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Monday, March 18,2013

Inside the Booth: Dana Bustamente and Becca Schlaff

Meet two of the artists at this weekend's East Lansing Art Festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
A college semester in Kenya brought East Lansing artist Dana Bustamante’s pen to life — along with her watercolors, oils and anything else that was lying around. One of seven Emerging Artists in the 2011 East Lansing Art Festival, Bustamante found the subject of everyday life in Kenya more important than the medium.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Inside the Booth: Dana Bustamante, Becca Schlaff and Satpreet Kahlon

Meet three of the artists at this weekend's East Lansing Art Festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
A college semester in Kenya brought East Lansing artist Dana Bustamante’s pen to life — along with her watercolors, oils and anything else that was lying around. One of seven Emerging Artists in the 2011 East Lansing Art Festival, Bustamante found the subject of everyday life in Kenya more important than the medium.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Igor, it's alive

Verdehrs stay plugged into new classical music

by Lawrence Cosentino
Monday, June 6 — Classical musicians are usually sneaky about playing new music. They might slip a teaspoon of it into an evening of Mozart, like a nurse sprinkling iron on an anemic widow’s porridge. Michigan State University’s Verdehr Trio (violinist Walter Verdehr, clarinetist Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and pianist Silvia Roederer) doesn’t play for anemic widows. In its 39 years, the trio has commissioned more than 200 new works for the unusual combination of violin, clarinet and piano, in about as many musical styles and flavors.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Great expectations

Purple Rose's 'Couples' looks at a touchy topic in a touching way

by Tom Helma
“Some Couples May…” the latest social commentary stage play written by Carey Crim, addresses a specific demographic niche — young married couples experiencing the trauma of infertility. Now playing at the Purple Rose Theater, “Couples” takes the audience through the early moments of high expectations that couples have when first embracing the idea of pregnancy and parenthood, then through the heartbreak of hopelessness that ensues when nothing whatsoever happens.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Surrealistic sizzler

Hot-blooded 'Salvador Dali' ended the MSU theater season in style

by Tom Helma
The provocative title of “References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot” opened a doorway to the most sizzling salsa sexuality on a live stage in a very long time. When was the last time you experienced observing a writhing female cat-woman in heat copulating with a coyote-man three inches away from your left shoe?
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Monday, March 18,2013

In the 'Boom'-boom room

A singles ad leads to apocalyptic troubles in a fine MSU Summer Circle Theatre comedy

by Tom Helma
Coming on the heels of what recently turned out to be the pseudo-Rapture, Michiagn State University invites Summer Circle Theatre patrons to imagine a psycho-apocalypse, with the production of “Boom,” Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s send-up of what might happen if the two people left in an underground bomb shelter laboratory to repopulate the world turn out to be cosmically incompatible.
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Monday, March 18,2013

From prophecy to reality

Purple Rose's 'White Buffalo' mixes domestic discord with the rhythms of the spirit world

by Tom Helma
Thursday, April 19 — The Purple Rose theater lights dim to a pitch-black dark. There is a moment of silence, followed by the sharp crack of a thunderbolt. Seconds later, strobe-lightning reveals movement: a writhing, convoluted Native-American ghost dance. It is the prophesied white buffalo, struggling to be born, an event that promises the end of wars, the beginning of an extended era of prosperity and peace.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Get in the (Adult) Swim

Carnival inspired by popular animated series comes to Mac's Bar

by City Pulse Staff
Fans of “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “American Dad” and “Robot Chicken” can start getting excited for “Ragbag of Jollification.” It’s the third installment of a carnival tour put together by “Adult Swim.”
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Monday, March 18,2013

'Freedom Riders' rolling into WKAR tonight

Event features documentary screening and discussion with civil rights movement veteran

by City Pulse Staff
Wednesday, May 4 — Fifty years ago today, the Freedom Riders boarded two buses and began their journey to challenge the segregation that still existed in the South. Tonight, WKAR-TV and Michigan State University's College of Arts and Sciences presents a free screening of the "American Experience" documentary "Freedom Riders" at 7 p.m. in WKAR's Studio A in the MSU Communication Arts and Sciences Building.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Broadway on the big screen

Mosey into 'Memphis' tonight at Goodrich Lansing Mall Cinema

by City Pulse Staff
Tuesday, May 3 -- If you're eager to see the Tony-winning musical "Memphis," with star-making performances by Chad Kimball and Montego Glover, you don't necessarily have to head for Broadway. The show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. tonight on the big screen at Goodrich Lansing Mall Cinemas, 921 Mall Drive West, in Lansing.
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