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Friday, February 4,2011

When cliques don't click

'Secret Life of Toads' looks at junior high social life

by Christopher Horb
In “The Secret Lives of Toads”, much of the plot involves the strife between various cliques of middle school kids and the characters, like real kids, can be pretty mean to each other.
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Thursday, February 3,2011

Getting beneath the surface

Surprisingly witty and complex 'Rabbit Hole' is a triumph for Nicole Kidman and John Cameron Mitchell

by James Sanford
Considering how many plays are turned into movies -- and vice versa -- it might seem like the process is relatively simple. But look again at how many pieces that worked wonderfully on the stage have fallen apart on the screen. Plots and dialogue that crackle in a Broadway theater can fizzle in a movie theater, which makes John Cameron Mitchell's rich, resonate adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer-winning "Rabbit Hole" that much more impressive. Mitchell and Lindsay-Abaire, who penned the screenplay, have opened up and expanded the drama without diluting it and they've preserved, even enhanced, the essential humor that frequently pops up in unexpected places.
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Wednesday, February 2,2011

Advice Goddess

Speed hating & Blocked swan

by Amy Alkon
Your problem isn’t who you date but who you are: a girl who needs love way too much to be in a position to land any. You can really, really want love, and be really, really sick of putting a bowtie on your cat and pretending you’re on a date.
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Wednesday, February 2,2011

Stepping outside the 'Law' — in the name of literature

When she wasn't working at 'the best legal job in America,' Allison Leotta was writing a sexy thriller

by Bill Castanier
Leotta credits much of her success to her time at MSU, where she majored in international studies in James Madison College. “It was exactly the right place at the right time. At James Madison, there was a sense of community.”.
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Wednesday, February 2,2011

Built to last

Mid-Michigan chapter of American Institute of Architects salutes 25 of Lansing's most notable structures, including a few surprises

by City Pulse
Tim Mrozowski, a professor in the Michigan State University School of Design, Planning and Construction and president of the mid-Michigan chapter of AIA, said Lansing has “outstanding examples that can go toe-to-toe with many buildings from around the state.
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Wednesday, February 2,2011

1st Sunday

gallery walk & other exhibitions

by City Pulse
 New Exhibits By The Riverside Gallery Featuring famous raku pieces, sculptures, and mono type paintings by Honora Bird. Jewelry designs by Jewel ARTifacts and Simarhra. Reception: 1-4 p.m. Feb. 6. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday 1-6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 1...
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Wednesday, February 2,2011

Out of the ’Ordinary’

by Paul Wozniak
"Ordinary Days" by Adam Gwon is a sentimental, often funny Off-Broadway script that wears its influences on its sleeve. Gwon’s music begs comparisons to Jonathan Larson ("Rent") and Stephen Sondheim ("Sweeney Todd," "Into the Woods"). Unlike Larson and Sondheim, Gwon’s songs lack any memorable hooks.
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Wednesday, February 2,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
In the 1950s, he formed the Bluenotes with pianist Joe Weaver, which led to gigs with John Lee Hooker, Big Joe Turner, Ruth Brown and Eddie Burns. He also played in the house band for Detroit’s Fortune Records label, where he recorded with Detroit legends Nolan Strong & the Diablos and Andre Williams.
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Wednesday, February 2,2011

Off the screen and onto the stage

Alan Mingo Jr. follows in Eddie Murphy's famous hoofprints as Donkey in 'Shrek: The Musical'

by James Sanford
“I don’t do impersonations, and that was a struggle at first,” Mingo said. For millions of moviegoers, Donkey will always be associated with Eddie Murphy, who voiced the character in the quartet of “Shrek” features. Mingo’s strategy was to remain true to the character while putting his own spin on the performance.
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Wednesday, February 2,2011

The Screening Room

Overlooked by Oscar, but worth looking into

by James Sanford
There are only so many slots available in each Academy Awards category, which means there will always be worthy performances and notable films that will go unrecognized. Several of them have just been released on DVD and Blu-ray. The Academy voters may not have seen them, but you should.
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