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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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Monday, March 18,2013

REO Town gets hip (hop)

Graffiti artists team up with local sculptor for 'Deluxe Graffiti REO-vised'

by City Pulse Staff
Wednesday, May 11 ' For better or for worse ' and most would say for the better ' the once-notorious Deluxe Inn is history. Pieces of the former motel will on, however, in graffiti art that was created on the site. At 7 p.m. Monday, REO Town kicks off National Hip Hop Week with an event called “Deluxe Graffiti REO-vised,” in which graffiti artists will be creating new pieces that will be installed onto wood and recycled metal sculptures created by Lansing artist Tom Sheerin, who began working on his project in January.
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Monday, March 18,2013

A quintet of Common Ground additions

'80s rock from Rick Springfield, Southern-fried favorites from Charlie Daniels Band

by City Pulse Staff
If you need to know the latest act booked at Common Ground Music Festival, don't talk to strangers and don't bother texting Jessie's girl: Rick Springfield has been dated for July 12 at the annual downtown festival.
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Monday, March 18,2013

'Wounded Warrior' wins another honor

Lawrence M. Glazer's biography of former Michigan governor John Swainson wins an Independent Publisher Book Award

by City Pulse Staff
Lawrence M. Glazer's "Wounded Warrior: The Rise and Fall of Michigan Governor John Swainson" has already won a Michigan Notable Book Award; now, the biography has been awarded an Independent Publisher Book Award.
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