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Wednesday, November 17,2010

Silver Bells, Golden songs

Radio Disney singer, holiday market highlight 26th annual gala

by Christopher Horb
‘Tis the season once again. Silver Bells in the City, the festival that has delighted area residents since 1985 returns to, literally, light up downtown Lansing Friday. For this year’s event, original founders, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing has turned over the reins to Downtown Lansing Inc.
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

It's Mozart gone mad

Opera gets a screwball spin in "Giardiniera'

by Christopher Horb
“La Finta” tells the tale of the arrogant Count Belfiore The hallowed pomp and circumstance of Mozart collides with the screwball tone of Preston Sturges’ comedies when the opera “La Finta Giardiniera” weaves its lusty and ribald tale of star-crossed lovers and class struggles at Michigan State University’s Fairchild Theatre.
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Friday, November 12,2010

Lansing Civic Players on hiatus

'Strategic growth, collaboration and reorganization plan' announced

by City Pulse Staff
Earlier this week, Lansing Civic Players scrapped plans to stage "Mrs. Warren's Profession," the George Bernard Shaw comedy that replaced "A Shot in the Dark" on the company's schedule. Now comes word LCP won't be putting on any shows for the rest of the year.
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Friday, November 12,2010

When Lehto met Leno

The 'Tonight Show' host helped a shelved book see the light of day

by Bill Castanier
Steve Lehto will be reading and signing books at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at Schuler Books & Music, 1982 Grand River Ave. in Okemos.
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Friday, November 12,2010

Train-ing day

Unsubtle 'Unstoppable' delivers loud, flashy suspense

by James Sanford
Swoop! Swooosh! Swirl! Denzel Washington and Chris Pine may be the stars of “Unstoppable,” but it’s cinematographer Ben Seresin who gets the most taxing workout. Even when characters are simply standing around or engaged in tense conversations, the camera behaves like a first-grader that’s been force-fed Pixy Stix and Monster Energy Drinks. It circles, it spirals, it bobs and weaves: It’s as if poor Seresin spent his days strapped to a carousel from hell.
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Friday, November 12,2010

Ready to roll

Capital City Film Festival seeks submissions

by James Sanford
Looking for a place to screen your latest film? Dominic Cochran can help you out.Cochran, a partner of Lansing's Ahptic Film & Digital, has just announced the first Capital City Film Festival, to be held April 14-17 in downtown Lansing. It's open to everyone and submissions are now being accepted.
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Thursday, November 11,2010

Stiff upper lips

Mustaches vs. Cancer contest is now in its third year

by Kritika Bharadwaj
Phrases like “Get your ‘stache on” and “Grow a rug on your mug!” are some of the slogans of the Mustaches vs. Cancer Charity, which is midway through its annual drive to collect donations for the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Moving pictures

As Lansing Art Gallery moves, historic home is ‘up for grabs’

by Lawrence Cosentino
After a six-year fling, the gallery will forsake a sleek, chic but problematic storefront at 113 S. Washington Square and move a block north to the cheaper, bigger and more accessible 119 N. Washington Square, between the YMCA and Kositchek’s, the gallery’s board of directors announced last week.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

'It's about everything'

Artist builds virtual gallery out of life and death

by Lawrence Cosentino
If you like lots of tomato, garlic and onion in your art, Kim Kauffman’s “Investigations” series, now on view at Mackerel Sky in East Lansing, might be just the spread for you. However, be warned ' you must also open yourself to acquired tastes like cracked turtle shell, dead finch and beaver skull.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

’View’ remains crystal-clear

Strong acting illuminates shattering 1950s drama

by Tom Helma
Those who watched TV in the 1950s memorized the phrase, “There are 8 million stories in ‘The Naked City’ ' this is just one of them ... .” While far more eloquent than any of the “Naked City” episodes, Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” is, oddly, also a lot like one of them.
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