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Talking detective fiction with the judge who signed Nassar’s ‘death warrant’
March 1 2018
The halls of the Veteran Memorial Courthouse outside Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s chambers were eerily quiet on a recent Friday afternoon. A far cry from two weeks earlier, when throngs of victims,...
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Successful Kickstarter campaign brings together old friends
March 1 2018
It’s been nine years since local Lansing singer songwriter Jen Sygit released her last solo album, “So Long Pollyanna.” While the folk roots/Americana artist is not a new name in the...
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Michigan Global Roots Music Festival makes world music accessible
March 1 2018
“It is very difficult for children to sit still, so we made an informal concert where they can get up, they can dance, they can move around, they can clap and sing and it’s not disruptive,”...
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‘Black Panther’ claws its way to record box office numbers
March 1 2018
The narrative of “Black Panther” is rooted in the black American experience. Its villain, Erik Killmonger, usurps the throne of the fictional African nation Wakanda, over its failure to address...
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Owosso Community Players’ production does the tale justice
March 1 2018
To say the multifaceted, three-story set inside the Lebowsky Center is elaborate seems insufficient. Dirk Rennick, Dan Wenzlick, Shelby Lindquist and Josh Holliday’s design shifts from a magnificent...
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March 1 2018
“Pete Seeger was a punk,” he laughs. Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs — not the usual fare for fans of blistering punk music. But here’s John Warmb of Rent Strike, a claw-hammering...
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March 1 2018
If Bird’s name sounds familiar, that’s because he was one of the co-founders of American Fifth Spirits, another distillery that opened in 2015 just a few blocks away
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Jeff Daniels directed drama uses water crisis as backdrop
Feb. 28 2018
Imagine condensing and collapsing the entire modern history of Flint into a dark, blue-collar slice-of- life story about two families struggling with abject poverty
Feb. 22 2018
Aries (March 21-April 19) When you're playing poker, a wild card refers to a card that can be used as any card the cardholder wants it to be. If the two of hearts is deemed wild before the game begins,...
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Lansing artists coalesce for a new gallery
Feb. 22 2018
It’s unfair to say they came out of the blue. After three years of transforming a dilapidated Old Town building at 718 E. Grand River Ave. into an illustrious urban gallery, META Collective, a new...
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Lansing poet Eric Crosley brings a collaborative experience to the Robin Theatre
Feb. 22 2018
Crosley’s roots take us to mid50’s rural Indiana, where he discovered his transgender identity at the very young age of five. The realization made life problematic for Crosley, who was forced...
New art gallery dissects our digital personas
Feb. 22 2018
“Highly Reflective” relies heavily on interactivity between its installions and its audience. Fiddling with the art is usually a surefire way to get oneself removed for a gallery, but Sometimes...
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‘Thus With a Kiss I Die’ packs an immersive theater experience
Feb. 22 2018
Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre has an outstanding history of producing plays that address critical social and cultural issues. From “In the Blood” to “Baltimore”...
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‘Let the Right One In’ tells a different kind of love story
Feb. 22 2018
“Let the Right One In” has a large cast of supporting characters, including the three bullies, played to form by Quinn Kelly, Dylan Storm and Richard Kopitsch, and a school gym teacher played...
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Starlight Dinner Theatre veteran opens up
Feb. 22 2018
When Jan Ross laughs, it’s not just heard — it’s felt. The big bellow suits her 5’ 10” formidable frame. Sometimes theater audiences have heard the distinctive chuckles, and...
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Feb. 22 2018
In 2009, when Rick Snyder was considering a run for governor, he conducted a series of small meetings to bounce ideas around and get feedback from various citizens. As a person in one of those meetings,...
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Liz Carroll comes to Ten Pound Fiddle
Feb. 22 2018
As a young girl, renowned Irish fiddle player and composer Liz Carroll felt lucky to grow up in a household full of musicians with a rich Irish history. But what she didn’t know, is that the music...
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Conspicuous Bystanders go against the grain
Feb. 22 2018
In May of 2014, two south Michigan-based musicians named Jenna Roark and Emmet McGuire met and began writing and making music together. Their mutual love for classic rock influenced their work together...
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Patrick Olson rummages through MSU Library’s hoard of rare books
Feb. 22 2018
Olson said he developed a love for old books from a junior high teacher, who told the students about Nathaniel Hawthorne’s first book, “Fanshawe.” After an abysmal reception, the author...
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Feb. 22 2018
“I never heard of chimichangas or fajitas before I moved here,” said Vera. “Those don’t exist in Mexico. And tacos down there don’t have lettuce and cheese – that’s...