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Thursday, July 5,2012

It'll get you, my pretty — and your little dog, too!

"Wicked" retains its magic at the Wharton Center

by Paul Wozniak
At its core, "Wicked" tells of the unlikely friendship between Elphaba (Christine Dwyer) and Galinda (Jeanna De Waal), its evolutionary transformation and its dramatic consequences for the land of Oz.
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Thursday, July 5,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
For those who still dig big hair and poppy synthesizers, Friday night at Lou and Harry's may be the spot to be, for a free show by Starfarm. The flashy area cover band plays a "totally awesome collection of '80s songs."
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Thursday, July 5,2012

Oz meets reality

BullyBust uses 'Wicked' to address bullying

by James Sanford
Faster is the chief operating officer of the National School Climate Center, which organized the BullyBust program three years ago in response to the problem of bullying in schools. In 2010, BullyBust began a partnership with "Wicked" to promote its efforts.
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Thursday, July 5,2012

His 'Golden' summer

BoarsHead Theater veteran John Peakes makes his Purple Rose debut in a role he played 20 years ago

by James Sanford
"They are saying goodbye to the lake, to the summer, to other people, but they're still hanging on. She calls him a tough old buzzard, and that's what they are: They're buzzards, hanging on, keeping the spirit and keeping the blood flowing."
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Thursday, July 5,2012

Art by the River rebounds from vandalism

$2,000 reward offered for information about destruction of 'Meditation Tower'

by Tracy Key
"We, of course, feel badly for the artist," said Rick Kibbey, chairman of the City of Lansing park board and Second Ward representative. "Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. It's not only in Lansing, but anywhere else in the world. There seems to be something in a certain kind of mind that takes satisfaction from destroying stuff. It's something we have to work around, but it should not cause us to give up."
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Thursday, July 5,2012

Coming soon to Old Town: an outdoor movie festival

'Raising Arizona,' 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure' and 'Back to the Future' will screen at Turner Street Outdoor Theater this month

by Tracy Key
Drive-in movie theaters are an endangered species — unless you spend your Friday nights in Old Town this month. For three nights in July, Cesar Chavez Plaza (a.k.a. City Lot 56 at Grand River Avenue and Turner Street) will be transformed into the Turner Street Outdoor Theater.
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Thursday, July 5,2012

Return to 'Escanaba'

Over the Ledge tackles Jeff Daniels' venerable farce

by Holly Johnson
It's the company's second Daniels script ("Apartment 3A” opened the season) and it only makes sense for "Escanaba" to take place at the Ledges Playhouse because, as director Michael Hays puts it, "it's extremely rustic."
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Wednesday, June 27,2012

Advice Goddess

Captain hookup & I.C.U. naked

by Amy Alkon
Q: My boyfriend’s mother has been in the hospital for several weeks. She is slowly progressing but still isn’t doing well. He’s been spending his days with her, but tomorrow is our anniversary, and he wants us to have sex while his brother stays with her. He says it will be a stress reliever for him, but I just don’t feel right about it, given his mother’s condition. —Uncomfortable
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Wednesday, June 27,2012

50 years of 'Spring'

MSU exhibit looks back at author/environmentalist Rachel Carson

by Bill Castanier
Some books change the way you think; others change the way you look at the world around you. Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring," published in 1962, not only profoundly changed the way we think about our relationship with the natural world, it helped launch the modern environmental movement.
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Wednesday, June 27,2012

1st Sunday gallery walk

by City Pulse
Gallery 1212 Patriotic paintings and photographs from local artists. Reception: Noon-5 p.m. July 1. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. 1212 Turner St., Lansing. (517) 999-1212. www.gallery1212.com.
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