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Wednesday, June 8,2011

Die laughing

A cast of crazed kooks energizes Riverwalk’s loony ’Musical Comedy Murders of 1940’

by Tom Helma
Riverwalk veteran Joe Dickson, as down-on-his luck stand-up comedian Eddie McCuen, ultimately wins the contest for most intensely agitated actor on stage, but Bob Murrell and Sarah Sonnenberg, as musical writers Roger Hopewell and BernIce Roth, run a close second and third.
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Wednesday, June 8,2011

'Silver Sparrow': Secret sisters

Tayari Jones’ new novel draws comparisons to Toni Morrison

by Bill Castanier
Tayari Jones has written one of the most original coming of age stories in modern times. Her newest book, “Silver Sparrow”, is about two families and two sisters ' one pretty, one plain ' connected but kept secret from one another by a bigamist father.
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Wednesday, June 8,2011

New York, Paris, Milan... Lansing?

Local designers dress up The Loft Saturday night

by Rich Tupica
The designer collective Pomp was founded this year by locals Kristy Warner, Keisha Thomas, Christine White and Bryenna Reinicke, who met in the Lansing Community College fashion technology program, where they’re all enrolled..
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Wednesday, June 8,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
Wolvserpent, featuring Blake Green (guitar) and Brittany McConnell (drums/violin), create droning and ominous sounds devoid of any poppy elements. The band is known for blistering through live sets with Melvins-style heaviness at insufferably high volumes, while also mixing in grim, funereal dirges.
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Wednesday, June 8,2011

A purr-fect job

’Cats’ tour keeps actress Ashley Travis on the go

by James Sanford
Ask Ashley Travis, a 2010 Western Michigan University graduate who is one of the “swing” performers on the current national tour. Typically, Travis hits the stage when one of the regular cast members has to take time off. Sometimes, that can mean going to work midway through a performance.
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Wednesday, June 8,2011

The Screening Room

Woody Allen is back on track in 'Paris'

by James Sanford
When it comes to comebacks, Woody Allen could probably teach Cher, Britney Spears and even Lazarus a few lessons by now.
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Wednesday, June 8,2011

Temperature change

With added security, one entrepreneur is set to revive an infamous nightclub spot as — another nightclub

by Andy Balaskovitz
Assaults, shootings, destruction of property, underage drinking.That’s part of the illustrative history of 6810 S. Cedar St. on Lansing’s south side, the site of a 15,000 square-foot, two-story nightclub riddled with crime and party-fueled violence.
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Wednesday, June 8,2011

When worlds collide

It’s a comic culture clash in ’Gemini’

by Christopher Horb
Written by Albert Innaurato, “Gemini” unfolds in the backyard of a blue-collar Philadelphia neighborhood, circa 1973, where Francis Geminiani has returned home for his summer break from Harvard.
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Wednesday, June 8,2011

MSU student Wisenbaugh wins Michigan Emmy

His career goal: ’I would love Ryan Seacrest’s job’

by Ashley Brown
Wisenbaugh’s progression from YouTube video blogger to MSUToday segment correspondent can clearly be seen, said co-worker and mentor Jim Peck, host of MSUToday and a Big Ten Network executive producer and director of university photography and videography.
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Wednesday, June 1,2011

More than just skin deep

Photographer Suellen Hozman’s ’Flesh Tones’ challenges the power of first impressions

by Lawrence Cosentino
Photography by Suellen Hozman Reception Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at Absolute Gallery, 307 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing; exhibit continues through June 30. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (517) 482-8845 www.
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