City Pulse - Arts and Culture <![CDATA[Little mermaid, big message]]> “Pretending I was a boy felt like telling a lie.” “I Am Jazz” touches piano keys no other children’s book touches, but the last chord has a familiar ring: Be yourself. A mermaid-loving Florida girl, 14-yearold Jazz Jennings is swimming into mainstream culture to become the smiling face of transgender youth. In her wake, a brightly hued book about her life is darting upstream into schools, libraries and stores.]]> <![CDATA[Beyond the lights]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Outside the (invisible) box]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Crowdsourcing: Origin stories]]> Crowdsourcing is a new City Pulse occasional feature that will highlight local crowdsourcing campaigns. To find the events, go to the designated website and search by title. ]]> <![CDATA[Curtain call: Dangerous intentions]]> There can be no play more aptly fitting MSU’s seasonal theme of “Power Plays” than “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” It is a powerful script about powerful people carelessly playing Review with power as they manipulate and destroy those around them.]]> <![CDATA[Tarzan and the Great Lakes State]]> Generations have grown up reading the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, including his enduring “Tarzan” and “John Carter of Mars” fantasy series. They’ve pored over the countless movie, TV show and comic book adaptations, but few know about the love-hate relationship the Chicago native had for Michigan. ]]> <![CDATA[Touch of silver]]> Lansing’s premiere holiday event, Silver Bells in the City, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. And rather than make with the pearls, as is traditional for the 30th, Silver Bells is giving the gift of sea sponge-inspired DIY pop hit makers. Oh Lansing, you’re so thoughtful!]]> <![CDATA[Turn it down]]> ]]> <![CDATA[New in town]]> After 10 years of business, downtown Lansing’s Restaurant Mediteran will close in February. Owner Igor Jurkovic said that his parents, who both operate the restaurant, wanted to retire and it would be impossible to hire replacements for them. ]]> <![CDATA[Mooney/Dick show canceled]]> <![CDATA[New in town]]> Butcher paper obscures the view into downtown Lansing’s P Squared Wine Bar, and a sheet of paper declares, “We are temporarily closed for renovations.” But there’s nothing temporary about it: The 2-year-old establishment won’t be reopening.]]> <![CDATA[P’s out]]> TUESDAY, NOV. 11 — Butcher paper obscures the view into downtown Lansing’s P Squared Wine Bar, and a sheet of paper declares, “We are temporarily closed for renovations.” But there’s nothing temporary about it: The 2-year-old establishment won’t be reopening. ]]> <![CDATA[Hummingbirds & cigars]]> Last week, jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, the distinguished composer, arranger, and 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, was relaxing on the patio of his home in Calabasas, Calif., watching hummingbirds. “I love those little birds, man,” he said “Every time one comes around, I smile.” Darting iridescent bodies and a blur of wings so fast the eye can’t follow are the perfect visual counterparts to Sandoval’s supersonic bebop-and-beyond trumpet flights.]]> <![CDATA[Pause and effect]]> Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter is considered one of the most influential modern British dramatists, but he is probably most famous for something he didn’t write. Or rather, a style he developed that forced his characters to communicate without words, a device that has become known as the Pinter Pause.]]> <![CDATA[Leaving the teddy on]]> Bob Eubanks has laid claim to many titles in his 70-plus years in the entertainment business. Top 40 DJ. Concert promoter. And, most famously, game show host. But before all that, he was just a Michigan kid. For a little while, at least. “We moved when I was still very young — I celebrated my second birthday in California,” Eubanks said. “I still have some cousins here, though.”]]> <![CDATA[Curtain call: Engaging ‘View’]]> A bygone era shows up on the Dart Auditorium stage as director Andy Callis presents E.M Forster’s “A Room with a View,” adapted to the stage by Christina Calvit. Written in 1924, the novel was the last in Forster’s career and captured a sense of the slowly changing times, the soft-spoken yet still polite emergence of women’s voices in society. ]]> <![CDATA[Curtain call: Injustice league]]> They say the suit makes the man. Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.’s latest production, “Parade,” tweaks that concept as “the music makes the show.” It’s a testament to director Jane Falion and her cast’s dedication that the story and characters resonate for the audience as much as composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown’s beautifully complex, multi-genre score does.]]> <![CDATA[Love, Italian style]]> Like a fine stock, Mena Castriciano’s cookbook has been simmering on the back burner for a long time. But this week her lifetime of dishing recipes becomes reality with “Cooking with Mena,” a collection of her favorite Italian recipes. “It was my dream,” she said while holding court in the dining area of Roma Bakery Deli & Fine Foods, 428 N. Cedar St. in Lansing. She owns the longtime business with her husband, Sostine, where she’s frequently interrupted by friends and customers.]]> <![CDATA[Turn it down]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Taking the stage]]>