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Wednesday, July 2,2014

A holiday weekend of ‘oohs’ … and ‘aahs’

Thursday, July 3 - Friday, July 4

by Jonathan Griffith
On July 2, 1776, the day the 13 colonies were legally separated from Great Britain, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife, Abigail: “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America,” he wrote. “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
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Sunday, June 29,2014

Q&A with Wiz Khalifa comrade Tuki Carter

Carter performs tonight at The Loft

by Sarah Winterbottom
Atlanta-based rapper and artist Tuki Carter performs Sunday at The Loft on his first national tour spanning 54 dates.
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Friday, June 27,2014

Big Sur, big sound

Lansing band From Big Sur drops new “modern psychedelic” LP

by Sarah Winterbottom
THURSDAY, June 26 — One of them is an accountant, one works in a warehouse, one is a painter and one works for the state. Together, they form the experimental rock band From Big Sur, playing Friday at Moriarty's Pub.
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Thursday, June 26,2014

Rising like a peacock

REVIEW: MSU Summer Circle Theatre’s ‘Ruthless’

by Mary C. Cusack
THURSDAY, June 26 — The Summer Circle Theatre Series at MSU continues with a work that investigates the circular nature of families and fates. The musical “Ruthless” is far from an academic view of the topic — it more closely resembles the material covered by a “Dr. Phil” episode, which would actually be the appropriate venue for this family to hold a reunion.
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Thursday, June 26,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Best of the First Half - FICTION

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, June 26 — I know, it hardly seems possible, right? Half of 2014 gone already. I'm going to take a quick look back and recap the best fiction I've read so far. The publishers' output has already been top quality, and there are a lot more great titles coming in the second half. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Turner and hooch

Book chronicles the history of Lansing’s historic Turner-Dodge house

by Bill Castanier
It’s unlikely that most of the brides posing and toasting in the rose garden next to the Turner-Dodge House have any idea who Frances Willard was. If they did, they might find irony in the fact that the fountain that bookends the garden is a testament to Willard, a founder of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and her noted anti-alcohol efforts. Elizabeth A. Homer, author of “Pioneers, Reformers, & Millionaires,” a new book on the Turner family, details how the family was active in the temperance movement as well as many of the most important social movements of the 19th and 20th century.
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Out on the Town

by City Pulse
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25-SATURDAY, JUNE 28 >> LANSING BEER WEEK If you missed the first half of Lansing Beer Week, don’t worry — it’s still going strong with lots of events left. Tonight at 5, Mason’s BAD Brewing Co. will be in downtown Lansing to host a tap ...
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

The professionals

MSU Department of Theatre alumni revisit the boards of their youth

by Paul Wozniak
Kurt Vonnegut once said that true terror is to wake up and realize your high school class is running the country. But what about realizing your college chums are the ones pulling strings in the entertainment world? For some Michigan State University graduates, last weekend was a chance to see just how far a formal theater education got their old classmates — and collectively rub it in the faces of well-meaning relatives who may have suggested somewhere along the line, “Why don’t you major in business instead?”
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

New in town

Strange Matter Coffee Co.

Craft beer is so last week. Entrepreneur Cara Nader is riding the next wave of specialty beverage production: Craft coffee. Nader is the owner/operator and “chief coffee engineer” for Strange Matter Coffee Co., a new café coming soon to Lansing’s newly named East Town district.
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Hot Mess at the Unicorn - June 27-28. The Hot Mess, a local rock ’n’ roll cover band, plays two nights in a row this weekend at the Unicorn Tavern in Old Town. The group is vocalist Sara Cruz, Steve Langlois (guitar), Kevin “Chip” Herbert (drummer) and bassi...
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