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Wednesday, July 16,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Early November goes acoustic at Macīs - Friday, July 25. Since it formed in 1999, The Early November has released three EPs and three LPs, on labels like MCA, Drive-Thru, and most recently Rise Records. The band performs an all-ages acoustic set at The Loft. Openers are Empire! Emp...
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

New in town

DEFYE/SMITH FLORAL & GREENHOUSES

by Allan I. Ross
Last month, Lansing-based fashion line DEFYE moved its headquarters from inside the Meridian Mall into the John Bean building, south of downtown Lansing. Owner/ designer Michael Doherty, 35, said he made the move in order to focus more on production and distribution of his clothing than retail.
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

Highlights: Ozay Moore gets ‘Hook’ed into Turner Street Outdoor Theater

Friday, July 18

by Eric Finkler
Twenty-three years after the release of “Hook,” Steven Spielberg’s sequel to L.M. Barry’s book “Peter Pan,” one of the film’s chants about one of the Lost Boys, Rufio, is still quick to escape from Ozay Moore’s lips. This Friday, Moore opens the Turner Street’s Outdoor Theater feature of “Hook,” hosted by the Capital City Film Festival and the Old Town Commercial Association. Moore will provide his blend of classic hip hop and conscious rap for the free community event.
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

Gods and bunnies

July art exhibits use books as more than just inspiration

by Jonathan Griffith
C.S. Lewis once said if an author is not concerned with originality and simply tries to tell the truth, then nine times out of 10 they produce something original without even knowing it. Any truth to be found in MICA Gallery’s new exhibit, “NEXT: Anamnesis,” is best left up for the viewer to decide. But originality in the pieces is hard to ignore, even if some of them are utilizing Lewis’ work. Physically.
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

From fear to finish

A training guide for your first endurance race

by Nathan Kark
Endurance sports are all about suffering — the threat of exceeding your personal limitations and self-destructing is absolutely real. Every athlete has his own pre-race fear, regardless how many races he may have completed. But fear is a good thing — it means an athlete cares. However, it’s critical to balance fear with confidence. That way, once the starter gun goes off, confidence can turn fear into focus, and focus will lead the way to the finish.
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Thursday, July 10,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Vampires & Whales

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, July 10 — I hope you all enjoyed the long holiday weekend as much as I did. A quick road trip to Ann Arbor, barbecue and other fun with the kids; exactly what a summer holiday is made for. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, July 9,2014

Lansing rock city

A chat with six up-and-coming local acts

by City Pulse
Lansing’s booming rock scene has thrust several local bands into the national spotlight. Just look at Dominic John Davis: Last year he was rocking the Green Door, this year he performed on the Grammy Awards with Jack White. Local boy rocks hard.
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Wednesday, July 9,2014

Out on the Town

Williamston Theatre ends its season with ‘Bang’

by City Pulse
“The Earth began to cool/the autotrophs began to drool/Neanderthals developed tools/we built a wall, we built the pyramids/ Math, science, history/ unraveling the mysteries, That all started with the big bang.” “The Barenaked Ladies” wrote the theme song for the hit CBS show “The Big Bang,” which gets … some of things right about life, the universe and everything. And this week the Williamston Theatre weighs in with another take on “The Big Bang” with a new musical comedy starting this week that has absolutely nothing to do with the show. But hey, it’s a cool name.
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Wednesday, July 9,2014

Big screen treatment

Lansing’s newest movie theater could stir up cultural pot

by ALLAN I. ROSS
On Friday, as the primates in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” launch their campaign to take over civilization — or at least the box office — Lansing-area audiences will see a significant shift in the local cultural landscape. A new movie theater, Regal Lansing Mall Cinemas 12 & RPX, opens Friday inside the Lansing Mall. It will bring the total number of screens in Lansing to 64, the most the area has ever seen. It also opens up a whole new set of possibilities for mid- Michigan movie fans.
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Wednesday, July 9,2014

The great outdoors

Turner Street Outdoor Movie Series adds music to the mix

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The summer 2014 box office is looking decidedly familiar: Sequels, gritty reboots, fairy tale adaptations. Ah, the old days, when all our entertainment was original.
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