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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Who wants to be art?

Broad Art Museum needs your face for its first masterpiece

by Lawrence Cosentino
Friday, Oct. 26 — When the crew of a Hollywood blockbuster comes to town, locals clamor to get into the picture. Who wouldn’t want to be Scorched Bystander 43 in a firefight between aliens and superheroes? Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, set to open Nov. 10, is offering a more thoughtful way for ordinary people to get their faces into a colossal picture.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Broad Museum impact

Study sees $5.75 million a year in new spending; higher-end shopping needed

by Lawrence Cosentino
Monday, Nov. 5 — An economic impact study to be released this week by Michigan State University projects $5.75 million annually in new spending from 150,000 visitors a year to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Healing and bad blood

LCC's 'Laramie Project: 10 Years Later' re-opens an old wound

by Lawrence Cosentino
It's been 10 years since we've checked in on Laramie, Wyo. Strip malls are spreading. The Wal-Mart is now a Super Wal-Mart. There’s a Chili's now. They're drilling new oil and gas wells. It's classic Everytown, USA stuff — right down to the untapped domestic reserves of bigotry and denial.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

'It wasn't just a big party'

'Garden of Joy' brings words and music of the Harlem Renaissance to Wharton Center

by Lawrence Cosentino
The poets and musicians of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance bottled enough of New York’s fabled "Negro Metropolis" to keep you high on Harlem for the rest of your life.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Stark raving jealous

Shadows and whispers torture ‘Othello’ at Dart Auditorium

by Tom Helma
Tuesday, July 31 — The American Shakespeare Collective brings a slimmed down, fiercely focused adaptation of “Othello” to Lansing Community College that fills the expansive Dart Auditorium stage with a mere six actors playing multiple roles. The troupe serves up a powerful, bare-bones take on the greatest somebody-done-somebody-wrong story in all of drama.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

'Superior' performance

Purple Rose show dissects the American Dream

by Tom Helma
Monday, Oct. 8 — Far from the Miracle Mile, the down-and-out, hole-in-the-wall diner of Purple Rose Theater’s “Superior Donuts” is set in a Chicago ghetto. There is no beginning, no end in this slice-of-life play, yet it brings together an immigrant history, stories of generations past and the complexity of America, not always so beautiful.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Dark triumph

MSU Opera Theatre’s experimental hybrid packs a powerful punch

by Tom Helma
Tuesday, Oct. 23 — Is it opera or theater? MSU’s production of “Kurt Weill: 2012 But the Days Grow Short … ” is both — the equivalent of two one-act pieces of musical theater joined at the hip. However this is not what you might remember as your grandpapa’s Italianate melodrama.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Titus Audacious

Violent Shakespearean drama paralyzes and illuminates

by Tom Helma
Monday, Dec. 10 — Plopped in the middle of the holiday heartstring-plucking season, Lansing Community College’s production of Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus” reminds us that outside the comfort zone of our easy denials, there are still wars going on, innocent people dying and children with not a single parent to wish them a merry Christmas, let alone buy them a cheap toy.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

'Savage'-ly funny

Vaudevillian humor elevates genteel comedy

by Tom Helma
A curiosity, indeed, is Ethel Savage, a wealthy widow who wants to donate her late husband's millions to charity rather than to her three cranky, selfish, ne'er-do-well adult stepchildren. "The Curious Savage" is a perfect fit for the elder madams of the Red Hat Society and the rest of the senior ilk that is Starlight Theatre's target audience.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Soul Asylum and Morris Day head to Common Ground

Eight new acts added to the lineup of the July festival

by City Pulse Staff
Thursday, May 17 — In 1982, Morris Day famously asked, “What Time Is It?” In 2012, he has his answer: Common Ground time.
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