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Saturday, May 30,2015

'Unfortunately, that’s what interests me ... making people feel awkward'

Bobcat Goldthwait is still a stand-up guy

by Rich Tupica
Wednesday, Nov. 16 — In addition to his recognizable gruff, yet shrieking voice, Bobcat Goldthwait is also known for his dark comedy that shines through in his stand-up routines as well as the films he’s written and directed over the past 25 years. While some may remember him from the “Police Academy” series and his own edgy flicks like “Shakes the Clown,” today the 49-year old comedian keeps busy touring comedy clubs and producing on-the-fringe films.
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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 20,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Jimi Kanklez opens for Lil Wyte and JellyRoll, Friday, May 22 Opening Friday’s Lil Wyte and JellyRoll concert at Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge is Lansing-based rapper Jimi Kanklez, among others. The concert is the only Michigan date of the “Pour Another Tour.” Kanklez, a Ro...
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Sunday, May 17,2015

Beers, bands & brawls: The story of The Brewery

Forty years ago the Silver Dollar opened its doors. But its precursor, the Brewery, has its own wild legacy.

by Rich Tupica
In the early hours of July 3, 1974, an estimated 300 patrons of the Brewery, Lansing’s most notorious rock club, drunkenly flooded East Michigan Avenue in what the city of Lansing later dubbed a “major disturbance.” One police officer was injured. Several police cruisers were damaged. It was a free-for-all. The incident was nothing new to local law enforcement. Since its owners, Paul Kacer, Bruce Wahlin and Rick Becker, launched the show bar in April 1972, it had not only become the place to see up-and-coming national acts, it was also the place to get loose — thanks to the short-lived lowered drinking age of 18.
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Surfer Blood at the Loft, Wednesday, May 20 Surfer Blood has toured the world and shared stages with alt-rock icons the Pixies and Guided By Voices. On Wednesday, the Floridabased indie band headlines at the Loft. Opener is local indie rockers Lights and Caves. This month, Surfer B...
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18 , $10, 8 p.m., Thursday, May 7 Sean Bonnette, front man of Phoenix-based folk-punk outfit Andrew Jackson Jihad, performs a solo set Thursday at the Avenue Café. Bonnette formed Andrew Jackson Jihad in 2004 and has since toured the cou...
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
      Wanda Degen Ten Pound Fiddle´s 40th Birthday Party, Friday, May 1   The Ten Pound Fiddle celebrates its 40th season of concerts and dances this year, and it’s hosting a party to honor the milestone. The event is open to the public and will feature...
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Wednesday, April 29,2015

New in town

by Rich Tupica
Now that international relations have warmed between the U.S. and Cuba (thanks, Obama — seriously), a good way for Metro Lansing diners to get acquainted with the Pearl of the Antilles might be to take a tour of the menu at La Cocina Cubana, a new food truck in Old Town featuring authentic Cuban cuisine. Iliana Almaguer opened the truck in January. She said business has been good from the outset, but with the recent run of spring-like weather, customers have been flocking.
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Rockin' For Ronald' s House with Mr. Denton on Doomsday, Sunday, April 26 An all-ages benefit show for the Ronald McDonald House of Mid- Michigan will feature live rock bands and an art raffle in between bands. Performing are Mr. Denton on Doomsday, Stikyfut, Building Birds and the Ac...
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Thursday, April 16,2015

Turn it Down: Punk doc 'Salad Days' hits Studio C!

Film documents legendary DC hardcore punk scene

by Rich Tupica
Lansing punk-rock legend Tesco Vee of the Meatmen hosts a screening of “Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)” April 24 at Studio C! in Okemos. The acclaimed 2015 documentary, which features an assortment of talking heads — including Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins and Dave Grohl — chronicles the early Washington hardcore punk scene. The scene is renowned in punk rock circles for its pioneering, DIY ethic.
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