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Wednesday, October 3,2012

Decimal D-day

LSO tackles Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony

by Lawrence Cosentino
Orchestras love to tie neat little titles around subscription concerts, like "The Power and the Passion" or "From Russia, with Love." They're usually cheesy and easy to ignore, except when they're not there. The Lansing Symphony’s second MasterWorks concert of the season, on Oct. 6, is baldly billed as "Shostakovich Symphony No. 10." The subtext: You can’t put a bowtie on this bear.
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

Big bang theory

'boom' takes audiences to the end of the world

by Paul Wozniak
Be careful responding to classified ads offering "intensely significant coupling." That's one of the hard lessons learned in "boom," a penetratingly intimate comedy about cosmic events. But even with playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's dark and offbeat dialogue and Tony Caselli's lightning-paced direction, this semi-sci fi satire lacks the appropriate chemistry for truly explosive laughs.
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

Shining a light on the history of Lansing

Local group raising funds for permanent museum that will tell the city's story

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Lansing is the history hub for all things Michigan, from the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, which focuses on the rise of the automobile, to the Michigan Historical Museum, which covers the rise of pretty much everything else in the state. Well, maybe not everything —like, for example, the city of Lansing.
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

New in town

Salon 1131 & Gibby's Grinders

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The owners of Old Town's newest business have picked a heck of a weekend to launch their grand opening. As Oktoberfest patrons slur their way through German folk songs backed up by the oompah-pah band down the street, Lindsay Jones and her partner, Roberto Cantu, are throwing a decidedly lower key event at the brand new Salon 1131.
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Taproot, a four-piece hard-rock band that formed in 1997 in Ann Arbor, performs Wednesday at The Loft along with co-headliners Nonpoint. Taproot started to gain national attention as the nü-metal phase was sputtering out, even scoring a national hit with "Poem" in 2002.
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

Screening Room

Twisty Willis/Gordon-Levitt actioiner throws audiences for a sci-fi loop

by James Sanford
Many science-fiction movies try to dazzle us with the high-tech sights of tomorrow. That's not the case with writer-director Rian Johnson's "Looper." Although it's set in the 2040s, the world it shows us isn't radically different from 2012.
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

Home invasion

Annual tour lets you peek in some swanky Westside homes

by Randiah Green
An enormous fireplace with ornate Victorian-style tile dominates the Carr family's living room. Elaborate plasterwork covers the ceiling and arched glass windows adorn the walls. Homeowner Gordon Carr says that when people step into his house, they are instantly struck by the unique design.
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

Hope floats

Riverwalk Black Box show wades into deep water

by Randiah Green
Even though audiences already knew what happened at the end of 1997's blockbuster "Titanic," they still flooded theaters in record numbers to watch the fate of the doomed passengers and crew.
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

Scare tactics

by Andrea Raby
City Pulse's guide to the all the haunted houses, pumpkin patches and corn mazes within 45 minutes of Lansing
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Wednesday, September 26,2012

Why don't gay men go extinct?

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Paul Vasey, of the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, is the fourth speaker in MSU's semester-long series "Whom You Love: the biology of sexual orientation," which aims to demonstrate that homosexuality is a natural occurrence in humans.
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