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Wednesday, March 13,2013

'Wicked': It'll get you, my pretty — and your little dog, too!

The Broadway blockbuster retains its magic and spectacle at the Wharton Center

by Paul Wozniak
Friday, June 29 — Before “Glee” and Gaga, another “freak” named Elphaba embraced her inner monster in “Wicked.” It should be no surprise then that the 2003 Broadway smash still feels contemporary.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Drifting slowly

World premiere play mixes in cinematic elements in ‘U.P.’

by Paul Wozniak
Friday, Feb. 8 — The title “U.P.” refers to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but it could refer to a hot air balloon, which — like the plot of “U.P.” — directionally drifts according to air currents before eventually landing in a random field. The world premiere show — co-written by Peter Mervis and the production’s director, Mark Colson — tells the tale of one man’s introspective odyssey as he takes a solo road trip from L.A. to the U.P. Aided by crisp video projections and a versatile, minimal set, “U.P.” seeks to marry cinematic style visuals with the clever ingenuity of stagecraft.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

CoCo and popcorn

Local foursome shoots sketch that makes it to late night TV

by Paul Wozniak
Thursday, Feb. 28 —A West Michigan couple recently appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” because $7,500 of the man’s porn was stolen, but earlier this month, a Lansing group made their own network television debut — under tamer circumstances.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Jonesing for indies

Film society brings independent and foreign films to Studio C!

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Jan.'18, 2013 — For moviegoers, January is either seen as an opportunity to catch up on non-widely released gems that are finally making it to town (such as last summer’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” playing at NCG Cinemas in Eastwood Towne Center) or a dumping ground for meh flicks (“The Last Stand,” anyone?).
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

New in town

Lansing City Market & Spencer's Kitchen and Bar

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Two new food stations popped up inside Lansing City Market last week. Ofilia's El Burrito, the satellite location for Ofilia Diaz' popular south Lansing taqueria, serves both ready-to-eat and frozen Mexican food, including wet burritos, enchiladas and tamales.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Potter Park Zoo welcomes party animals

Wine & Stein offers cold drinks, hors d'oeuvres

by Rich Tupica
Thursday, May 17 — While taking rambunctious kids to gaze in wonderment at Potter Park Zoo’s animals is always a memorable experience, leaving them at home for an evening isn’t such a bad idea either.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Lansing festivals set up shop

Rock N Brew is officially a go for this year

by Rich Tupica
Friday, Aug. 3 — Adado Riverfront Park is fenced off today while crews work to set up stages, tents and portable restrooms: Michigan Rock N Brew Festival is officially on for this year.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

The Gig Report

Musical acts coming to the capital region this weekend

by Rich Tupica
Thursday, Oct. 4 — Here’s a sampling of shows happening in Lansing over the next few days. Also check out this week's edition of Turn it Down, a local music column that appears weekly in City Pulse, for other live-and-loud gigs happening across mid-Michigan.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Cops, drugs and comedy

‘Super Troopers’ creators talk sequel and stand-up leading up to Connxtions shows

by Rich Tupica
Wednesday, Oct. 17 — Filmmakers/actors Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan of the Broken Lizard comedy group prefer to write about real life in their flicks. Sometimes, the reality is your friends have to quickly scarf a large bag of psychedelic mushrooms while being pulled over by the cops.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Good clean fun

Brian Regan brings his clean brand of comedy to the Wharton Center on Sunday

by Rich Tupica
Friday, Oct. 26 — Comedian Brian Regan may have started as a struggling club comic back in the early ‘80s, but like many other successful funnymen, he hustled hard. Soon enough, Regan moved on to late-night TV appearances and performing around 100 nights a year at large theaters across the map.
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