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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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Wednesday, February 8,2012

New in town

That's What's Up Apparel

by Christina Toscano
In high school, it was Jeanette Taylor’s dream to own her own clothing line. That fantasy — with a few alterations — has become her career with the opening of That’s What’s Up, a fine apparel store for men and women.
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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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