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Wednesday, January 21,2015

Minimal maximalism

Take 6 takes charge at MSU´s King tribute

by Lawrence Cosentino
The MSU College of Music trimmed away the usual oratory and commentary from this year´s Martin Luther King Jr. tribute and served up two courses of pure music. Something was lost, but something else was gained. This year´s sold-out concert bore little resemblance to the long, cathartic community sweat lodges of past years, but it was an entertaining, highly professional show that snuck in a message or two by purely musical means.
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Wednesday, January 21,2015

Rent to own

Williamston Theatre finalizes purchase of its downtown space

by Paul Wozniak
It’s official. On Dec. 30, Williamston Theatre purchased the building it has called its home since 2006. Located at 122 S. Putnam Street in downtown Williamston, the 5,000-square-foot, century-old building houses Williamston Theatre’s rehearsal and performance space as well as offices. The theater company is confidently moving into its 10th season, now as theater owners.
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Wednesday, January 21,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Lead Belly & Josh White tribute show, Friday, Jan. 23 It is the early 1940s. Blues/folk legends Lead Belly and Josh White are backstage between sets, enjoying some downtime. What do they talk about? This is the setting for the Ten Pound Fiddle’s “Black Fathers of Folk ...
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Wednesday, January 21,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
Lansing gets intergalactic Wednesday with the opening of Cosmos, a wood-fired pizzeria attached to intown Zoobie’s Old Town Tavern. Co-owner Sam Short said Zoobie’s, the 2-year-old craft beer, wine and cocktail hotspot, has been successful, but demand for food has been astronomical. “I think we’re going to make a lot of people happy with the Cosmos,” he said. “Zoobie’s only has light snacks right now, but when you’re out for the evening, sometimes you want something more (substantial).”
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Wednesday, January 21,2015

Gospel à la King

Saturday Jan. 24

by Ty Forquer
Don’t expect to do a lot of sitting Saturday night at the Wharton Center because it’s going to feel like Sunday morning church. Some of gospel music’s hottest artists will perform for the Greater Lansing Area Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission’s fifth ann...
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Friday, January 16,2015

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Paperback Writers

by Neil Rajala
FRIDAY, JAN. 16 — Time to get caught up on titles I've raved about in hardcover (some more than once) that have had their paperback release since. Reading groups, start your engines! Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, January 14,2015

Tapestry of voices

Take 6 joins MSU’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute

by Lawrence Cosentino
Each year, topical threads are added to timeless ones, but warmth is always woven into the MSU College of Music’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute, ”Jazz: Spirituals, Prayer and Protest.” The annual tapestry of music and spoken word will shine with a new filament Sunday. The luminous, six-piece a cappella gospel group Take 6 will shed extra light on the “prayer” part of the proceedings.
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Wednesday, January 14,2015

Hey, elk, look up

Symphony, guest cellist bring great outdoors to Wharton concert

by Lawrence Cosentino
For all the fiddlers, fandooglers and foom-boomers crowding the stage at Saturday’s Lansing Symphony concert, two distinct figures linger in my mind. I’ll start with the obvious one: Soloist Bion Tsang. For better or worse, in motion or stasis, through reverie and hysteria, the evening’s guest cellist made it impossible to take your eyes off of him. Not that he was showing off. He seemed determined to take a seemingly cornball piece of music, Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme,” and wring maximum meaning and drama from every bit. He was all business, ear cocked for every cue from the orchestra and maestro Timothy Muffitt.
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Wednesday, January 14,2015

Intensity and intention

Riverwalk’s ´The Sea Gull´ takes Chekhov out of Russia

by Tom Helma
Two gunmetal gray, stark cold cemetery benches flank the stage of Riverwalk Theatre, awaiting audience members who shuffle in from the gunmetal gray, stark cold Lansing winter. Welcome to Jean-Claude van Itallie’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Sea Gull.”
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Wednesday, January 14,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Cheap Girls, Split Single at Mac´s Bar, Friday, Jan. 16 Still pumped from its latest power-pop release, the “Famous Graves” LP, Cheap Girls returns to its home turf of Mac’s Bar for a headlining gig. Those who buy advance tickets online get a free poster. Warming up t...
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