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Wednesday, January 30,2013

Reaching for the 'Heights'

Despite some missteps, Peppermint Creek musical still has energy

by Paul Wozniak
If the last Hispanic characters you remember from a Broadway musical are Maria and Bernardo from "West Side Story," "In the Heights" hopes to update your memory. "In the Heights" is a feast of styles and sounds from Latin America and beyond, pouring salsa and hip-hop hooks over traditional storytelling like spicy guacamole over a bowl of chips.
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
If you love poppy punk and football, you're in luck — this show doubles as a Super Bowl Party. For the past five years, Way to Fall has been steadily gigging and recording its brand of pop-core, taking influence from their pop-punk forefathers.
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Wednesday, January 30,2013

The Midas touch

MSU exhibit mixes science and art

by Dylan Sowle
It's not often that art intersects with science, but on Sunday, visitors to the MSU Museum will be treated to an exhibit that's equal parts experiment and sculpture.
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Wednesday, January 23,2013

A soaring success

by ALLAN I. ROSS
There's a scene near the beginning of Act II of "Billy Elliot the Musical" when the 12-year-old title character (played by Ben Cook) has a vision of himself as a grown-up ballet dancer. As the lights dim and the theme from "Swan Lake" begins, smoke pours across the stage and the two start to dance in unison.
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Wednesday, January 23,2013

$#*! William Shatner says

Legendary TV, movie personality brings one-man show to Wharton

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Scrolling through William Shatner's IMDb profile is like studying the pop culture fossil record — an assertion he all but confirms after I tell him, in a bold understatement, that he's had a long career.
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Wednesday, January 23,2013

New in town

Bulgogi Korean Cuisine

by ALLAN I. ROSS
By my count, more than three dozen Asian restaurants operate in greater Lansing. That includes a wide range of Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Thai places — not to mention restaurants specializing in creative sushi and pan-Asian fare. If there's a style of ethnic cuisine in town that's covered, Asian would seem to be it.
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Wednesday, January 23,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Steel Wheels, a Virginia-based four-piece folk band, returns to The Ten Pound Fiddle on Friday. The Steel Wheels tap into Americana traditions, but add a fresh-sounding acoustic fervor.
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Wednesday, January 23,2013

Latin 101

Peppermint Creek musical bridges a gap between cultures

by Dana Casadei
Washington Heights is a neighborhood in the New York City borgough of Manhattan, known for its large Domincan population. This weekend, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. is bridging the geographical and cultural gap between Lansing and that neighborhood with their latest show, "In the Heights."
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Wednesday, January 23,2013

The physicist, the King and the son of God

Cast for offbeat family comedy combines MSU students and professional actors

by Dylan Sowle
A heartfelt comedy about a family recovering from the aftermath of 9/11, with some help from Stephen Hawking, an Elvis impersonator and Jesus. This brief overview alone is enough to make "End Days," the upcoming production at the Williamston Theatre, strikingly unique.
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Wednesday, January 23,2013

Lured to the 'Dark Side'

Pink Floyd-themed concert coincides with leadership change at Happendance

by Stefanie Pohl
Missy Lilje couldn't have planned it better if she had tried. She was recently named executive director for Happendance, the area's only self-sustained professional dance company, mere weeks before fulfilling a lifelong dream — setting choreography to Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon."
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