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Wednesday, October 26,2011

Screening Room

‘Gattaca’: Looking back at a vision of the future

by James Sanford
New Zealand-born writer-director Andrew Niccol built his career on thoughtful dramas with science-fiction elements, such as Jim Carrey’s “The Truman Show,” in which a man spends his entire life on TV (when the movie was released in 1998,...
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Wednesday, October 26,2011

Tony Bennett: At 85, he's still winning over young fans

His chart-topping ‘Duets II’ CD includes teamings with Lady Gaga, John Mayer and the late Amy Winehouse

by James Sanford
“Do you have his new CD yet?” one asked her friends. “It’s so great!” another chirped. “I can’t wait to see him. Did you get tickets already?” If the face on the poster had belonged to Justin Timberlake or Justin Bieber or Eminem, there wouldn’t have been anything startling about the situation.
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Wednesday, October 26,2011

The bigger picture

A local photography group honors its late leader

by Carlee Schepeler
Knoblock, 47, was the owner of Lansing IT, a consulting firm that works primarily with small businesses. A master of all things Apple and “i-things,” Knoblock helped Brown with computer issues a few times per year. They had been friends for over 10 years.
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Wednesday, October 26,2011

Exploring the horrors of hatred

Day of the Dead event attacks homophobia

by Carlee Schepeler
“El dia de los Muertos,” as it is traditionally known, is a festival in which families remember their ancestors who have passed away. This year’s theme is homophobia awareness, and events are scheduled throughout the Nov. 1 celebration to honor victims of hate crimes.
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Wednesday, October 26,2011

Be sly, not sleazy

by Jon James
Halloween is just around the corner, and if you haven’t gotten your costume together yet, it’s crunch time. For women, your costume options may seem to range from Sexy Cop to Sexy Yodeler to Sexy Pirate to Sexy Mafia Hitwoman. What if you don’t want a costume that is desi...
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Wednesday, October 26,2011

Organist accompanies classic silent film Nosferatu

by Jon James
In 1922, when the now-classic vampire film “Nosferatu” hit the big screen, the only sounds heard in a movie theater were performed live by an in-house organist. This weekend, to celebrate Halloween, Lansing Theater Organ recreates the experience by accompanying the German hor...
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

'A well-designed life'

Playwright Sandra Seaton talks with Lansing retail queen Betty Price

by Lawrence Cosentino
As a customer, as a friend and now as a historian, Seaton has tracked Price’s remarkable life for 40 years.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Pure poison

‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ proves comedy doesn’t always improve with age

by Tom Helma
Playwright Joseph Kesserling puts theater critic Mortimer Brewster at the heart of “Arsenic,” an island of rationality in an ocean of insanity. Adam Bright plays him with a consistently effective calmness, while most of the other characters are exaggerated nutcases.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Advice Goddess

All work & no foreplay & the benefit of the dowdy

by Amy Alkon
Remember, people called you “the sensual couple” because you couldn’t keep your hands off each other, not because you couldn’t take your eyes off the clock. Ditching the clock for at least some of the day is essential.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Booked up

Maureen Hirten was the Capital Area District Library interim director; now, she’s got the job long term

by Bill Castanier
The best of times is her recent appointment to director. Hirten, 60, has been with CADL for nine years, starting as a public service librarian in Okemos.
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