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Wednesday, September 26,2012

Russian roulette

MSU's reveloving repartory shows win with highbrow drama, meta humor

by Mary C. Cusack
If the 20th century Russian elite had Red Bull to mix with their vodka, they might have enjoyed their bleak existences more. The Michigan State University Theatre Department's two shows playing in repertory, Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters" and "Anton in Show Business," explore and satirize the decay of the privileged class.
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Wednesday, September 26,2012

New in town

Incu-BaKe kitchen

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Want to make your grandmother's sugar cookie recipe famous? You have a couple choices: 1.) sell the recipe to a commercial pastry chef, or 2.) mass-produce it yourself. Pfff, no one gets gram-gram's recipe, you say — slap some flour on the counter and let’s get baking. But wait just a second there, Mrs. Fields, you're forgetting a few things.
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Wednesday, September 26,2012

Exile on Michigan Ave.

Bombastic business owner may lose his multi-purpose venue

by Rich Tupica
If you're plugged into the Lansing music scene, you may have noticed a flurry of bitter posts in your Facebook newsfeed last month from the Zeppelin's Music Hall page. The posts were mostly directed at City Pulse's local music coverage, specifically wondering why we weren’t covering Zeppelin's events.
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Wednesday, September 26,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Jim Finkley, better known by his stage name Joe Buck, is a hard-stomping one-man band. With a kick drum at his feet and a beat-up acoustic in his hands, Buck viciously mixes classic hillbilly music with snarling gutter-punk vocals and distortion.
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Wednesday, September 26,2012

Blood and politics

Trio of upcoming shows perfect for the season

by Dana Casadei
The month of horror is almost here. Ravenous, blood-sucking creatures are crawling out of the woodwork for your soul … and your vote. Oh yeah, and Halloween is coming too. Every four years, politicians and pundits go head-to-head with zombies and vampires for your attention, and this October is shaping up to be a doozie.
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Wednesday, September 26,2012

Not so fast

A fact checking guide to '2016: Obama's America'

by Walt Sorg
I once had to write a college term paper for a course that had a 900-page textbook. Rather than plow through the whole book, I pulled a dozen paragraphs at random and built a paper around them that supported the beliefs of the instructor. The pandering conclusion was fleshed out with some third-party support that had been invented out of thin air
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

This is a good headline

Lansing's Eric Dennis invents the icon you can't refuse

by Lawrence Cosentino
Last week, a lady in an ankle cast stopped me at the grocery store. "Why don’t you write more about the good things people are doing?" Journalists are often asked this question. Sorry I stepped on your wrist, lady. I was having a bad day. Here's my real answer.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Apotheosis of Ralph

Votapek wows hometown crowd with two concertos plus encore

by Lawrence Cosentino
There is no elevator to the top of Ralph Votapek. You have to take the stairs to get to the summit. But once you get there, the view is panoramic, the air is clean, and you feel like you're on top of the world. Friday night, the Lansing Symphony teamed up with MSU's piano monument and artist-in-residence for 36 years to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Votapek's win in the first Van Cliburn competition in 1962.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Death becomes her

Star wattage lights up dark comedy, 'Vigil'

by Tom Helma
What exactly does a man say to a barely recognizable family member he hasn't seen in 30 years, and what if she's not as close to death as he was led to believe? Morris Panych, the playwright behind Lansing Community College's production of "Vigil," explores this dark little corner of family decorum, taking the audience through a macabre process that is enlightening, comedic and poignant to the end.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Courting controversy

'Spring Awakening' delivers, despite some technical snafus

by Paul Wozniak
What happens when teenagers start exploring their own sexuality? No, this isn't the lead to a Dan Savage column, just a timeless question posed by the musical "Spring Awakening," now playing at Riverwalk Theatre. Like their production of "Hairspray" two seasons ago, Riverwalk's production of "Spring Awakening" has the potential to be the best of community theater. Save for a few crucial, chronic technical issues, it still could be.
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