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Thursday, March 20,2014

‘I try to bring truth to the material’

INTERVIEW: Kingsley Leggs, co-star of ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, March 20 —Kingsley Leggs plays Sporting Life, the smooth-talking drug dealer in “The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess,” playing through Sunday at the Wharton Center. He played Curtis Anderson, a smooth-talking gangster (do we detect a pattern here?) in last year’s “Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy.”
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Thursday, March 20,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Spring, Beer and Baseball

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Mar. 20 — Happy First Day of Spring! There was a point around mid-February when I wouldn't have given you even odds that it would ever get here, but I can see parts of my yard again, my driveway has been revealed to be made of cement, as I remembered, and the back door onto my deck can be opened for the first time in months. I'm willing to say buds, robins and baseball season can't be far behind. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

Talk to the hands

Kathy Holcomb takes statewide stage to promote ‘handmade in Michigan’

by Lawrence Cosentino
Few people know better than Kathy Holcomb how creative Michigan hands can be, but the owner of Lansing’s Absolute Gallery wants it known across the state — and beyond.
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

Top of the pops

Voting begins for LSO’s Summer Pops Concert theme

by City Pulse Staff
It’s barely spring, but some folks already have summer on the mind. On June 4, the Lansing Symphony takes over Adado Riverfront Park in downtown Lansing for its Summer Pops Concert, an evening of free orchestral music under the setting sun. This will be the event’s second year.
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

Out On the Town

by City Pulse Staff
THURSDAY, MARCH 20 >> “ Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” at Williamston Theatre Love has knocked Frankie on her butt too many times to count, leaving her reluctant to fall for its tricks again. Johnny is a romantic who makes every effort to woo Frankie. The...
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

Graphic history

‘One Book, One Community’ chooses graphic novel memoir of civil rights activist for 2014

by Bill Castanier
Thirteen-term Georgia congressman John Lewis is the last living member of the core group of speakers who addressed the historic March on Washington in 1963. He also led marches and sit-ins that would result in severe beatings for him and his followers at the hands of the police. Lewis recently added comic book author to that resume. This week, his graphic novel memoir, “March: Book One,” was officially announced by the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University as the 2014 One Book, One Community book.
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

‘Wrong side of the war’

Exploring the culture of the Hmong, forgotten ally to France, America

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In 2005, French journalist Cyril Payen’s provocative documentary “Guerre Secrète Au Laos” (“The Secret War of Laos”) debuted on French television. The film focused on the plight of the Hmong people who have lived in hiding in the jungles of Laos for over 60 years. The Hmong, an Asian ethnic group, continue to be oppressed by the native Lao tians for collaborating with French forces in the Indochinese War in the 1940s and ‘50s, and with Americans in the Vietnam War in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

New In Town

ZOOBIE´S OLD TOWN TAVERN/THE COSMOS WOOD-FIRED PIZZA

by ALLAN I. ROSS
This week, the owners of Zoobie’s Old Town Bar announced that the north Lansing hotspot plans a massive exterior renovation that will more than double the size of the building’s footprint.
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

Jackass of all trades

Exclusive Q&A with stuntman/comedian Steve-O

by Rich Tupica
British-born comedian/stuntman Stephen Gilchrist Glover, who goes by the nom de “Jackass” Steve-O, is famous for death defying stunts. He’s dangled from a wire over an alligator pond with raw meat in his jockstrap, pierced his cheek with a large-gauge fishhook before jumping into shark-infested waters and fired bottle rockets from his bum — all in a days work. Before that he had his own section in the irreverent, groundbreaking skateboarding magazine Big Brother.
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
New Canyons at Mac’s Bar - Thu. Mar 20 New Canyons is based out of Chicago, but the experimental group has local roots. “We’re really excited to perform in Lansing again,” said the group’s co-founder Andrew Marrah about their Thursday gig at Mac’s Bar. ...
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