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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Death becomes him

Author Largo unearths facts about fatalities

by Bill Castanier
Florida author Michael Largo (“Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die”) has added “God’s Lunatics” to his repertoire of books that delve into shocking topics. Sort of a “Mondo Cane” of the oddities and often frightening characteristics of religion, “Lunatics” is also a lighthearted and funny look at religion in all its reiterations.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Channeling history

'Farnsworth Invention' electrifies at Riverwalk

by Paul Wozniak
From presidential inaugurations to assassinations, a man walking on the moon to miners stepping out of a caved-in mine, live television has fundamentally changed how we see the world. While the story behind the invention of the electronic television is at least worthy of a made-for-TV movie, Aaron Sorkin's "The Farnsworth Invention" was, ironically, written for the stage. Riverwalk Theatre brings this compelling drama to life with polished production values, a strong leading cast — and limited commercial interruptions.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

'Pretty' provocative

Words change the lives of a working-class couple in Neil LaBute drama .

by Gabi Moore
Neil LaBute’s “Reasons to be Pretty” is an examination of the lives of two couples struggling with their identities and the expectations of beauty they believe society holds for them. Deborah Keller, the director of the Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. production, said the work of LaBute is easy to read but challenging to perform.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
On Sunday, Rum Runners celebrates Halloween night with another costume contest: First place wins $125, second place wins $75 and third place wins a $50 Rum Runners gift card. Free Halloween t-shirts will be handed out to the first customers each night.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

’I never stop sweating’

‘Mary Poppins’ turned Nicolas Dromard’s world upside down — literally

by James Sanford
“Bert is a more physically demanding role than Fiyero,” Dromard said. “So I’ve been going back to the gym and getting my stamina back up. I never stop sweating, which is great ' but my costume keeps getting bigger and bigger because I keep losing weight.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

The Screening Room

Public schools are under scrutiny in ’Superman’

by James Sanford
Public schools are under scrutiny in ’Superman’In 2006, Davis Guggenheim directed the Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” which warned about global warming. Now, Guggenheim has turned his attention to something chilling: the sorry state of America’s public school system.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Something odd in the Aud as the campus turns creepy

by Meghan Spork
Tickets are available at the door for $10; proceeds go toward assisting student initiatives in the Theatre Department, such as the senior BFA showcase, a chance for senior theater majors to show off their skills for agents in New York..
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Nominations now being accepted for Arts Council honors

Applause Award and Business Arts Award nominees sought

by Chris Galford
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is looking to honor contributors to the Greater Lansing area’s arts scene. Two awards, based on nominations from the public, will be awarded to local arts advocates. The Arts Council Applause Award will be awarded to an individual based on their leadership, commitment, vision and support for local arts and culture. The Business Arts Award will go to a business that has demonstrated the same.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Bow ' wow!

Costumed canines compete for prizes in annual contest

by Chris Galford
It was the 23rd annual dog costume contest hosted by Lansing broadcast veteran Tim Barron. Winners included third place Teddy, who dressed up as Gene Simmons of Kiss fame; second place Peter, dressed as a hot dog; and in first place, the Cosgrove family and their canine trio Ohana, Crystal and Santo, who came as the troupe from "E.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

It's showtime for Chopin

MSU College of Music launches new series

by Kritika Bharadwaj
“Two Hundred Years of Chopin” will showcase the West Circle Players ' made up of award-winning pianists Panayis Lyras, Deborah Moriarty, Alan Nathan, Derek Polischuk, Minsoo Sohn, George Vatchnadze and Ralph Votapek ' who will perform as soloists and as part of mixed chamber groups.
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