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Living the Lansing Life NELLIE MCKAY: “I WANT TO LIVE!”

HITS EAST LANSING If there’s anything that’s certain about Nellie McKay, it’s that she’s for sure multi-talented – to say the least. The singer/ songwriter, multi- instrumentalist, actress and comedienne seems to do it all. The 29-year old New Yorker sings jazz, pop, even reggae and rock, and now she’s combining all of her flairs into one cabaret show called “I Want to Live!” – a musical McKay wrote about Barbara Graham, a real-life murderess who was sent to die in the gas chamber at San Quentin prison back in 1955. This zany variety show presents itself as a film-noir biography and is inspired by an Oscar-winning 1958

NELLIE MCKAY: Pasant Theatre, Nov. 17

movie of the same name. The show is a fun-yet-dramatic L.A. story, with plenty of ‘50s panache and features period songs as well as some of McKay’s originals, complete with a stellar live band. Saturday, Nov. 19 @ Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre (Bogue and Shaw), East Lansing, 8 p.m., tickets $25, just $15 with valid MSU student ID, run time: 1 hour 45 minutes.

LCC THEATRE GOES MENTAL WITH THE SHRIKE The Shrike, which is playing Nov. 4-6 and 11-12 at Lansing Community College’s Dart Auditorium,

by Rich Tupica |

THE SPECKTATORS: Mac’s Bar, Nov. 4


SIMMONS, HUSBAND & WIFE AT MAC’S Kalamazoo-based songwriter Jake Simmons, one of two songwriting talents behind the excellent (but now-defunct) Dead Scene Radio, is back and performs an all-ages record release show at Mac’s Bar Thursday, Nov. 17. With a hand- picked supporting cast and unapologetic swagger, Simmons blends punk, rock, country, pop and folk – with a South-West Michigan flavor. Simmons’ live show swings wildly from soulful acoustic ballads, to catchy doo-wop, to cascading sheets of caterwauling feedback. For music lovers who dig brash, honest songs with a middle finger to convention, this

is worth checking out. Opening the Mac’s Bar show is fellow Lower Peninsula Records artists Husband and Wife. Thursday, Nov. 17 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 East Michigan Ave, Lansing. $7, all ages, 5 p.m.

is a psychodrama

play about an intellectual trapped in a mental asylum by his wife’s manipulations. It’s an LCC production and is a part of the Stages of the Law Theatre series by Cooley Law. The large cast includes LCC students and alumni, including Michael Banghart (as the husband Jim Downs), Beth Martin (as the wife Ann) and Ken Beachler (as Dr. Schlesinger, the asylum’s lead doctor). Sponsored by Cooley, each theatre has a Cooley night, featuring two-for-one tickets and a talkback/ reception with a Cooley professor. For The Shrike, that person is Prof. Kim O’Leary. The Cooley website has more info on Prof. O’Leary, visit it at: The story was written by Joseph Kramm and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1952. Nov. 4-6, 11-12 @ LCC’s Dart Auditorium, 500 North Capitol Ave, 8 p.m. on all the days except Nov. 6 – which has a 2 p.m. show time. $5 for LCC staff, alumni, and students. $10 for others.

THE SHRIKE: LCC’s Dart Auditorium, Nov. 4-6 6 | REVUEMM.COM | NOVEMBER 2011

SPECKTATORS DROP FAMILIAR WITH FLOSS The Spektators are a Lansing based-duo known for blending hip-hop rhymes with hook-heavy pop. The pair formed in October 2009 and is made up of brothers Moe-T (Matt Duda), who records and produces, and Packi (Patrick Duda), who supplies lyrics and vocals. The Specktators’ first complete mix-tape project, Familiar with Floss, became available for download Oct. 28 and features the new singles “Neon Lights,” “That Thang,” and the fan-favorite “EL Girls.” Friday, Nov. 4 will be the official release show for Familiar with Floss and is set for Mac’s Bar. For more information, visit: Also performing is Green Skeem, Mirimage, and JYoung the General. Friday, Nov. 4 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 East Michigan Ave, Lansing, $5, 18 and over, show starts at 9 p.m.


INGHAM ANIMAL SHELTER The exhibit at Gallery 1212 in November will feature a collection of animal-themed works by members and guests of the Mason Area Art Guild in a variety of mediums. The show idea was devised by artist Shirley Renwick to bring awareness and funds to the Ingham County Animal Shelter. Sales from the show will raise money for the shelter. For those looking for a kitty of their own, on the First Sunday Gallery Walk Opening Day (Sunday, Nov. 6), there will be kittens available at the Gallery 1212 for immediate adoption. The Show will also feature the work of Tim Kranz, a professional studio and mural artist from Flint. He will show his series of provocative paintings that incorporate toys, painted in vibrant colors, in strange life scene juxtapositions. Sunday, Nov 6-Wednesday, Nov.30 @ Gallery 1212 (1212 Turner St. in Old Town, Lansing). More information at:, or call (517) 999-1212. n


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