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Tuesday, May 12,2015

Dogg show

Snoop Dogg added to Common Ground's 2015 lineup

by Ty Forquer
TUESDAY, MAY 12 — If you see clouds of smoke rising from Common Ground Music Festival on July 11, it may be more than just smoke machines. The festival has released that evening’s headliner, and it is none other than multi-platinum rapper and marijuana aficionado Snoop Dogg.
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Thursday, May 7,2015

Pratfalls and pirouettes

LCC students impress in ‘Impostures of Scapin’

by Tom Helma
A full moon rose on one of the first warm, late-April nights. Kathy and I were walking hand in hand on Grand Avenue, on our way to a curiosity. It was the culmination of Lansing Community College’s Theatre Studio II class in voice and movement, a stage play in the college’s Black Box performance space in the style of commedia dell’arte — a craft of improvisation which utilizes stylized movement and masked performers.
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

The big wheel’s cozy wheelhouse

Harper House tour offers glimpse inside Lansing´s biggest mansion

by Lawrence Cosentino
Back in the 1930s, Lansing wheel magnate Harry Harper and his wife, Ragna, threw “tulip time teas” at their cozy 35-room crib at 1408 Cambridge Road each May. They weren´t formal affairs. The Harpers were downto-earth types. About 500 to 600 guests would hang out near the sunken pool, admire the grounds, tour the house and munch on sandwiches.
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

The war on the war on drugs

One Book, One Community explores equal justice in the U.S.

by Bill Castanier
It’s been 14 years since Frankenstein’s monster metaphorically set foot on the streets of East Lansing. The selection of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was viewed by many as an outrageous choice for the area’s first One Book, One Community program, a joint project between the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University. The selection, however, set the tone and style for future years, which saw major authors the likes of National Book Award winner Katherine Boo present on campus. The one major difference: Since the first year, all the authors were alive.
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

Submissive staging

Peppermint Creek brings erotic comedy to mid-Michigan

by Paul Wozniak
David Ives’ intimate and erotic dramatic comedy, “Venus in Fur,” makes its mid-Michigan premiere this weekend at Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. For director Rob Roznowski, head of acting and directing in Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre, part of the fun came from exploring the two-person show’s concepts in a “non-academic” environment.
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18 , $10, 8 p.m., Thursday, May 7 Sean Bonnette, front man of Phoenix-based folk-punk outfit Andrew Jackson Jihad, performs a solo set Thursday at the Avenue Café. Bonnette formed Andrew Jackson Jihad in 2004 and has since toured the cou...
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
In 1898, Lansing became home to an eponymous brewery on Turner Street. It closed 16 years later, and for more than a century the brand lay dormant. But like a kaiju roused from slumber by a nuclear detonation, so re-emerges the name Lansing Brewing Co., summoned by a seemingly insatiable local taste for craft beer.
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

Survive and advance

Joshua Davis advances to the top five on ´The Voice´

by Ty Forquer
Michigan folk music took center stage Monday night on “The Voice.” While Joshua Davis’ performances propelled him into the top five on Tuesday’s results show, a surprising nod to the Mitten State came from competitor Sawyer Fredericks. Fredericks’ intimate rendition of “Shine On,” written by northern Michigan’s May Erlewine, impressed the judges — and apparently the shows´s viewers, who pushed the single to the No. 3 spot on Tuesday’s iTunes singles charts.
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

A spirited endeavor

LANSING’S FIRST DISTILLERY COMES TO THE STADIUM DISTRICT

by Ty Forquer
In a bar scene awash in craft beers and microbrews, American Fifth Spirits is trying to bring cocktail culture to downtown Lansing, opening its new tasting room — and Lansing’s first distillery. The distillery opened its tasting room doors April 23, and faced its first major test on April 25 as Beerfest at the Ballpark drew an extra 3,300 people to the adjacent Cooley Law School Stadium. Many of the attendees decided to check out the new tasting room while they were in the area. “It was trial by fire to say the least,” said Rick Wyble, president of American Fifth Spirits.
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

Let’s get digital

Tim Barron launches new online morning radio show

by Ty Forquer
After a nearly two-month hiatus, one of Lansing’s best-known radio voices has returned to the airwaves. But this time, Tim Barron’s voice is being delivered to the masses not through a radio waves, but through computer modems, wifi hotspots and cell phone towers. The longtime L...
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