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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Bloody good show

Classic horror movie ‘Carrie’ finds new life as Broadway-style musical

by Paul Wozniak
If you ever thought, “Hey, someone should adapt a Stephen King novel into a Broadway style musical,” look no further than the MSU Department of Theatre’s production of “Carrie the Musical.” Now you can experience King’s tragic tale of a bullied, telekinetic teen misfit who exacts brutal revenge on her tormentors through the magic of song and dance. Who said all the good ideas were taken?
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Combat journalist

Provocative thriller shows the danger of telling the truth

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In Van Halen’s 1992 music video “Right Now,” two animated figures commit a cruel bit of bullying on a third figure above the words “Right now, our government is doing things we think only other countries do.” It’s a trite bit of subversion, but dang it all if 24 years later, wiretapping scandals and drone bombings haven’t made Sammy Hagar & Co. into wango-tango pop culture prophets of doom.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Lansing’s specialty coffee scene continues to grow with the addition of another business. Paul and Emily Nicholls are the owners of the new Rust Belt Roastery in Old Town. They roast small batches of beans in an antique woodfired roaster and distribute them at local farmers markets and retail stores.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

‘Once’ more, with feeling

Broadway adaptation of indie romance moves at the speed of love

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In the universe of “Once,” music is both the lubricant that keeps souls from chafing and the fuel that keeps hearts pounding. Several times in the script, a character turns to another after a song and says something to the effect of, “That was a-MAZ-ing.” Really, there was nothing else to say — and this play won the Tony for Best Book in 2012.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Behind the label

Local music production company gears up for annual DIY music fest

by Rich Tupica
Michael Azerrad’s book “Our Band Could Be Your Life” has become essential reading for those gripped by the grimy genesis of alternative rock. It chronicles the careers of a cast of underground ’80 and 90s bands like Mudhoney, Beat Happening and Hüsker Dü. For some, it’s simply an engaging read, but local musician Tommy McCord seems to be using it as a how-to guide for his music career.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Local H at The Loft, Saturday, Oct. 18 Alt-rock band Local H, best known for its 1996 post-grunge tune “Bound for the Floor” (you remember, “And you just don’t get it/keep it copasetic!”), plays a free show Saturday at the Loft. Opening are the Legal I...
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

What Lies Beneath

by Jonathan Griffith
Its about this time of year that most Michiganders are cracking open protective slips full of winter attire to prepare for the unrelenting cold. So as you’re zipping up your umpteenth layer, try and comprehend this: There was a time when Michigan was always warm. In fact, it was cove...
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Monday, October 13,2014

Turn it down

Mid-Michigan Zine Fair edition

by Rich Tupica
Self-publishing a DIY magazine, or “zine,” takes a lot of work. I should know. In June 2008, local graphic designer Kara Swanson and I self-published a free Lansing-focused music and art zine called — get this — “Turn it Down!” The release show for the zine featured 15 area bands and drew about 200 locals to the now defunct Basement 414. Then, in early 2009, City Pulse approached me to write a local music column under the “Turn it Down” moniker. Thanks to that one-issue zine, for the past five years City Pulse has dedicated this page to highlighting localmusic shows.
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Monday, October 13,2014

‘Once’ bitten

Academy Award-winning film get the musical treatment at Wharton

by Beth Waldon
Monday, Oct. 13 — This week, “Once” comes to the Wharton Center for a six-day run. Based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, it’s the story of an Irish musician whose recent connection with a woman inspires him to take his music to the next level. The show brings 12 actor/musicians on stage, enhancing the musical touch behind the story.
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Friday, October 10,2014

In memoriam

Memorial for longtime Lansing actress, director to be held this Sunday

by City Pulse Staff
Friday, Oct. 10 — A memorial for longtime Lansing community theater icon Addiann Hinds has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday. Hinds died of lung cancer Sept. 22. She was 75.
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