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Tuesday, August 31,2010

American original

Henry Butler conjures up piano thunder at MSU Wednesday

by Lawrence Cosentino
The cyclonic keyboard force of New Orleans piano legend Henry Butler could crack the Pasant Theater stage all by itself. But the structural concrete underneath may also buckle when Butler jams with Michigan State University’s Professors of Jazz Wednesday.
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Friday, August 27,2010

Have a Sun-Dried Saturday

Mason festival features jazz, rock, Latin and blues

by City Pulse Staff
The weather forecast says Saturday will be sunny; the music forecast says Mason will be sun-dried. The inaugural Sun-Dried Music Festival kicks off at noon Saturday in downtown Mason, with performances from Rock Canyon Band, Frog & the Beeftones, Orchestra Ritmo and Showdown, among others...
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Friday, August 27,2010

The case of the big cover-up

Eric Jerome Dickey is excited about his latest book — but not about how it's being promoted

by Bill Castanier
Author Eric Jerome Dickey begs you not to judge his new book, “Tempted By Trouble,” by its cover.The dust jacket of his newest book shows an attractive young woman in a seductive pose — typical cover art for a vast majority of his books.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Diversity on stilts

LCC’s Caribbean Festival turns Lansing into Port-au-Prince for a day

by Lawrence Cosentino
With the biggest and most diverse music lineup yet and a sprawling marketplace and food bazaar, the 16th annual Caribbean Festival is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to the campus of Lansing Community College from noon to midnight Saturday.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

The sound of Mumbai

by Lawrence Cosentino
On an early August evening, a sinuous sitar melody drifted over the tandoori and samosas at Mumbai Indian Restaurant. You could almost smell the incense. And they call this Jazz Thursday? Ah, but this was only an interlude.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Advice Goddess

Bye now! (pay later) & Mouth trap

by Amy Alkon
was boarding a plane to attend her best friend’s wedding. I thought it would be good for her to be with friends after hearing the news, but it ruined her weekend. She pretty much thinks I’m a terrible self-centered idiot, and she’s right. Here’s the good part: I want her back.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Extended Renegade recap

The highlights (and the highfalutin) from last weekend's festival

by City Pulse Staff
The annual Renegade Theatre Festival in Old Town provided a showcase for several new works. City Pulse critics were on-hand to cover last weekend's readings and performances.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Paging blues fans

New book captures music legends during two Ann Arbor festivals

by Bill Castanier
With an erudite and knowledgeable essay by music historian and archivist Michael Erlewine wrapped around stunning, never-before-seen black-and-white photographs by Stanley Livingston of virtually every major blues performer, the book is a one-of-kind tribute to a bygone era.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Two-by-two

Noah meets Santa (sort of) in an art show at Basement 414

by Mary C. Cusack
Basement 414 is perhaps Lansing’s least-known but most characteristic art space. The entrance is tricky to find, accessible only from the alley behind the Nuthouse Bar.This repurposed warehouse, home to artists, bicycle enthusiasts and the occasional group of counter-culturists, now houses a menagerie. Literally figuratively — or figuratively literally. Or both.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

The Screening Room

Stars in your eyes

by James Sanford
“Hubble captured images so complex we can actually travel through them,” DiCaprio notes, and travel through them we do. In a breathtakingly beautiful sequence, the camera effortlessly sails into the “rose-colored cloud” of the Orion Nebula to discover what looks like a Grand Canyon made of magenta cotton candy.
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