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Friday, May 29,2015

Whiskey Icarus comes to Lansing

Kyle Kinane brings his comedy show to the Loft

by Ty Forquer
Stand-up comedian Kyle Kinane performs tomorrow at the Loft. Kinane has had a longstanding relationship with Comedy Central, doing everything from his own comedy specials to serving as the voice of the channel’s on-air announcements.
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Thursday, May 28,2015

One step closer

Tuesday vote scheduled for (SCENE) Metrospace transition

by Michelai A. Graham
THURSDAY, MAY 28 — The Department of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan State University is one step closer to securing a deal with the City of East Lansing for curatorial control of (SCENE) Metrospace. Timothy McCaffrey, East Lansing’s Director of Parks and Recreation, discussed the most recent changes to the agreement at Tuesday’s City Council Work Session.
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

A lot of that jazz

East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival announces diverse lineup

by Lawrence Cosentino
From gutbucket thumps to gossamer tones, guitar chords to vocal cords, straightahead to way-out-there, the 19th annual East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival has announced its most diverse, high-caliber lineup yet for June 20-21. “Our goal is, in an incremental way, to make it one of the premier festivals of the Midwest,” said Rodney Whitaker, the festival’s artistic director and MSU jazz studies chief. “We have people from all over the world calling us, wanting to be a part.”
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Baseball by the numbers

‘Numbers Don’t Lie’ looks at the numbers behind Detroit Tigers baseball

by Bill Castanier
ERA, RBIs and OPS have always been a big deal in baseball. The numbers don’t lie, and these numbers allow fans to continue evaluating the past and predicting the future of baseball. That’s one of the conclusions readers will come to after devouring baseball writer Danny Knobler’s new book “Numbers Don’t Lie: The Biggest Numbers in Detroit Tigers History.” Knobler, now based in New York, has covered professional baseball for most of his adult life, including 18 years as a sportswriter for Booth Newspapers. He knows what he is talking about when he says, “Baseball has always been about numbers. From the start of the game, people have always looked at the numbers.”
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Curtain Call

‘Kinky Boots’ at Wharton and Ixion's 'Mother's Nature'

by City Pulse
When the musical is named “Kinky Boots,” one shouldn’t be surprised when it kicks off with a tribute to footwear. After the opening “Price & Son Theme,” the full ensemble launches into a high-energy rendition of “The Most Beautiful Thing in the World.” (Spoiler alert: The most beautiful thing in the world is a shoe.) The shoes and boots, of course, are metaphors. For Charlie Price (Steven Booth), heir to the failing Price & Sons shoe business, the sturdy, unfashionable shoes made at the factory represent the dying of an era, as reliability is cast aside in favor of cheap thrills and disposable fashion.
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

New in town

Nola Bistro Pho & Po-Boys

by ALLAN I. ROSS
I can’t imagine there’s a huge crossover between New Orleans cooking and Asian cuisine. Sure, there are probably lots of folks out there who appreciate a nice bowl of gumbo and/or a bánh mě sandwich, but to have both on the same menu could be overwhelming. Well, as they say in N’awlins, “Laissez les bon temps roulez!” Nola Bistro Pho & Po-Boys, which opened earlier this month on Lansing’s west side, has a menu that flip-flops between Vietnamese and Creole dishes. The restaurant’s name says it all.
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
E-40 at Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge, Sunday, May 31 Bay Area rap legend E-40 headlines Sunday at Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge, with Stevie Stone opening the show. E-40, who comes to Lansing on his “Choices Tour 2015,” debuted in 1990 when his group, the Click, released the “...
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Catching his breath

Joshua davis reflects on ‘the voice,’´ looks to the future

by Ty Forquer
Joshua Davis’ improbable run on “The Voice” ended on May 19’s season finale, with the former Lansing resident and Steppin’ In It frontman finishing in third place behind champion Sawyer Fredericks, a 16-year-old folk singer from upstate New York, and country singer Meghan Linsey. His run on the reality TV singing competition began three months ago, with Davis´ performance of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” in a blind audition on the show’s Feb. 23 debut. Davis narrowly escaped elimination on April 21’s results show, but he safely sailed through the next three rounds en route to the show’s final round.
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Bringing it home

‘Kinky Boots’ dance captain has Lansing roots

by Ty Forquer
For most Broadway performers, a national tour means many nights on the road, sleeping in unfamiliar cities. For one member of the “Kinky Boots” touring cast, however, the musical’s stop in East Lansing brings him back home. Dance captain Stephen Carrasco was raised just minutes away from the Wharton Center stage. An Okemos native, the New York-based dancer graduated from Okemos High School in 2002. While Carrasco, 30, has been in four Broadway shows (including the Broadway run of “Kinky Boots”) and a few national touring shows, this musical is a special achievement for him.
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

New face in Old Town

Austin Ashley named Old Town Commercial Association executive director

by Ty Forquer
Austin Ashley, who most recently served as marketing manager at Astera Credit Union, begins Monday as the new executive director of the Old Town Commercial Association. “I’m excited to get started,” said Ashley. Ashley, a 25-year-old resident of Lansing’s Westside neighborhood, has a history with the Old Town Commercial Association. He worked as an intern for the organization in 2011, and has continued to stay involved with Old Town by serving on festival committees, volunteering at events and maintaining friendships with business owners. He is looking forward to returning to the neighborhood in his new role.
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