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Wednesday, March 28,2012

A Southern sizzler

'Memphis' raises the roof — and the temperature

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Colorful, energetic, and chock-full of heart, “Memphis” is the best surprise to happen to East Lansing since the early cherry blossom explosion last week. And like that brief dash of summer we had, “Memphis” is a real scorcher.
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Mac’s Bar will be kickin’ the bass Saturday when five Michigan-based DJs spin some bass-heavy electro. Hitting the decks at the event, dubbed “Mac’s Hot Shit,” is DJ C. Phear (from Detroit), POPSH!T (from Kalamazoo), K@dog (from Detroit), iNoV8 (from East Lansing), and Peppstep. Over the past 10 years DJ C. Phear, a.k.a. Casey Phear, has become a fixture in the Detroit electronic music scene and a driving force in the Michigan dubstep and DNB scenes. His sets also include jungle, jump-up, trip hop, liquid DNB, and soul dubs.
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

Love on the rocks

Take two hard-luck cases, add one wise bartender, throw in songs and shake it up: That's 'The Usual'

by James Sanford
Now through April 22 Williamston Theatre 122 S. Putnam St., Williamston Preview 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29; all seats $15 Friday, March 30 through April 22: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; 3 p.m.
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

The screening room

Snow White prompts a double-take from Hollywood

by James Sanford
Back in the late 1980s, Hollywood couldn’t get enough of those body-switching comedies, in which boys and men changed places. Ten years later, we had a rash of end-of-the-world flicks, in which tidal waves obliterated New York in "Deep Impact" and unlikely astronauts Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck had to avert a cataclysmic collision between our precious planet and a gigantic space rock in "Armageddon."
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

Addressing Asperger's Syndrome

'Theory' looks at teen life from a different angle

by Alyssa Firth
Bill, played byMichigan State University alum Hazen Cuyler, is a 17-year-old headed for college, and while he is highly intelligent when it comes to school, he lacks the ability to read social cues and is anxious about relationships and social interactions.
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

'From the eclectic to the obscure'

Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show returns Sunday at Lansing Center

by Alyssa Firth
More than 75 dealers will be selling old books and paper items “ranging from the eclectic to the obscure,” according to Walsh. These items include thousands of postcards and photographs, old movie posters and magazines, children’s books and plenty of literature. Many rarities and first editions will be on display as well.
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

A new take on a notoriously nasty guy

Andrew Varela looks for the more sensitive side of Inspector Javert in ‘Les Miserables’

by Adam Ilenich
Javert, of course, chases the downtrodden Jean Valjean for years to bring him to justice after Valjean steals food to survive. But although Javert is obsessed with order, structure and a strict adherence to the law, Varela says he has real emotions, too.
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Thursday, March 22,2012

Some assembly required

After more than 20 years, Ben Hamper's 'Rivethead' still works for readers

by Bill Castanier
He will not be wearing his "Out for Trout" baseball cap: His former boss Michael Moore borrowed the cap for the filming of "Roger and Me" and never gave it back. Moore writes about the theft in the foreword to Hamper’s 1991 cult classic book "Rivethead: Tales from the Assembly Line."
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Craft and catharsis

Visiting workshops transform military uniforms into paper

by Lawrence Cosentino
Lips zipped, jaw clenched, uniform in the attic — that’s still the way many veterans deal with their time in the military. Their stoicism suits civilians who’d rather not think about war.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Counting the cost

Theater of War takes long view of war trauma

by Lawrence Cosentino
The opening moments of "Ajax" ring eerily familiar after U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' alleged murder of 16 civilians in Afghanistan last week. In the age of laser-guided missiles and MRAPs, a 5th-century B.C. play by Sophocles is still helping soldiers, veterans and civilians work through war and its effects.
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