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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Drinkin' 'n' Singin': A list of the best drinking & bar songs

Country and rock songs that go great with a night at the bar

by Rich Tupica
Country music and rock ‘n’ roll were seemingly forged in the crucible of the 20th century bar scene. These songs wear their heritage proudly, and will be giving bar-goers group sing-a-long material long past last call.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Cruthu debuts at Kings Destroy show., Sunday, Oct. 26 Kings Destroy is taking a day off from its tour with Pentagram to headline a heavy show Sunday at the Avenue Café. Opening are Beast in the Field and Hordes. Making its Lansing debut at this show is Cruthu, a new, female-fronted...
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Barguide: Leave of abstinence

A non-drinker reflects on going from bar hopping to passing the bar

by Gabrielle Johnson
“What are you doing here?” the woman in the hallway asked me. “You look like a lawyer.” We were both headed into the Ingham County Jail, but I wasn’t a lawyer yet. I was a law student, and I wasn’t there in a professional capacity. I was there as an inma...
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Cut-and-paste aesthetic

New art exhibit celebrates Michiganīs place in the Rust Belt

by Jonathan Griffith
Despite the absence of corporate backing in production, Midwest creatives of all varieties with a desire to produce works have proved since the ‘80s and ‘90s that if there is a will, there is way. In “Substrate,” (SCENE) Metrospace’s new exhibit opening Friday, visitors are shown the many ways in which, albeit on a smallscale, people are taking production back.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Barguide: Shifting times

Working class bars geared for the shift worker full of color and class

by Michael Gerstein
Itīs 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday, but people are already drinking beers inside LeRoy’s Classic Bar and Grill, 1526 S. Cedar St. in Lansing. The day manager of 15 years, Joseph Cardwell, preps food on the nearby griddle. He opens the doors to the typical clientele at 7 a.m.: Third-shift nurses from Sparrow Hospital, police officers and factory workers who come to unwind after a hard night’s work. But with the decline in manufacturing jobs, it just isnīt what it used to be.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Barguide: Burning love

Lansing-area bars warm up to fireplaces

by Beth Waldon
In recent years, bars have begun adding patios to attract diners to eat and drink outdoors to take full advantage of the mid-Michigan spring, summer and fall. But as the mercury drops, patio dining becomes less desirable.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Funny stuff

Friday, Oct. 24 & Saturday, Oct. 25

by Krista Wilson and Allan I. Ross
There’s no shortage of open mic standup comedy in the Lansing area: Comedy Night at the Green Door on Sundays, Mac’s Monday Comedy Night on Mondays and the brand new Reno’s East Comedy Hour that started last Tuesday. It’s a three-way combo of free comedy to start th...
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Monday, October 20,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Journalists, and Other Thugs

by Neil Rajala
MONDAY, OCT. 20 — I've been spending a great deal of time around artists and other creatives these days, which has been a very pleasant experience. The common thread is always books; from painters to poets, people whose restless minds are always looking for the new and untried love to talk about the books that matter to them. Here's what we're reading:
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Friday, October 17,2014

Packing a punch


by Belinda Thurston
Number 77 is a commanding figure in the middle of the East Lansing Eighth Grade Junior Trojan lineup. As a nose tackle 77 is immovable; as a left guard such a threat the defense usually sends a double team. This football player has been in training since the fourth grade and is now poised for a high school career that could be unheralded in power, speed, smarts and sex. Yes, sex. Number 77 is a girl.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Icarus falling — and rising

Lansing Symphony falters with Kernis, flies with Mendelssohn

by Lawrence Cosentino
The days begin with tender beams of light, but few evenings behave that way. Thanks to Lansing Symphony maestro Timothy Muffitt’s taste for substantial, unusual curtain-raisers, Saturday night’s opener felt like a celestial wake-up call.
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