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Wednesday, March 4,2015

New in town

American Fifth Spirits

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week I promised you an update on American Fifth Spirits, the smallbatch liquor distillery across from the Cooley Law School Stadium in downtown Lansing. I mentioned that although it had started production and distribution, construction on the tasting room, which was supposed to open last summer, had stalled. And now we know why.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Avenue Café is becoming known for its Americana-punk shows thanks to Steve King. The café’s event manager has a knack for bringing in banjowielding troubadours from across the country. King’s next frenetic-folk show is Friday. Headlining is the Handog Hearts, the rootsy one-man-band project of Indianapolis-based singer/songwriter Austin Stirling. The Hangdog Hearts started as a full band in 2012, but Stirling quickly stripped it down to a solo project and honed his soulful “angry-Gypsy-folk” sound. Its latest release is 2013’s “Under the Floorboards.” Openers at the Avenue are Brother Doug and songwriter James Hunnicutt, a Farmageddon Records artist. Over the years, Hunnicutt, a Washington state native, has recorded or played with a number of rustic-roots bands including Joe Buck Yourself, the Goddamn Gallows and Shooter Jennings, to name only a few.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Escapism by the bottle

Exploring wines from the Southern Hemisphere

by Justin King
A bottle of wine can be a fantastic storytelling device. One can pop a cork on pretty much any bottle and reminisce about a once-in-a-lifetime vacation or dream of one on the horizon. The romanticism and hope — and a little inebriation — are breeding grounds for a great shared night and a little wanderlust.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Still hammering

Peter Yarrow on activism, motivation and the state of folk music

by Ty Forquer
As one third of Peter, Paul and Mary, Peter Yarrow has left an incredible mark on American folk music. The trio took folk music to the top of the charts, and at least partially contributed to the breakout success of Bob Dylan and the revival of the music of Pete Seeger.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Classically Russian

Saturday, March 7

by Ty Forquer
Igor Stravinsky, now regarded as one the 20th century’s greatest composers, spent most of his life chasing the ghosts of past success. The Russian composer’s three greatest works — the ballets “The Firebird,” “Petrushka” and “The Rite of Spring” — were penned between 1909 and 1913, before Stravinsky had reached his 32nd birthday. Political unrest in Russia (and eventually the USSR), however, made it difficult for Stravinsky to collect royalties on his music, and medical difficulties followed his family like a proverbial curse.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Pistols up

Flint Eastwood ignites the crowd at the Loft

by Sarah Spohn
One word: Flint. It’s both a Michigan city and a hard quartz that sparks fire when struck. Two words: Flint Eastwood. Selfdescribed as “a Spaghetti-Western cooked in the ovens of Detroit,” this outlaw-country-tinged indie-dance band is igniting a spark across the country with its powerful tunes. The band made a stop in Lansing Friday night at the Loft. Opening acts were Tidal, Marvels, and East Lansing indie-rock band Lights and Caves.
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

From Paris to post-apocalypse

Photographer of ‘Lost Detroit’ comes to Lansing

by Bill Castanier
Despite the efforts of Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services (aka Quicken Loans), which has invested $1.6 billion in 70 Detroit buildings, it’s impossible to drive through downtown without noticing the decaying landmarks of the city. Landmarks to its former glory, now defa...
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Curtain call

by City Pulse
Good fun, good cause Local production raises money for the families of fallen police officers The non-profit Blue Light Players, whose mission is to help the families of fallen police officers, have been packing houses for 10 years. They began with children’s theater pr...
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Genocya at Mac's, Saturday, Feb. 28' Genocya returns Saturday to Mac’s Bar for its first Lansing show of the year. The Lansing-based metal band is known for its malevolent metal sound that blends thrash, death and black metal into one heavy concoction. The band, which ...
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
The local craft beer scene continues to boom with the recent announcement that Ellison Brewery and Spirits, a proposed new microbrewery/ microdistillery, will open in East Lansing later this year. The production facility will open at 4903 Dawn Ave. in the industrial park behind the East La...
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