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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Music, menudo and more

Annual Cristo Rey Fiesta celebrates Hispanic culture

by City Pulse
In the summer of 1979, people were reading "The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet" and Peter Benchley's "The Island," watching Sigourney Weaver in "Alien" and Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal in "The Main Event” and roller skating to Chic's "Good Times" and the Bee Gees' "Love You Inside Out." Meanwhile, Cristo Rey Church was launching its first fiesta.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Barn Theatre is back with 'Great Big Bar Show'

by City Pulse
The Barn Theatre in Augusta kicks off its 66th season Tuesday with the latest edition of “The Great Big Bar Show.” The cabaret-style performance takes place in the Rehearsal Shed Lounge and features Eric Parker, Roy Brown, Emily Fleming (formerly Emily May Smith), Patrick Hunter and members of the 2012 Apprentice Company. The program includes a preview of music from the shows on the Barn’s summer schedule, including “Pal Joey,” “Spamalot,” “The Wedding Singer” and “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
O'Death, People´s Temple, plurals at Mac's O’Death is a Brooklyn-based alt-country band that combines folk, bluegrass, and indie music into a distinctive style of Americana music. On May 30, the band plays Mac’s Bar, along with Wavvy Hands, The Plurals and People´s Temple. O´Death, which includes a banjo, fiddle, and ukulele player, took its name from an ancient Appalachian dirge. With a wealth of musical influences, O’Death channels the likes of Bill Monroe, Neil Young, even Prince and The Misfits. Pitchfork Media said the band ranges from “menacing and frantic” to “odd and quiet”; Pitchfork also rated the album with a favorable 7.9 (out of 10) rating.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

The drama behind the drama

Williamston Theatre's 'Understudy' finds comedy amid chaos

by James Sanford
“It’s the most upsetting job in the world,” he said in a phone interview last week. He recalled understudying Evan Pappas, the lead in a 1993 production of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David/Neil Simon musical “Promises, Promises” at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. As Tom Petty once sang, the waiting is the hardest part, a sentiment Roznowski can stand behind: He had to be prepared to take over at any time if Pappas was sick and, in keeping with the show’s title, there were plenty of promises Roznowski would get his shot.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

The screening room

The summer movie season is off to a startling start

by James Sanford
More superheroes equal more money. By the end of the week, “The Avengers” — which brings together Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) — will have surpassed the total box office of the “Star Wars: A New Hope”; by the end of the month, it will have grossed over $500 million. It’s already No. 6 on the list of the biggest domestic blockbusters of all time.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Behind the scenes at Cirque

Attention to detail is essential for the 'Quidam' touring crew

by Tracy Key
The magical world of a child’s imagination can capture the hearts of an audience faster than an acrobat can do a backflip. But when Cirque du Soleil combines that youthful fantasy with $1 million in hand-crafted costumes, over 150 pairs of customized shoes, performers from 23 different countries and a live musical performance, daydreams come alive.
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Friday, May 18,2012

Cirque circuit

'Quidam' bus tour visits area locations

by Tracy Key
The circus will be coming to town early this week, but there won’t be a trumpeting elephant or dancing bear to be found. In fact, there won’t even be a tent to accompany this traveling attraction. Instead, a vividly painted tour bus will bring the clowns to town (metaphorically speaking, since there won’t be any clowns either).
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Thursday, May 17,2012

Starlight takes the 'Cake'

Zany 'Red Velvet' is a country-fried crowd pleaser

by UTE VON DER HEYDEN
“I’ll tell you exactly how, Miss Sour Britches! Oh, I’m hosting this reunion all right, and it’s gonna be the best one in Verdeen family history. And it’ll be a really good time for a change, unlike the constipated snooze-fests you throw every year. And you know what? I’ll bake Uncle Aubrey the most incredible red velvet cake he’s ever laid tongue to! And you’ll just have to shut your yap and accept it.”
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Wednesday, May 16,2012

One house, 100 stories

Potter House tour meanders through the halls of history

by Lawrence Cosentino
“There are some Catholics who won’t come inside because exorcisms were performed in the house,” he said with a grin. Potter House, one of the city’s biggest and most idiosyncratic homes, served a stint in the 1960s and 1970s as lavish crib for three successive heads of Lansing’s Roman Catholic diocese.
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Wednesday, May 16,2012

When Charlie met Igor

Pianist steals Lansing Symphony season finale

by Lawrence Cosentino
Big symphonies by titans like Mahler and Sibelius evoke a similar shiver in some listeners, no matter how good the orchestra — or the biscuits — are. To take Lansing’s symphony lovers for one last spin, Thursday’s season finale offered a dread-free symphonic trip: two ripping cruises, with civilization always in view, no storms over two minutes long and a party in every port.
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