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Wednesday, May 30,2012

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Be a Tourist event returns for its 18th year

by Holly Johnson
The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau invites residents to explore their own backyard with Be A Tourist In Your Own Town. By purchasing a $1 Be a Tourist Passport eventgoers have access to over 60 local businesses and festivities. The passport also includes free entry to Impression 5 Science Center and Potter Park Zoo.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Where to eat outside?

by Holly Johnson
Eaton Rapids ENGLISH INN — 677 S. Michigan Road. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Friday; 5-10 p.m. Saturday; 1-7 p.m. Sunday. (517) 663-2500.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Prophecy to reality

Purple Rose's 'Buffalo' mixes domestic discord with the spirit world

by Tom Helma
The Purple Rose theater lights go dark. There is a moment of silence, followed by the sharp crack of a thunderbolt. Seconds later, strobe-lightning reveals movement: a writhing, convoluted Native-American ghost dance. It is the prophesied white buffalo, struggling to be born, an event that promises the beginning of an extended era of prosperity and peace.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Advice Goddess

by Amy Alkon
Q: I asked my boyfriend for his email password so I could look at a message he’d mentioned. He grabbed my laptop and said he’d log in and forward it to me. He is a good guy and has never given me reason to distrust him, but if you aren’t hiding anything, why would you care whether your girlfriend can read your email, Facebook messages, whatever? He says he feels that people should have a certain amount of privacy in a relationship and doesn’t believe in sharing his passwords. Really? Not even with the woman he’s been sleeping with for two years? —Suspicious
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Shades of summer

You can take a vacation through reading this season

by Bill Castanier
Thanks to a potential Eurozone meltdown, Greece is in the news nearly every day. But in the 1960s Greece was in the throes of a terrifying military dictatorship, and Natalie Bakopoulos’ “The Green Shore” reflects on an era of oppression, love, fear and day-to-day life in a Greece we’ve mostly forgotten about.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Music, menudo and more

Annual Cristo Rey Fiesta celebrates Hispanic culture

by City Pulse
In the summer of 1979, people were reading "The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet" and Peter Benchley's "The Island," watching Sigourney Weaver in "Alien" and Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal in "The Main Event” and roller skating to Chic's "Good Times" and the Bee Gees' "Love You Inside Out." Meanwhile, Cristo Rey Church was launching its first fiesta.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Barn Theatre is back with 'Great Big Bar Show'

by City Pulse
The Barn Theatre in Augusta kicks off its 66th season Tuesday with the latest edition of “The Great Big Bar Show.” The cabaret-style performance takes place in the Rehearsal Shed Lounge and features Eric Parker, Roy Brown, Emily Fleming (formerly Emily May Smith), Patrick Hunter and members of the 2012 Apprentice Company. The program includes a preview of music from the shows on the Barn’s summer schedule, including “Pal Joey,” “Spamalot,” “The Wedding Singer” and “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
O'Death, People´s Temple, plurals at Mac's O’Death is a Brooklyn-based alt-country band that combines folk, bluegrass, and indie music into a distinctive style of Americana music. On May 30, the band plays Mac’s Bar, along with Wavvy Hands, The Plurals and People´s Temple. O´Death, which includes a banjo, fiddle, and ukulele player, took its name from an ancient Appalachian dirge. With a wealth of musical influences, O’Death channels the likes of Bill Monroe, Neil Young, even Prince and The Misfits. Pitchfork Media said the band ranges from “menacing and frantic” to “odd and quiet”; Pitchfork also rated the album with a favorable 7.9 (out of 10) rating.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

The drama behind the drama

Williamston Theatre's 'Understudy' finds comedy amid chaos

by James Sanford
“It’s the most upsetting job in the world,” he said in a phone interview last week. He recalled understudying Evan Pappas, the lead in a 1993 production of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David/Neil Simon musical “Promises, Promises” at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. As Tom Petty once sang, the waiting is the hardest part, a sentiment Roznowski can stand behind: He had to be prepared to take over at any time if Pappas was sick and, in keeping with the show’s title, there were plenty of promises Roznowski would get his shot.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

The screening room

The summer movie season is off to a startling start

by James Sanford
More superheroes equal more money. By the end of the week, “The Avengers” — which brings together Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) — will have surpassed the total box office of the “Star Wars: A New Hope”; by the end of the month, it will have grossed over $500 million. It’s already No. 6 on the list of the biggest domestic blockbusters of all time.
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