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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Classically Russian

Saturday, March 7

by Ty Forquer
Igor Stravinsky, now regarded as one the 20th century’s greatest composers, spent most of his life chasing the ghosts of past success. The Russian composer’s three greatest works — the ballets “The Firebird,” “Petrushka” and “The Rite of Spring” — were penned between 1909 and 1913, before Stravinsky had reached his 32nd birthday. Political unrest in Russia (and eventually the USSR), however, made it difficult for Stravinsky to collect royalties on his music, and medical difficulties followed his family like a proverbial curse.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Pistols up

Flint Eastwood ignites the crowd at the Loft

by Sarah Spohn
One word: Flint. It’s both a Michigan city and a hard quartz that sparks fire when struck. Two words: Flint Eastwood. Selfdescribed as “a Spaghetti-Western cooked in the ovens of Detroit,” this outlaw-country-tinged indie-dance band is igniting a spark across the country with its powerful tunes. The band made a stop in Lansing Friday night at the Loft. Opening acts were Tidal, Marvels, and East Lansing indie-rock band Lights and Caves.
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

From Paris to post-apocalypse

Photographer of ‘Lost Detroit’ comes to Lansing

by Bill Castanier
Despite the efforts of Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services (aka Quicken Loans), which has invested $1.6 billion in 70 Detroit buildings, it’s impossible to drive through downtown without noticing the decaying landmarks of the city. Landmarks to its former glory, now defa...
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Curtain call

by City Pulse
Good fun, good cause Local production raises money for the families of fallen police officers The non-profit Blue Light Players, whose mission is to help the families of fallen police officers, have been packing houses for 10 years. They began with children’s theater pr...
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Genocya at Mac's, Saturday, Feb. 28' Genocya returns Saturday to Mac’s Bar for its first Lansing show of the year. The Lansing-based metal band is known for its malevolent metal sound that blends thrash, death and black metal into one heavy concoction. The band, which ...
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
The local craft beer scene continues to boom with the recent announcement that Ellison Brewery and Spirits, a proposed new microbrewery/ microdistillery, will open in East Lansing later this year. The production facility will open at 4903 Dawn Ave. in the industrial park behind the East La...
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Self portrait in salmon

Cynthia Foley exhibit features surreal animals, unexpected faces

by Jonathan Griffith
Cadillac-based artist Cynthia Foley smiled warmly at a crowd of wide-eyed attendees at the opening reception of her new exhibit, “Imagining Context: Seeing and Being Seen,” which opened Friday at the Lansing Art Gallery. One look at her complex works, layering textures and illustrations, and you immediately appreciate her presence, hoping you can steal some of her time — as much as to inquire about her work as to express your admiration for it. And while you can’t help but want to analyze the works being exhibited, Foley’s coy demeanor suggests you just look on and enjoy. The following exchange is exemplary.
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Mandarin MADMEN

New exhibit showcases the work of Chinese advertising students

by Ty Forquer
The daily inundation of advertisements — on computers, televisions, on the commute — has made it easy to tune out or ignore these constant messages. Visitors to Michigan State University’s Communication Arts and Sciences Building, however, may want to stop and pay attenti...
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Back in the saddle

Former Lansing TV news anchor hits the radio waves

by Ty Forquer
For 21 years, viewers in Lansing invited Dave Akerly into their homes. The popular anchor spent 12 years as sports director and nine years as weeknight news anchor at WLNS. As sports director he created the popular “5th Quarter,” a Friday night high school sports segment now in its 19th year. Akerly left WLNS in 2011 to work in public relations and com munications for Michigan Department of Human Services.
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Lost in time

Missing time capsule was to be opened Saturday

by Ty Forquer
According to a State News article from 1990, there is a time capsule hidden in Michigan State University’s Case Hall that is to be opened Saturday. There is just one small problem: No one seems to know where the time capsule is. City Pulse was made aware of the time capsule by R...
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