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Wednesday, December 29,2010

Timothy Muffitt

Despite the economy, the beat goes on for the Lansing Symphony maestro.

by James Sanford
How would you characterize the state of symphony orchestras in 2010? Well, all the arts are generally very sensitive to the health of the economy because we rely largely on philanthropy for our survival. Only 30 percent of our operating expenses come from tickets sales, which means 70 per...
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Wednesday, December 29,2010

Kristine Thatcher

The actress/director/playwright now has a theater company of her own.

by James Sanford
When did you launch Stormfield Theatre? It’s been in existence since August 2009. It started with staged readings. The first was “Kimberly Akimbo,” with Carmen Decker (which Stormfield will produce as a full-scale production in 2011). In your years of performing and wri...
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Wednesday, December 29,2010

Leslie Donaldson

The executive director of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing sees a brighter picture for 2011.

by James Sanford
What have been some of the major challenges the Arts Council has faced this year? Since 2001, arts funding in general has been cut. We work with 140 arts and cultural organizations and a good 100 individual artists, so we try to keep our finger on the pulse. Because of this, our agency ha...
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Tuesday, December 28,2010

American College Theater Festival comes to MSU

Productions from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan will be staged

by City Pulse Staff
Michigan State University will start the new year with a whole lot of new theater. From Jan. 4-8, MSU hosts the Region Three presentation of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, featuring productions from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Kalamazoo College, Carthage College, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, University of Michigan-Flint, Indiana State University, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and Miami University.
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Tuesday, December 28,2010

The Screening Room

When studios play hide-and-seek

by James Sanford
Here’s what’s on the horizon at your local cineplex this Friday: the science-fiction thriller "Splice"; a live-action version of "Marmaduke"; a raunchy comedy called "Get Him to the Greek," starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand; and the crime comedy "Killers," starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher.
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Thursday, December 23,2010

Polar Disorder

A Christmas story

by Lawrence Cosentino
Albert hated the smell of wet beard. And when Santa took his boots off — talk about climate change. But Santa’s chief of staff was a team player. Albert stood quietly, breathing through his mouth, waiting for Big Red to break the silence.Backsides to the fire, they looked at the ice outside the window. “It’s coming back — no question,” Santa said. “The last two years, especially.” Albert cleared his throat. “Not long term. Experts say, no more summer ice in the Arctic by 2020, maybe sooner.” “Ach…”
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Thursday, December 23,2010

Pause to reflect

Three local perspectives on stuttering

by Lawrence Cosentino
Sharon Emery seems like too nice a person to practice jiu-jitsu — but watch out. She can flip you before you know you’ve been flipped. As vice president of the Rossman Group, a high-profile public relations firm in Lansing, Emery deals with Michigan’s big shots on a regular basis. She’s also a stutterer.
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Wednesday, December 22,2010

'The next year of my life is going to be amazing'

Meet Michael Rush, the new founding director of MSU’s Broad Art Museum

by Lawrence Cosentino
Turning scary into fun is a specialty for Rush, and he’s about to do it on a grand scale. By spring of 2012, when the Broad Museum is finished, the former Jesuit priest, theater experimenter and fervid modern art ambassador will have one of the world’s most intriguing spaces in which to run amok.
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Wednesday, December 22,2010

Advice Goddess

An unfair to remember & Bland of brothers

by Amy Alkon
Q: In middle school, I got a crush on “Sam,” but he wasn’t interested. In high school, he took me to prom, but only as friends when none of the other girls he asked said yes. I was jealous upon hearing he’d gotten married, but several years later, he called, said he was divorcing, was coming to town, and wanted to see me. I gave him a fine homecoming, thinking he was finally seeing me in a new light. At week’s end, I said I wanted to be more than friends, but he didn’t. Apparently, he was just doing the girl he didn’t in high school.
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Wednesday, December 22,2010

A mystery under glass

Who is the woman in this 1964 caricature?

by City Pulse Staff
In the early 1970s, David Doxey bought a framed picture at Meijer in Lansing, and it hung on a wall in his home for years. But when it fell down and the frame broke, a mystery began. Behind the purchased artwork was a caricature of an elegant lady, sporting golden earrings and a substantial diamond ring. Doxey likes the drawing very much, but he’s curious to know who the subject is.
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