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Wednesday, July 22,2015

Turn it down

When Particles Collide at Macīs Bar, Wednesday, July 29

by Rich Tupica
When Particles Collide, an alt-rock duo from Bangor, Maine, mixes Blondie-influenced vocals with commanding, Queens of the Stone Age-style guitar riffs and a punk rock ethos. The band headlines Mac’s Bar Wednesday, openers include local bands Hat Madder and Red Teeth. Rounding out t...
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Wednesday, July 22,2015

Off-Broadway Boogie

Boogie Bob prepares for a run of shows in New York

by Ty Forquer
Telling the story of American piano music, from early styles like rhythm & blues and stride through jazz and rock ‘n’ roll, is an ambitious undertaking. One could easily fill a textbook tracing the history of these musicians. Bob Baldori, however, is attempting to tell that...
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Wednesday, July 22,2015

Reboot

Vandalay reinvents itself with new EP

by Ty Forquer
“Starting Over,” the latest EP from Lansing-based rock band Vandalay, is more than a collection of songs. It’s a portrait of a band at a crossroads. The EP’s title track is, on its surface, about a relationship. But it has also become a metaphor for a new chapt...
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Wednesday, July 22,2015

Old Town gets scrappy

Lansing-area artists put an adage to the test this weekend, hoping to show that one person’s trash could truly be another one’s treasure.

by Helen Murphy
Cesar Chavez Plaza in Old Town played host to ScrapFest Friday and Saturday, and an estimated 2,500 people came to check out 17 recycled scrap metal sculptures created by teams of local artists. In the lead-up to the festival, the teams were given one hour to pick out up to 500 pounds of m...
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Wednesday, July 22,2015

A fresh twist

Friday, July 24

by Helen Murphy
What happens when you combine an infestation of rats, a doublecrossing mayor, a piper who plays irresistible music and a cast and crew of 81 kids? Audiences will get a chance to find out as All-of-us Express presents its take on “The Pied Piper of Hamelin,” opening on the East...
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

Burden of ‘Proof’

Over the Ledge kicks off summer season

by Tom Helma
Over the Ledge Theatre Co. opened its fourth season at the Ledges Playhouse with David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Proof.” The play is a tender love story that depicts the complexity of a relationship between a young woman and her father, a brilliant mathematician whose mental world is un raveling. Doak Bloss plays the father, Robert, who is present in act one as a ghost and in act two alive via flashbacks to four years earlier. Bloss combines a blustery, full-of-himself professional persona with moments when his character’s pomposity disappears into a confused —yet soulful — vulnerability. A monologue in which Robert spouts academic jargon peppered with observations that come with aging — and with the creeping sense that he has begun to lose his mind — is particularly poignant.
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

Harper Lee to Hemingway

New release, event give insight into the writing process

by Bill Castanier
Tuesday’s publication of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” is a lesson in publishing and editing. Readers seldom get to see an original, unedited manuscript of a book in published form; mostly they languish in archives. But that, in essence, is what “Go Set a Watchman” is — a first draft of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Plurals release 'An Onion Tied To My Belt' at the Avenue Since 2007, the Plurals have been a fixture in the Lansing music scene, releasing a string of DIY alt-rock discs on its GTG Records imprint. The three-piece band is back with its third full-length album, “An Onion Tied to...
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
You think baseball games, you think hot dogs, beer and maybe the old peanuts-and- Cracker Jack combo. But Cooley Law School Stadium has gone the gourmet route with its new addition, Good Hops. The specialty hamburger-and-craft-beer station, situated in the new construction beyond the outfi...
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Wednesday, July 15,2015

Running The Gamut

What I learned from spending six days at Common Ground

by Ty Forquer
This was the year to do it. In past years, I would attend one or two nights of Common Ground Music Festival and think to myself, “Next year I’m going to buy a week pass and be here every night.” But it never happened. Other plans got in the way some years, while other years the ticket price didn’t seem worth it. But this year, my first as City Pulse arts and culture editor, seemed like the year to make it happen. I decided to take the plunge and attend all six nights of Common Ground.
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