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Wednesday, February 26,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
This story was corrected on Feb. 27. An earlier version incorrectly stated the venue of Connie Kaldor's Ten Pound Fiddle concert Friday. She will perform at Unitarian Universalist Church in East Lansing. Liz Longley at the Pump House - Fri. Feb 28th According to Liz Longley's ...
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

A comedian walks into a classroom …

Stand-up comic teaches budding comedians the art of writing jokes

by Shawn Parker
Like any other art form, comedy is an evolving system, where the prevailing social climate and scandal du-jour inform what makes the masses laugh. But we’ve come a long way from the days of Henny Youngman’s “take my wife … please!” one-liners.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

The Impact’s impact

MSU student-run radio station hits a quarter century

by Alexandra Harakas
When Michigan State University’s Impact 89FM (88.9 WDBM-FM) debuted 25 years ago this week, the Internet was barely a thing. Today, the award-winning student-run radio station provides 24/7 commercial free content over the local airwaves and across the Web, at impact89fm.org. Not bad for a spinoff of a university radio network launched in an attic.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

Glass action

Craig Mitchell Smith brings his factory, showroom to Old Town

by Jonathan Griffith
The freestanding glass sculptures of artist Craig Mitchell Smith recently found a new home to refract their dapples of color. Smith moved his gallery from the Meridian Mall in Okemos to Old Town on Jan. 1, and held a grand opening last Sunday.
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Friday, February 21,2014

REVIEW: Into the woods

A pair of lost souls search for hidden truths in Purple Rose drama

by Tom Helma
Friday, Feb. 21 — Contrary to the eloquently expressed opinion of William Shakespeare, all the world is not a stage. Lanford Wilson’s script for “Redwood Curtain,” playing through March 15 at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, suggests that it is possible for people to step away from the fury of the madding crowd, to seek solitude and serenity in the quiet, stately forests of the Pacific Northwest.
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Friday, February 21,2014

Days of Radio releases 'Broadcast' EP

Former 19 Wheels members keep on rollin’

by Rich Tupica
Friday, Feb. 21 — Days of Radio, a four-piece Lansing/Grand Rapids-based power-pop outfit, releases its second LP, “Broadcast,” tonight at The Loft in downtown Lansing. The band, which plays a ‘90s-tinged brand of alt-rock, debuted in 2008 with the “Keep It Down” EP. Locals may remember band member Scott Owens as a member of the Michigan-based rock band 19 Wheels; here’s what he had to say.
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Thursday, February 20,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Days of Radio album release - Fri. Feb 21 Days of Radio, a four-piece Lansing/Grand Rapids-based power-pop outfit, releases its second LP, “Broadcast,” Friday at The Loft. Opening are The dt’s, Pacifier and Gigantaur. Days of Radio, formerly known as The Last Pop Ban...
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Thursday, February 20,2014

The Aimcriers release 'Solid State World' LP

Local rockers release new LP

by Rich Tupica
Thursday, Feb. 20 — The Aimcriers, a rustic rock ‘n’ roll band, may have started in Tempe, Ariz., but since 2005, they have established some deep roots in the mid-Michigan scene. The band includes Johnny Aimcrier (guitars, vocals), Andy Aimcrier (guitars, vocals), and drummer Danny Aimcrier. The trio releases its new vinyl LP, “Solid State World,” Saturday at The Record Lounge. Here’s what songwriter Johnny Aimcrier had to say about his band, and the new slab of wax.
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Thursday, February 20,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Science Thursday!

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Feb. 20 — This has been an outstanding year already for those of us who like a little science with our reading. In addition to some fine non-fiction books, The Martian (last week) and Andrew's Brain (below) bring a satisfying helping of real science to works of outstanding fiction. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, February 20,2014

Zumba troopers

Fitness fundraiser to benefit domestic violence and honor local victim

by Nicole Halvorsen
Thursday, Feb. 20 — In December, Lansing blogger Christine Keith and her 14-year-old son were shot and killed by her estranged husband before he turned the gun on himself. Two-and-half months later, some of Keith’s friends are using that tragedy to heighten domestic violence awareness and raise funds for Keith’s family.
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