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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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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Michigan’s mystery man

What is the truth about former Michigan Gov. John Swainson?

by Bill Castanier
It was 1969, and Lawrence Glazer had only been an attorney for six months when the Office of the Attorney General sent him to a parole hearing in Detroit for professional burglar John Whalen.During the hearing, Whalen’s attorney asked that the Detroit police department be excluded from the hearing, alleging the department had leaks in its ranks.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Fashion flashback

Turner-Dodge House turns back the clock with ’Dress!’ fund-raiser

by Gabi Moore
The Turner-Dodge House will be transformed for a open-house-style fashion show called “Dress!” on Friday that will bring a glamorous, “Great Gatsby”-esque feel to the historic house.Hundreds of feet of red, white and black tulle will be draped from the ceilings and stair railings, while a glamorous red carpet will lead up to the front door. A professional photographer will be snapping shots of guests as they arrive.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
American roots music is often thought of as having a strictly traditional vibe. Sunday at Mac’s Bar, four acts will showcase examples of edgy, on-the-fringe roots music. Rachel Brooke will perform her old-time, acoustic country tunes, all by her lonesome.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

'Yeah! That’s the ticket!'

He may have been a latercomer to stand-up but Jon Lovitz is making up for lost time

by James Sanford
The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club opened last year in Universal City, near Hollywood. Although Lovitz is quick to admit his place (where he often performs on Wednesday nights) won’t be mistaken for the usual brick-wall, cabaret-style stand-up space.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

The Screening Room

Expert cast brings ’Morning Glory’ to full bloom

by James Sanford
In writer-director James L. Brooks’ classic 1987 comedy-drama “Broadcast News,” dynamic, idealistic producer Jane Craig (Holly Hunter) spent much of her time fretting about the rise of puff-pieces in network newscasts.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Silver celebration

Women in the Arts festival turns 25

by Meghan Spork
During the day on Saturday, performances range from a lesbian oral history to poetry and music. Evening concerts wrap up the festival both nights in Edgewood United Church’s sanctuary. Friday’s performers include C.A.T., a fusion of three Michigan-based musicians.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Goodbye, Arden ' hello, America

MSU director puts a new spin on Shakespeare’s ’As You Like It’

by Meghan Spork
Michigan State University Department of Theatre 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, Wednesday, Nov. 17 and Thursday, Nov. 18; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21 Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center $15; $10 students theatre.msu.edu (800) WHARTON.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Then play on

’Music History’ examines romance in the era of the Civil Rights fight

by Chris Galford
Sandra Seaton would like to put a different spin on the way the African- American experience is generally presented on stage.Seaton’s "Music History" is a drama with a few musical touches, reflecting on the power of music in bringing people together. It is set in the 1960s, at the time of the civil rights movement, and focuses on two African-American college students at the University of Illinois.
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Saturday, November 6,2010

The Screening Room

A superhero spoof - and so much more

by James Sanford
True, that long-delayed “Spider-Man” musical may never make it to Broadway and the hyped-to-the-heavens “Watchmen” was something of a box office underachiever. But otherwise, superhero extravaganzas have a fairly impressive track record when it comes to making money.
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