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Wednesday, November 24,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
The cover albums, to be released by GTG Records, feature almost all Lansing bands and were recorded over the past year and a half. “Explosions: Lansing Salutes Devo” and “No More Tomorrow Baby: A Tribute to KISS” CDs will be given away for free at the show.
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Hair affair

Disney puts a sweet spin on Rapunzel in engaging 'Tangled'

by James Sanford
The character of Rapunzel is much better known than her story is, which gives Team Disney a certain amount of license to sweeten up her saga in "Tangled," a buoyant, often uproarious musical comedy that already has a hallowed place in the studio's history: It is, as the opening title informs us, Disney's 50th animated feature.
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

The Screening Room

Danny Boyle's '127 Hours' unforgettably intense

by James Sanford
You might need it to mop away the sweat ' and possibly the tears ' triggered by director Danny Boyle’s electrifying, nervewracking portrayal of the perils of Aron Ralston (James Franco), the adventurer who set out to explore Utah’s Blue John Canyon...
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Of pills and pillow talk

'Love and Other Drugs' has its ups and downs, but the stars remain steady

by James Sanford
For proof of how one outstanding performance can give elevate a middling movie, look no further than director Edward Zwick's "Love and Other Drugs." Based on Jamie Reidy's "Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman," the film starts off as a reasonably raucous and raunchy comedy revolving around fast-talking Pfizer pharmaceutical peddler Jamie Randall (a vibrant, funny Jake Gyllenhaal), who isn't thrilled to be pushing Xanax in the Ohio River Valley in the late 1990s, until he meets bohemian artist Maggie Murdock (Anne Hathaway).
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Conniving kitty claws her way up the ladder of success

Riverwalk lets the cat out of the bag in ’Puss in Boots’

by Meghan Spork
When the youngest son of a miller (Danny Bethea) receives a cat (played by Donna Green) for his inheritance, he has no idea how cunning the feline is. Puss’ ingenuity helps her to gain money, clout and even a princess (Chelsea Hagger) for her lowly master by passing him off as the fictitious Marquis of Carabas.
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Singing in the season

Tickets are going fast for Lansing Concert Band

by Meghan Spork
The band will play three major concert classics: Floyd Werle’s “A Celebration of Christmas,” Percy Grainger’s “Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol” and Alfred Reed’s “Russion Christmas Music.
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

The next Jack Hanna?

MSU student hopes to follow in idol's footsteps

by Meghan Spork
Do you wanna to be like Jack Hanna? Michigan State University student Bret Muter does. Muter has been selected as one of five finalists in the "Wanna Be Like Jack Hanna Contest?," sponsored by the Columbus Zoological Park Association.
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Merry fish-mas

Starlight Dinner Theater reels in ’Tuna Christmas’

by Chris Galford
7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 and Saturday, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 Starlight Dinner Theatre Waverly East Intermediate School, 3131 W. Michigan Ave, Lansing $15 for the show; $30 for dinner ($25 for seniors and students) Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.; reservations required.
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Silence may be golden for Riverwalk

Silent art auction at Decker's raises money for theater lighting

by Chris Galford
Coffee at Decker’s will soon come with a view. Decker’s Coffeehouse, 220 S. Washington Square in downtown Lansing, is teaming up with Riverwalk Theatre to host a silent art auction. Funds raised at the auction will support the theater. The goal is to raise enough money to pay for track lighting in the theater’s lobby, to lighten up its art shows.
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Real 'Murder' inspires judge's fictional mystery

William C. Whitbeck’s debut novel is ready for its day in court

by Christopher Horb
In the course of his career, Judge William C. Whitbeck has taken on many roles, from his work as an attorney in private practice to political endeavors (including a stint assisting Gov. George Romney) to his long-running position on the Michigan Fourth District Court of Appeals.
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