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Wednesday, January 25,2012

A shot at the Super Bowl

MSU graduate’s Doritos spot makes it to the finals

by Cristina Toscano
In the spot, a bratty youngster brags that he has a bag of Doritos that he won’t share. A disgruntled grandmother uses a little ingenuity — and a willing infant — to turn the tables on the mouthy kid.
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Wednesday, January 25,2012

Theater with a mission

'The Exonerated' exposes the price we pay when the justice system fails

by Robert Sancrainte
After dealing with the anguish of seeing someone she knew mistreated by the justice system, Thatcher decided to do what she could to publicize how death penalty cases have been mismanaged over the years.
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Wednesday, January 25,2012

Creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky — and singing?

Morticia gets in touch with her inner diva in the 'Addams Family' musical

by Jon James
Sara Gettelfinger, who plays Morticia Addams, says the script plays up the morbid humor in the family’s relationships, tendencies, activities and connections to the outside world that has made the franchise so popular since the comics debuted in the 1930s.
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Wednesday, January 25,2012

New in town

Bradly's Home and Garden

by Jon James
Antlers and armoires, feathers and flowerpots, burlap totes and bark wastebaskets: Could one store have them all?
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Wednesday, January 25,2012

Not for lovers only

Two actors show off the many comic faces of love in Stormfield Theatre’s ‘Romantic Fools’

by Alyssa Firth
Rich Orloff’s play depicts the perils of blind dates, regular dates, marriage and even orgies. This “PG-15” play, as Roznowski describes it, features 12 sketches with actors Roger Ortman and Lisa Sodman taking on multiple roles.
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Friday, January 20,2012

The screening room

Fassbender and Mulligan rock the Naked City in ‘Shame’

by James Sanford
Their eyes meet. They are seated across from each other on a New York subway train, but it´s immediately apparent each of them is imagining how much closer they could get. She smiles shyly while glancing at him slyly. He stares at her intently, almost — but not quite — smiling. In the silence, you can almost hear their blood boiling and the crackle of electricity in the stale air.
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Wednesday, January 18,2012

'Find things that are red'

Alison Gass is the Broad Museum’s first curator

by Lawrence Cosentino
As assistant curator for painting and sculpture at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, Gass curated a New Work series that juggled politically charged images (Luc Tuyman’s stark Sept. 11 paintings) with grand aesthetic epiphanies (Allyson Schotz’s room-filling webs of prismatic beads) and wild installations (Nikka Rothenburg’s bizarre contorting-body videos).
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Wednesday, January 18,2012

Advice Goddess

Witchful thinking & Baby, I need your oven

by Amy Alkon
A “love” like hers sends chills down a man’s spine — that is, when the man happens to have one. Did you forget yours at the airport? Maybe leave it at a hotel? Although your wife is engaging in outrageous emotional abuse, your reaction — your fear of her rage, which she uses to control you and get her way — is what keeps it going.
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Wednesday, January 18,2012

Pretty Vacant

Mystery sells tickets for Vacant Lansing event

by City Pulse Staff
What you´re getting for your money is anyone´s guess. Vacant´s violet-colored logo of a blindfolded tiger is cryptic. Even the address of the event is a mystery: The site says it will happen "Somewhere in REO Town," between 7 and 11 p.m., but gives no more information.
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Wednesday, January 18,2012

Write to work

Author Jim Daniels' job is telling the stories of other people's jobs

by Bill Castanier
It’s tough being Jim Daniels. He’s often confused with another Daniels: Jeff, the actor and filmmaker who writes scatological comedies involving flatulence. Jim Daniels’ writing can be dark, but it’s never stinky especially when he weaves his favorite theme — working in the Motor City — into his short stories and poems.
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