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Wednesday, February 2,2011

Stepping outside the 'Law' — in the name of literature

When she wasn't working at 'the best legal job in America,' Allison Leotta was writing a sexy thriller

by Bill Castanier
Leotta credits much of her success to her time at MSU, where she majored in international studies in James Madison College. “It was exactly the right place at the right time. At James Madison, there was a sense of community.”.
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Wednesday, February 2,2011

Built to last

Mid-Michigan chapter of American Institute of Architects salutes 25 of Lansing's most notable structures, including a few surprises

by City Pulse
Tim Mrozowski, a professor in the Michigan State University School of Design, Planning and Construction and president of the mid-Michigan chapter of AIA, said Lansing has “outstanding examples that can go toe-to-toe with many buildings from around the state.
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Wednesday, February 2,2011

1st Sunday

gallery walk & other exhibitions

by City Pulse
 New Exhibits By The Riverside Gallery Featuring famous raku pieces, sculptures, and mono type paintings by Honora Bird. Jewelry designs by Jewel ARTifacts and Simarhra. Reception: 1-4 p.m. Feb. 6. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday 1-6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 1...
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Wednesday, February 2,2011

Out of the ’Ordinary’

by Paul Wozniak
"Ordinary Days" by Adam Gwon is a sentimental, often funny Off-Broadway script that wears its influences on its sleeve. Gwon’s music begs comparisons to Jonathan Larson ("Rent") and Stephen Sondheim ("Sweeney Todd," "Into the Woods"). Unlike Larson and Sondheim, Gwon’s songs lack any memorable hooks.
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Wednesday, February 2,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
In the 1950s, he formed the Bluenotes with pianist Joe Weaver, which led to gigs with John Lee Hooker, Big Joe Turner, Ruth Brown and Eddie Burns. He also played in the house band for Detroit’s Fortune Records label, where he recorded with Detroit legends Nolan Strong & the Diablos and Andre Williams.
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Wednesday, February 2,2011

Off the screen and onto the stage

Alan Mingo Jr. follows in Eddie Murphy's famous hoofprints as Donkey in 'Shrek: The Musical'

by James Sanford
“I don’t do impersonations, and that was a struggle at first,” Mingo said. For millions of moviegoers, Donkey will always be associated with Eddie Murphy, who voiced the character in the quartet of “Shrek” features. Mingo’s strategy was to remain true to the character while putting his own spin on the performance.
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Wednesday, February 2,2011

The Screening Room

Overlooked by Oscar, but worth looking into

by James Sanford
There are only so many slots available in each Academy Awards category, which means there will always be worthy performances and notable films that will go unrecognized. Several of them have just been released on DVD and Blu-ray. The Academy voters may not have seen them, but you should.
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Wednesday, February 2,2011

Curtain Call

New visions of classic tragedies

by Christopher Horb
Director Tony Caselli knows that “Oedipus” may be a hard sell to mainstream audiences. After all, most people only know Sophocles’ classic tale for its most sensational element: the title character’s murder of his father and marriage to his own mother.
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Wednesday, February 2,2011

A variety of voices

Audience participation is key at Mid-Winter Singing Festival

by Alyssa Gienapp
Another community sing ' known as Michigania! ' closes out Saturday. Six Michigan singers will lead the crowd in songs from the 1920s to the 1990s, and Rachel Alexander, the founder of Lansing’s womens’ chorus Sistrum will direct the All Comer’s Festival Choir.
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Wednesday, February 2,2011

A Super Bowl party with a purpose

Sir Pizza fund-raiser benefits Guatemalans

by Alyssa Gienapp
Super Bowl Sunday will offer a chance for local residents to help provide health care in Guatemala. Sir Pizza Grand Caf' in Old Town is holding an event at 6 p.m. Feb. 6, to help raise funds for Michigan State University students and teachers venturing on a two-week mission to the reg...
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