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Wednesday, March 11,2015

Delicate work

Lansing Symphony and Richard Sherman bring ethereal new epic to life

by Lawrence Cosentino
Something out of the ordinary happened about halfway through “Seven Ascents for Flute and Orchestra,” one of two major works the Lansing Symphony Orchestra played Saturday night. An invisible, wet finger descended from the skies, poked through the brick walls of the Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall and gently stroked the rim of the orchestra, as if it were a giant wine glass.
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Wednesday, March 11,2015

Touching history

The William L. Clements Library offers a window into the nation’s past

by Bill Castanier
Thanks to the internet, vast holdings from archives across the world have been digitally opened to the public, but it’s not quite the same as putting on the white cotton gloves and experiencing the thrill of physically encountering a rare item you have never seen before. Clayton Lewis, curator of graphic materials at University of Michigan’s William L. Clements Library, will be at the of the Capital Area District Libraries’ downtown Lansing branch Thursday for a presentation on the evolution and growth of the library.
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Wednesday, March 11,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Bastards of Young, a Lansing-based Replacements cover band, performs its first show Friday at the Loft. Sharing the bill is local AC/DC cover band ICY/ DICEY, and the JetBeats. Bastards of Young comprises members of classic Lansing bands 19 Wheels and the dt’s. The lineup is: Tim Marzorati (vocals/ guitar/mandolin), Scott Owens (guitar), Marc Nischan (guitar), Blair Darling (bass), and drummer Randy Farlin. “Paul Westerberg´s writing has always been with me,” said Owens, a long-time fan of the pioneering alt-rock band.
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Wednesday, March 11,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
The rumors are false! Contrary to what the Lansing State Journal reported last week, longtime Lansing restaurant the Knight Cap will not permanently close on March 21. Instead, it’s getting a new owner, a snappy new exterior paint job and an interior overhaul that will require the restaurant to close for about a month. But it will remain the Knight Cap.
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Wednesday, March 11,2015

Big Stars, little city

''Little House on the Prairie'' star on living in Howell

by Gabrielle Johnson
Howell, the traditionally sleepy town 30 miles east of Lansing, got a shot of star power in 2013 when native(ish) son Timothy Busfield, who grew up in East Lansing, and his wife, Melissa Gilbert, beloved star of the “Little House on the Prairie” television series, moved to town. “When we were looking to move, we wanted to be somewhere central, with easy access to planes and trains,” Gilbert said. “We came to Howell, we found the house on my birthday two years ago, and I fell in love.”
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Wednesday, March 11,2015

Cultural Capital

Howell uses arts and culture to drive the economy of its historic downtown

by Ty Forquer
Until recently, Howell’s reputation was that of a white supremacist hot spot. This unfortunate distinction was mostly earned by the actions of the city’s most infamous former resident, the late Robert E. Miles. Miles, a former Ku Klux Klan grand dragon, took up residence a...
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Wednesday, March 11,2015

Balance and brevity

Nathan Alan contemplates life, love and nature on his ‘Better Times’ EP

by Ty Forquer
“Well I don’t know much about the game,” proclaims Lansing singer/songwriter Nathan Alan in “The Game,” the opening track of his recently released “Better Review Times” EP. Indeed, “Better Times” finds the 21-year-old Alan searching to find his way through life and into adulthood. The first track finds Alan contemplating the paralysis that can come from fear of failure. “They bring you up just to put you down again,” he sings. “I play it safe by sitting still.”
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Wednesday, March 11,2015

Crowdsourcing: A campaign with perks

Bloom Coffee Roasters wants to bring a coffee shop to Old Town

by Ariel Rogers
The crowdfunding campaign, hosted by Seedkicks, began on March 1 with the goal of raising $10,000 by April 15. So far, over $2,300 has been raised. Those who contribute to the Seedkicks campaign will receive various incentives if the campaign is fully funded by April 15.
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Wednesday, March 11,2015

REACHing for more

Thursday, March 19

by Ariel Rogers
REACH Studio Art Center will unveil Lansing’s first youth art gallery in a celebration of artwork and achievement on March 19. Alice Brinkman, executive director of REACH, is looking forward to the new possibilities that the youth gallery will bring. Prior to this gallery, REACH ...
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Wednesday, March 11,2015

The green report: Waxing and waning

Star Buds not a five-star experience

by Steve Green
If you'euro;'re looking for Star Buds, you´ll find it pretty easily. Nestled in the back corner of a plaza on the corner of Lake Lansing Road and North Larch Street, the shop features a large, lit-up marijuana leaf on the sign.
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