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Friday, October 29,2010

Brotherly love

Hilary Swank fights for justice in bittersweet 'Conviction'

by James Sanford
“Conviction” is the story of a man behind bars and a woman in a prison of her own creation. They’re siblings. Based on a true story — that was still unfolding while the movie was in production, interestingly enough — Pamela Gray’s screenplay is a bittersweet examination of how the ties that bind can also tie us down.
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Thursday, October 28,2010

Somi performs tonight at Wharton Center

Meet the high priestess of New African Soul

by City Pulse Staff
Combining traditional East African folk, Afro-pop and even elements of classical Western music, Somi — the daughter of Rwandese and Ugandan parents, who is now makes her home in New York — won over audiences at the Summer Solstice Jazz festival in East Lansing in June. Now, the singer returns for a concert at the Wharton Center's Pasant Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
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Thursday, October 28,2010

Organists Guild performs pops concert

Bell choir, vocalists and instrumentalists are also on the bill

by Meghan Spork
(Thursday, Oct. 28) The Greater Lansing Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will be presenting its Fifth Annual Autumn Pops Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 at the Presbyterian Church of Okemos.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

ADVICE GODDESS

Giving her paws & As fat would have it

by Amy Alkon
I’ve been dating a great guy for three years. I occasionally get invited to work functions, and I’d like to take him, but I can’t trust him to act appropriately (not grope me in front of my co-workers, make inappropriate small talk, etc.). The thought of bringing him makes me so anxious that I go by myself. Recently, we went to two concerts he wanted to see, and I kept having to pry his hands off my breasts in the middle of a crowd.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Meridian Community Band salutes Sousa

Trombonist Ava Ordman and tenor Mark Gary are guest artists

by City Pulse Staff
The Meridian Community Band, under the direction of Carolyn Sherrill, presents the 17th Annual Grand Sousa Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the MacDonald Middle School, 1901 Burcham Drive. The program showcases soloists Ava Ordman, associate professor of trombone at Michigan State University, and Mark Gary, a tenor who is currently completing the doctoral program in choral conducting at MSU.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

HAPPY HALLOWEEKEND

Every night is filled with frightening fun

by City Pulse Staff
local youth in the abuse systems of the Family Court. Registration 8 a.m. Event 9 a.m. $15/advance, $20/day of event. Hawk Island County Park, Cavanaugh Road, Lansing. (517) 483-6361. Halloween Party..
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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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