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Wednesday, October 20,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
Meluch has long been fascinated by natural sounds and the textures of decay. He began playing piano before his feet could reach the pedals. He is a veteran drummer of a half-dozen bands and an avid collector of instruments and analog devices, although Meluch relies on guitar and voice as the basis for his work as Beno't Pioulard.
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Wednesday, October 20,2010

Which films will you fall for?

The 13th annual East Lansing Film Festival opens tonight with ’I Am Love’

by James Sanford
It’s an impressive assortment of features, documentaries, shorts and Michigan-made productions assembled by ELFF exceutive director Susan Woods. If it seems like it’s been a long time between festivals, it has: Now in its 13th year, ELFF has moved from March to October to avoid having to compete with the traditional March Madness hoopla.
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Wednesday, October 20,2010

The Screening Room

Laura Allen savors the flavors of ’Cherry’

by James Sanford
If education is power, Laura Allen must be a woman to reckon with.The actress graduated from Wellesley College in 1996, then returned to the campus to play a co-ed in Julia Roberts’ 2003 drama “Mona Lisa Smile.” Five years later, Allen went back to school one more time: In “Cherry,” shot in Kalamazoo two years ago and now opening around the country, she plays Linda, a mom in her early 30s, making an uneasy adjustment to academia.
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Wednesday, October 20,2010

Searching for ’Sweetness’

Book recounts journeys of 18 immigrants who came to Michigan

by Meghan Spork
The book focuses on why the subjects left their homelands, why they came to America, and more specifically, why they came to Michigan. It also looks at the challenges they faced, and what contributions they have made to the state.
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Wednesday, October 20,2010

A soupçon of Sousa

Lansing Concert Band whips up ’Autumn Winds’ with guest artist Illman

by Kritika Bharadwaj
It’s followed by a suite of Aaron Copland themes taken from the soundtrack of the 1949 film "The Red Pony.
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Wednesday, October 20,2010

A new fashionista in town

Vim fashion and health magazine launches at MSU

by Kritika Bharadwaj
Vim, a new fashion and health magazine made its way to the Michigan State University campus this week. The magazine will be published quarterly, with spotlights on seasonal fashion trends and designs. “We’ve been working since last February and we started putting up flyers. We called ourselves the Vogue Project, since we didn’t have a name then, and within a few days we had hundreds of students applying,” says Kerry Chereskin, editor-in-chief of Vim. To promote the magazine, a launch party will be held on Thursday, Oct. 21 from 9 p.m. to close at the Post Bar, 213 Ann St. in East Lansing. Advance copies of the first issue will be available, and guests can also have their photos taken in red carpet style.
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Wednesday, October 20,2010

TV, or not TV

’Farnsworth’ looks back at a rivalry between ’two very driven men’

by Christopher Horb
“Farnsworth” is a fictionalized account of the legal battle over the invention of television between inventor Philo Farnsworth and RCA executive David Sarnoff.
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Saturday, October 16,2010

Whose life is it anyway?

'Never Let Me Go' is a provocative, chilling heartbreaker

by James Sanford
(Friday, Oct. 15) Kathy, Tommy and Ruth grew up within the confines of Hailsham, a secluded private academy in the English countryside. They weren't typical British schoolchildren, however.
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Friday, October 15,2010

Wanderer's gets ready to 'tea' off

New East Lansing teahouse opens Friday

by Joe Torok
(Wednesday, Oct. 13) You won’t need to strap on hiking boots and climb a couple miles up a mountain or slash your way through rainforest to find the Wanderer's Teahouse and Café in East Lansing. No, in our urban home, where the most elusive treasure is an open parking spot, the wonders of the human world surround us, thanks in large part to a university with international attraction.
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Friday, October 15,2010

Cracking jokes and cracking heads

Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman take their best shots in 'Red'

by James Sanford
(Friday, Oct. 15) Perhaps it’s oversimplifying things to say “Red” is the movie “Knight and Day” wanted to be. But it sure feels that way.
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