City Pulse - Arts and Culture <![CDATA[Book reviews: Notes from Neil]]> THURSDAY, OCT. 30 — I hope all of you have been to ArtPrize 2014. Being in the middle of it every day is what I miss most from my days in the former Schuler Books Downtown. It'll always remain a yearly "must see" for me, no matter where I roam. Here's what we're reading: ]]> <![CDATA[Above and beyond recognition]]> On Thursday, 11 women will be inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. This year’s collection of notable Michigan women includes an historic equestrian, a revolutionary biology researcher and a real mover and shaker. Well, not so much a shaker, but she is the founder of the country’s largest franchised moving company.]]> <![CDATA[Smells like team ‘Spirit’]]> It’s been 73 years since Noël Coward debuted his supernatural romantic comedy “Blithe Spirit.” In the years since, there have been multiple permutations, both on stage and in the movies, on the theme of one’s spouse coming back from the dead to haunt them. So the question is: Can a community theater bring an elderly stage play back to life, overcoming the notion that the theme has been done so many times that the original has entirely lost its luster? Yes, it can. ]]> <![CDATA[Adrenaline and High C]]> <![CDATA[ELFF discovery]]> <![CDATA[Deus ex McKenna]]> Bill Murray doesn’t have an agent. If you want to reach him about a movie project, you have to leave a message at his personal 1-800-number. It’s true. If he likes your spiel, he calls you back. If not … well, that’s probably the reason “Ghostbusters 3” still hasn’t happened. ]]> <![CDATA[This is Halloween …]]> <![CDATA[Turn it Down interview: Matthew Milia of Frontier Ruckus]]> Frontier Ruckus has been known for its lyrically intense and dense folk records since it formed in 2003. But the band’s new record, “Sitcom Afterlife,” shows chief songwriter Matthew Milia scaling back his poetic verbiage and delving into his pop sensibilities. The Michigan-based band releases the new 10-song record, its fourth full-length, Saturday at Mac’s Bar. Milia chatted with City Pulse about the new disc and that time Alanis Morissette appeared at one of their gigs. ]]> <![CDATA[New in town]]> Last week, REO Town gained a new business that will anchor its southern edge: Vintage Junkies, a vintage clothing, furniture, home décor and jewelry store, moved into the former Kwast American Bakeries on South Washington Avenue. The store is the brainchild of friends Amy McMeeken and Aimée Macklin, who take the business’ name to heart. “I’ve loved vintage things since I was little,” said McMeeken, 35. “My grandmother took me to a garage sale and I bought a bracelet for 25 cents. I still have it.”]]> <![CDATA[The art of absorption]]> Wang Chunchen knows how to roll with change. Quick and wrenching change in the world’s most populous nation is the theme of “Future Returns,” a dizzying, diverse exhibit of contemporary Chinese art, curated by Wang, set to take over the second floor of the Broad Art Museum Oct. 30.]]> <![CDATA[Q&A with country music icon Rosanne Cash ]]> When you’re the daughter of Johnny Cash, your Tennessee roots are apparent and profound. But while Grammy Awardwinning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash was born in Memphis in 1955, she was uprooted as a toddler to California, and for the last two decades she and her husband/ bandmate John Leventhal have raised their children in Manhattan.]]> <![CDATA[Making love to history]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Comic con]]> Suspension of disbelief is critical to the comedy genre, where plot and the rules of reality are often discarded in service of a joke. That’s especially true Review for Starlight Dinner Theatre’s latest production, “What Is Susan’s Secret,” an “American farce” by Michael and Susan Parker riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies that boggle the mind. What the script lacks in a coherent story, however, it makes up for with the series of eccentric characters that the cast playfully brings to life.]]> <![CDATA[Cut-and-paste aesthetic]]> Despite the absence of corporate backing in production, Midwest creatives of all varieties with a desire to produce works have proved since the ‘80s and ‘90s that if there is a will, there is way. In “Substrate,” (SCENE) Metrospace’s new exhibit opening Friday, visitors are shown the many ways in which, albeit on a smallscale, people are taking production back.]]> <![CDATA[CITY PULSE BAR GUIDE]]> In this, the first-ever City Pulse Bar Issue, we have compiled a handy primer for Lansing-area socialites looking to get more out of their bar-going experiences and maybe learn a little bit more about this distinct social climate. But, you know, in a fun way.]]> <![CDATA[Barguide: Favorite drinks]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Barguide: Shifting times]]> It´s 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday, but people are already drinking beers inside LeRoy’s Classic Bar and Grill, 1526 S. Cedar St. in Lansing. The day manager of 15 years, Joseph Cardwell, preps food on the nearby griddle. He opens the doors to the typical clientele at 7 a.m.: Third-shift nurses from Sparrow Hospital, police officers and factory workers who come to unwind after a hard night’s work. But with the decline in manufacturing jobs, it just isn´t what it used to be. ]]> <![CDATA[Barguide: Leave of abstinence ]]> <![CDATA[Barguide: The journalist bartender]]> <![CDATA[Drinkin' 'n' Singin': A list of the best drinking & bar songs]]>