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Wednesday, August 6,2014

Selfie esteem

How cat memes and French Impressionism overlap this month

by Jonathan Griffith
An artist often gives away his surroundings through his art: The vast, rolling pastures of Constable’s Dedham Vale, the lush, liquid landscapes of Monet’s water lilies, the visual cacophony of Bosch’s … well, who really knows. So, given the array of animals that inhabit the paintings of Freshteh Parvizi’s new exhibit at East Lansing’s Mackerel Sky, one could easily assume she is entrenched with a veritable menagerie of creatures. But you know what they say about assumptions.
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Wednesday, August 6,2014

The running business

by Nathan Kark
Running shoes don’t do you any good sitting in your closet. Maybe an injury’s got you sidelined. Maybe you’ve tried running but you’re wasting energy because your form’s all out of whack. Not everyone’s a born runner, but one local business has positioned itself as not just a purveyor of shoes, but the starting line for people looking to transform their health through fitness.
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Wednesday, August 6,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Sarah Winterbottom
U.S. Royalty at Macīs Bar - Friday, Aug. 15. U.S. Royalty, a D.C.-based indie rock band, headlines Mac’s Bar on its 2014 tour. Opening are Parkway and Columbia, Golden Youth and Matching Bricks. U.S Royalty, which formed in 2008, has been described as a cross between Crosby, S...
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Wednesday, August 6,2014

Home stretch

by Belinda Thurston
You donīt need to bend over backward to find yoga in Lansing — it seems to be everywhere you turn. Look in the community centers, gyms, workplace offices and outside in the parks. And yoga studios have flourished over the last 10 years, offering traditional forms and specialized...
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Thursday, July 31,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Sharp Satire for a Cool Summer

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, July 31 — Mid-70s during the day, mid-50s at night. Honestly, I couldn't have ordered summer weather more to my liking than what we've seen so far. Reading a book in one of the local parks without melting is greatly preferable to seeking out air conditioning indoors. My apologies to those of you who like the temperatures and the humidity levels higher - maybe next year. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

Guardians of the intergalactic

JazzFest 2014 gets spacey with a supergroup, guest guitarists and dueling organs

by Lawrence Cosentino
The 2014 Lansing JazzFest continues the tradition of bouncing trumpet riffs, drum rhythms and skeet-skat-dadiddly vocals off the buildings of Old Town. But this year it gets a little otherworldly with the addition of a vintage instrument that would sound at home in a ‘60s sci fi movie. The amalgamated talents of some of Lansing’s premier jazz artists will join a battle of the organs and special guests like polystylistic guitar master Fareed Haque to make JazzFest 2014 one for the cosmos.
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

New in town

PAUL REVEREīS/EDMUNDīS PASTIME/FLAT, BLACK AND CIRCULAR

by Allan I. Ross
After weeks of denying widespread rumors that his bar, Paul Revere’s Tavern, was closing, owner/operator Jim Driscoll closed the 66-year-old watering hole last Saturday with no fanfare.
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

Outdoor music round up

Wednesday, July 30 - Thursday, Aug 7

by Jonathan Griffith
Outdoor music goes with summer like picnics in the park and climbing trees. Sure, festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo woo mass crowds with big-name bands, but why drive for hours, spend hundreds of dollars and smoosh together with tens of thousands of sweaty bodies when there are plenty of local opportunities to get your outdoor music fix for free?
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

Persistence of memory

Historical Center seeks volunteers for program helping Alzheimer’s patients

by Alexa McCarthy
Alzheimer’s disease robs individuals of their short-term memory but leaves much of their older memories intact. Through its new Elder Heart program, the Michigan Historical Center is trying to tap into those memories. Through the program, the MSU Museum and the Broad Art Museum have opened up their collections and exhibits to Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, creating an expressive outlet and forum for dialogue.
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Sarah Winterbottom
City Mouse at Macīs Bar - Friday, Aug. 1. City Mouse, a California-based outfit, headlines a night of poppy punk at Mac’s Bar. Openers are Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts, Decades and Real Ghosts. City Mouse formed in 2001 and has been touring and recording for over five yea...
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