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Tuesday, September 28,2010

Ticking into the future

MSU's 'American Clock' is an often striking look at the 1930s

by Paul Wozniak
As our current recession seems to be winding down, the Michigan State University Department of Theatre has wound up "The American Clock" by Arthur Miller. As Miller’s "Death of a Salesman" is an intense close-up of a troubled man, "Clock" is an expansive wide shot of a troubled nation struggling through the Great Depression. However, director Tony Caselli (artistic director of Williamston Theatre) proves that with the right music, even a disjointed series of vignettes can be turned into a cohesive anthem.
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Tuesday, September 28,2010

Supernatural romance — with a psychological twist

Author MaryJanice Davidson comes to Schuler Books & Music tonight

by Kritika Bharadwaj
Cadence Jones is not your everyday cop. Her special talent sets her apart from the crowd and that talent is — insanity.Jones, the main character of MaryJanice Davidson’s new book “Me, Myself and Why,” is not the only crazy one. “Everyone in the book has some sort of special talent. Hers just happens to be the multiple personalities she turns into that help her solve crimes and mysteries,” says Whitney Spotts, promotions coordinator at Schuler Books & Music.
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Monday, September 27,2010

Go west with Special Olympics

'Cowboy Day' takes place Saturday at Peacock Tree Farm

by Kritika Bharadwaj
Special Olympics athletes from Clinton, Ingham and Shiawassee counties will be joining their families and friends for a day of cowboy activities on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Peacock Tree Farm in Laingsburg. The event includes steer-roping, cow-milking, riding in a horse-drawn wagon, watching pig races, visiting the animal barnyard and touring the 180-acre tree plantation.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

Taking a classic to court

Taking a classic to court Mark Twain testifies at ’Trial of Tom Sawyer’

by Lawrence Cosentino
Would modern DNA forensics have saved Tom from being smacked upside the head by Aunt Polly for the sugar bowl broken by his brother, Sid? Aunt Polly, though well-meaning, has a disturbing penchant for corporal punishment, leaving her open to several serious battery charges.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

’Door’ to discovery

’Door’ to discovery Williamston drama examines racial identity

by Lawrence Cosentino
Williamston Theatre 122 S. Putnam Rd., Williamston Sept. 23-Oct. 17 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; 3 p.m. matinees Sat., Oct. 2 and Thurs., Oct. 16 Pay-What-You-Can Thursday, Sept. 23 Preview performances $15 (through Sept. 30); beginning Oct.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

Shaky Shakespeare

Shaky Shakespeare ’Shrew’ doesn’t shine

by Tom Helma
For those of you not familiar with this overly familiar tale of misogyny, “Shrew” is the simple story of Baptista, a father who sells his tempestuous eldest daughter to the aging Petruchio, a wealthy merchant, who “tames” (read: abuses) and thereby transforms this fiery female into a loving Stepford wife.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

52nd Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show

by City Pulse Staff
Twice a year, book and paper enthusiasts of all kinds come together in Lansing to search through books, postcards, magazines, posters and more.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

From deadlines to dead people

From deadlines to dead people Pulitzer-winning journalist becomes best-selling author

by Bill Castanier
Sandford is especially known for his 20 “Prey” novels featuring Minneapolis detective Lucas Davenport, but he is on the road promoting his relatively new series that features police detective Virgil Flowers. He has written four novels in that series, which grew out of the “Prey” franchise.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

Eyes on ArtPrize

Local talents enter annual G.R. competition

by Mary C. Cusack
The grand prize is greater than Bravo’s “Top Chef," but less than “Survivor” or “Big Brother.” It’s a competition for world’s largest prize awarded for the creation of art, but it’s not on television, and it doesn’t take place in New York, London or Los Angeles.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
For those looking for a night of original bluesy music ' with a touch of saxophone ' Big Willy might be worth checking out at the Green Door this Thursday. The Lansing band, led by Will Rideoutt (guitar/vocals), is heavily rooted in blues, with a solid dose of old-school rock and soul elements.
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