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Wednesday, April 27,2011

Great expectations

Purple Rose’s ’Some Couples May...’ takes on a touchy topic with sensitivity, humor and convincing performances

by Tom Helma
Now playing at the Purple Rose Theater, “Couples” takes the audience through the early moments of high expectations that couples have when first embracing the idea of pregnancy and parenthood, then through the heartbreak of hopelessness that ensues when nothing whatsoever happens.
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Wednesday, April 27,2011

Debate still rages over Malcolm X

A new biography reignites old controversies surrounding the African-American leader

by Bill Castanier
The book, by noted African-American author and historian Manning Marable, fprofessor of history and public affairs at Columbia and director of Columbia’ Center for Contemporary Black History, comes 46 years after Grove Press posthumously published “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” co-written by Alex Haley.
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Wednesday, April 27,2011

1st Sunday gallery walk & other exhibitions

by City Pulse
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday & Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, and noon-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Intersection of Physics & Auditorium Roads, East Lansing. (517) 355-7631. www.artmuseum.msu.edu.
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Wednesday, April 27,2011

Riverwalk Theatre goes for Van Gogh drama

by City Pulse
The early career of artist Vincent Van Gogh and his relationship with his muse, Ursula Loyer are the subjects of the Riverwalk Theatre’s romantic drama "Vincent in Brixton." JC Kibbey plays the painter and Laura Stebbins stars as the English landlady who inspires him.
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Wednesday, April 27,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
Pennsylvania-based folk artist Anne Hills’ voice is often compared to Judy Collins. She will perform Friday at the Ten Pound Fiddle, along with songwriter David Roth. Hills has been a fixture in the folk world for more than three decades with her soaring, crystal-clear soprano. She cut her teeth in the Chicago folk scene and has since even delved into more experimental work with jazz musicians and theatrical presenters. Along the way, she has garnered such prestigious followers as folk legend Tom Paxton, who called Hills “quite simply one of my absolute favorite songwriters.”
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Wednesday, April 27,2011

Looking great and doing good

Luke Anthony Pline believes one Little Black Dress can make a big difference

by Yang Zhang
Demi Moore, bottom left, and Audrey Hepburn, below, made the little black dress the epitome of swanky style. A benefit organized by photographer Luke Anthony Pline for the Oldham Project is designed to bring a bit of glamour to women who are battling life-threatening illnesses.
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Wednesday, April 27,2011

A little bit edgy

MSU filmmakers profile an ’American Terrorist’

by Fiona Guo
On a warm and sunny Wednesday afternoon, 16 students and two professors gathered in a classroom in the Oyer Building on Michigan State University campus to talk about marketing and post-production work on their film "American Terrorist," which finished shooting several weeks ago.
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Wednesday, April 27,2011

'Requiem' revisited

Elaborate MSU Symphony season finale concert honors the venerable Verdi

by Fiona Guo
This isn’t the first time the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra has performed Giuseppe Verdi’s "Requiem," but music director and conductor Leon Gregorian says the sweeping piece, which deals with the themes of death and rebirth, has enduring appeal.
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Wednesday, April 20,2011

Nel's Ravel gels well

Lansing Symphony brings down the curtain on season with triumphant double dip

by Lawrence Cosentino
Get too full of yourself on the concert stage and Bugs Bunny will bang the bandshell with a giant hammer until you vibrate, or make you hold a note until your face turns plaid. The Three Stooges will flick grapes down your throat, fill your piano with cats, sprinkle ants on your bosom and saw your cello in half.
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Wednesday, April 20,2011

That's all folk

Broad musical genre brings together different styles and fans of all ages

by Rich Tupica
Indie-folk musicians often play shows at (SCENE) Metrospace, Basement 414, Mac’s Bar, The Loft and even intimate spaces like coffee shops and house venues. Other venues like The Pump House, a community center in East Lansing, consistently feature national, local alt-country and Americana acts.
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