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Wednesday, January 7,2015

The perpetual optimist

Lansing sci fi author pays Z homage to ‘Dr. Who,’ ‘Peanuts’

by Bill Castanier
Much like a professional athlete, Lansing-based science fiction writer Jim C. Hines has felt the buzz of performing at the highest possible levels in his profession. Hines, 40, has just published his 10th science fiction novel, “Unbound,” the third in his “Magic Ex Libris” series. “It’s almost like nothing else when you are writing and everything comes together,” Hines said. “You say, ‘Now I’ve got it. I’ve created something really good.’”
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Duhks at Ten Pound Fiddle, Friday, Jan. 16 The Duhks perform the first show of the Ten Pound Fiddle’s winter season. The Canadian band, known for its energetic modern folk sound, formed in 2001 in Winnipeg. The five-piece group blends old-fashioned folk with French Canadian a...
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

‘Comedy is not for everybody’

J.J. Walker on Cosby, Ferguson and comedy’s role in race relations

by Allan I. Ross
Don’t ask Jimmie Walker to say “Dyno-MITE!” Even though it’s the catchphrase of his breakout character, J.J., which made him a star on the groundbreaking ‘70s TV show “Good Times”— not to mention itīs the name of his autobiography — he won’t do it. At least not over the phone.
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
Lansing’s east side gained a new restaurant last week when China Flavor opened at 2033 E. Michigan Ave. It joins Asian Gourmet on that busy block, giving diners yet another cause for pause for Asian cuisine between Michigan State University and the Capitol.
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

The tuber mensch

Williamston artist puts potatoes in the spotlight

by Jonathan Griffith
The world of culinary arts is replete with all sorts of accouterments featuring potatoes, the fourth largest food crop in the world, but it has seldom found a home within the confines of a frame. Sure, van Gogh painted “The Potato Eaters” in the late 19th century, but it’s more about the weathered subjects and their way of life, than the starchy tubers.
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

Chekhov, please

Thursday, Jan. 8

by Ty Forquer
Imagine a show combining the smart comedy of “Frasier” with all of the backbiting and name-calling of “Desperate Housewives.” This is the vision director Alex Freeman brings to Riverwalk Theaterīs production of Anton Chekhov’s “The Sea Gull.”
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

A folk favorite

Celebrating 40 years of the Ten Pound Fiddle

by Laurie Hollinger
The Ten Pound Fiddle is 40 this year. The concert series was created much like a folk song comes together. It is both a personal and a community endeavor. The parts are simple and the feeling is deep.
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Year of the Long Pinch

Unforgettable jazz and classical moments of 2014

by Lawrence Cosentino
If you love jazz and classical music and you live in the Lansing area, you only needed six words in your vocabulary to describe this year’s schedule: “Pinch me. I must be dreaming.” A relentless run of top-drawer musical experiences, most of them related in some way to the stellar MSU College of Music, made 2014 the Year of the Long Pinch.
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Best performances of 2014

by Paul Wozniak
Michael Hays in “Twelve Angry Men,” Riverwalk Theatre As Juror #3, Hays was a world-class villain. He prowled the stage like a sentinel hound ready to pounce on any dissenting opinion, and used his intimidating stature to full effect. He stared daggers across the room and — at one point — wielded one with palpable menace.
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Stage struck

Local theaters were filled

by Mary C. Cusack
The year came in like a lion, literally, as Williamston Theatre opened 2014 with an outstanding production of “The Lion in Winter.” In this era of reality television where families trade their dignity for 15 minutes of fame, “Lion” is timelier now than when it was written in 1966. The play is a fictionalized version of historical events during Christmas 1183 in the home of Henry II of England and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, their sons, lovers, and other assembled guests. The psychological eviscerations are bloodier than a “Saw” movie, and the phenomenal cast, in particular Sandra Birch as the matriarch, stormed the stage with relentless narcissism and fury.
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