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Wednesday, September 24,2014

Prize of fame

Local artists vie for the crown in sixth annual ArtPrize

by Anne Abendroth and Beth Waldon
Over the last six years, Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize contest has elevated visual art from rainy day activity into destination event. Starting today, more than 1,800 artists — including 28 from the Lansing area — will participate in the 19-day art competition in various indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Grand Rapids.
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Monday, September 22,2014

Applause time

Annual arts awards open for nominations

by City Pulse Staff
Monday, Sept. 22 — You can nominate an individual, business, organization, or official for the Art Council of Greater Lansing’s, Applause Awards. Nominees should show commitment along with contributions and support for the council and the arts in the tri-county area.
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Friday, September 19,2014

Taxi driver

Locally shot film gets weeklong run at Celebration! Cinema

by City Pulse Staff
Friday, Sept. 19 — “Buffalo,” the fourth feature film from Lansing filmmaker Michael McCallum, receives a special weeklong run at Celebration! Cinema starting Sunday.
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Friday, September 19,2014

Peace of the action

Local event celebrates Global Day of Peace on Sunday

by KRISTA WILSON
Friday, Sept. 19 — This is the fourth year Lansing will celebrate Global Day of Peace, a day centered on promoting kinship, benevolence, and generosity. The day's festivities will take place on 1133 S. Washington Ave., from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 21.
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Thursday, September 18,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Adventures in Science and Waffles

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, SEPT. 18 — The weather's decidedly cooler, the long-sleeved clothes have been unpacked, I've even spent a couple of evenings reading in front of the fireplace. You know what that means, don't you? The season for getting caught up on our piles of books is upon us! Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

Saturday night and Sunday morning

Sharrie Williams blends gospel and blues, headlines BluesFest 2014

by Lawrence Cosentino
The gospel blues of Saginaw’s Sharrie Williams will bring the bells of Sunday morning to the Saturday night grooves of Old Town BluesFest. Williams’ radiant, bigger-than-pain voice fuses blues and gospel into one irresistible force, diagnosing your ills with the former and healing you with the latter.
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

Fall Colors

Violinist Evgeny Kutik brings autumnal bite to Lansing Symphony opener

by Lawrence Cosentino
. A fascinating Russian violinist, very much alive at 28, and a dead Russian composer who refuses to roll over at 174 dominated Friday’s Lansing Symphony opener. The ursine show of force moved me to climb into a virtual T-90 tank, point it westward and shred the sublime verse of Joni Mitchell: “I’ve looked at Slavs from both sides now/alive and dead, and still somehow/their brooding power holds me in thrall/I just canīt shake that Russian pall/at all.”
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

The integration of Spartan Nation

‘Raye of Light’ explores the players and coaches who crossed racial lines in the ‘60s

by Bill Castanier
Hearing 76,000 Spartan football fans chanting “kill, Bubba, kill” was a bit disconcerting for opponents’ offensive ends as they lined up across from Michigan State University’s Charles “Bubba” Smith in the mid-1960s.
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

Monster smash

Riverwalk season opener brings iconic Brooks comedy to electrifying life

by Paul Wozniak
It’s alive! In 2007, Mel Brooks gave his 1974 cinematic creation “Young Frankenstein” new life as a Broadway musical. Riverwalk Theatre’s production of that show works extremely hard to keep up with the monster of a Broadway spectacle, and overall successfully reanimates the playful spirit of the film — humps and all.
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

Let the right wine in

Taking the mystery out of selecting a good bottle of wine

by ALLAN I. ROSS
As specialty wineries — including those in the booming Michigan scene — have continued expanding their vintages to a wider clientele, wine shelves in local stores have grown into whole departments. But while increased options are good for both casual consumers and wine aficionados, it can make selecting a bottle a little more challenging.
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