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Wednesday, August 3,2011

The kids are not all right

In ‘The Kid,’ Sapphire paints a disturbing picture of an adolescent adrift in the inner city

by Bill Castanier
For more than a decade, Sapphire, the author of “Push,” put a sequel on hold. “I put the ‘The Kid’ on the back burn- er,” she said in a recent telephone inter- view. “I hadn’t had a novel in 15 years, but I was not feeling outward pressure. I was in academia and writing poetry.
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Wednesday, August 3,2011

Black Box-ing

Kerry Waters directs Christopher Durang’s comedy ‘Laughing Wild’

by Paul Wozniak
But “Laughing Wild” promises the poignancy and depth that are absent from most social media newsfeeds. “Laughing Wild” is the first mainstage Riverwalk Theatre production to be set in the more intimate Black Box space.
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Wednesday, August 3,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
The band plays Mac’s Bar Saturday. Opening the show is a roster of locals, including The Devil’s Cut (folk/bluegrass), and Chaz Brackx & the Tight Teens (rockabilly). Also performing is the Klaw Mark Kittens, a local “burlesque wrestling” troupe that features women wrestling in vintage lingerie ' as in the risqué 1950s films by Irving Klaw.
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Wednesday, August 3,2011

It takes two?

‘Strings’ vs. ‘Friends’: The same, yet different — sort of

by James Sanford
Although it may not look like it, “Friends With Benefits,” which opened in January and is now on DVD, and “No Strings Attached,” which is now in theaters, really are two different movies; they just share a lot of strange similarities. Remember “Deep Impact” and “Armageddon”? Kind of like that ' with a little more sex.
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Wednesday, August 3,2011

The Screening Room

’Snow Flower’: Chinese soap opera gets the gong

by James Sanford
A sort of Asian variation on “Fried Green Tomatoes,” director Wayne Wang’s “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” contrasts the lives of two pairs of lifelong friends. Snow Flower and Lily grew up together in 17thcentury China, while Nina and Sophia are very much 21st-century women.
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Wednesday, August 3,2011

'Cruelty comes only from human hands'

Humane Society president Wayne Pacelle analyzes ‘The Bond’ between people and animals in his new book

by Chris Galford
Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, has dedicated his life to enhancing the relationship between animals and humanity. Now that fight has been chronicled in Pacelle’s first book, “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them.
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Wednesday, July 27,2011

'Moments that are coming'

Look inside MSU’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

by Lawrence Cosentino
Two second-floor balconies, at right angles to each other, overlook the vast west gallery. We climbed the stairs to the second floor and stopped at the rails to gape. Overhead, the roof zoomed on without us to the northwest, framing a stunning view of Grand River and East Lansing.
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Wednesday, July 27,2011

Rough times, smooth jazz

Bob Baldwin digs a straight groove in a zig-zag biz

by Lawrence Cosentino
In February 2008, jazz pianist and composer Bob Baldwin was driving through the countryside of Westchester County, N.Y., soaking in musical inspiration, when he got a depressing text message. New York’s WQCD was shutting off the smooth jazz spigot after 15 years.
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Wednesday, July 27,2011

'River' siren

Bonnie Jo Campbell makes a major splash

by Bill Castanier
It’s easier to name a major author Bonnie Jo Campbell hasn’t been compared with (Edith Wharton comes to mind) than it is to tick off the long list of writers to whom she’s being compared: Eudora Welty, Mark Twain, Raymond Carver, Daniel Woodrell,...
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Wednesday, July 27,2011

Shakespeare's zoo debut

‘Merchant’ cast provides laughs, but can’t reveal the play’s darker side

by Paul Wozniak
A complex tragic-comedy with religious overtones, sensual puns and poetically barbed insults, “Merchant” shows that expensive courtships have always had life-threatening consequences.
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