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Wednesday, October 1,2014

‘People-ish’ plurality

Allen Toussaint shares upbeat, varied bill with Preservation Hall Jazz Band

by Lawrence Cosentino
In 2012, New Orleans music icon Allen Toussaint got a National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. Toussaint is among a handful of artists who are in both the rock ‘n’ roll and the blues halls of fame, but even for him, going to the White House was an extra high high. “It felt royal,” Toussaint said. “Especially with this president. He’s a hands-on person. You can feel it in his handshake. He didn’t send someone to do it. He was there, body, mind and spirit.”
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Wednesday, October 1,2014

Saving Halloween

Turning the holiday back over to its rightful celebrants — the kids

by Allan I. Ross
Once upon a time, Halloween meant two things: Candy and costumes. Oh, and also: It was for kids. But as America has become increasingly immaturized — where movies based on toys from the ‘80s rule the box office and video game systems have become basics of home entertainment — so too has the ultimate children’s holiday been usurped by grownups.
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Wednesday, October 1,2014

Women in power

by Allan I. Ross
The Indie Film Series at Studio C! continues this weekend with six new titles, blazing an art-house movie trail that will lead into the 17th Annual East Lansing Film Festival at the end of the month. Series programmer Susan Woods once again cherry-picked the films from the buzziest international, independent and documentary fare making the festival circuit rounds. “These are some of the best movies out there, and if it weren’t for (the Indie Film Series), Lansing audiences would never get to see them on the big screen,” Woods said.
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Wednesday, October 1,2014

New in town

O'REILLY AUTO PARTS/STOCKYARD COMEDY ZONE/JOKERS ARE WILD

by Allan I. Ross
Speculation and rumors have abounded about what would happen to the former Paul Revere’s building since it closed last summer, but this week I confirmed with Missouri-based O’Reily Auto Enterprises that the building will be leveled and an O’Reilly Auto Parts store will be built on the property.
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Wednesday, October 1,2014

Schauer pledges to reverse cuts

Record reflects core Dem principles; Can he fire up the base, independents?

by Mickey Hirten
Although he´s been a congressman and long-serving Michigan legislator, Mark Schauer´s political record hasn´t really surfaced as an issue in his bid to unseat Gov. Rick Snyder. Snyder´s record, as befits an incumbent, frames the campaign so far. Voters know what they get with Snyder; Schauer is more of an unknown, which is good, and bad.
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Wednesday, October 1,2014

Finding a home

Diversity and our differences, how we relate matters

by Belinda Thurston
Rita Flanagan’s father left Yazoo, Miss., after his family collected enough money to get him a bus ticket out of town. He “did something,” she said, that could have gotten him killed – a glance at a white woman, or not crossing the street to clear a path for white people – she guesses. Dixya Acharya left Nepal five years ago after spending 17 years in a Bhutanese refugee camp in squalid and cramped living conditions. She was 4 when her parents abandoned their 30-plus acres of land fleeing violence in their homeland to keep their 10 children safe.
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Wednesday, October 1,2014

Innovate and infiltrate

Inaugural Lansing Maker Week showcases the local creative spirit

by Casey Bye
This week a dinosaur was removed from downtown Lansing. On the rooftop of 619 E. Michigan Ave., home of Jerry Jodloski’s entertainment company, Jammin’ DJs., a red inflatable T-Rex stood frozen in mid-roar for the month of September, its tiny clawed arms spread in a display of terror. Or was that a giant smile and an open-arms welcome? It’s hard to say, but given that the mega-carnivore was the unofficial mascot of the first-time event Lansing Maker Week, it’s probably the latter. (It violated city ordinance for rooftop inflatables, so it was bye-bye dino.)
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Friday, September 26,2014

Home for Holliday

Arts Council names MSU senior as new program manager

by KRISTA WILSON
Friday, Sept. 26 — Following the departure last month of program manager Barb Whitney, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing named her replacement this week. (Whitney left to accept the position of executive director of the Lansing Art Gallery.) Michigan State University advertising senior Josh Holliday will be formally introduced as the group’s new program manager at a special meet and greet at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The event will be held at the Arts Council office, 1208 Turner St. in Lansing’s Old Town district.
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Friday, September 26,2014

Living dead ringers

Local TV station looking for zombies for upcoming commercial

by Anne Abendroth
Friday, Sept. 26 — A local TV station is looking for zombie fans to be featured in an upcoming commercial promoting the first season of “The Walking Dead,” which crawls into local syndication on Wednesday.
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Thursday, September 25,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Jazz, With an Egg on Top

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, SEPT. 25 — Here is what we're reading: 2 A.M. AT THE CAT'S PAJAMASMarie-Helene BertinoTwenty four hours (Christmas Eve Eve, to be exact) in the life of Madeleine Altimari; nine-year-old misanthrope, bully and aspiring jazz singer. Life's dealt her a difficult hand; she lo...
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