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Wednesday, December 15,2010

For the most part, '9 to 5' works

Musical adaptation of the hit film could use a little more '70s flavor, but it provides some good fun

by ALLAN I. ROSS
At one point during the performance of “9 to 5,” Dolly Parton’s face is projected onto a screen, beseeching the audience, essentially, to spread the good word about the show if they liked it, and if they didn’t, to keep their big mouths shut. But Dolly, what if I mostly liked it but still found some room for improvement? Can I tell the people to go see it but cut it some slack? I was certainly willing to give it a little wiggle room. I mean, as a red-blooded American, you can’t not love Dolly Parton.
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Wednesday, December 15,2010

Turn it Down: A survey of Lansing’s musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
In 2008, after graduating from Columbia College in Chicago with a music composition degree, Keeler’s sound began to morph into a polished blend of Sam Cookestyle soul and Tom Waits, while still staying true to his ‘90s alternative roots. Catch his latest band, Ben Keeler and the 500 Club, live at The Loft on Thursday, Dec.
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Wednesday, December 15,2010

Get over it

Local practitioners flip over the parkour craze

by Adam Molner
Far from the rich history of Marseille and overshadowed by the glitz and glamour of Paris ' one of its neighbors in the Ile-de-France region ' the French town of Lisses sits outside even the peripheral vision of the eyes of the world. From this modest town has sprung the parkour revolutione.
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Wednesday, December 15,2010

The Screening Room

Why Disney is keeping 1982 'Tron' out of sight

by James Sanford
What if someone announced plans to make a sequel to the Wachowski Brothers’ “Speed Racer,” or the infamous Ben Affleck/ Jennifer Lopez vehicle “Gigli”? If you were asked to help bankroll the eagerly awaited follow-up to Bruce Willis’ “Hudson Hawk,” would you reach for your checkbook?.
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Wednesday, December 15,2010

A Christmastime classic

Greater Lansing Ballet brings ’Nutcracker’ to Fairchild Theatre

by Christopher Horb
Greater Lansing Ballet Co. 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 Fairchild Theatre, Michigan State University $25 adults; $18 seniors and students; $12 children 12 and under (517) 372-9887 www.greaterlansingballet.org.
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Monday, December 13,2010

The Screening Room

Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield are stars on the 'Go'

by James Sanford
(Wednesday, Oct. 13) In “Never Let Me Go,” based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s popular novel, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield play young adults facing a gloomy future. That is hardly the case for the two British actors in real life, however. Mulligan won a best actress Oscar nomination last year for “An Education” and she’s been singled out as one of the bright spots in director Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” Garfield is getting strong notices of his own in “The Social Network,” and he’ll soon be donning the scarlet threads of Spider-Man in Sony Pictures’ reboot of the phenomenally successful series. Mulligan and Garfield sat down for interviews last month at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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Monday, December 13,2010

The Screening Room

'Burlesque' has become a box office surprise

by James Sanford
It’s not particularly shocking to see “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” and Disney’s “Tangled” slugging it out for the dominant position atop the box office rankings. But what’s in the No.
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Friday, December 10,2010

Detour to Dullsville

Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp can't make 'Tourist' worth the price of a ticket

by James Sanford
In “The Tourist,” Angelina Jolie is a woman of many faces — many of them familiar. Sashaying through the streets of Paris in a cream-colored dress and opera gloves, she’s Audrey Hepburn. Navigating the canals of Venice, she turns into Jacqueline Bisset, circa “The Deep.” Gliding through a glittering ballroom, she becomes Sophia Loren. Tough acts to follow, all of them, but Jolie confidently puts across each persona.
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Thursday, December 9,2010

Students will get an eyeful of 'Oedipus'

Williamston Theatre receives grant for special matinees

by City Pulse Staff
Oedipus may have some trouble with his eyes, but local high school students will have an easier time seeing him this February at Williamston Theatre: The theater just received a grant from the Verizon Foundation to provide free tickets to matinees of the upcoming production of "Oedipus."
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Thursday, December 9,2010

Bells are ringing — again

Wentworth Park clock is making music after a lengthy silence

by Meghan Spork
Music is in the air. At least it is near Wentworth Park in downtown Lansing. Across from the Radisson, on the corner of Michigan and Grand, sits a 31-foot steam-powered clock, which — for the past two years — has been rather quiet.
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