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Wednesday, March 19,2014

Jackass of all trades

Exclusive Q&A with stuntman/comedian Steve-O

by Rich Tupica
British-born comedian/stuntman Stephen Gilchrist Glover, who goes by the nom de “Jackass” Steve-O, is famous for death defying stunts. He’s dangled from a wire over an alligator pond with raw meat in his jockstrap, pierced his cheek with a large-gauge fishhook before jumping into shark-infested waters and fired bottle rockets from his bum — all in a days work. Before that he had his own section in the irreverent, groundbreaking skateboarding magazine Big Brother.
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
New Canyons at Mac’s Bar - Thu. Mar 20 New Canyons is based out of Chicago, but the experimental group has local roots. “We’re really excited to perform in Lansing again,” said the group’s co-founder Andrew Marrah about their Thursday gig at Mac’s Bar. ...
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

REVIEW: “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”

Classic opera an inspiring, triumphant work of American art

by Allan I. Ross
Wednesday, March 19 — When “Porgy and Bess,” George and Ira Gershwin’s American opera debuted in 1935, Jim Crow still ruled the roost in America. Since then, laws have changed, ideals have shifted, but white people are still more likely to have lunch with white people and black people are still more likely to have lunch with black people. What hasn’t changed is the uniqueness of this show, which was just as singular then as it is now. Seriously: How many operas specifically set in the African-American community do you know of?
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

Curatain Call

by Mary Cusack and Paul Wozniak
Hurtling toward Ruin LCC drama brings to life the final days of Dylan Thomas By Mary Cusack Rage is all the rage in Lansing Community College’s production of “Dylan,” a play about the end days of angry, alcoholic poet Dylan Thomas. After more than two intense ho...
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Thursday, March 13,2014

St. Patty’s events & specials

by City Pulse Staff
The Avenue Café: Baby Guinness shots, green PBR, Irish-themed menu. Hours: 3 p.m.-2 a.m. 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 853-0550. Bad Brewing Co.: Green blonde ale on tap. Hours: 3-10 p.m. 440 S. Jefferson St., Mason. (517) 676-7664. Barn Tavern: St. Patrick´s Day party on Sat...
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Thursday, March 13,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

A Theme-less Week

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, Mar. 13 — Despite the little weather setback this week, the fact that I can once again see that my driveway is made of cement and not ice, and that the grass on the edge of the roads is still there, despite being the color of rust and mud, gives me hope - and more than a little spring fever. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

‘This porous rubber O’

MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre moves to a new site for 2014

by Lawrence Cosentino
Shakespeare had his “wooden O,” the Globe. This summer, MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre will clamber out of the Red Cedar floodplain to a spiffy new outdoor venue that will be — cue Sir Anthony Hopkins — “wired for sound and ringed with seats of porous rubber.”
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

Plussier and plussier

Cello Plus festival brings banquet of diverse chamber music to MSU

by Lawrence Cosentino
Cello Plus is an unpretentious name for an ambitious series of chamber music concerts, but that’s just part of its Spartan appeal. For the past 14 years, MSU cello professor Suren Bagratuni has quietly built a top-drawer local music festival where musicians play airs but don’t put them on.
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

‘Butterflies’ affects

Timeless themes keep period piece fresh with Starlight romance

by Paul Wozniak
When community theaters stage 40-year-old plays, the results can be as stale as a forgotten bag of chips. But Starlight Dinner Theatre’s production of “Butterflies Are Free” feels fresh, lively and contemporary. Unlike Starlight’s standard lineup of broad farces, this polished revival of Leonard Gershe’s 1969 script draws its abundant laughs from the intimate pain of reality.
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

Jiro dreams of flying

Anime feature captures the joy of imagination, the rush of true love

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The power of animation comes from its ability to create dreamlike pocket universes where the real and the fantastic coexist in harmony. Want your everyman character to take flight? Just have him push off the ground, flap his arms and up he goes — no strings or green screen required. The rise of CGI has blurred this line, but its use in live action is still very much you-got-your-giant-robot-in-my-comic-book-movie, not a seamless blend.
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