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Wednesday, April 20,2011

Turn It Down: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Detroit native Kamalay, the singer, guitarist and group leader, has been playing professionally since he graduated from the University of Detroit in 1974. Artists he has worked with include Joel Mabus, Betty Joplin, the Chenille Sisters and Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong.
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Wednesday, April 20,2011

Broadway bonanza: ’Rock,’ soul and ’The Addams Family’

by James Sanford
The lineup features a couple of returning favorites and several premieres, including "Rock of Ages," which will warm the heart of any Bon Jovi/Def Leppard/Quiet Riot fans, and "The Addams Family," the musical based on the adventures of the macabre clan.
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Wednesday, April 20,2011

Easter egg hunt? Bring a shovel

Author Wade Rouse shares twisted holiday tales

by James Sanford
As the Saugatuck-based author notes in his latest book “It’s All Relative,” his father was an engineer with some unusual ideas about Easter egg hunts: Instead of being scattered around the lawn or tucked beneath the leaves of flowers in the garden, eggs at the Rouse house were buried in the ground.
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Wednesday, April 20,2011

The Screening Room

John Lepard has much to ’Scream’ about these days

by James Sanford
You’ll see Lepard about 15 minutes into the film. The Williamston Theatre executive director (and director of the theater’s recent hit “While We Were Bowling”) plays an English teacher, identified in the credits as Mr. Baker.
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Wednesday, April 13,2011

Mad about Maurice

Pianist Nel lends three hands to Ravel at LSO closer

by Lawrence Cosentino
Guest soloists at symphony concerts often yawn through the same bromides: “I’m really looking forward to playing Nabob’s Ninth Nurdle ' I’ve played it since I was a zygote.”
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Wednesday, April 13,2011

Going out with a bop, not a whimper

Jazz Spectacular brings Jimmy Heath and a slate of stars to Michigan State University

by Lawrence Cosentino
Who doesn’t like to eat frosting? If you haven’t savored the layer cake of jazz events stacked up by Michigan State University’s world-class jazz studies department throughout the year, this weekend’s Jazz Spectacular is a chance to catch up ' and then some.
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Wednesday, April 13,2011

The Secret Service shares secrets

The men who guarded JFK talk about their experiences on Nov. 22, 1963

by Bill Castanier
For Doug Roberts, director of the Michigan State University Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and a former state treasurer, Nov. 22, 1963, is etched in memory. He was a 16-year-old in the 11th grade at a suburban Maryland school, and he remembers the day vividly.
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Wednesday, April 13,2011

Capital City Film Festival reviews

Here’s a sampling of reviews of some of the festival films from Allan I. Ross, James Sanford and Paul Wozniak.

by City Pulse
Here’s a sampling of reviews of some of the festival films from Allan I. Ross, James Sanford and Paul Wozniak.
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Wednesday, April 13,2011

Casa de Verde

330 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing Hours: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. seven days a week (517) 574-5075

by City Pulse
The shop offers medicines, clones and a limited variety of medibles. Optional memberships are $10, good for discounts on products. I’m told the fees will go toward a local nonprofit organization, although this process was not yet formalized on a recent Sunday.
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Wednesday, April 13,2011

Finding flexibility

Juanita Kennedy discovered a perfect medium for her art: versatile Styrofoam

by Mary C. Cusack
What is the difference between art and craft? Can a craft be honed to the point of becoming art, or is the artist aspect of a work based on ideas more than skill? When debaters tire of arguing over the issue of art vs. craft, the agreement seems to be that art is in the eye of the beholder.
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