Issue 768

18th April, 2013 - 08th May, 2013

Mike Brush, Dan 'Swival' Sliwinski & Richard Lay Bring Three Classic Hammond B-3 Organs to the Midland Stage to Showcase the Incomparable Power of this Signature Instrument

1934 was a landmark year that has resonated throughout eight decades: FDR laid out New Deal objectives and created the FDIC to protect consumers against Wall Street abuses, the first state liquor store opened in Pennsylvania, the notorious gangsters Bonnie & Clyde were gunned down, the National & American baseball leagues selected a uniform ball to play the game with, and Laurens Hammond invented the Hammond Electric Organ as an alternative to expensive wind-driven pipe organs.

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Rising from the Ashes to Reclaim & Redefine Their Musical Legacy

Silverspork disbanded in October 2010 following the departure of their mercurial vocalist/lyricist Brian Gretzinger. They had just released their eponymous titled CD that many, including this writer, considered to be a hard rock masterpiece.

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The Bay City Players Bring a Broadway Classic to the Great Lakes Bay

Loosely based upon the 1957 memoirs of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, the fable known as Gypsyopened on Broadway in May, 1959.  It was a breakthrough convergence of music & drama that legitimized Burlesque in the American Mainstream.

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Average Michigan Government Employee Compensation Exceeds Six Figures for the First Time   In the latest edition of Michigan Capitol Confidential journalist Jack Spencer reports that for the first time in our state's history, the average salary and benefit package for state employees surpassed $100,000 a year in 2011-2012.

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Before I excavate all the lies, half-truths, and braggadocio that color this overly ambitious tome to extended adolescence, I must admit I hero-worshiped The Who like I hero worshipped the Beatles or the Stones and countless other great bands from the golden age of R-O-C-K.

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This has always been the land of dreamers.  Whether indigenous people who fashioned the first dream catchers or the European pilgrims who crossed the Atlantic in search of the freshest of starts, there is story after story about our ancestors and their quest to make the products of their imagination real.

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