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Wednesday, July 18,2012

See you in November

Broad Art Museum sets a Nov. 9 dedication date

by James Sanford
"Yes, finally!" said founding director Michael Rush, with a laugh. "It seems every day there are dramatic changes, and we will be fully ready and installed by then — probably, we’ll be ready earlier."
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Getting a bit of 'North'-ern exposure

Lansing Community College cast tackles a whimsical Thornton Wilder story

by James Sanford
"He ends up in Newport, R.I., because he wants to find adventure," explained Andy Callis, who is directing Matthew Burnett's dramatization of "Theophilus North" for Lansing Community College's Summer Stage Under the Stars Festival.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

From courts to escorts

MSU grad Allison Leotta uncovers the world of call girls in 'Discretion'

by KURT ANTHONY KRUG
The “D.C. Madam” scandal served as a jumping-off point for Michigan State University aluma Allison Leotta’s latest legal thriller, “Discretion.” “As a prosecutor, I handled a lot of cases where the victims were prostitutes,” Leotta said in a ...
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Selling secrecy

Vacant 2 event mixes revitalization with recreation

by Tracy Key
"Expect nothing" is the catch phrase for Vacant, a project that is centered on "taking something empty and filling it," according to Suban Nur Cooley, founder of the Vacant Lansing events.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Return of the Texas twosome

Williamston Theatre catches another 'Tuna'

by Holly Johnson
There's a reunion on the Williamston Theatre stage as well: Actors Aral Gribble and Wayne David Parker are once again playing a cross-section of the Tuna population (some 20 kooky characters in all) in the two-person quick-change comedy "Red, White and Tuna."
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

At the peak of his powers

John Peakes makes a splash in 'On Golden Pond'

by Tom Helma
No question, Norman Thayer is at the heart of this play, the crusty and churlish curmudgeon with a hidden Review heart of pure gold.
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

Booked up for July

High-profile authors descend on Lansing

by Bill Castanier
A new report from Nielsen BookScan shows it's been a hot summer for books — so to speak — with the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy accounting for one in five of all "real" books sold. It's time to break that filthy habit. To help with any withdrawal symptoms, several major authors will be visiting Lansing in the next 10 days.
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

Food finder

by City Pulse
salmon drizzled with garlic-dill or honey soy sauce, shellfish risotto and Voodoo Pasta, featuring shrimp tossed with bell peppers, onions and linguini in a spicy cream sauce. 1419 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 7 a.
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

A hot time in 'Escanaba' — literally

Actors hunt for laughs in Jeff Daniels' U.P. farce

by Paul Wozniak
The story of "buckless Yooper" Reuben Soady has has spawned two prequels since its premiere at the Purple Rose Theatre in 1995, but the original remains the purest and the raunchiest.
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

'We were different: We were kind of rockabilly'

After 55 years and hundreds of shows, The Blue Echoes — Lansing's first rock band — keeps on rolling

by Rich Tupica
The band's love of country-tinged rock shined through on cuts like "It's Witchcraft," a primitive and menacing hillbilly-rock track that could've easily been released on the Sun Records label. (A copy of the single was available earlier this week on eBay — for a cool $249.)
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