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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Even today, 'Cat' still has sharp claws

Adventurous director Deborah Keller heads up a crackling production

by Mary C. Cusack
Brick is a study in conflict, as he fights his wife, his father, and his own demons. He is deeply mired in guilt after the death of his best friend, and attempts to drown out the world by hiding in his bedroom, drowning his sorrows with liquor. Unfortunately, the room becomes Grand Central Station, where the tracks of all of the family train wrecks terminate.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
On Friday at The Loft, expect a jam-packed show with four separate tours sharing one bill. The all-ages show includes A Loss For Words, The Sheds, The Menzingers, Make Do and Mend, Code Orange Kids, Captain We’re Sinking, Hometeam, Priorities and Yours Truly. Headlining the night is A Loss for Words, a pop-punk/melodic hardcore band from Abington, Mass. The five-piece outfit is signed to Rise Records and recently released “No Sanctuary,” its second full-length album.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

'Memphis' Belle

Meet the two Felicias: the fiery 1950s heroine of 'Memphis' and the actress who plays her

by James Sanford
When she was cast in "Memphis," the Tony-winning musical about the dawn of rock 'n' roll and the Civil Rights movement, Felicia Boswell insists she didn’t have to do much in the way of research. It was literally in her blood.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Will a music venue follow a casino?

To compete for acts with other cities, promoters say, concerts should be part of proposed Kewadin Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
With the prospect of such a casino in Lansing working its way through the legislative process, could it also set the stage for a mid-size entertainment venue downtown? For those steadfastly opposed to gambling on its face, could the possibility of a...
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

New in town

Trick Your Bully

by Allison M. Berryman
Trick Your Bully, which opened March 10, is located in REO Town, along South Washington Avenue. Itīs a boutique that specializes in dog food supplements and accessories — such as collars and harnesses — that Lewis says are both stylish and high quality.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

'Next Fall' looks at faith and family

by Alyssa Firth
"Next Fall" revolves around a same-sex couple, Adam and Luke. Luke, played by Russ Jameson, believes in God while Adam, played by Jonas Greenberg, is an atheist. When an accident occurs, Adam seeks support and answers among friends and Luke’s family. The play centers on the discussions of characters in a hospital waiting room and an apartment.
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

Brahms away

Symphony unleashes two juggernauts and a fawn

by Lawrence Cosentino
Saturday’s Lansing Symphony concert featured the most highly anticipated orchestra-and-soloist tandem of the 2011-ī12 season, French pianist Philippe Bianconi’s energetic go at Johannes Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto. Would the collision of a top pianist and a mighty music make for a memorable night?
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

Garden dreams

A bouquet of gardeners share their styles, hopes and delights

by Lawrence Cosentino
Last week, Dan Crow picked his way through the wind-blasted garden that surrounds his home in Perry. "It looks like a disaster," Crow said. "This is the ugliest time of year. Everything’s beat up. Yesterday there were two trees down — a Serbian spruce and a pine."
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

Advice Goddess

Lard Of the dance & memory bank fraud

by Amy Alkon
Q: When I got married, I was a slim 6’2”, but I’ve gained a lot of weight. My wife gained about 20 pounds but recently lost that and more. I’ve been as high as 265, but I’m now at 238 and losing about a pound a week, which isn’t fast enough for my wife. When I contemplate going on a stricter diet, what comes to mind is feeling angry, tired, and hungry at my high-stress job. My wife said that I obviously love food more than her, and that if I won’t lose weight for her, maybe I’ll do it for our boys.
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

An officer and an author

Actor-soldier-memoirist Benjamin Busch looks back on being a Marine — and playing a Marine

by Bill Castanier
Busch — an artist, actor, soldier and now author — shows his poetic vision of life and death in this unusual memoir, which doesn’t follow the usual conventions. For example, the story isn’t linear, but is broken into the sub-categories of Arms, Water, Metal, Soil, Bone, Wood, Blood and Ash, things the author refers to as elemental. Typically, he alternates chapters on his war experience with those of growing up.
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