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Wednesday, December 11,2013

Happy birthday, Jim

Michigan native Jim Harrison and friends on the author’s ability to produce after all these years

by Bill Castanier
He was making a list and checking it twice, stuffing everything into his Airstream for the big trip. Santa Claus? No. Just Guy de la Valdene — author, photographer, fisherman and French count — packing for his annual visit to fellow author, fishing companion and long-time friend Jim Harrison.
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Wednesday, December 11,2013

Curtain call: All in the family

Williamston serves up big laughs

by Paul Wozniak
Everything in Williamston Theatre´s latest offering, "Over the River and Through the Woods," is vivid, authentic and hilariously familiar.
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Wednesday, December 11,2013

Curtain call: Sweet ‘Christmas’

Riverwalk succeeds with iconic holiday musical

by Mary C. Cusack
If Riverwalk Theatre’s production of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” was a dessert, audience members would sink Review into diabetic comas well before intermission.
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Wednesday, December 11,2013

Turn it Down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Verve Pipe at Charlotte Performing Arts - Sat. Dec 14 Not many Lansing bands have scored international hits and sold millions of records. The Verve Pipe scored now classic alt-rock hits, including 1996’s “The Freshman,” a No. 5 Billboard hit single on RCA Records. The ...
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Wednesday, December 11,2013

Aesthetes in action

Lansing-area couple’s lifelong love of art carried over to their kids, with interesting results

by Allan I. Ross
Nearly every line of sight in the home of Jerry and Joan Mattson ends in a piece of art. Miniature statues of reclining nudes line a shelf; a bust of a young boy smiles proudly from the bay window; a cabinet filled with tiny figures hangs beside a portrait of a stern Russian-looking man.
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Wednesday, December 11,2013

The Roscrea redemption

Dench, Coogan anchor heartbreaking true story about a mother’s love

by Allan I. Ross
Where do you draw the line between soft and hard journalism in an age when Americans consider “The Daily Show” a bona fide news source even as “60 Minutes” offers an apology, but not a retraction, about its discredited eyewitness in Benghazi story?
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Wednesday, December 11,2013

New In Town

MUSIC STREET BREWING CO./CAPITAL CITY HOMEBREW SUPPLY/SOUL EMPOWERMENT

by Allan I. Ross
Roll out the barrel — Lansing’s Eastside neighborhood is getting a brewpub next summer. The Music Street Brewing Co., named for the prevalence of live band performances on Michigan Avenue, will take over the 400-square-foot space adjacent to Capital City Homebrew Supply, which recently moved two blocks over intown to the fast developing 2000 block.
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Wednesday, December 11,2013

Curtain call: Not ready for the kiln

“Ghost the Musical” falls short on chemistry

by Allan I. Ross
In “Ghost the Musical,” playing at the Wharton Center this week, the pottery wheel and “Unchained Melody” successfully make the leap from the 1990 film Review “Ghost” to the stage. So do a couple nifty visual effects.
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Monday, December 9,2013

Red lines

Michigan Copper Strike of 1913 the focus of new documentary, premiering tonight

by City Pulse Staff
Monday, Dec. 9 — On Dev. 24, 1913 in Calumet, Mich. — 100 years ago this month — a mining company was hosting a Christmas party while miners on strike with their families picketed outside the building. Disaster struck when someone shouted “fire” inside the building and 73 people were trampled to death.
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Friday, December 6,2013

Saturday fun

Holiday activities make for a jam-packed weekend

by Alexandra Harakas
Friday, Dec. 6 — Can’t wait to kick off the holiday season? Can’t seem to get into the spirit? Whatever the case may be, the Greater Lansing area offers a weekend worth of events that will calm your yuletide craving or sway you from your Scrooge ways.
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