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Monday, April 15,2013

‘Mormon’ stormin’ Wharton

Wharton’s 2013-’14 Broadway season a mix of hits and classics

by Allan I. Ross
Monday, April 15 — The Wharton Center’s 2013-‘14 Broadway season was also announced on Monday. The lineup includes an irreverent hit musical that Wharton is getting on the first leg of its touring production, three movie-to-stage adaptations (including a smash Disney favorite) and a grown-up — but not “adult” — take on the Peter Pan story. Oh yeah, and a show commonly called the Great American Opera as well as the jukebox musical that launched the whole singing-along-with-radio-songs fad 14 years ago. Talk about diversity.
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Friday, April 5,2013

Uke got served

Local teen plays on trolley tonight for First Fridays

by Allan I. Ross
Friday, April 5 — For two years, Lansing First Fridays has given mid-Michigan entertainment junkies a good reason to look forward to the first Friday of every month — and guess what tonight is.
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Friday, March 29,2013

MSU Museum receives $1.9M gift endowment

Money would pay for the museum’s first endowed curatorship

by Allan I. Ross
Friday, March 29 — Yesterday, the Michigan State University Museum announced a $1.9 million gift that would support an endowed curatorship, the first such endowment for the 155-year old museum.
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Friday, March 15,2013

Nuclear family

Author Cecile Pineda takes on Great Lakes nuclear facilities programs

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, March 14 — Author Cecile Pineda will speak tonight on the threat posed by Michigan’s nuclear facilities. The event is co-hosted by the Peace Education Center in East Lansing, which takes a definitive stance on nuclear energy.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Slam jam

Showcase is ‘last hurrah’ for student poets

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, Nov. 29 — Tonight/poetry will take flight/with two teams of students who are bright. /Their words will ignite/and soar like a kite/dropping rhymes that are tight/to excite/and enlighten/the audience like Turkish Delight. You get the idea, right? (OK, we’ll stop.) The poets at tonight’s MSU Slam Showcase will likely lay down some better work than that.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Funding public art

2013 grants program ‘really makes Lansing shine”

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, Aug. 2 — The Lansing Economic Development Corporation announced today that local artists have until Sept. 7 to submit grant applications for the organization’s annual Sense of Place in the Arts program. This city-funded program supports arts and cultural projects, driving community revitalization and economic development in the area.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

JazzFest for kids

Instrument-making workshop at JazzFest geared toward the young ones

by Allan I. Ross
Friday, Aug. 3 — If the idea of keeping your kid busy at JazzFest this weekend is stressing you out, relax, man. This Saturday, the Broad Art Museum has created a unique children’s workshop that will give them the tools to make their own band and give those hepcats on the main stage a run for their syncopation.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Vicious cycling

42nd annual DALMAC bicycle tour leaves from East Lansing starting Wednesday

by Allan I. Ross
Friday, Aug. 24 — Ah, Labor Day weekend. Time to drag the lid over the pool, fire up the barbecue one last time, or maybe clip into your bicycle and pump the pedals several hundred miles for five straight days. If you find that last part a little extreme, there are about 1,700 bicycling enthusiasts rolling through town next week who can show you how it’s done.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

‘The fat lady has sung’

After 14 years, 621 calls it quits for good

by Allan I. Ross
Friday, Aug. 31 — The owners of the upscale martini lounge, 621, located at 621 E. Michigan Ave., announced Thursday they will be closing the nightclub for good after 14 years.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Political song-and-dance

Capitol Steps mocks politics tonight at the Wharton Center

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, Oct. 4 —Before there was a “Daily Show” or a “Colbert Report” (or a Glenn Beck, for that matter), Capitol Steps was there to show us how ridiculous the political machine was. Part dueling piano sing-a-long, part sketch comedy troupe, the musical satire crew has been skewering politics for 30 years.
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