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Wednesday, July 27,2011

'River' siren

Bonnie Jo Campbell makes a major splash

by Bill Castanier
It’s easier to name a major author Bonnie Jo Campbell hasn’t been compared with (Edith Wharton comes to mind) than it is to tick off the long list of writers to whom she’s being compared: Eudora Welty, Mark Twain, Raymond Carver, Daniel Woodrell,...
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Wednesday, July 27,2011

Shakespeare's zoo debut

‘Merchant’ cast provides laughs, but can’t reveal the play’s darker side

by Paul Wozniak
A complex tragic-comedy with religious overtones, sensual puns and poetically barbed insults, “Merchant” shows that expensive courtships have always had life-threatening consequences.
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Wednesday, July 27,2011

Lukewarm

Fitfully funny ‘Flaming’ doesn’t quite roar

by Mary C. Cusack
While not a flameout, Riverwalk Theatre’s production of “Flaming Idiots” is not quite as funny as it could be. In his directorial debut at Riverwalk, Josh Martin displays skill in staging physical comedy, but his direction of dialogue needs work, as this play relies heavily on equally good timing of both.
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Wednesday, July 27,2011

Strength in numbers

WKAR documentary chronicles Lansing’s ‘community sings’

by Rich Tupica
The frequent singing events are held locally at the Unitarian Universalist Church and annually at the Hannah' Community Center for the Mid-Winter Singing Festival, which packs the house with hundreds of people ready to tackle the Great American Songbook, folk standards and spirituals.
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Wednesday, July 27,2011

Turn it Down: A survey of Lansing’s musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The band opens a show at Mac’s Bar Thursday in support of its new 7-inch single “Night on the Town” (Magwheel Records). In early 2010 Porter also released his debut solo album, “Party of One,” then went on to play dozens of shows across the East Coast, Midwest and Canada, hitting all the major cities.
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Wednesday, July 27,2011

The Screening Room

When very bad movies happen to very good actors

by James Sanford
I was thinking about this two weeks ago when I was watching an alleged comedy called “The Best and the Brightest” (the title, as it turned out, was a double lie).
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Thursday, July 21,2011

Friendly invasion

Touring German youth orchestra smuggles big guns into the Midwest

by Lawrence Cosentino
“It blasts you out of your seat,” Klaue said. The Ahresnburg Youth Orchestra was formed in 1968, and Klaue has been the conductor since 1993. The musicans are drawn from a school in the Ahrensburg area, north of Hamburg. Only half the students at the school, selected by audition, get to go on the American tour.
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Wednesday, July 20,2011

Secrets of the Old Town sisterhood

How women are remaking Lansing’s oldest district

by Lawrence Cosentino
Antiques and boutiques, yoga and flowers, hair and more hair. Stores with names like Love, Betti, October Moon, Grace and Polka Dots Bead-A-Full Boutique. Attorneys, non-profits and design firms bring a pinch of rough and tumble to the picture, but it’s pretty much official by now: Old Town has turned into a woman cave.
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Wednesday, July 20,2011

First-time author McLravy goes on a 'Fool's Errand'

MSU alum cooks up a fine courtroom drama

by Bill Castanier
East Lansing author R. Charles McLravy knows exactly how many yellow legal pads it will take him to write his next mystery. Writing in longhand might be a lost art, but McLravy figures he filled about twice as many of the ubiquitous pads as he needed to for his first mystery, “The Fool’s Errand.
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Wednesday, July 20,2011

Williamston's delightfully daft 'Creek' will make you shriek with laughter

Splendid acting and wonderful script make this comedy a must-see

by UTE VON DER HEYDEN
When next-door neighbor, Dr. Benjamin “Doc” Boggs (“Bless my soul, I’ve got me some genuine Yankees for neighbors!”) invites Rob to join him in a Civil War re- enactment, a “small” accident and a string of subsequent misunderstandings ' some of them cultural ' start a war between the two men.
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