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Wednesday, February 4,2015

In a mellow tone

Betty Joplin puts life into every syllable

by Lawrence Cosentino
To grasp the vocal genius of Betty Joplin, start with the smallest word you can find. Joplinīs indigo-sky voice, with dusky vibrato at the edges, is too generous to take in all at once. When she sings the word "is" in "You Donīt Know What Love Is," the "i" gutters like a candle, for two or three warm seconds, until the "s" softly pinches it cold. Itīs a life lesson — a love affair, a breakup and burned fingers — in one syllable. "I prefer singing songs I can identify with in real life," Joplin said. "Otherwise, you donīt really have it down on the inside of you."
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

Take a back road

īRide Michigan’ offers motorcycle tours off the beaten path

by Bill Castanier
About this time of year, as the snow piles up outside their windows, motorcyclists start to get antsy. Bill Murphy, who has written five books on motorcycle excursions, is already planning his next road trip on his Harley-Davidson Road King. In his most recent book, “Ride Michigan,” Murphy takes motorcycle enthusiasts on a tour of Michigan’s back roads, weaving through small towns and skirting the Great Lakes. The book is divided into four sections: the north woods, the lakeshores, the southern farmlands and the Great Lakes, and offers more than 30 tour suggestions. These tours range from excursions that only take a few hours to tours that require several days.
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

Curtain call: No drama

Inspired acting can’t save the aimless ‘Theatre2Film’ project

by Paul Wozniak
Undoubtedly, MSU’s “Theatre2Film Project” is an invaluable experience, giving students the freedom to write and perform their own Review work on stage and eventually on film. Audiences get an opportunity to see the “Theatre” part of the creative process, but unfortunately the production gives little insight into what the “2Film” process might be.
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
John Gorka at the Ten Pound Fiddle, Friday, Feb. 6 After cutting his teeth in the 1980s Greenwich Village music scene, John Gorka became a preeminent figure in the new folk movement. Friday he performs at the Ten Pound Fiddle. The New Jersey native, known for his sharp wit and poignant...
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
In the 1933 novel “Lost Horizon,” author James Hilton dreamed up Shangri- La, a utopian society populated with a citizenry that doesn’t age. Last fall, a new Lansing business opened that references Hilton’s utopia and provides personal pampering and skin-care services designed to slow the effects of weather and age.
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

Street..smart

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM HARNESSES THE ENERGY OF HIP HOP TO STRENGTHEN THE COMMUNITY

by Ty Forquer
It’s a cold January evening, and nearly a dozen junior high students and parents have braved the icy roads to make it to a classroom at the Oak Park YMCA. Classes at Lansing Public Schools were canceled that day, but class is in session at All of the Above Hip Hop Academy (AOTA). Electronic beats are pumping from computer speakers in the corner as Tyson Pumphrey, a.k.a Ozay Moore, lays down the ground rules.
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

Stairway to Harlem

Thursday Feb. 5

by Ty Forquer
At his peak in the 1920s, Fats Waller was so popular that Al Capone arranged to have him kidnapped and he was forced to perform at gunpoint for Capone’s birthday celebration. (Waller emerged safely from the party three days later, flush with cash from the well-tipping gangsters.)
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

Crowdsourcing: Annie’s new life

Donors rally to save a sick Siberian Husky (www.giveforward.com)

by Ariel Rogers
Most of us go the extra mile for our pets, but Elissa “Dogbyte” Patterson, of Fowlerville, went an extra 1,500 miles for a dog that she isn’t even sure will be hers. Through the crowdsourcing website GiveForward.com, Patterson was able to raise $1,000 to pay for the 24-hour round-trip to St. Pauls, N.C. to save Annie (previously Snowflake) from being euthanized at a seven-day kill shelter. And now the site is helping save Annie’s life again, attempting to raise $4,500 to pay for medical treatment at the Michigan State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital for parvovirus.
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Tuesday, February 3,2015

Chief of mystery

Presentation attempts to discover the truth about Chief Okemos

by Ty Forquer
The Historical Society of Greater Lansing will attempt to peel away the myths and find the truth about Okemos Thursday as they present “Chief Okemos: the Man and the Myth.” The chief, who is the nearby village’s namesake, is tied to Lansing history but information about him is scarce.
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Thursday, January 29,2015

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Mid-Winter's Tales

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, JAN. 29 — So far this winter hasn't been the kind of snow and cold onslaught that had us hunkering down inside to read last year, but those of us looking for any excuse can point to occasional days of flurries and do it anyway . Here's what we're reading:
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