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Wednesday, April 21,2010

Turn It Down: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

Raw Hamburger

by Rich Tupica
Neil Hamburger is known for his dry, oddball stand-up comedy that often makes celebrities the butt of his punchline. His following has been growing since the release of his debut album, “America’s Funnyman,” in 1996.
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Wednesday, April 21,2010

LSO hosts ’home-grown talent’

Familiar local faces return during 2010-11 season

by James Sanford
“The purpose of music programs in school, of course, is to develop the person, not to make them into a professional musician,” Muffitt said. “But it’s a nice fringe benefit when we have these people who come through these programs and go on to become successful.
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Wednesday, April 21,2010

The Screening Room

Bringing down the 'Hausu'

by James Sanford
There are many strange and puzzling films you may encounter over the course of your lifetime. But I feel reasonably safe in saying that no matter where you may travel in this world, you will never find anything quite so flamboyantly bizarre as the...
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Wednesday, April 21,2010

Something in Common

Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, Jimmy Cliff playing Common Ground

by James Sanford
Cooper burst onto the rock landscape in the 1970s with his ghoulish stage shows and radio-friendly hits, such as “Eighteen,” “School’s Out,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Only Women Bleed” and “How You Gonna See Me Now.
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Wednesday, April 21,2010

Play ball - or just play music

Lansing Concert Band plans to do both Saturday

by Kyle Leppek
The Lansing Concert Band closes its 2009-2010 season Saturday by “Covering the Bases” with a salute to baseball and a guest appearance by tuba soloist Deanna Swoboda, a professor of tuba/euphonium at Western Michigan University and a member of the Western Brass Quintet, a faculty ensemble.
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Wednesday, April 21,2010

A new kind of class struggle

It’s professor vs. student in topical drama ’Third’

by Amie Montemurro
Laurie Jameson (Heather Lewis) is an academic with high principles; Woodson Bull III (Spencer Smith) ' call him Third, for short ' is the scion of a wealthy family. When Third turns in a shockingly wellwritten essay on Shakespeare’s "King Lear," Laurie refuses to believe it’s a piece of original work.
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

Stormfield Theatre offers ’Interpretation’ readings

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Stormfield Theatre presents three staged readings of the world premiere comedy "A Matter of Interpretation" this weekend. Michael Joseph Mitchell, Cheryl Ross Mitchell, Daryl Thompson, Bill Henson and Lela Ivey will perform the collection of six short comic scenes by Matthew Haldeman.
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

Haas on fire

Pianist brings a swirl of styles to Creole Gallery

by Lawrence Cosentino
Haas’s searching, swinging jazz, swirled with ethnic spice and classical grandeur, is meant to shatter musical walls. Haas gave the Creole Gallery three of its most memorable nights of the last decade. This Friday, the Traverse City pianist-composer will come back for the first time in three years, with a new sextet and a renewed mission.
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

'Salvage' success

For Bonnie Jo Campbell, writing about Michigan brought national acclaim

by Bill Castanier
Portage author Bonnie Jo Campbell has been doing the whole “trains and boats and planes” routine since her book “American Salvage” (Wayne State University Press) was named as a finalist last year for the National Book Award.
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

BEST HANGOUTS

by City Pulse
Coffee shop:Gone WiredRunners-up: Soupspoon Cafe, Espresso Royale and Decker's Spread out over two levels, Gone Wired manages to feel both intimate and spacious, depending on where you sit. Coffee is always brewing, but the cafe also features an assortment of teas and tisanes (try a comb...
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