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Wednesday, April 1,2015

The killer’s killer

A look at the man who killed John Wilkes Booth

by Bill Castanier
This month, the media will be peppered with articles, books and newscasts during the sesquicentennial commemoration of the assassination of President Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. Many of those news accounts will repeat long held myths and rehash assassination conspiracy theories. Most will recall the facts history classes drilled into our heads: On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth snuck into Lincoln’s private box at Ford’s Theatre in Washington and fired the fatal shot. Fewer know, however, how Booth met his end. History has recorded that Booth was killed by Sgt. Boston Corbett, a member of the 16th New York Cavalry. Corbett was a member of the 29-man hunting party charged with capturing Booth alive.
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Curtain call: Itching for more

MSU’s ‘Bug’ is a mind-bending journey

by Paul Wozniak
Did you hear that? It sounds like the smoke detector. Or maybe it’s a hive of bugs hiding in your walls. MSU Department of Theatre’s production of Tracy Letts’ “Bug” never answers the question, but it does toy with your brain for two intense hours. To be ...
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

New in town: Royal makeover

Downtown Lansing’s Knight Cap gets new owners, revamped interior

Last September, I broke the news that an interested party had signed a purchase agreement with Charlie Sinadinos to buy her fine dining establishment, the Knight Cap, downtown Lansing’s longest continuously operating restaurant. At the time, that party asked to not be named, but last week it became official: Leo A. Farhat Jr. and his son, Gregory Farhat, are the new owners of the Knight Cap.
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas at The Loft, Friday, April 3 Emerging Michigan-based band Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas has been busy lately. Within the past year, it recorded its new album, “Secret Evil,” performed the single “Sorry I Stole Your Man” on...
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Lillies and rosÚs

Great wines for your Easter dinner

by Justin King
It’s time to come clean about your plans, Lansingites. Easter Sunday is a few days away, and you don’t really know what’s going on. No one tells you any of the crucial details. There you are, just asking what you can do to help. Lesson number one: Everyone’s still improvising, even mom and dad. Family Easter is pretty much a ham-gut couch journey, fueled by the futility of wishing for mercury north of 60. Fat chance.
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Mann behind the mask

Wednesday, April 1

by Ty Forquer
Nearly three years ago, Chris Mann stood under the bright lights as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice.” Tonight, Mann will lurk in the shadows of the Wharton Center as the phantom in a gritty, revamped “The Phantom of the Opera.”
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Close encounters of the verse kind

Lansing celebrates National Poetry Month

by Laurie Hollinger
No fooling — today marks the first day of April, a month also known as National Poetry Month. Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month was created to highlight the work of American poets, encourage the reading of poems, bring more poetry into classrooms and to encourage increased support for poets and poetry. All events listed are free and open to the public.
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Artists at work

Peckham and MSU reveal collaborative art installation

by Ariel Rogers
A crowd of artists, employees, administration, friends and family gathered Thursday as Peckham Inc. revealed “Art@ Work,” an ambitious art project five years in the making. Katy Perry’s “Firework” played as a light show illuminated the 200-footwide by 40-foot-tall installation on the wall of Peckham’s manufacturing floor.
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

Bringing country to the capital

Bear Creek Brothers tap into Nashville sound on its new EP

by Sarah Spohn
With a little twang and a whole lot of heart, Bear Creek Brothers are growing a new crop of Lansing county fans. With 94.1 flipping the switch from alternative rock to classic country, the duo seems to be hootin’ and hollerin’ at just the right time and place. Fusion Shows hosted the band’s debut EP release party at the Loft on Friday. An energetic crowd scuffled across the Loft’s dance floor, line-dancing skills on full display.
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Thursday, March 26,2015

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Food and Fun

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, MARCH 29 — There's a Scottish theme to this week's newsletter. Purely by coincidence, two of the authors are from the north end of the UK. The third book? I'll let you decide what group it might belong to. Here's what we're reading:
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