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Wednesday, April 6,2011

Curtain Call

A second harvest of ’Grapes of Wrath’

by Christopher Horb
Since its publication in 1939, John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” has moved generations with its depiction of the struggles faced by Americans during the Great Depression.
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

Playing to win

Okemos musician wins Lansing Concert Band competition

by Alyssa Gienapp
Alto saxophonist Jordan Lulloff says he doesn’t mind a little musical back-up.“I’ve always liked playing, and I love performing,” Lulloff said. “I especially like performing with an ensemble or a band behind me.”
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

Chiseling out art

A young woodcarver makes his mark

by Yang Zhang
For some people, woodcarving is an old-fashioned craft. But for Alec LaCasse, it’s an artform that enriches his life.
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

There's treasure in People's Temple

'Sons of Stone' is the band's auspicious debut release

by Douglas Siwek
People’s Temple: ’Sons of Stone’ release show with Jason Alarm and The Dolphins 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9 Mac’s Bar 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing All ages $6 (517) 484-6795
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

Opera with punch

MSU Opera Theatre takes on Ricky Ian Gordon’s fierce ‘Grapes of Wrath’

by Lawrence Cosentino
Sing a song of hope, love and family. Is it the great American song yet? Try a song of unemployment and foreclosures, union busting and immigrant bashing, alcohol and suicide. Need more? Sing of vigilantes with torches, reformers branded as communists, and bankers golfing while depositors lose their shirts.
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

Farewell and zwee-bop

MSU Jazz Vocal Ensemble assembles for the last time

by Lawrence Cosentino
As part of a university-wide 20 percent slash of programs across many departments, the School of Music’s 7-year-old vocal jazz program has been dropped. The program’s founder, MSU vocal jazz luminary Sunny Wilkinson, will not be re-hired next year after 17 years with the school.
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

Delightfully 'Distracted'

Smart script, superb cast make Peppermint Creek’s offbeat comedy a gem

by UTE VON DER HEYDEN
Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. has done it again ' fulfilled its stated mission of entertaining while raising awareness and encouraging dialogue.
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

Williamston’s 'Bowling' is a solid hit

Sterling stars make 1950s comedy-drama connect

by Paul Wozniak
  Pithy bowling metaphors scarcely describe the Williamston Theatre’s "While We Were Bowling." Carter W. Lewis’ magnificent script takes a curved look at one suburban family in 1957, contrasting the televised ideal to the reality on stage with a poignant and...
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

'Pentecost' can't decide what to accent

Timely themes are buried inside a confused script

by Mary C. Cusack
Producing quality theater is always a challenge. Academic theater programs have the added challenge of finding a script that meets certain learning outcomes. The play must also be an ensemble piece that has enough roles to give substantial stage time for all of the students in the course, further limiting the script choices.
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
The band plays the Landshark Friday. Sharing the bill are Audrey (Muskegon), Good Weather For Airstrikes (Howell), Bloomill (Mt. Pleasant). Elliot Street Lunatic will record its sophomore album in California this June with producer Casey Crescenzo from The Dear Hunter, a national indie band.
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