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Friday, November 14,2014

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P-SQUARED/RED'S SMOKEHOUSE/L AND J BELLA SOAP

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Butcher paper obscures the view into downtown Lansing’s P Squared Wine Bar, and a sheet of paper declares, “We are temporarily closed for renovations.” But there’s nothing temporary about it: The 2-year-old establishment won’t be reopening.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Hummingbirds & cigars

Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval will take flight at Wharton Center concert

by Lawrence Cosentino
Last week, jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, the distinguished composer, arranger, and 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, was relaxing on the patio of his home in Calabasas, Calif., watching hummingbirds. “I love those little birds, man,” he said “Every time one comes around, I smile.” Darting iridescent bodies and a blur of wings so fast the eye can’t follow are the perfect visual counterparts to Sandoval’s supersonic bebop-and-beyond trumpet flights.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Curtain call: Engaging ‘View’

LCC wins with timeless love story

by Tom Helma
A bygone era shows up on the Dart Auditorium stage as director Andy Callis presents E.M Forster’s “A Room with a View,” adapted to the stage by Christina Calvit. Written in 1924, the novel was the last in Forster’s career and captured a sense of the slowly changing times, the soft-spoken yet still polite emergence of women’s voices in society.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Love, Italian style

Longtime Roma Bakery owner finally dishes out recipes with new cookbook

by Bill Castanier
Like a fine stock, Mena Castriciano’s cookbook has been simmering on the back burner for a long time. But this week her lifetime of dishing recipes becomes reality with “Cooking with Mena,” a collection of her favorite Italian recipes. “It was my dream,” she said while holding court in the dining area of Roma Bakery Deli & Fine Foods, 428 N. Cedar St. in Lansing. She owns the longtime business with her husband, Sostine, where she’s frequently interrupted by friends and customers.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Curtain call: Injustice league

Tragedy and musical collide in Peppermint Creek’s ‘Parade’

by Paul Wozniak
They say the suit makes the man. Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.’s latest production, “Parade,” tweaks that concept as “the music makes the show.” It’s a testament to director Jane Falion and her cast’s dedication that the story and characters resonate for the audience as much as composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown’s beautifully complex, multi-genre score does.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

P’s out

P Squared Wine Bar owners leave town with nary a fare-thee-well

by ALLAN I. ROSS
TUESDAY, NOV. 11 — Butcher paper obscures the view into downtown Lansing’s P Squared Wine Bar, and a sheet of paper declares, “We are temporarily closed for renovations.” But there’s nothing temporary about it: The 2-year-old establishment won’t be reopening.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Pause and effect

A conversation with Julian Sands about his mentor, Harold Pinter

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter is considered one of the most influential modern British dramatists, but he is probably most famous for something he didn’t write. Or rather, a style he developed that forced his characters to communicate without words, a device that has become known as the Pinter Pause.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Leaving the teddy on

Michigan native Bob Eubanks reflects on a life in show biz

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Bob Eubanks has laid claim to many titles in his 70-plus years in the entertainment business. Top 40 DJ. Concert promoter. And, most famously, game show host. But before all that, he was just a Michigan kid. For a little while, at least. “We moved when I was still very young — I celebrated my second birthday in California,” Eubanks said. “I still have some cousins here, though.”
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Jahshua Smith & the Race Card at the Loft, Friday, Nov. 14 Detroit native Jahshua Smith, an emcee on the Blat! Pack imprint, headlines at the Loft. Smith’s latest disc, his full-length debut “The Final Season,” received acclaim and charted on the CMJ hip-hop chart...
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Taking the stage

Friday, Nov. 14-15

by Beth Waldon and Jonathan Griffith
For 29 years, the second weekend of November in East Lansing has been home to a celebration of regional women artists. With music, art and food, the Women in the Arts Festival supports women in their creative pursuits and the goal of creating space for women to showcase their talents.
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