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Wednesday, March 5,2014

This ... is Pia Toscano

A Q&A with the former ‘American Idol’ contestant and her partner

by Nicole Halvorsen
“American Idol” is more than just a reality TV singing contest. It’s an incubator for rising musical talent that’s given the show’s non-winners as much a stab at stardom as its finalists. Eighteen alumni have seen their debut records go at least certified gold, and nearly four dozen more have issued some sort of studio release.
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Wednesday, March 5,2014

Precision Presley

Local Elvis impersonator hip swivels his way into international competition

by Kyle Koehler
Sure, it’s been 50 years since the dawn of Beatlemania, but a decade before the Fab Four took Americans by storm, a certain hip-thrusting rockabilly had all the poodle skirted chicks to himself. Sixty years ago, Elvis Presley made his first record — “That’s All Right” — launching Elvis mania ... and the careers of a million impersonators.
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Monday, March 3,2014

Scrap mettle

The 6th annual Old Town Scrapfest applications are now available

by City Pulse Staff
Monday, March 3 — Calling all welders. The application process for the sixth Old Town Scrapfest started today. Interested heavy metal artists (we’re talking iron, steel and copper here, not thrashing guitars) have until April 25 to submit their applications for the annual recycled art contest that benefits the Old Town Commercial Association.
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Thursday, February 27,2014

Correction: Kaldor venue at ‘the Fiddle’

Folk singer Connie Kaldor plays The Ten Pound Fiddle Friday at Unitarian Universalist Church

by City Pulse Staff
Thursday, Feb. 27 — Editor’s note: This week’s Turn it Down in the print edition of City Pulse incorrectly listed the venue for this performance. It will be at Unitarian Universalist Church in East Lansing.
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Thursday, February 27,2014

Q&A: Delicious Bass raise funds for new LP at (SCENE)

Local American, roots-rock band spans Hank Williams and the Black Keys

by Rich Tupica
Thursday, Feb. 27 — Delicious Bass (as in the fish) isn’t just a notable line from “Napoleon Dynamite.” It’s also a local roots-rock band with a knack for casting lines in the Great Lakes. On Friday the band plays (SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing to raise funds for a new album.
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Thursday, February 27,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Coincidence? I Think Not

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Feb. 27 — Two books dealing with the subject of coincidences - one fiction, one non. Both books address the concepts of probability and chance in delightful ways, and it's no coincidence that I put them together this week. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

‘You’re coming to my house’

Etienne Charles brings MSU jazz students, profs to Trinidad

by Lawrence Cosentino
Anyone who spent Michigan’s sub-zero week from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2 in the green hills of Trinidad is bound to get envious looks.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

Out On the Town

by City Pulse Staff
THURSDAY, FEB. 27 >> ‘Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey’ Speakers John Seigenthaler is an award-winning journalist/political aide who participated in the Freedom Rides and was the founding editorial director of USA Today. Seigenthaler wraps the Slavery to Fre...
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

No place like Rome

Italian Best Foreign Language nominee could win the Oscar on Sunday

by ALLAN I. ROSS
What could be better than living as a celebrity intellectual playboy in the cultural mecca of Rome? You would be surrounded by great minds with whom you could have an unending string of ethical and logical debates.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

New In Town

Grace Boutique/Bradly´s Home & Garden/Cravings Gourmet Popcorn

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Several Old Town denizens have cast Horace Greeley’s advice to the wind, making plans to boldly go east across the apparent Cedar Street divide. The big news this week was Grace Boutique of Old Town’s upcoming move to Young’s Landing, the building across the street to the north from the neighborhood’s landmark Temple Club building.
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