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Wednesday, August 8,2012

Modern family

LCC's Community Dance Project brings dance to the masses

by Holly Johnson
Modern dance showcases aren't known blockbusters in the entertainment world, but that's not stopping a group of nearly two dozen choreographers from attempting an epic feat of synergistic pageantry.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

Something Old Town, something new

Etienne Charles and John Douglas trumpet this weekend's JazzFest

by Lawrence Cosentino
On June 5, U.S. Rep. Howard Berman of California recognized the Trinidad-born trumpeter and Michigan State University professor for his "musical contributions to nationals of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the world," as part of a resolution marking Caribbean American Heritage Month.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

How 'Spartacus' broke the blacklist

Kirk Douglas recalls a watershed epic

by Lawrence Cosentino
One morning in junior high school, I walked into class and saw a film-noir scene chalked in painful detail on the blackboard. I was stumbling down an alley, bleeding and clutching my stomach, with a huge smile on my face.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

The kids are all right

Riverwalk's 'Baby' teaches without preaching

by Mary C. Cusack
The script is a good choice to educate audiences about how children deal with grief. It is touching without being preachy and balances tragedy with appropriate humor.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

A second stab at the first time

After a last-minute cancellation last year, Michigan Rock N Brew organizers try again

by Rich Tupica
As Ted Wilson sits in his East Michigan Avenue office wrapping up a late-evening meeting about the Michigan Rock 'N Brew Festival he’s organizing, the DIY promotional method he's implementing proves its worth, at least in some capacity.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Genuine alt-country and psychobilly fans may want to check out Slim Cessna’s Auto Club when it stops at Mac's Bar Thursday.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

A picture is worth a hundred bucks

East Lansing sweetens the pot for photo contest

by Tracy Key
Between the bustling Michigan State University campus, the yearly round of music and art festivals and the serenity of the surrounding farmland, there is a lot of eye candy to be found around East Lansing. The 2012 Community Photo Contest offers East Lansing photo enthusiasts an opportunity to turn their camera skills into prize money.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

'39 Steps' lead to laughs

Over the Ledge presents a Hitchcockian farce

by Holly Johnson
Combine the suspense of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller with the allure of a 1930s spy story; perform it in the comedic style of Monty Python and you have Over the Ledge Theatre Co.'s "The 39 Steps."
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

Castles and goat farms

'Ink Trails' follows famous and not-so-famous Michigan writers

by Bill Castanier
They hailed from Benzonia, Elk Rapids, Saline, Hudson, Harbert, Grass Lake and numerous other whistle stops between Marquette and Monroe.
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

Slicker than snot

Two actors play a whole town in Williamston's dazzling 'Red, White & Tuna'

by Mary C. Cusack
In this case, as with last year's "Greater Tuna," that cast is Aral Gribble and Wayne David Parker. While director John Lepard is plenty skilled and accomplished, working with Gribble and Parker must make his job easy. In addition to already having developed many of the characters, they are also fleet-footed in switching among characters, creating and maintaining unique physicality for each one.
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