials all evening. 5 p.m. FREE. Beggar’s Banquet, 218 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-4540. Crowne Plaza Lansing West/Bordeaux “Great Gatsby”-themed celebration includes five-course dinner...
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