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Wednesday, October 6,2010

Camping it up in the castle

’Fortinbras’ puts ham back into ’Hamlet’

by Paul Wozniak
Whether you are in or out of the Shakespeare camp, "Fortinbras" simply requires a love of "camp." Currently running at Riverwalk Theatre’s Blackbox Stage, Lee Blessing’s bawdy, crowd-pleasing "Hamlet"skewering joke mill falls over itself with clever references to "Hamlet," mocking its literary interpretations and masterpiece status.
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

'Complete' lunacy

Shakespeare gets short shrift at LCC

by Mary C. Cusack
Lansing Community College’s production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” is nothing if not a crowd-pleaser. The play breaks the fourth wall and actively involves the audience; the audience at Saturday evening’s performance didn’t take long to warm up to the format.
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
Who says rap metal died along with Limp Bizkit? This Friday, Universal recording artist Rich Nix is set to throw down his hybrid of metal, electronic and rap at The Loft. Nix is a 24-year old Canadian singer, songwriter and producer who recently released the “Note to Self” EP.
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

Games people play

Three buddies do some chatting and cheating in Stormfield Theatre's drama 'Among Friends'

by James Sanford
Off to the side, Kristine Thatcher watches them closely. If their conversation sounds familiar to her, it should: She wrote it.
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

Hamburger to go

Wharton marketing director headed for job in Phoenix

by James Sanford
The Lansing native and Michigan State University graduate is headed to Phoenix to be the director of marketing and commu nications at Arizona State University’s version of Wharton, Gammage, which provides music, dance and Broadway touring shows to a market of approximately 4 million.
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

Will the DSO show?

Strike may or may not affect Wharton concert

by James Sanford
According to the DSO website (www.detroitsymphony.com), "all concerts remain scheduled as planned." But ticketholders for the Chang/DSO concert might want to check the DSO’s concert hotline (313-576-5123) or the Wharton Center box office for updates..
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Tuesday, October 5,2010

The sound of muzhik

Gurt, Lansing Symphony roll out Russian revelry

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Russians have a proverb: The only tool you really need is an ax. Michael Gurt, a brilliant pianist with a bearish frame, untucked shirt and savage glee in his eyes, kicked through classical decorum to hew, hack and finesse his way through Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto Friday night with maestro Timothy Muffitt and the Lansing Symphony.
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Tuesday, October 5,2010

Staying power

Sarah Chang continues a lifelong journey at Wharton

by Lawrence Cosentino
To get into Sarah Chang, you have to get over Sarah Chang. It seems she has. Chang, 29, can’t believe her 20th anniversary disc is due next year. “That’s kind of shocking, actually,” the violinist said when reached by phone at a gig in Hong Kong. At first, people marveled at her, as if she came to Earth from Alpha Centauri’s accelerated conservatory of music. Since then, amazement had turned into involvement. The prodigy of prodigies has taken her listeners on a passionate, lifelong exploration of sound.
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Tuesday, October 5,2010

Picture-perfect

Photographer Mikayla Spyker is only 10 years old, but she's already competing against professionals

by James Sanford
She was recommended for the competition by her instructor, Jeana-Dee Allen. “She’s the most dedicated student,” Allen said. “She’s come to every single class, and she wants to learn anything and everything. If you ask her what is an abstract shot and what is a wide-angle picture, she can tell you.
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Tuesday, October 5,2010

'It's a Breast Thing' happens Wednesday

Event raises awareness of breast cancer

by Kritika Bharadwaj
"It's a Breast Thing," held each October, focuses on breast cancer awareness and treatment through a host of activities. But the main event must be the bra decorating contest.
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