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Wednesday, July 8,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
  Chris Cresswell, Ian Graham at Mac´s Bar, Saturday, July 11 Vocalist/guitarist Chris Cresswell has fronted Toronto-based punkrock band the Flatliners since its genesis in 2002. It wasn’t until 2014 that he cut his acoustically driven solo debut album. The disc was produc...
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Wednesday, July 8,2015

Smooth operator

Saxophonist Phil Denny talks about new album, smooth jazz stigma

by Ty Forquer
Phil Denny is a one-man music business. In addition to recording and performing, the 37-year-old smooth jazz saxophonist negotiates his own contracts, books his own tours and manages his own promotional campaigns. It helps, of course, that he earned a degree in business administration from Olivet College, but the Lansing-based artist’s first love was always music.
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Wednesday, July 8,2015

Goes to eleven

Finger Eleven brings heavy sound to Common Ground

by Ty Forquer
Finger Eleven vocalist Scott Anderson and his bandmates were deep in the heart of Texas on a 2007 summer tour, supporting the band’s “Them vs. You vs. Me” LP, when the guys received some good news. The album’s first single, “Paralyzer,” hit No. 1 on Bill board’s Mainstream Rock chart. It was a momentous first for the Canadian-based outfit. In celebration, the road veterans treated themselves to a meal at a greasy spoon before heading to the next city, a truly blue-collar gala for some hardworking musicians. Unlike some majorlabel bands, Finger Eleven’s rise to fame didn’t happen overnight.
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Wednesday, July 8,2015

A walk through history

Historical Society of Greater Lansing offers tour of downtown houses

by Asha Johnson
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8 — The Historical Society of Greater Lansing’s next installment of its summer walking tours begins in downtown Lansing and will display five homes on Capitol Avenue, Genesee Street and Seymour Street. Cathy Babcock, a former director of the Lansing Art Gallery will conduct the tour.
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Wednesday, July 8,2015

Peddling their art

Friday, July 10

by Asha Johnson
Bike rides can be an adventurous thrill for some, while others may take rides for exercise. But whatever the reason, many people enjoy their time on bikes. Photographer Khalid Ibrahim and graphic designer Terry Sieting have decided to display their belief that “everyone is a bicyclist” with an art exhibit designed to challenge the perspective of cycling to nonbicyclists.
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Wednesday, July 8,2015

A musical homecoming

Lansing native Karl Pestka returns to play Common Ground

by Helen Murphy
Common Ground Music Festival is more than just another stop on a tour for musician Karl Pestka. Born and raised in the Lansing area, Pestka graduated from East Lansing High School and the University of Michigan before mov- ing to Reykjavik, Iceland, where he joined Icelandic indie-folk band Arstidir. Arstidir plays Common Ground Thursday, a performance that holds a special significance for Pestka as he returns to his hometown.
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Monday, July 6,2015

Trainor out, Davis in

Meghan Trainor cancels Common Ground Performance

by Ty Forquer
MONDAY, JULY 6 — Common Ground Music Festival lost a little bit of its star power today, as the festival announced that Meghan Trainor will not perform at this year’s festival. “Meghan Trainor will not be performing on Tuesday, due to continued treatment of hemorrhaging on her vocal chords,” said festival organizers Meridian Entertainment Group in a statement released this afternoon. “Festival organizers wish her a speedy recovery.”
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

A loud report

Fireworks are big business at Lansing’s Big Fireworks

by Lawrence Cosentino
Pat Feldpausch, a real estate agent from DeWitt, walked out of the American Eagle Superstore at 901 N. Larch St. in Lansing last Thursday with a grin on his face and a cart full of KABOOM. On the Fourth of July, Feldpausch will take his stash of 500-gram cakes (the maximum amount of explosive powder allowed by law) and Pro Shells to his cottage near Cadillac, screw the boxes down to the dock and let ‘em rip.
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

Explosive contents

‘The Wrong Hands’ looks at weapons manuals and their impact on society

by Bill Castanier
If someone had told Ann Larabee that while working on her book, “The Wrong Hands: Popular Weapons Manuals and Their Historic Challenges to a Democratic Society,” a horrific bombing such as the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing would occur, she would not have been surprised. The author, a Michigan State University English professor, is quick to point out that using bombs for terror, political statements and even deranged revenge motives is intertwined with the history of the United States, dating back to colonial times when manuals on how to manufacture gunpowder were created.
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

PULSAR XI

City Pulse announces nominees for 11th annual theater awards

by City Pulse
The votes have been tabulated, and City Pulse has announced its 2014-15 Pulsar Award nominees. This year’s installment of the awards, created to recognize the best in local theater, will be handed out at a July 13 award ceremony. Winners will be published in the July 15 issue. Pe...
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