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Wednesday, February 19,2014

Curatin Call: Wife swap

LCC gets romantic with metaphysical body switch comedy

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In “Prelude to a Kiss,” the souls of a confused young woman and a desperate old man magically switch bodies, giving him a second chance at youth and her a virtual death sentence.
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Wednesday, February 19,2014

REVIEW: “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” at Wharton

Disney fairytale paints by numbers for audience-pleasing spectacle

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Wednesday, Feb. 19 — Not much has changed to “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” — playing through Sunday at the Wharton Center — since it debuted 20 years ago and inspired the resurgence of film-to-stage adaptations. Despite some clever illusions and overpowering musical numbers, the paint-by-numbers production never feels truly magical, and with nothing new to offer, it feels as trapped in the past as the denizens of the story’s enchanted castle.
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Wednesday, February 19,2014

New In Town

Michigan Mart/Whipped/Artie´s Filling Station

by ALLAN I. ROSS
This week, Michigan Mart in Lansing’s East Side neighborhood moved into its new home with a vastly expanded 10,000-squarefoot floor plan and a slightly expanded name: Michigan Market. Since 1973 the building, 1908 E. Michigan intown Ave., was home to H.C.
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Wednesday, February 19,2014

Curatain Call: On the nose

Seasoned actor shines in MSU’s ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’

by MARY CUSACK
Those who know the story of Cyrano de Bergerac based on Steve Martin’s version in the 1986 comedy “Roxanne” may be dismayed when watching the original play. As seen in Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre’s production, “Cyrano de Bergerac” is not a Hollywood romance, but a tragic tale of loves lost. Yes, plural loves.
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Wednesday, February 19,2014

Water damage

Turner-Dodge House will need extensive repairs after burst pipe

by RJ Wolcott
Lansing’s historic Turner-Dodge House will be closed until June due to extensive water damage caused by a malfunction in the building’s sprinkler system. A power outage, coupled with a particularly cold evening, caused the third story sprinkler system to burst, sending water cascading throughout the 19th century home.
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Friday, February 14,2014

'The Unlucky Seven': A depressing Valentine's Day mix

An alternative mixtape for those looking for a good, solid sulking this Valentine’s Day

by Rich Tupica
1. Chris Bell “I am the Cosmos” (1978) LISTEN HERE“Every night I tell myself I am the cosmos, I am the wind./ But that won’t get you back again."The late Chris Bell, of Big Star fame, wrote this profoundly emotive pop masterpiece detailing the psychosomatics o...
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Friday, February 14,2014

‘Beast’ie boy

Actor talks about his experience as the iconic Disney hero

by Kyle Koehler
Friday, Feb. 14 — Darick Pead, a graduate of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and Broadway newbie, will grace the stage at Wharton next week for the touring Broadway production of “Disney's Beauty and the Beast.”
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Friday, February 14,2014

Rocking the riverfront

O.A.R and Dirty Heads announced for inaugural Lansing festival

by RJ Wolcott
Friday, Feb. 14 — While the relief of April showers and the subsequent unthawing of the capital region feels beyond reach, organizers for the 2014 Microbrew & Music Festival hope the announcement of the events headliners will warm Lansing’s spirits.
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Friday, February 14,2014

Beating cancer

Lansing Relay for Life chapter hosts kick-off event for June fundraiser

by Nicole Halvorsen
Friday, Feb. 14 — The American Cancer Society will host its kickoff event for the Relay for Life of Lansing on Wednesday at Midtown Beer Co. in downtown Lansing. The relay will take place June 27-28 at the Cooley Law School Stadium, 505 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. Kristen Adams, Relay for Life spokeswoman, said that in the past the group has hosted its event at smaller venues, and this move to the stadium represents a big move forward for Relay for Life.
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Thursday, February 13,2014

From the schoolyard to center stage

A retrospective on 10 years with Kanye West

by RJ Wolcott
Thursday, Feb. 13 — Who could have possibly known that an upstart art school dropout named Kanye West would become one of the most controversial figures in modern music? Besides West himself that is.
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