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Friday, April 2,2010

Black Milk is 'Born to Flow' at MSU

Hip-hop meets slam poetry in Friday show

by Brandon Kirby
Detroit native Black Milk will be performing at the “Born to Flow” event at Michigan State University, providing a blend of hip-hop and slam poetry. Presented by Pop Entertainment, the concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 2 is a departure from other events the group has put on.“Other events we put on have been electronic and rock,” said Adam Kokenakes, the president of Pop Entertainment. “We’re trying to touch a lot of different genres to get a feel for the student body, and we really wanted to do some hip-hop.”
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Thursday, April 1,2010

This 'Clash' never gets Kraken

Stick with the original and give this pointless remake a myth — er, miss

by James Sanford
When it was released in 1981, “Clash of the Titans” represented a sort of last hurrah for the sword-and-sandal spectaculars of the “Jason and the Argonauts” and “The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad” variety. The stop-motion animation creations of Ray Harryhausen were enchantingly old-fashioned and the mythological mash-up of the plot (involving displeased gods, curses, Medusa and Pegasus) wasn’t just old-school, it was ancient-academy.
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Wednesday, March 31,2010

Local, vocal, plural

Partnerships, singers dominate Wharton’s upcoming season

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Wharton Center for the Performing Arts has to live up to the big “s” on its new glass fa'ade, but it’s not easy. Even the biggest classical, jazz, world and dance acts are usually less lucrative than Broadway shows, and some are downright loss leaders.
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Wednesday, March 31,2010

The stillness of Stowell

Visiting guitarist a quiet treasure

by Lawrence Cosentino
Stowell is striking before he plays a note. He holds the guitar at a loving 75-degree angle, like a baby, or a dance partner. It makes the listener feel a bit like a voyeur, but that’s how he gets his fingers around the dense, piano-like harmonies he loves.
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Wednesday, March 31,2010

Deep in the moment

Violinist Schmidt connects with LSO in rare communion

by Lawrence Cosentino
The vehicle for this rare communion was American Samuel Barber’s 1939 Violin Concerto. It’s music from a time of hope and dread much like ours. Barber’s mix of unabashed yearning and modern turbulence perfectly suited Muffitt, Schmidt and Lansing’s young orchestra.
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Wednesday, March 31,2010

’Cider’ packs a punch

Adaptation of John Irving’s novel not for the faint-hearted — or the closed-minded

by Tom Helma
There is a chillingly ice-cold clinical feel to the lighting and set for Lansing Community College’s spring offering, “The Cider House Rules, Part One: Here in St Cloud”. Gauzy 21-foot-tall columns of fabric shift in the breeze like silent watchful sentinels.
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Wednesday, March 31,2010

Hope against nope Boeing, boeing, gone

by Amy Alkon
I’ve been seeing this guy for over two years. Although we spend lots of time together, we don’t have a committed relationship. We’ve been off and on throughout this entire two-year “complexship,” as I call it. Normally, we’re fine until I start asking about us being more to each other.
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Wednesday, March 31,2010

Taking a walk on the wild side

Poet Thomas Lynch tries his hand at fiction

by Bill Castanier
His newest collection of fiction is a departure from his previous books which were collections of essays and poetry. And, although Lynch is currently working on a longer piece of fiction, he said if he didn’t use poetry as a daily exercise he wouldn’t write.
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Wednesday, March 31,2010

Dealer Profile

Kaleidoscope Books & Collectibles

by Bill Castanier
Jeffrey Pickell of Kaleidoscope Books & Collectibles describes his Ann Arbor store as “eclectic” and he is bringing stock which reflects that description to the Michigan Antiquarian Book and Paper Show. When people come into the bookstore they see “organized chaos&rd...
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Wednesday, March 31,2010

First Sunday Gallery Walk

by City Pulse
New ExhibitsAbsolute Gallery“2010 Spring Photo Show.” Reception: 1-3 p.m. Apr. 4. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-W, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Th & F and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. S & Su. 307 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. (517) 482-8845. www.absolutegallery.net.Mama Bear’s Cafe.“In Honor...
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