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Wednesday, January 29,2014

Angels and unbalanced washing machines

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner on his body of work, same-sex marriage and spending time with Abraham Lincoln

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last year, President Barack Obama presented Tony Kushner with the National Medal of Arts, the highest individual honor given for achievement in the arts. The award crowned a lifetime of groundbreaking work, which has encompassed a variety of media, including essays, books, operas and screenplays.
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Wednesday, January 29,2014

NEXT time

Old Town gets young in February with art, music, comedy exhibition

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Lansing’s Old Town district is a textbook example of transforming a formerly undesir able neighborhood into a thriving arts community, but that doesn’t mean it still couldn’t use some tweaking. And Henry Brimmer thinks he’s just the guy to do the tweaking.
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Wednesday, January 29,2014

The social network

‘Short Term 12’ follows the unsung heroes of social work

by ALLAN I. ROSS
You have to be tough as nails, both physically and emotionally, to be a social worker. On any given day, you could have to wrestle a frenzied teen to the ground or mop up the blood from a suicide attempt. The indie drama “Short Term 12,” part of the East Lansing Film Series at Studio C!, believably depicts the highs and the lows of a group of college-age workers helping emotionally damaged teens.
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Wednesday, January 29,2014

New In Town

ATHENA´S DINER/ OFILIA´S EL BURRITO

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Athenas Diner opened last week in the former home of Big Jon’s Country Burgers. Owner/operator Anton Prenaj renovated the former location for Jon’s Country Burgers, leaving the eatery’s signature tabletop telephones in place.
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Wednesday, January 29,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Tease-O-Rama at Spiral - Thu. Feb 6th The next Tease-O-Rama, Spiral Video & Dance Bar’s regular burlesque and drag show, happens Thursday, Feb. 6. The Valentine’s Day spectacular is produced by Autumn Luciano and DJ Sammy Courtney and hosted by Ace DeVille. It includes...
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Tuesday, January 28,2014

April brews day

Inaugural Beerfest at the Ballpark brings beer tasting to downtown Lansing

by Kyle Koehler
Tuesday, Jan. 28 — Two of America's favorite pastimes, baseball and beer, come together in Lansing for the inaugural Beerfest at the Ballpark in April. The event is hosted by both the Lansing Lugnuts and I'm a Beer Hound, a Michigan beer news website and event promotion group. Beerfest at the Ballpark will be held on Saturday, April 5 at the Cooley Law School Stadium, and will give attendees a chance to taste over 50 craft beers, meads and ciders from over 24 Michigan Breweries. Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 17.
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Monday, January 27,2014

“Mormon” at Wharton

Tickets go on sale this Friday for “The Book of Mormon,” coming in June

by City Pulse Staff
Monday, Jan. 27 — It’s fun thinking about June these days. No more snow, no more ice, no more wind chill. Just lots of green on trees, screens in the open windows and top-rated Broadway musicals rolling into town.
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Friday, January 24,2014

Metropolis now

Broad Art Museum scouted for upcoming “Batman vs. Superman” movie

by Allan I. Ross
Friday, Jan. 24 — When the “Batman vs. Superman” movie arrives in May 2016, certain parts of Metropolis may look a whole lot like East Lansing. On Wednesday, MSU athletic director Mark Hollis'tweeted a picture of himself with the film’s director, Zack Snyder (“Man of Steel,” “300”), inside MSU’s Broad Art Museum.
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Friday, January 24,2014

Trans America

East Lansing workshop raises awareness of transgender issues

by Kyle Koehler
Friday, Jan. 24 — The East Lansing Public Library will host a one-day workshop next Wednesday entitled “What Does it Mean to be Transgender?” The goal of the workshop is to heighten awareness and clear up misconceptions about the transgender community.
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Thursday, January 23,2014

REVIEW: Pan of action

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ hooks audiences with imagination, perpetual motion

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, Jan. 23 — You know that feeling you get when you’re running down a hill and gravity starts to take over and you’re afraid you’re going to fall because you’re going too fast but it’s so much fun that you just keep going and your feet are scrambling faster and faster and faster to keep you upright and then you start to get scared that you’re going to have a massive wipeout but the sensation of speed is too thrilling to stop and adrenaline takes over and your eyes start watering from the wind and your heart starts pounding from the fear and then all of a sudden you feel like — no, suddenly you are — honest-to-goodness flying?
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