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Wednesday, November 9,2011

Will’s wit

Kevin McKillip ropes you in as the wisecracking, lasso-twirling Will Rogers

by Paul Wozniak
As the late humorist/cow- boy/actor and all-around celebrity, Kevin McKillip pays tribute to Rogers in his self-com- posed one-man show, Will Rogers: An American Original at Stormfield Theatre. Rogers blends puns, political commentary and rope tricks into a polished portrait of an American archetype.
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Wednesday, November 9,2011

Strong start

Over The Ledge Theater debuts with a compelling production of ’The Guys’

by Mary C. Cusack
Those who saw Michigan State University Theatre Department s Two 9/11 Plays in September may find The Guys to be slow and sedate. In actuality the pieces complement each other well. The MSU plays were fast-paced, chaotic vignettes, which captured the immediate impact on a broad swath of people.
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Wednesday, November 9,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Front Bottoms (indie) pop into Lansing NewJersey-based indie-pop band Front Bottoms headlines an all-ages showThursday at Mac’s Bar. Also taking the stage are Martyr Me, TheUnguarded Moment and PK Fire. While Front Bottoms is a duo made up oflong-time friends Brian Sella (vocals, g...
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Wednesday, November 9,2011

The cinematic ‘Story’

Restored Oscar-winning 1961 film screens tonight

by James Sanford
For non-singer and non-dancer Natalie Wood, making West Side Story was such a grueling experience that she almost bowed out of the production. She felt bullied by director Robert Wise. She also had qualms about her inexperienced co-star, Richard Beymer, whom she tried to have fired.
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Wednesday, November 9,2011

Go ’West’

Touring cast freshens up classic ’West Side Story’

by James Sanford
Translating Stephen Sondheim lyrics into Spanish sounds like an experiment destined to end in disaster. But, for the most part, the slightly revised West Side Story at Wharton Center works extremely well, even though the show ultimately clicks because of the way it honors the original material, not because of the tweaking.
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Wednesday, November 9,2011

The masks of Masopust

Czech photographer reveals the colors of a carnival in MSU exhibit

by Carlee Schepeler
On Death and Horses and Other People, the Michigan State University Museum s new show within Mask: Secrets and Revelations features photos of masked attendees at the Masopust carnival in Roztoky, Czechoslovakia.
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Wednesday, November 9,2011

Gold-diggers, circa 1707

’Stratagem’ follows two foppish fortune-hunters

by Cristina Toscano
Wes Haskell, a third-year master of fine arts student at Michigan State University, says The Beaux Stratagem is a step away from the kinds of guys he usually portrays. I tend to play the "nice guy-next-door" roles, and Archer, at least at the beginning of the story, is not what one would call a gentleman, Haskell said.
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Wednesday, November 9,2011

‘HIV is not going away; there’s still not any cure for it’

Lansing Area AIDS Network hosts seventh annual Red Ribbon Gala

by Robert Sancrainte
Nonprofits have weathered some difficult challenges in the past decade, and the Lansing Area AIDS Network is no exception. Jacob Distel, executive director of LAAN, says the annual Red Ribbon Gala is an important cornerstone in maintaining funding and support for his organization s mission.
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Wednesday, November 9,2011

Get global

MSU cultural festival kicks off International Education Week

by Jon James
Bring your questions, bring your friends and bring a little money for lunch, said Peggy Arbanas, co-director of the festival and MSU international student adviser. Lunch features international cuisine for $5, served in the garden level of the MSU Union; the festival itself is free.
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Wednesday, November 2,2011

Mass and massiveness

Lansing Symphony rolls out a pair of blockbusters

by Lawrence Cosentino
Saturday s slate is a sly sacred-secular switcheroo. Mozart s fizzy Coronation Mass, with the Michigan State University Choral Union and four guest vocalists, will open the evening with high spirits, and Anton Bruckner s colossal Fourth Symphony will shut it down in solemn awe.
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