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Wednesday, March 12,2014

Plussier and plussier

Cello Plus festival brings banquet of diverse chamber music to MSU

by Lawrence Cosentino
Cello Plus is an unpretentious name for an ambitious series of chamber music concerts, but that’s just part of its Spartan appeal. For the past 14 years, MSU cello professor Suren Bagratuni has quietly built a top-drawer local music festival where musicians play airs but don’t put them on.
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

‘Butterflies’ affects

Timeless themes keep period piece fresh with Starlight romance

by Paul Wozniak
When community theaters stage 40-year-old plays, the results can be as stale as a forgotten bag of chips. But Starlight Dinner Theatre’s production of “Butterflies Are Free” feels fresh, lively and contemporary. Unlike Starlight’s standard lineup of broad farces, this polished revival of Leonard Gershe’s 1969 script draws its abundant laughs from the intimate pain of reality.
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

Jiro dreams of flying

Anime feature captures the joy of imagination, the rush of true love

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The power of animation comes from its ability to create dreamlike pocket universes where the real and the fantastic coexist in harmony. Want your everyman character to take flight? Just have him push off the ground, flap his arms and up he goes — no strings or green screen required. The rise of CGI has blurred this line, but its use in live action is still very much you-got-your-giant-robot-in-my-comic-book-movie, not a seamless blend.
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

New In Town

Steakhouse Philly Bar & Grill

by ALLAN I. ROSS
After 20 months and a $200,000 interior/exterior overhaul, Steakhouse Philly Bar & Grill opened this week on Lansing’s east side. Since 1967, the building was home to the Best Steak House, a diner that intown closed in summer 2012 for the massive revamp, which includes a full bar and a new menu.
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Sex Pistol & New York Doll at The Loft - Wed. Mar 19 Two punk gods are headed to Lansing to perform an all-ages rock show. Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols and Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls bring their band, the Sex Dolls, to The Loft. Opening the show is the Plurals. Matloc...
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Thursday, March 6,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

A Couple of Classics

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Mar. 6 — The time changes this weekend, can Spring be far behind? As nice as it's been to sit in a comfortable chair reading by the fireplace on these frigid evenings, I'm also remembering how nice it is to read on my sunny back deck, cold drink at the ready and wearing an offensively loud tropical shirt. Here's what we're reading:
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Thursday, March 6,2014

Q&A: The gypsy talks

The Further Adventures of Fatboy and JiveTurky on drug-addled parents and “sophisticated gypsy blues”

by Carlee Henderson
Thursday, March 6 — The Further Adventures of Fatboy and JiveTurkey, a local gypsy-blues band, are one-half of “The Gypsy and the Traveler” show Friday at (SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing. The band opens for local songwriter Elden Kelly.
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Wednesday, March 5,2014

Living ‘Color’

Riverwalk show depicts early American movement to advance freed slaves

by Tom Helma
History is sometimes a strange stew of colliding ideas that can form the foundation for a highly entertaining story, as is the case with Riverwalk Theatre’s production of “Free Man of Color.”
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Wednesday, March 5,2014

Out On the Town

by City Pulse Staff
Minnesota is a cold state, but itīs also a hotbed of choral music. Among the most spirited of the state'euro;'s many fine choral groups is the 43-voice St. John'euro;'s University Men'euro;'s Chorus, making a stop at First Presbyterian Church in Lansing as part of a spring break tour that takes them across the Midwest.
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Wednesday, March 5,2014

Pontiac vibe

Local author details complex history surrounding Native American

by Bill Castanier
When I was a child, I always looked forward to our family’s annual summer vacation in Sault Ste. Marie, pestering my grandmother in the front seat when we were going to see “real” Indians — not knowing at the time she was 100 percent Chippewa.
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