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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Party politics

Nadir keeps funk grounded in reality

by Lawrence Cosentino
8 p.m. Saturday, May 22 MI.Funk Grand River Avenue Turner Street, Lansing Also performing Saturday: Sun Messengers 2 p.m.; Global Village 4 p,m.; Valerie Barrymore Foundation of Funk 6 p.m.; Soul Xpress 10 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at gate www.MiFunk.com.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Then came funk

Mi.Funk fest brings old-school to Old Town

by Lawrence Cosentino
Last summer, OTBADA director Sharen Lange was sitting in the audience at East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival when local funkmaster Jim Alfredson of organissimo opened up a greasy groove on his Hammond B-3 organ..
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

No glue needed

Muffitt happy to stay on LSO podium

by Lawrence Cosentino
It’s hard to hold a high note, but the Lansing Symphony is about to try. With attendance spiking improbably upward and performance levels at a widely recognized high, the organization announced last week that maestro Timothy Muffitt has signed a new three-year contract.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Wussy galore & Let’s meek love!

by Amy Alkon
You might be as “liberated” as all get out, but your genes are ready to party like it’s 1.8 million years ago, when women evolved to be the harder-to-get sex and men co-evolved to expect to smooth-talk a woman into the bushes.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Portrait of the artist as a young man

Photo-filled book details Hemingway's Michigan

by Bill Castanier
Federspiel’s new book “Picturing Hemingway’s Michigan” (Painted Turtle Book) uses more than 250 photographs to tell the story of Hemingway’s youth. Many of the photographs have never been seen before and Federspiel carefully mined the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the Clarke Library in Mt.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

East Lansing Art Festival performance schedule

by City Pulse
The East Lansing Art Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 22 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 23, in downtown East Lansing..
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Ludacris in Lansing

Rapper-actor joins Common Ground lineup

by City Pulse
Other additions to the Common Ground schedule include a July 13 appearance by the Max Weinberg Big Band (tickets now on sale) and a triple-header on July 15 featuring Paper Tongues, Neon Trees and Civil Twilight (tickets on sale May 21)..
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

’Uncommon Good’ not all that great

LCP courtroom drama guilty of being overlong and unevenly acted

by Mary C. Cusack
Martavius Nelson (Derek Ovenshire) is on trial for assaulting attorney Sean Ruby (Tim Cody), the executor of Nelson’s mother’s estate. The play asks the audience to weigh illegal but justifiable actions against immoral yet legally acceptable practices.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

The Bop is back

Bop (Harvey) reunites for Art Festival concert

by Rich Tupica
After forming in 1984, Bop (Harvey) began a trip through reggae, soul, Latin, funk and psychedelic rock with one goal in mind: to make each crowd dance their asses off. Which is what the East Lansing band did for 10 years ' all the while keeping busier than most local acts.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

’Home’ is where the theater is

Families tell their stories in Williamston production

by James Sanford
In Muskegon, a frazzled family battles over whose turn it is to use the only bathroom in the house. In Madison, Wis., an elderly widow laments what she sees as the deterioration of her neighborhood. In Detroit, a babysitter is taken aback by the unusual lunch request of the boy she’s taking care of.
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