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Wednesday, July 2,2014

The ‘Lost’ generation

Indie sci-fi ‘The Signal’ perpetuates ‘mystery box’ myth

by ALLAN I. ROSS
For six mind-bending seasons, “Lost” captivated TV audiences and left a lasting influence on popular entertainment, for better and for worse. For better: Mainstream re-embracement of science fiction, long-form storytelling that doesn’t adhere to linear plots, a willingness to kill off main characters. For worse: A cliffhanger at every commercial break and the maddening habit of leaving plot points unresolved — a technique showrunner J.J. Abrams’ dubbed “the mystery box.”
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Wednesday, July 2,2014

New in town

Don Poncho Market/River Town Adventures

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When Don Pancho Market opened south of downtown Lansing in April, it created a whole new set of possibilities for downtown denizens looking for a local food mart. Downtown isn’t exactly known for its fresh food options; besides Sunset Market, 618 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, Don Pancho is pretty much it for walkable markets.
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Wednesday, July 2,2014

Turn it down

Common Ground edition

by Rich Tupica
While Common Ground has been known for its classic rock lineup in the past, this year boasts a more indie rock theme. Brand New, a Long Island-based alt-rock outfit, headlines opening night Tuesday. Warming up the stage are Circa Survive and the Hold Steady.
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Wednesday, July 2,2014

First Sunday goes Fourth

Galley Walk marches on, rain, shine or fireworks

by Jonathan Griffith
Most of the galleries for July´s First Sunday Gallery Walk have been bumped to the second Sunday because of the holiday weekend. (For a list of those activities, see page 20.) But the culturally inclined haven’t been completely left to their own devices — there will still be a couple of options this Sunday for those who prefer wine and cheese over beer and hot dogs.
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Wednesday, July 2,2014

A holiday weekend of ‘oohs’ … and ‘aahs’

Thursday, July 3 - Friday, July 4

by Jonathan Griffith
On July 2, 1776, the day the 13 colonies were legally separated from Great Britain, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife, Abigail: “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America,” he wrote. “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
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Sunday, June 29,2014

Q&A with Wiz Khalifa comrade Tuki Carter

Carter performs tonight at The Loft

by Sarah Winterbottom
Atlanta-based rapper and artist Tuki Carter performs Sunday at The Loft on his first national tour spanning 54 dates.
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Friday, June 27,2014

Big Sur, big sound

Lansing band From Big Sur drops new “modern psychedelic” LP

by Sarah Winterbottom
THURSDAY, June 26 — One of them is an accountant, one works in a warehouse, one is a painter and one works for the state. Together, they form the experimental rock band From Big Sur, playing Friday at Moriarty's Pub.
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Thursday, June 26,2014

Rising like a peacock

REVIEW: MSU Summer Circle Theatre’s ‘Ruthless’

by Mary C. Cusack
THURSDAY, June 26 — The Summer Circle Theatre Series at MSU continues with a work that investigates the circular nature of families and fates. The musical “Ruthless” is far from an academic view of the topic — it more closely resembles the material covered by a “Dr. Phil” episode, which would actually be the appropriate venue for this family to hold a reunion.
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Thursday, June 26,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Best of the First Half - FICTION

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, June 26 — I know, it hardly seems possible, right? Half of 2014 gone already. I'm going to take a quick look back and recap the best fiction I've read so far. The publishers' output has already been top quality, and there are a lot more great titles coming in the second half. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Turner and hooch

Book chronicles the history of Lansing’s historic Turner-Dodge house

by Bill Castanier
It’s unlikely that most of the brides posing and toasting in the rose garden next to the Turner-Dodge House have any idea who Frances Willard was. If they did, they might find irony in the fact that the fountain that bookends the garden is a testament to Willard, a founder of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and her noted anti-alcohol efforts. Elizabeth A. Homer, author of “Pioneers, Reformers, & Millionaires,” a new book on the Turner family, details how the family was active in the temperance movement as well as many of the most important social movements of the 19th and 20th century.
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