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Friday, November 12,2010

Ready to roll

Capital City Film Festival seeks submissions

by James Sanford
Looking for a place to screen your latest film? Dominic Cochran can help you out.Cochran, a partner of Lansing's Ahptic Film & Digital, has just announced the first Capital City Film Festival, to be held April 14-17 in downtown Lansing. It's open to everyone and submissions are now being accepted.
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Thursday, November 11,2010

Stiff upper lips

Mustaches vs. Cancer contest is now in its third year

by Kritika Bharadwaj
Phrases like “Get your ‘stache on” and “Grow a rug on your mug!” are some of the slogans of the Mustaches vs. Cancer Charity, which is midway through its annual drive to collect donations for the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Moving pictures

As Lansing Art Gallery moves, historic home is ‘up for grabs’

by Lawrence Cosentino
After a six-year fling, the gallery will forsake a sleek, chic but problematic storefront at 113 S. Washington Square and move a block north to the cheaper, bigger and more accessible 119 N. Washington Square, between the YMCA and Kositchek’s, the gallery’s board of directors announced last week.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

'It's about everything'

Artist builds virtual gallery out of life and death

by Lawrence Cosentino
If you like lots of tomato, garlic and onion in your art, Kim Kauffman’s “Investigations” series, now on view at Mackerel Sky in East Lansing, might be just the spread for you. However, be warned ' you must also open yourself to acquired tastes like cracked turtle shell, dead finch and beaver skull.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

’View’ remains crystal-clear

Strong acting illuminates shattering 1950s drama

by Tom Helma
Those who watched TV in the 1950s memorized the phrase, “There are 8 million stories in ‘The Naked City’ ' this is just one of them ... .” While far more eloquent than any of the “Naked City” episodes, Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” is, oddly, also a lot like one of them.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Michigan’s mystery man

What is the truth about former Michigan Gov. John Swainson?

by Bill Castanier
It was 1969, and Lawrence Glazer had only been an attorney for six months when the Office of the Attorney General sent him to a parole hearing in Detroit for professional burglar John Whalen.During the hearing, Whalen’s attorney asked that the Detroit police department be excluded from the hearing, alleging the department had leaks in its ranks.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Fashion flashback

Turner-Dodge House turns back the clock with ’Dress!’ fund-raiser

by Gabi Moore
The Turner-Dodge House will be transformed for a open-house-style fashion show called “Dress!” on Friday that will bring a glamorous, “Great Gatsby”-esque feel to the historic house.Hundreds of feet of red, white and black tulle will be draped from the ceilings and stair railings, while a glamorous red carpet will lead up to the front door. A professional photographer will be snapping shots of guests as they arrive.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

TURN IT DOWN: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
American roots music is often thought of as having a strictly traditional vibe. Sunday at Mac’s Bar, four acts will showcase examples of edgy, on-the-fringe roots music. Rachel Brooke will perform her old-time, acoustic country tunes, all by her lonesome.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

'Yeah! That’s the ticket!'

He may have been a latercomer to stand-up but Jon Lovitz is making up for lost time

by James Sanford
The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club opened last year in Universal City, near Hollywood. Although Lovitz is quick to admit his place (where he often performs on Wednesday nights) won’t be mistaken for the usual brick-wall, cabaret-style stand-up space.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

The Screening Room

Expert cast brings ’Morning Glory’ to full bloom

by James Sanford
In writer-director James L. Brooks’ classic 1987 comedy-drama “Broadcast News,” dynamic, idealistic producer Jane Craig (Holly Hunter) spent much of her time fretting about the rise of puff-pieces in network newscasts.
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