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Wednesday, January 19,2011

Working class wordsmiths

Book salutes literature of laboring people

by Bill Castanier
M. L. Liebler says he has a lot of friends. Liebler, who has taught English, labor studies and the art of the working class at Wayne State University for more than 30 years, was not shy in calling upon some of those old acquaintances when he was looking for contributions to “Working Words:...
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Wednesday, January 19,2011

It’s ’Maine’-ly about love

by Paul Wozniak
In a mystical, made-up town, magic manifests from metaphor to material in "Almost, Maine." Filmmaker Nancy Meyers ("It’s Complicated," "The Holiday") would have been proud of John Cariani’s script, which is filled with spontaneous smooches and other expressions of affection.
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Wednesday, January 19,2011

Second to nun

Breeda Kelly Miller is a class act in wacky Stormfield comedy

by Mary C. Cusack
It would be a sin to give Stormfield Theatre’s production of “Put the Nuns in Charge” a poor review. Not that the Mother Superior said so specifically, but it seems that skewering a oneperson show about a nun giving an earnest lesson in the Seven Deadly Sins would fall under the sin of Pride.
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Wednesday, January 19,2011

Prepare to be bowled over

With choices galore, Zoup! aims to please downtown diners

by Joe Torok
Catch Zoup! at the right time during a lunch rush and you’ll have no problem understanding all those exclamation points, as soupistas shout for steaming pots from the kitchen and a bustling crowd squeezes into a line that stretches from the counter to the door.
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Wednesday, January 19,2011

Clown town

Shrine Circus rolls into Lansing this week

by Gabi Moore
Clown of the year “Fred-dee” will be a big part of the show that comes to Lansing this week. This will be the circus’ first time in Lansing. Unlike a traditional “big top” circus held under a tent, the Shrine circus will take place in the Lansing Center.
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Wednesday, January 19,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
This year’s lineup includes a long list of local indie rock, punk and singer/songwriters. Bands on the main stage will play 40-minute sets, with acoustic acts performing shorter sets on a secondary stage during the usual lull for set-up and tear-down..
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Wednesday, January 19,2011

’Spiritual life is very fluid’

The lead character in ’Happy Holy Days’ examines her faith; author Rob Roznowski is way ahead of her

by James Sanford
“What is a tradition?” Roznowski wonders. “What is a community? Doesn’t everyone’s spiritual life evolve?” “Days,” which is getting its first full production at Michigan State University next week, charts Sherrie’s fluctuations in faith over the...
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Wednesday, January 19,2011

The Screening Room

Hook-ups lead to heartaches in Hollywood

by James Sanford
In the raunchy comedy "No Strings Attached," Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher will endeavor to enjoy a purely physical relationship with none of those messy emotional complications. If Hollywood history is any indication, it won’t work ' it never does.
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Wednesday, January 19,2011

Curtain Call

by Christopher Horb
Lost in the ’Woods’What happens when the ties of family that bind us start to constrict?According to “Over The River And Through The Woods” director Rick Peterson, the answers to that question are both humorous and heart-warming.
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Tuesday, January 18,2011

New 'Stomp'-ing grounds

Revised and restructured show returns to Wharton Center

by Alyssa Gienapp
Expect something new when “Stomp” returns to the Wharton Center Friday. Two new full-scale routines are part of the show, as well as updated and restructured sections. But the percussion pageant is staying true to the original premise, said performer Donisha Brown: to create music with everyday objects instead of normal instruments.
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