City Pulse - Arts and Culture <![CDATA[Let the right wine in]]> <![CDATA[Saturday night and Sunday morning]]> <![CDATA[Monster smash]]> It’s alive! In 2007, Mel Brooks gave his 1974 cinematic creation “Young Frankenstein” new life as a Broadway musical. Riverwalk Theatre’s production of that show works extremely hard to keep up with the monster of a Broadway spectacle, and overall successfully reanimates the playful spirit of the film — humps and all.]]> <![CDATA[The integration of Spartan Nation]]> Hearing 76,000 Spartan football fans chanting “kill, Bubba, kill” was a bit disconcerting for opponents’ offensive ends as they lined up across from Michigan State University’s Charles “Bubba” Smith in the mid-1960s.]]> <![CDATA[‘Tis the season]]> It seems Halloween starts earlier every year. The back-to-school aisles in local superstores have started filling up with candy, and costume shops have already begun taking over vacant storefronts. In that vein, two literary events this week and one spooky tour will start getting mid-Michigan in the spirit of the season. ]]> <![CDATA[Turn it down]]> While Clarence “Blowfly” Reid’s songwriting career started in the 1960s, it wasn’t until his 1971 LP, “The Weird World of Blowfly” that his cult following began to grow. His sexually explicit songs and parodies, performed in a flashy mask and cape, range from “Shittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” to raunchy originals like “Porno Freak.” Friday, the 75-year-old performer headlines at the Avenue Café; opening is the All American Funk Parade.]]> <![CDATA[New in town]]> East Lansing has Reno’s East. Lansing has Reno’s West. Is it really any surprise that the sports bar and grill micro-chain would start spreading in other directions? “People loved to ask if there was ever going to be (another Reno’s), and I always said ‘maybe someday,’” said Reno’s owner Jessie Stiptack. Last week, that someday came when she started renovation — ahem, make that Reno-vation — on the former Rookie’s Bar and Grill in DeWitt Township, converting it into the third member of the Reno’s family: Reno’s North.]]> <![CDATA[Fall Colors]]> . A fascinating Russian violinist, very much alive at 28, and a dead Russian composer who refuses to roll over at 174 dominated Friday’s Lansing Symphony opener. The ursine show of force moved me to climb into a virtual T-90 tank, point it westward and shred the sublime verse of Joni Mitchell: “I’ve looked at Slavs from both sides now/alive and dead, and still somehow/their brooding power holds me in thrall/I just can´t shake that Russian pall/at all.” ]]> <![CDATA[Reaching high]]> TUESDAY, SEPT. 16 – A new look for the southern gateway to REO Town is within reach. The REACH Studio Art Center is seeking donations for its major expansion that will renovate and transform five dilapidated structures on South Washington Avenue into an innovative arts facility for youth.]]> <![CDATA[Peace of art]]> Tuesday, Sept. 16 — National Welcome Week emphasizes unity between diverse groups living in mid-Michigan. As part of the weeklong event, East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett and St. Vincent Catholic Charities have paired together to install a Peace Pole in downtown East Lansing, near the corner of Albert Street and Abbot Road, next to the Black Cat Bistro.]]> <![CDATA[VIDEO: Beerfest at the Ballpark — Fall Edition ]]> <![CDATA[Book reviews: Notes from Neil]]> THURSDAY, SEPT. 11 — We spent yesterday on the storm watch again. If you were in a situation to stay inside, listen to the rain and read a great book, things pretty much fell perfectly into place for you. Here's what we're reading: ]]> <![CDATA[Dragon Heart]]> When he comes back he goes straight to Adado Riverfront Park for the Capital City Dragon Boat Race. He’ll captain the Anahata team. He’ll welcome Hau and the American Dragon Boat Association, which is bringing four boats for the event. There are 30 teams expected from around the Lansing area, many are teams of survivors of cancer, abuse and addiction.]]> <![CDATA[‘Violin-ism’ without mercy]]> You don´t need to unpack a violinist’s backstory to appreciate a tone that runs from caramel to glacial melt to bat’s blood, as the music demands. Russian-born Yevgeny Kutik, 28, will probably lean toward the caramel when he plays Max Bruch’s arch-romantic violin concerto to start the Lansing Symphony’s 85th season Friday. ]]> <![CDATA[Original superstar]]> <![CDATA[Super festival]]> In the winter of 1960, the comics world saw its first super team-up when DC’s mightiest heroes — including Aquaman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman — formed the first iteration of the Justice League to battle a giant space echinoderm. So when economic downturn and loss of regional awareness threatened Lansing’s historic REO Town district, a similar team-up of exceptional entities united with a common goal. And thus the Art Attack! festival was formed, comprising local artists, musicians and food vendors to battle the threat of redevelopment and to raise awareness of a community rich in culture and creativity.]]> <![CDATA[Dragon Returns]]> <![CDATA[The new (Abby) normal]]> Mel Brooks probably had little idea that his 1974 comedy “Young Frankenstein” would become the iconic phenomenon it is today when he filmed it. Brooks reported that the original cut was over was twice as long as the film we’re familiar with and that for every three jokes, only one was even funny. Nowadays, however, you’d be hard pressed to find someone that doesn’t directly associate “Puttin’ on the Ritz” with the film or mimic Marty Feldman’s classic “Walk this way.” ]]> <![CDATA[Turn it down]]> After a three-month hiatus from live shows, Lights and Caves, a local experimental indie rock band, returns to the stage Saturday. Openers are Signals, Alaska, Last Night Saved My Life and the Class Acts. Lights and Caves is Dillon Gorden (vocals/guitar), Evan Rudman (drums), Stefan Wiseman (bass) and Jason Marr (guitar). This week’s Turn it Down is an interview with Gorden, who gives insight on the band’s past and its upcoming album.]]> <![CDATA[New in town]]> The date for the grand opening of the newly renovated Knapp’s Center has been set for Nov. 13. The itinerary for the invitation-only affair hasn’t been confirmed yet, but a spokesperson for the Eyde Co., the building’s owners, confirmed the company is working with local public relations firm Truscott Rossman to create an event. ]]>