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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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Friday, October 22,2010

Capital offense

Lansing is central to a new Detroit hardcore history book

by Eric Gallippo
Freelance music writer Tony Rettman was a kid in suburban New Jersey when hardcore punk hit in the early ‘80s. His older brother was a college radio program director who brought home the freshest singles from then-new imprints, like Dischord, SST and, of course, Touch and Go.“Being 11 or 12, I really connected with Touch and Go records more than the others,” Rettman said during a phone interview from his home in New York. “The guys weren’t that much older than I was, and I thought that was pretty cool. There were kids in high school putting out records and touring the country.”
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Friday, October 22,2010

Deadly dull

'What-ev-er' is the only reaction for director Clint Eastwood's ponderous 'Hereafter'

by James Sanford
Belinda Carlisle once assured us heaven is a place on earth. Director Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter" makes it clear that limbo is a place inside a movie theater. It’s a meditation on mortality that doesn’t overindulge in shocks or sentimentality, but when it comes to ponderousness, well, the sky’s the limit.
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