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Monday, October 20,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Journalists, and Other Thugs

by Neil Rajala
MONDAY, OCT. 20 — I've been spending a great deal of time around artists and other creatives these days, which has been a very pleasant experience. The common thread is always books; from painters to poets, people whose restless minds are always looking for the new and untried love to talk about the books that matter to them. Here's what we're reading:
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Friday, October 17,2014

Packing a punch

JUNIOR TROJAN EVA DUNBAR FOLLOWS BROTHERS’ FOOTSTEPS TO FILL HER OWN BOOTS

by Belinda Thurston
Number 77 is a commanding figure in the middle of the East Lansing Eighth Grade Junior Trojan lineup. As a nose tackle 77 is immovable; as a left guard such a threat the defense usually sends a double team. This football player has been in training since the fourth grade and is now poised for a high school career that could be unheralded in power, speed, smarts and sex. Yes, sex. Number 77 is a girl.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Icarus falling — and rising

Lansing Symphony falters with Kernis, flies with Mendelssohn

by Lawrence Cosentino
The days begin with tender beams of light, but few evenings behave that way. Thanks to Lansing Symphony maestro Timothy Muffitt’s taste for substantial, unusual curtain-raisers, Saturday night’s opener felt like a celestial wake-up call.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Final bow

Reflections on the memory of Lansing theater icon Addiann Hinds

by Tom Helma
Over the past several days since the mid- Michigan theater community learned of the death to cancer of beloved multi-talented icon, Addiann Hinds, there have been many quiet, reflective conversations remembering the breadth and depth of her contributions to local theater. An actor, a director, a set designer and more; her accomplishments listed on theater historian Matt Ottinger’s webpage include 11 stints as director and 12 as an actor.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Bloody good show

Classic horror movie ‘Carrie’ finds new life as Broadway-style musical

by Paul Wozniak
If you ever thought, “Hey, someone should adapt a Stephen King novel into a Broadway style musical,” look no further than the MSU Department of Theatre’s production of “Carrie the Musical.” Now you can experience King’s tragic tale of a bullied, telekinetic teen misfit who exacts brutal revenge on her tormentors through the magic of song and dance. Who said all the good ideas were taken?
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Combat journalist

Provocative thriller shows the danger of telling the truth

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In Van Halen’s 1992 music video “Right Now,” two animated figures commit a cruel bit of bullying on a third figure above the words “Right now, our government is doing things we think only other countries do.” It’s a trite bit of subversion, but dang it all if 24 years later, wiretapping scandals and drone bombings haven’t made Sammy Hagar & Co. into wango-tango pop culture prophets of doom.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Lansing’s specialty coffee scene continues to grow with the addition of another business. Paul and Emily Nicholls are the owners of the new Rust Belt Roastery in Old Town. They roast small batches of beans in an antique woodfired roaster and distribute them at local farmers markets and retail stores.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

‘Once’ more, with feeling

Broadway adaptation of indie romance moves at the speed of love

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In the universe of “Once,” music is both the lubricant that keeps souls from chafing and the fuel that keeps hearts pounding. Several times in the script, a character turns to another after a song and says something to the effect of, “That was a-MAZ-ing.” Really, there was nothing else to say — and this play won the Tony for Best Book in 2012.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Behind the label

Local music production company gears up for annual DIY music fest

by Rich Tupica
Michael Azerrad’s book “Our Band Could Be Your Life” has become essential reading for those gripped by the grimy genesis of alternative rock. It chronicles the careers of a cast of underground ’80 and 90s bands like Mudhoney, Beat Happening and Hüsker Dü. For some, it’s simply an engaging read, but local musician Tommy McCord seems to be using it as a how-to guide for his music career.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Local H at The Loft, Saturday, Oct. 18 Alt-rock band Local H, best known for its 1996 post-grunge tune “Bound for the Floor” (you remember, “And you just don’t get it/keep it copasetic!”), plays a free show Saturday at the Loft. Opening are the Legal I...
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