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Wednesday, May 9,2012

Explosive drama

Riverwalk's 'Copenhagen' presents a compelling meeting of the minds

by Tom Helma
In the spare spaces of the Riverwalk Theatre black box theater, Richard Frayn’s “Copenhagen” takes us back in time to the beginning of the nuclear age, to the scientists whose abstract theoretical formulations constituted the beginnings of quantum physics. The play focuses on the challenging and conflicted relationship between two of the most brilliant of physicists who first postulated the notion of splitting the atom.
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

Advice Goddess

Mused and abused & meek him halfway

by Amy Alkon
A: As lame as some creative writing exercises sound — “Write a haiku about what you had for lunch!” — a thinly veiled portrait of your chicken salad will cause way less relationship stress than “Turn your fight with your girlfriend into a blog post!” (And no, you can’t just change her name from Molly to Holly so nobody but your 546 Facebook friends will know it’s her.)
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

A playwright's work is never done

Sandra Seaton wins the Study of Midwestern Literature's Mark Twain Award

by Bill Castanier
When East Lansing playwright Sandra Seaton receives the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literatureīs Mark Twain Award for writing this week, she will join a distinguished group of previous winners, including Toni Morrison, Louise Erdrich, Virginia Hamilton, Ray Bradbury, Jane Hamilton and Jim Harrison.
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

Stormfield Theatre comes down with 'Boogie' fever

by Paul Wozniak
Since the late 1960s, Baldori, a.k.a. “Boogie Bob,” has played piano and harmonica with iconic artists such as Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and others. But without young pop-culture disciples like Jack White or The Black Keys bringing hip attention to boogie woogie, or jukebox musicals like “Million Dollar Quartet” revamping boogie woogie into a Broadway smash, Baldori would be virtually alone in promoting the style.
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

Scratching their way to the top

Tables keep turning at Capital City DJ Olympics

by Rich Tupica
"The bulk of our DJs are nightclub DJs. A lot of their stuff is electronic bass, Top 40 bass, house music bass, techno, hip-hop, drum and bass — it’s a lot of high-energy stuff," Duke said. "But we’re getting a lot of diverse DJs coming in, we have guys like DJ Ruckus, he’s a great example.
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
BMP drops new Homelife LP at Zeppelinīs Bermuda Mohawk Productions, a Lansing-based indie label, is set to release “Translation,” a vinyl LP from Homelife, a Lansing-based post-hardcore punk band. The 12-inch LP is limited to 500 copies and will be released Friday at an all-ages show at Zeppelin’s Music Hall in Lansing. Also performing are Cavalcade, Terror Terror Oh My, and Narc Out the Reds. For those wanting to hear a preview of the album, Homelife’s first single from the new disc (“Viewfinder”) is streaming exclusively on Alternative Press.
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

And the nominees are...

by James Sanford
They've done it again. The City Pulse's tireless sextet of Pulsar Awards judges — Erin Buitendorp, Mary Cusack, Tom and Kathy Helma, Paul Wozniak and Ute Von Der Heyden — have turned in their final ballots, the results have been tabulated and we have a list of nominees, plus a brief explanation of the Pulsar nomination process.
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

The screening room

'Damsels in Distress' is a sparkling college comedy

by James Sanford
If you think you'euro;'ve waited a long time for 'euro;'The Avengers'euro;' to hit the screen, imagine how fans of writer-director Whit Stillman must feel about 'euro;'Damsels in Distress'euro;': Stillman, who became an art-house darling with 'euro;'Metropolitan,'euro;' 'euro;'Barcelona'euro;' and 'euro;'The Last Days of Disco'euro;' in the 1990s, has taken almost 14 years off from filmmaking.
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

Learn while you laugh

Wade Rouse talks about the 'fine line between humor and heartbreak'

by James Sanford
A couple of years ago, a journalist told actress Carey Mulligan (“Shame”) how much he admired her ability to express sadness so eloquently. “The emotional stuff is easier, actually,” Mulligan said. “I think it’s easier to get yourself in a state where you’re crying than a state where you’re laughing for half an hour.”
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

'American Life' comes alive

You'll get to see what you've been missing when Ira Glass’ popular radio series makes its way to theaters Thursday

by Tracy Key
On Thursday night, over 500 movie theaters in the United States and Canada will be showing more than just current Hollywood hits. “This American Life,” the most popular podcast in the country, will perform an episode of its show live on stage in New York City, bursting onto the big screen via satellite to give viewers what host and executive producer Ira Glass describes as a “multimedia adventure.”
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