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Wednesday, March 11,2015

The green report: Waxing and waning

Star Buds not a five-star experience

by Steve Green
If you'euro;'re looking for Star Buds, you´ll find it pretty easily. Nestled in the back corner of a plaza on the corner of Lake Lansing Road and North Larch Street, the shop features a large, lit-up marijuana leaf on the sign.
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Friday, March 6,2015

If the shoe fits

‘Rodgers Hammerstein’s Cinderella’ will open Wharton Center’s 2015-2016 Broadway season

by Ty Forquer
FRIDAY, MARCH 6 — The Wharton Center is throwing a grand ball — complete with a fairy godmother, friendly mice, a magic pumpkin and glass slippers. It announced today that “Rodgers Hammerstein’s Cinderella” will kick off its 2015-2016 Broadway season. The show opens Sept. 22.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Props and preps

Broad museum team creates magic behind the masterpieces

by Lawrence Cosentino
Artists get big ideas when they see the stark angles and converging lines of MSU´s Broad Art Museum. Like a stiff shot of architectural absinthe, the building makes strange sugarplums dance in artists´ heads: a mountain of 20,000 pieces of crumpled paper, a jawlike extrusion of pink ooze and false teeth 83 feet long, a one-ton steel cube, a roomful of perpetually bouncing racquetballs, a three-ton boat made of salt.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Mysterious mountain

LANSING SYMPHONY HIKES INTO UNCHARTED TERRAIN WITH NEW MUSIC BY LOCAL COMPOSER

by Lawrence Cosentino
A vision of a man walking up a mountain, and a collaboration that got gloriously out of hand, promise to push Saturday´s Lansing Symphony concert into exciting new territory. Well-known music by Elgar and Mozart is on the docket, but the night´s most striking feature is a large-scaled, luminous new work with deep local roots: “Seven Ascents for Flute and Orchestra,” by MSU-based composer Marjan Helms with LSO principal flutist Richard Sherman as soloist.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Break on through

MSU neuroscience researcher tells her story of trauma, science and recovery

by Bill Castanier
As a neuroscience researcher, Apryl Pooley has dedicated her life to the rigors of scientific exploration. But it wasn’t until she turned that knowledge inward that she was able to overcome her personal demons. Pooley’s dramatic story of turning personal trauma into a fulfilling life is told in her debut memoir, “Shadow Brain:
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Curtain call: Laughter with a bite

‘The Little Dog Laughed’ will make you laugh a lot

by Paul Wozniak
To be clear, “The Little Dog Laughed,” running in Riverwalk Theatre’s black box space, is not a Midwestern Review story. There are no heartland values in this stinging satire of Hollywood’s sexual mores. But for those willing to take the leap, Douglas Carter Beane’s script is witty, hilarious and brutally honest.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

New in town

American Fifth Spirits

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week I promised you an update on American Fifth Spirits, the smallbatch liquor distillery across from the Cooley Law School Stadium in downtown Lansing. I mentioned that although it had started production and distribution, construction on the tasting room, which was supposed to open last summer, had stalled. And now we know why.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Avenue Café is becoming known for its Americana-punk shows thanks to Steve King. The café’s event manager has a knack for bringing in banjowielding troubadours from across the country. King’s next frenetic-folk show is Friday. Headlining is the Handog Hearts, the rootsy one-man-band project of Indianapolis-based singer/songwriter Austin Stirling. The Hangdog Hearts started as a full band in 2012, but Stirling quickly stripped it down to a solo project and honed his soulful “angry-Gypsy-folk” sound. Its latest release is 2013’s “Under the Floorboards.” Openers at the Avenue are Brother Doug and songwriter James Hunnicutt, a Farmageddon Records artist. Over the years, Hunnicutt, a Washington state native, has recorded or played with a number of rustic-roots bands including Joe Buck Yourself, the Goddamn Gallows and Shooter Jennings, to name only a few.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Escapism by the bottle

Exploring wines from the Southern Hemisphere

by Justin King
A bottle of wine can be a fantastic storytelling device. One can pop a cork on pretty much any bottle and reminisce about a once-in-a-lifetime vacation or dream of one on the horizon. The romanticism and hope — and a little inebriation — are breeding grounds for a great shared night and a little wanderlust.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Still hammering

Peter Yarrow on activism, motivation and the state of folk music

by Ty Forquer
As one third of Peter, Paul and Mary, Peter Yarrow has left an incredible mark on American folk music. The trio took folk music to the top of the charts, and at least partially contributed to the breakout success of Bob Dylan and the revival of the music of Pete Seeger.
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