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Thursday, December 30,2010

As 2010 heads for the run-off groove...

Rich Tupica spotlights some of the major players in Lansing's music scene

by Rich Tupica
Another year is gone, leaving behind a trail of DIY records and rock shows only Lansing could produce. Aside from slabs of vinyl and compact discs, new venues, artist collectives, and a local music TV website also appeared in 2010.
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Wednesday, December 29,2010

Napoleon's latest romp

Guitarist bounces into Creole Gallery with ‘little tiny big band’

by Lawrence Cosentino
The duo’s breakout recalls the 1950 Hollywood melodrama “Young Man With a Horn,” in which a hot-headed trumpeter chafes under his bandleader’s predictable, cornball arrangements. As soon as the bandleader’s back is turned, he calls an impromptu jam session with his buddies and swings like mad.
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Wednesday, December 29,2010

Advice Goddess

'I’ll have the scrimp cocktail!'

by Amy Alkon
When we were ordering, he suggested we play “a fun game,” which entailed closing our eyes and picking a number (the entrees were numbered). I said okay, then he said I couldn’t pick numbers between 20 and 25 because those entrees were expensive. Completely disenchanted, I opened my eyes and chose something cheap.
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Wednesday, December 29,2010

Turn it down: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
A $20 table reservation guarantees a table for your party, while a $35 VIP table reservation includes a complimentary bottle of champagne and coat check for up to four people. Tickets are available at The Tin Can in downtown Lansing, Music Manor in Lansing and FBC in East Lansing.
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Wednesday, December 29,2010

Chad Badgero

Peppermint Creek Theatre founder sees opportunities for cooperation — not competition — among Lansing’s various theater companies.

by James Sanford
Many artists leave their hometowns for bigger cities. What has kept you in Lansing? I think what has kept me in Lansing is the ability to work on the kind of material I believe in, in a community that has proven to have a desire for that material. I’m thrilled Peppermint Creek has f...
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Wednesday, December 29,2010

Timothy Muffitt

Despite the economy, the beat goes on for the Lansing Symphony maestro.

by James Sanford
How would you characterize the state of symphony orchestras in 2010? Well, all the arts are generally very sensitive to the health of the economy because we rely largely on philanthropy for our survival. Only 30 percent of our operating expenses come from tickets sales, which means 70 per...
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Wednesday, December 29,2010

Kristine Thatcher

The actress/director/playwright now has a theater company of her own.

by James Sanford
When did you launch Stormfield Theatre? It’s been in existence since August 2009. It started with staged readings. The first was “Kimberly Akimbo,” with Carmen Decker (which Stormfield will produce as a full-scale production in 2011). In your years of performing and wri...
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Wednesday, December 29,2010

Leslie Donaldson

The executive director of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing sees a brighter picture for 2011.

by James Sanford
What have been some of the major challenges the Arts Council has faced this year? Since 2001, arts funding in general has been cut. We work with 140 arts and cultural organizations and a good 100 individual artists, so we try to keep our finger on the pulse. Because of this, our agency ha...
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Tuesday, December 28,2010

American College Theater Festival comes to MSU

Productions from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan will be staged

by City Pulse Staff
Michigan State University will start the new year with a whole lot of new theater. From Jan. 4-8, MSU hosts the Region Three presentation of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, featuring productions from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Kalamazoo College, Carthage College, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, University of Michigan-Flint, Indiana State University, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and Miami University.
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Tuesday, December 28,2010

The Screening Room

When studios play hide-and-seek

by James Sanford
Here’s what’s on the horizon at your local cineplex this Friday: the science-fiction thriller "Splice"; a live-action version of "Marmaduke"; a raunchy comedy called "Get Him to the Greek," starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand; and the crime comedy "Killers," starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher.
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