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Wednesday, March 13,2013

‘When I fail, I learn’

John Smoltz’s 'Starting and Closing' addresses baseball and Christian faith

by Bill Castanier
Thursday, May 31 — John Smoltz’s professional baseball career is a highlight reel in itself, but he still calls hitting an eighth-inning walk-off home run to win the Lansing area Diamond Classic in 1985 one of his greatest moments in baseball. One of his worst moments occurred just a couple of weeks earlier, when his Waverly High School team was knocked out of the state finals by Okemos in a rain-shortened game he thought his team had won.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Rally cats

Detroit author reaches out to Michigan writers

by Bill Castanier
Thriller writer Karen Dionne, who will keynote the 26th annual "A Rally of Writers," has had three novels published, including the environmental thrillers "Boiling Point" and "Freezing Point." The Detroit native is noted for her meticulous research, including a visit to an active volcano in Chaiten, Chile, for "Boiling Point."
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

The mystery of history

MSU Summer Circle finds comic adventure in 'On the Verge'

by UTE VON DER HEYDEN
Friday, June 15 — If you’re a lover of words, rhymes, wordplay and linguistic acrobatics, you will relish “On the Verge, Or The Geography of Yearning.” You might call its script stunningly imaginative.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Lessons out of school

Devin Faught delivers as restless teacher in LCC’s ‘Theophilus North’

by UTE VON DER HEYDEN
Because Lansing Community College’s current outdoor theatre production is mostly in the hands of 11 students and three graduates of the school’s Second Semester Theatre Studio, many of them with little or no acting experience, watching “Theophilus North” could easily have felt like a class exercise or final exam. But it didn’t.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

'Wicked': It'll get you, my pretty — and your little dog, too!

The Broadway blockbuster retains its magic and spectacle at the Wharton Center

by Paul Wozniak
Friday, June 29 — Before “Glee” and Gaga, another “freak” named Elphaba embraced her inner monster in “Wicked.” It should be no surprise then that the 2003 Broadway smash still feels contemporary.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Drifting slowly

World premiere play mixes in cinematic elements in ‘U.P.’

by Paul Wozniak
Friday, Feb. 8 — The title “U.P.” refers to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but it could refer to a hot air balloon, which — like the plot of “U.P.” — directionally drifts according to air currents before eventually landing in a random field. The world premiere show — co-written by Peter Mervis and the production’s director, Mark Colson — tells the tale of one man’s introspective odyssey as he takes a solo road trip from L.A. to the U.P. Aided by crisp video projections and a versatile, minimal set, “U.P.” seeks to marry cinematic style visuals with the clever ingenuity of stagecraft.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

CoCo and popcorn

Local foursome shoots sketch that makes it to late night TV

by Paul Wozniak
Thursday, Feb. 28 —A West Michigan couple recently appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” because $7,500 of the man’s porn was stolen, but earlier this month, a Lansing group made their own network television debut — under tamer circumstances.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Jonesing for indies

Film society brings independent and foreign films to Studio C!

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Jan.'18, 2013 — For moviegoers, January is either seen as an opportunity to catch up on non-widely released gems that are finally making it to town (such as last summer’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” playing at NCG Cinemas in Eastwood Towne Center) or a dumping ground for meh flicks (“The Last Stand,” anyone?).
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

New in town

Lansing City Market & Spencer's Kitchen and Bar

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Two new food stations popped up inside Lansing City Market last week. Ofilia's El Burrito, the satellite location for Ofilia Diaz' popular south Lansing taqueria, serves both ready-to-eat and frozen Mexican food, including wet burritos, enchiladas and tamales.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Potter Park Zoo welcomes party animals

Wine & Stein offers cold drinks, hors d'oeuvres

by Rich Tupica
Thursday, May 17 — While taking rambunctious kids to gaze in wonderment at Potter Park Zoo’s animals is always a memorable experience, leaving them at home for an evening isn’t such a bad idea either.
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