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Wednesday, February 8,2012

Valentine's gift guide

For him and her

by Adam Ilenich, Allison Berryman & Genna Musial
Remember back in grade school when Valentine’s Day was as simple as exchanging handmade cards and boxes of candy hearts? Somewhere between adolescence and adulthood, the simple romantic spirit of the holiday turned complicated and expensive. Too often, the challenge of finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift can overshadow the love and appreciation you are trying to express to the person you are buying for.
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Thursday, February 2,2012

Lighter side of darkness

'Addams Family' haunts the Wharton Center

by Paul Wozniak
Itīs yet another adaptation of the Charles Addams cartoons, this time for the Broadway stage. But this show is hardly a reanimated sellout. It is mostly funny and highly entertaining for its target audience, which would be parents who were raised on the 1960s TV show.
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Thursday, February 2,2012

Quest for quality

The search continues for first-class dining in Lansing

by Joe Torok
Many of us seem to have an assembly-line mentality when it comes to dining out, and perhaps that’s understandable in a car town: We want to eat cheap, fast and in vast quantities. Maybe it’s an American thing, like in retail, in which we sometimes consume just to consume. Around here, we sometimes eat just to eat.
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Thursday, February 2,2012

The show(case) must go on

Mid Michigan Family Theatre offers 23 one-acts over two weekends

by Adam Ilenich
Thursday, Feb. 2 — Short shows about dreams, eating disorders, recycling, adoption and other issues will be presented during the Mid Michigan Family Theatre’s Actors Showcase Feb. 10-12 and 17-19.
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Wednesday, February 1,2012

Stunning 'Stone'

Purple Rose Theatre drama is a solid triumph

by Tom Helma
It takes a singer with a great voice to bring out the complexities of a well-composed opera. Likewise, it takes an actor with great range to project the nuances of a well-written script.
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Wednesday, February 1,2012

Advice Goddess

Shove thy neighbor & idle worship

by Amy Alkon
Reality, like angry little dogs, often bites. Every day, I wake up wishing for home-invasion housecleaners. But, as much as both Nature and I abhor a vacuum, at a certain point, I have to pull one out, lest my rugs provide shelter to a lot of little things with a lot of little legs.
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Wednesday, February 1,2012

1st Sunday gallery walk & other exhibitions

by City Pulse Staff
Absolute Gallery "The World of Mike," a showcase of artwork of artist Mike Scieszka. Reception: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1632 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing. (517) 482-8845.
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Wednesday, February 1,2012

Finding her 'Courage'

Leslie Hull bids farewell to MSU by taking on Bertolt Brecht's 'Mother'

by Paul Wozniak
The Michigan State University Theatre production of Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children” utilizes the same English translation by Tony Kushner (“Angels in America”) as the 2006 Shakespeare in the Park production starring Meryl Streep (yes, that Meryl Streep).
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Wednesday, February 1,2012

'Fools' rush in at Stormfield

Romance is a laughing matter in 'vaudeville' show

by Mary C. Cusack
From the props to the physical farce, the show is a throwback to traditional vaudeville styles, spiced up with modern-day sexual politics.
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Wednesday, February 1,2012

Make your own kind of music

Everyone gets a chance to be part of the chorus in annual Singing Festival

by Rich Tupica
Each year the Ten Pound Fiddle hosts the Mid-Winter Singing Festival, along with help from “song leaders,” who keep things moving from the stage. All skill levels are welcome to show up, grab a lyric book and shamelessly belt it out.
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