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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Common Ground adds Bush and Kevin Costner

by City Pulse
Yes, that's the same Kevin Costner you know from “Field of Dreams,” “Dances With Wolves” and “The Bodyguard.” He formed the Modern West band in 2007 and released a country album, “Untold Truths,” in 2008. Costner and Modern West come to Common Ground July 11.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Ready to run

Lansing Marathon is set for Sunday

by City Pulse
An estimated 2,000 runners are expected to participate in the first Lansing Marathon on Sunday. The 26.2 mile course begins at the Accident Fund building and runners will travel through Kircher Park, Potter Park Zoo, Michigan State University and REO Town before finishing at the Capitol Building. Participants have seven hours to complete the marathon, which begins at 8 a.m.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Not-so-fine wine

'Vino Veritas' is diluted by unconvincing acting

by Paul Wozniak
In addition to its power to impair our vision, speech and judgment, imbibing too much alcohol can also coerce people into saying what they really mean. Hence the premise of “Vino Veritas” — roughly translated “in wine, truth” — a play by David McGregor about unbridled honesty.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Viva vinyl!

Local shops await annual Record Store Day sales

by Rich Tupica
While the 4-year-old event is a day validating the love of digging through crates of LPs and 7-inches, it’s also a huge financial boost for the indie shops. Local stores participating this year include Flat, Black and Circular, The Record Lounge and Schuler Books and Music (Eastwood).
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
"My whole sound is kind of this funky house, funky disco and a bit of techno,” said DJ Dan, who is playing The Loft Friday. The event is hosted by X Theory Collaboration: “Lansing´s newest electronic music movement.” DJ Dan (a.k.a. Daniel Wherrett) has been a fixture in the techno scene since 1991, when he began to make a name for himself in Los Angeles. Since then he’s toured the world and released stacks of records. “I’ve definitely gone more underground,” Wherrett said in a phone interview. “I’ve decided to go back to my roots and play funkier house — more underground stuff. I really have no desire to go into the mainstream.”
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

The screening room

Seek 'Shelter'; you'll find a great psychological thriller

by James Sanford
He wakes up screaming from nightmares in which hundreds of birds swoop down upon him, oily rain falls and a seismic jolt shakes his house, causing his living room furniture to hang suspended in mid-air, like something out of “Inception.” Could these terrifying visions be premonitions, or are they merely warning signs that he’s losing touch with reality?
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

'Justice' is served

MSU adjunct professor pens a legal thriller

by KURT ANTHONY KRUG
Being an appellate lawyer was both an asset and a hindrance for author Anthony J. Franze when he was writing his first novel, "The Last Justice."
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Funny kind of Love

It’s homecoming week for 'America's Sister,' comedian Loni Love

by Allison M. Berryman
The comedian plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Connxtions Comedy Club. She is best known for her role as a recurring panelist on E!’s hit show “Chelsea Lately” and appearances on truTV’s “The Smoking Gun Presents: The World’s Dumbest.” She is often referred to as “America’s Sister” because of her ability to connect with a wide range of audiences.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

'Blonde' and beyond

A sorority sister gets schooled in MSU musical

by Alyssa Firth
Although the plot is basically the same as the popular 2001 Reese Witherspoon movie, the musical’s songs help quicken the pace. For example, Elle’s depression over her breakup with Warner and her decision to attend Harvard Law School is packed into a seven-minute musical piece.
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Friday, April 13,2012

A real standup guy

Judah Friedlander is ready to 'Rock' Lansing

by Alyssa Firth
Friedlander shared his World Champion of the World secrets in his book, “How to Beat Up Anybody: An Instructional and Inspirational Karate Book by the World Champion.” The book features several fighting tactics, including offense as the best defense and a special chapter for women, “written in a language only women can understand,” according to Friedlander.
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