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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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Wednesday, March 31,2010

Mixed messages

'Talking With' marred by uneven performances

by Paul Wozniak
Monologues — like stories — require different skills from an actor than standard stage dialogue. "Talking With," by the pseudonymous Jane Martin, is at times a struggle for the actors of Icarus Falling and for director Erica Beck. Some scenes have been given painstaki...
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Wednesday, March 31,2010

Vaudeville lives again

Lil’ Darlins show pays tribute to days gone by

by Mary C. Cusack
Organizers Ben and Katie Corr are humble but passionate about their current project: to bring a modern-day vaudeville show to the Lansing area. The April 2 show at the Hannah Community Center is the third they’ve organized in the last year.
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Wednesday, March 31,2010

Turn It Down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Since forming in 2006, the jeanjacket-clad band has received a burst of online buzz after the release of “I.C.B.M.,” its 2007 debut 7-inch on Bermuda Mohawk Productions (BMP) and “Wardrive,” its 2008 debut full-length on Planet Metal Records, which was recently re-released on vinyl.
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