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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Those were the days

The past becomes a haunting refrain in 'Follies'

by James Sanford
With its tattered black curtains, chipped and dusty proscenium and an assortment of grungy props and scenery pieces strewn around the stage, the Riverwalk Theatre looks like it’s seen better days. That’s exactly how it’s meant to be for “Follies,” Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s musical psychodrama set in a soon-to-be-razed playhouse.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

The screening room

'Comedian': Being Seinfeld is no laughing matter

by James Sanford
If you missed out on getting a ticket for Jerry Seinfeldīs Thursday show at the Wharton Center, you can get some idea of what goes into one of his shows from the 2002 documentary "Comedian," which documents Seinfeld's return to the world of standup comedy after he wrapped up his phenomenally successful sitcom. If you are not a comedian, "Comedian" will probably not inspire you to try breaking into the business.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Life is like a box of chalk

Sidewalks come alive during Chalk of the Town

by Tracy Key
Last year, monsters, aliens, messages of peace and love, wild animals, popular video game characters and even a unique “Dragephunt” filled the sidewalks of Old Town with bright colors and diverse styles. This year, there’s no telling what creatures and scenes will transform the streets from a city block into an open art gallery at the fourth annual Chalk of the Town.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

A little Pride can go a long way

Annual community recycling event happens Saturday in East Lansing

by Tracy Key
Scrap metal, cardboard, used tires, old medications and broken refrigerators sound like ingredients for a landfill. But on Saturday these items and more will instead be collected, reused and recycled as part of a recycling event called Project Pride.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Get hooked

Great catches can be found in Lansing waterways

by Andy McGlashen
Go up north. But if you’ve got a few free hours on one of the long summer days that lie ahead, and you want to catch fish that eat like hogs and fight like longshoremen, point your car toward the Eckert Power Station’s colossal towers.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

See more of your city

Be a Tourist event returns for its 18th year

by Holly Johnson
The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau invites residents to explore their own backyard with Be A Tourist In Your Own Town. By purchasing a $1 Be a Tourist Passport eventgoers have access to over 60 local businesses and festivities. The passport also includes free entry to Impression 5 Science Center and Potter Park Zoo.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Where to eat outside?

by Holly Johnson
Eaton Rapids ENGLISH INN — 677 S. Michigan Road. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Friday; 5-10 p.m. Saturday; 1-7 p.m. Sunday. (517) 663-2500.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Prophecy to reality

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

by Tom Helma
The Purple Rose theater lights go 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 beginning of an extended era of prosperity and peace.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Advice Goddess

by Amy Alkon
Q: I asked my boyfriend for his email password so I could look at a message he’d mentioned. He grabbed my laptop and said he’d log in and forward it to me. He is a good guy and has never given me reason to distrust him, but if you aren’t hiding anything, why would you care whether your girlfriend can read your email, Facebook messages, whatever? He says he feels that people should have a certain amount of privacy in a relationship and doesn’t believe in sharing his passwords. Really? Not even with the woman he’s been sleeping with for two years? —Suspicious
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Shades of summer

You can take a vacation through reading this season

by Bill Castanier
Thanks to a potential Eurozone meltdown, Greece is in the news nearly every day. But in the 1960s Greece was in the throes of a terrifying military dictatorship, and Natalie Bakopoulos’ “The Green Shore” reflects on an era of oppression, love, fear and day-to-day life in a Greece we’ve mostly forgotten about.
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