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Wednesday, February 16,2011

Every (false) face tells a story

Globe-spanning MSU Museum exhibit has ’Mask’ appeal

by Alyssa Gienapp
The idea of the mask is about transformation ' whether it’s transforming into someone uninhibited (like the party masks on display), transforming into an alternate identity, such as a superhero, or transforming an individual into part of a team..
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Wednesday, February 16,2011

HerStories explores 'Embodying Our Words'

Free two-day seminar looks at the idea of embodied writing

by Alyssa Gienapp
“Embodying Our Words” offers a chance for writers to share their work dialogue, workshops, performances and open writing sessions that all correspond to the theme of embodied writing. The two-day event, being held Friday and Saturday, is free and open to everyone.
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Friday, February 11,2011

Garden party

'Gnomeo and Juliet' celebrates love, lawn ornaments and all things Elton John

by James Sanford
Although “Gnomeo and Juliet” begins with the prologue of “Romeo and Juliet” and includes a cameo appearance by the spirit of Shakespeare, there’s far more levity than tragedy in this candy-colored, generally breezy animated variation on the Capulet/Montague feud. English teachers probably won’t approve, but Elton John fans will be tickled every shade of pink: In addition to a couple of new songs, there are snippets of at least a dozen of Captain Fantastic’s greatest hits cleverly woven into James Newton Howard’s buoyant score.
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Thursday, February 10,2011

Straight shooting

A veteran FBI agent brings his own experiences to his fictional thrillers

by Bill Castanier
In “Agent X”, Vail, a rogue ex-FBI agent who is coaxed back to work to help solve a mystifying case of extortion and murder, joins his co-protagonist FBI agent and assistant director Kate Bannon in chasing spies who leave increasingly complex clues for authorities.
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

Noises Off

Lansing Civic Players close the curtain, change the set and wait for the next act

by Lawrence Cosentino
A new artistic director, Michael Stewart, was installed last month and is already planning the 2011-12 season. This spring, a new board of directors with business savvy will take over the theater, replacing the old membership guild system. Fundraising, day-to-day business and promotion will be kept separate from the artistic side of the operation.
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

'Up South' stories

Rodney Whitaker premieres jazz suite at Creole Gallery

by Lawrence Cosentino
Crafting a fivepart mosaic of the great emigration of Southern blacks to the industrial cities of the north, composer/bassist Rodney Whitaker had to dive into cross-currents of racism, hope, self-destruction and forbidden love..
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

Advice Goddess

Queasy credit & Queer and present danger

by Amy Alkon
Unfortunately, one man’s el-cheapo ski jacket is one woman’s quilted nylon warning sign. The way you see it, it’s not like you did a P. Diddy and splurged on some one-of-a-kind parka they had to kill 20 ostriches and a baby seal to make.
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

Valentines and variety

Music, movies, poetry, good books, art — this weekend, you and your sweetie can have it all

by City Pulse
WKAR staff, including general manager DeAnne Hamilton, will greet guests as they explore the Winter 2011 Masterwork Exhibition of “The Best of Friends: The Friends of Kresge Art Museum, beginning at 6 p.m. Jacon van Loo, Joel Meyrowitz, and Mason artist John Felsing are among the participating artists.
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

Triumphing with a tragedy

Williamston Theatre’s outstanding ’Oedipus’ demands to be seen

by UTE VON DER HEYDEN
Perfectly supporting the production’s guiding principle of storytelling is the rearranged seating of the already intimate Williamston space to create a theater-inthe-round. This allows the actors to move effortlessly among the audience and to speak directly to them, thereby making the audience citizens of Thebes.
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

Go Green!

'Shrek: The Musical' is a delightful adaptation of the beloved animated film

by ALLAN I. ROSS
“Shrek: The Musical,” the stage adaptation of the first chapter in the juggernaut computer-animated franchise, jumps into real space satisfyingly and believably, exploding with towering musical numbers, jaw-dropping puppet work and fantastical costumes. It also achieves the rare feat of being every last bit as good as its source material.
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