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Wednesday, November 5,2014

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SYMPHONY REVIEW: Bruckner’s ‘Te Deum’ soars benignly at LSO choral blowout

by Lawrence Cosentino
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5 —'Conductor David Rayl had a grand design for Saturday’s Lansing Symphony Orchestra choral extravaganza. He wanted listeners to gear up for Bruckner’s towering “Te Deum,” rarely performed live in these parts, by hearing the music of three composers who influenced him. The climb was a little arduous but worthwhile, and the mountain view was glorious when we got there.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Armored vehicle of social criticism

Local author’s latest book examines the militarization of local police departments

by Bill Castanier
Local author and Michigan State University English Professor Lev Raphael believes that the term “officer-friendly” has been transformed into “mean, fighting machine,” thanks to military surplus from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ending up in the hands of stateside police departments.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Return to Turner-Dodge

Historic home reopens after renovation, already gets in Christmas spirit

by ALLAN I. ROSS
If you thought last winter’s ice storm did a number on you, be happy you’re not 159 years old — the cold gets tougher the older you get. For Old Town’s historic Turner-Dodge House, built in 1858, the deep freeze caused a sprinkler pipe on the third floor to burst last February. It flooded the cultural heritage center and rental facility’s west end, including the dining room and basement. Michael Beebe, president of the nonprofit group Friends of Turner-Dodge, said that although the water did destroy some of the walls, floors and vintage wallpaper, it could have been a lot worse.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It was good news/bad news this week for two former food trucks. Good Truckin’ Food, a food truck formerly situated at Capital City Food Court, spun off into the brickand-mortar breakfast/ lunch spot Good Truckin’ Diner in REO Town. But West Lansing’s Fork in the Road, which grew from the Trailer Park’d food truck, announced it will close Nov. 23.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Punk preservation: The Touch & Go Zine story

Touch and Go magazine chronicled hardcore history, as seen by two fans from the lansing Underground

by Rich Tupica
At night, Vee and Stimson, both in their mid-20s at the time, would sit in Vee’s second-floor apartment in downtown Williamston and listen to new, ultra-limited pressings of hardcore punk, post-punk, even second-wave ska. They would browse the bins at Flat, Black Circular in East Lansing for the latest Black Flag singles.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
This year, the Ten Pound Fiddle turns 40 and WLNZ-FM turns 20. To celebrate, both organizations are co-hosting the “20/40” party at the Avenue Café. Headlining the all-ages show is the Ragbirds, an Ann Arborbased Americana/fusion group. The band, which plays a split set — one at 8 p.m. and another at 10:30 p.m. — is led by vocalist/songwriter Erin Zindle. She plays violin, mandolin, accordion, and banjo while dancing. TJ Zindle (guitar), Randall Moore (percussion), Dan Jones (bass) and drummer Jon Brown round out the band’s lineup. The Ragbirds mixes pop, gypsy, Afro-Cuban, Celtic, Middle Eastern and African and Cajun sounds. Also performing is the Ypsilanti-based Black Jake & The Carnies. The selfproclaimed “Kings of Crabgrass” hit the stage at 9:15 p.m.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Strange beauty

Coffee house photo show captures everyday splendor

by Jonathan Griffith
Coffee shops in the 17th and 18th century were convergences point for great minds. Scholars, scientists and other brainy types would drink coffee, debate and discuss ideas with their peers, and as such they were known as “penny universities,” because coffee only cost a penny. Eventually, the plague came, and society put a pin in the whole coffee shop fad for a while.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Theater for the mind … and soul

Thursday, Nov. 6 & Friday, Nov. 7

by Anne Abendroth & Allan I. Ross
This weekend, two shows will give local audiences a choice between an epic romance that sweeps across Europe and a powerful drama about anti-Semitism in the American South. Either way, prepare to be challenged by the strict societal rules of these two very different worlds. And you’ll never guess which one’s a musical.
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Thursday, October 30,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Holocaust, Hauntings and the Hall

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, OCT. 30 — I hope all of you have been to ArtPrize 2014. Being in the middle of it every day is what I miss most from my days in the former Schuler Books Downtown. It'll always remain a yearly "must see" for me, no matter where I roam. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

Adrenaline and High C

Symphony unleashes Bruckner’s ‘Te Deum’ in massive choral program

by Lawrence Cosentino
Nobody reads the arts section to find more things to worry about, but here’s one anyway. Let’s say you go to Saturday’s annual Lansing Symphony choral blowout. Overwhelmed by the sight of some 200 massed choristers and musicians from the MSU Choral Union, State Singers, University Chorale and the full orchestra, you drop your program under the seat. The lights go down.
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