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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Give it up for 'Jersey Boys'

Rousing, Tony-winning tale of The Four Seasons brings down the house at the Wharton Center

by ALLAN I. ROSS
So what could possibly warrant such a rousing response? Best guess: a combination of music that is ingrained in the DNA of post-World War II American pop culture, a tight book that captures that lightning-in-a-bottle exhilaration of watching a group...
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Bluegrass at the Loft Greensky Bluegrass, a Kalamazoo-based bluegrass band,takes the stage at The Loft tonight. The band keeps busy, playingnearly 175 shows per year of what they call “poignant rural balladsabout real people.” This gig is the CD release show for “Handgu...
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Screening Room

Korean screen legend's performance is pure 'Poetry'

by James Sanford
She’s not sure she believes it, though. A 66-year-old South Korean trying to raise her surly 16-year-old grandson, Wook, while toiling as a maid for a wealthy stroke victim, Mija wants very badly to be a poet, but she’s frustrated by how difficult it is to find that elusive inspiration.
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Writing with the Force

MSU alum Timothy Zahn fills in missing chapters in the ‘Star Wars’ saga

by KURT ANTHONY KRUG
Lucas’ iconic space opera franchise “I had no idea it would be that successful: No one did,” said Zahn, 59, a 1973 Michigan State University alumnus who lives in Oregon. “The storyline was decent; fans did like it. But the books sold not because of my name, but because it was ‘Star Wars.
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Curtain Call

'Dead' in Williamston: Plus, Riverwalk Theatre gets frosty in ‘Terra Nova’

by Nicole LaChance
extreme reality show. The central character is Eldon Phelps, a man who gets $1 million to spend over seven days as camera crews follow him around and broadcast his spending on national television. However, at the end of the seven days, he must die by a viewerchosen method.
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Grin and beer it

It’s Oktoberfest time again in Old Town

by Nicole LaChance
T he sixth annual Old Town Oktoberfest is being held Friday and Saturday at Burchard Park, at the corner of Turner Street and Grand River Avenue, in Lansing. It is the only German-themed Oktoberfest event in mid-Michigan and features authentic German food, live music, dancing and, of course, plenty of beer.
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Historical highs

Comerica Bank event raises funds for Lansing historical museum

by Denyse Smith
By DENYSE SMITH On a clear Lansing night, the view from the top is a good one, and on Saturday, patrons of the Greater Lansing Historical Society’s Fall Fundraiser will get a chance to see for themselves the view from the 15th floor windows of Comerica Bank.
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Facing the 'Bare' facts

MSU senior Dennis Corsi launches theater company to produce 'pop opera' about gay teens in crisis

by Carlee Schepeler
Touch Your Soul Productions Residential College in the Arts and Humanities Theater in Snyder- Phillips Hall, MiSU 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6; 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8; 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 $10 general admission; free for students on Thursday and Sunday; $7 students for Friday and Saturday Email reservations to ReserveTouchYourSoul@gmail.
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Wednesday, September 28,2011

Actors soar in 'Blackbird'

Drama poses provocative questions about passion

by Tom Helma
director Chad Badgero promises that “no situation is simply black or white,” and in “Blackbird," Doak Bloss and Angela Mishler confirm this in a production that leaves the audience emotionally bruised and battered, spiritually black and blue. This is not a play for the faint of heart, yet it is a play that stirs the soul.
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Wednesday, September 28,2011

Advice Goddess

Girl with a wait problem & Meet Joe Blackberry

by Amy Alkon
frustrated to the max and wants to have an unemotional hookup. She suggests we each have a “last fling” before we start our relationship (when my deployment ends in 60 days). Well, I’m in an all-male unit, and when I’m home, I want to be with her. She’s attending a wedding this weekend (single guys, hotel rooms, open bar, etc.
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