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Wednesday, February 8,2012

The art of love

Gallery 1212 presents work by 'the matriarch and patriarch of the art renaissance in Old Town,' Clif and Jane McChesney

by City Pulse
In August 1966, Michigan State University Art Professor Clifton “Clif” McChesney went to Kyoto on a yearlong sabbatical with his two sons and his wife, Jane, a fashion illustrator and fellow artist. While the children attended an international primary school, Jane McChesney taught art and Clif McChesney painted every day in a home studio. Over the course of the sabbatical, the family took time to tour Japan and revel in the country’s natural beauty.
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Wednesday, February 8,2012

Valentine's Memories

by City Pulse
On a sunny afternoon in mid-March, with snow melting all around, I biked past my little inamorata’s house, giving the usual sideways-eye when she appeared at the gate and beckoned me into the backyard. I had never been in her backyard, or even dared imagine what the dirt in her backyard was like.
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Wednesday, February 8,2012

Risky business

Despite a few star players, Holt-Dimondale's ‘Company’ doesn't work

by UTE VON DER HEYDEN
Why would that be when you’re dealing with the work of a dominant artistic force like Sondheim and a potentially exciting (if somewhat dated) show like “Company?” And also, how can that be when you have some of the biggest and best names in community theater in the cast?
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Wednesday, February 8,2012

Have knife, will travel

Splendid 'Shoes' finds humor — and horror —in the Old West

by Paul Wozniak
The stakes are higher and the situation more dire in Williamston Theatre’s world premiere of Joseph Zettelmaier’s “Dead Man’s Shoes.” By placing his character’s lives at risk, the renowned Michigan playwright creates real suspense with his latest work. At its heart, “Dead Man’s Shoes” is a comical examination of unlikely friendships and coincidental meetings.
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Wednesday, February 8,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Zydecrunch plays a melting pot of American music, fusing New Orleans R&B, Cajun, country two-steps and waltzes, Creole struts and blues-inspired rock‘n’roll. On Thursday, the band releases its new album, “Zydefaux Pas,” at the Green Door. The show has no cover charge. The new disc is a follow-up to 2001’s “Ton Son Ton” CD.
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Wednesday, February 8,2012

Making waves in the airwaves

A cult movie from 1990 becomes a stage musical

by Christopher Horb
Area audiences will have the chance to see something new — and yet perhaps familiar — when the Michigan State University Department of Theatre offers free performances of the semi-staged workshop of “Pump Up The Volume,” a musical adaptation of the 1990 Christian Slater film.
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Wednesday, February 8,2012

'First' base

Staged reading revisits sexual awakenings

by Robert Sancrainte
Writer-producer Ken Davenport (“Altar Boyz”) read some of the stories, and thought they would make an interesting play. He compiled material from the website for the off-Broadway production of “My First Time,” which just finished a two-and-a-half-year run last month.
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Wednesday, February 8,2012

Forward thinking

What would you do if a stranger gave you $50?

by Alyssa Firth
Hoffman said he began thinking about the way people end up stressing out over their busy lives and end up only thinking about themselves.
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Wednesday, February 8,2012

Classical soirees

Absolute Music series brings chamber music to Old Town gallery

by Alyssa Firth
Jazz and blues have been a staple in Old Town for some time now with the annual Lansing JazzFest, but one gallery is bringing classical music into the mix.
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Wednesday, February 8,2012

Getting in harmony

LCC musical examines the many facets of love

by Alyssa Firth
The show unfolds in a series of comic vignettes. “Every (actor) plays a different character every time, so thatīs what makes it interesting,” said director Connie Curran. “Itīs done in a very light manner, so I think a lot of people will have a lot to relate to.”
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