City Pulse - Arts and Culture <![CDATA[PROTEST. ROCK.]]> The Lansing-area music scene is booming. Venues like Mac’s Bar and The Loft pack in Gen Xers and Millennials weaned on grunge, pop and electronic dance music. But in the ‘60s and ‘70s, local music had a radical, activist edge. Local bands Plain Brown Wrapper, Ormandy, The Dogs and Magic were part of an impassioned collection of groups that played free, outdoor concerts fueled by the discontent of their fan bases, made up mostly of Baby Boomer Vietnam War protesters. ]]> <![CDATA[Brew switcheroo]]> A few months ago, professional event organizer Sam Porter spotted a pile of empty beer cans after an event in East Lansing. Poking out from among the PBRs and Busch Lights, something caught his eye: a bottle from Grand Rapids-based microbrewery Founders Brewing Co. Most people wouldn’t give it a second thought, but for Porter, it was a sign of positive change in the way craft beer — and Michigan craft beer, at that — has gone mainstream. ]]> <![CDATA[Kink and class]]> East Lansing is getting kinky next year — literally. The Wharton Center announced a portion of its 2014-’15 last week, which includes a stop for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Kinky Boots.” Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman is coming too, but chances are his wardrobe will be much more subdued.]]> <![CDATA[Neverland goes to India]]> It is not possible to crow too loudly about MSU’s production of “Peter Pan,” especially as Peter himself insists the audience do so during his showstopping number, “I Gotta Crow.” The MSU Review Department of Theatre has maximized every inch of the Pasant Theatre to create a truly spectacular fantasy with amazing production values. ]]> <![CDATA[Camp Somewhere]]> Summer vacation 2014 is only two months away and summer camp slots are filling up fast. In this section, you’ll find the first-ever City Pulse Summer Camp Guide, detailing a wide selection of camps specializing in sports, nature and science in mid-Michigan. But how do you know which one is right for your kid? And what exactly should your kid expect from a good camp? ]]> <![CDATA[The Blake effect]]> Blake Bowen realized Hollywood wasn’t for him at an audition for a fast food commercial in 2010. The Williamston native had been living in Los Angeles pursuing an acting career when he had an epiphany.]]> <![CDATA[Out On the Town]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Turn it down]]> ]]> <![CDATA[New In Town]]> A longtime Lansing business recently had a change of ownership while another will be quietly hanging up its paintbrushes later this year. Diane Engman has some big plans for Hack’s Key Shop, which she bought from retiring owner Gordon Sparks in December. Greg Limmer, owner/operator of Grand Art Supply, announced this week he’ll close his store on Nov. 30. ]]> <![CDATA[Tasty beer, tasteless comedy]]> Tuesday, April 15 — Few things go hand-in-hand better than copious amounts of beer and questionably tasteful comedy. Brew Ha-Ha, the unofficial pre-party for this weekend’s Microbrew & Music Festival, takes this knowledge to heart for an event Thursday night at The Loft. ]]> <![CDATA[Yin and yang of Lingg]]> More than 300 pages are packed into “Dreams Gone Wrong,” former State Rep. Lingg Brewer’s epic about gamblers and campus turmoil at Michigan State University and in Lansing during the 1960s. And each page is a fresh roll of the dice. ]]> <![CDATA[Kink and class]]> Friday, April 11 — East Lansing is getting kinky next year — literally. The Wharton Center announced a portion of its 2014-’15 today, which includes a stop for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Kinky Boots.” Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman is coming too, but chances are his wardrobe will be much more subdued]]> <![CDATA[Smee and you]]> Friday, April 11 — You’re probably familiar with the story of “Peter Pan.” A child refuses to grow up, lives in a mystical land called Neverland and fights pirates with the help of his fairy friend, the Darling siblings, and the Lost Boys. But what if instead of calling the Native Americans in the show racially explosive names like “redskins” and “Indians,” we actually place the story in India? That's what director Rob Roznowski set to find out.]]> <![CDATA[Book reviews: Notes from Neil]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Turn it down]]> This week’s Turn it Down is dedicated to Capital City Film Festival’s live music roster. From indie rap to sludge metal, it spans a broad spectrum of modish sounds.]]> <![CDATA[Art prize]]> Friday, March 28 — An ongoing art contest could make one Lansing-area starving artist not so starving. The 32nd Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition (MFAC), open to artists all over the Midwest, started taking submissions last month; applicants have until April 11 to submit their entries. Winners will divvy up a $5,000 cash prize. There is a submission fee of $40, and is open to artists 18 and over. More information on how to submit, go to ]]> <![CDATA[The hammer and the brush]]> They call him “The Hammer,” but veteran jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton is more versatile than that. And nicer. ]]> <![CDATA[Latin pride]]> Two weeks ago, the film “Cesar Chavez,” featuring Michael Pena as the titular civil rights leader, debuted at Lansing’s NCG Cinemas. It is one of only 664 theaters in the country — and around 10 in Michigan — that are showing the movie, and its local release was supported by a petition campaign launched by local Latin Americans that garnered over 250 signatures. A spokeswoman for NCG said the screenings are getting “good” business, including two of the daily showings that feature Spanish subtitles. ]]> <![CDATA[Festival shuffle]]> <![CDATA[Vote for Vixens]]> The Lansing Derby Vixens hope to skate past the competitors to win a national contest this week. The local roller derby team has made it to the top 10 in the “Make Your Idea Happen” contest, sponsored by the office supplies chain Staples. The contest puts the Derby Vixens in the running (rolling?) for a chance at a grand prize of $25,000 gift certificate to Staples.]]>