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Wednesday, May 12,2010

Local artists get Live downtown

Two new concert series are in the works

by James Sanford
Lansing Live, a new concert series featuring local artists, kicks off May 20 on Washington Square, while Citadel Broadcasting prepares to launch a revamped version of the Blues on the Square series..
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Wednesday, May 12,2010

The Screening Room

Waiting for ’Eclipse’? Don’t forget ’Juliet’

by James Sanford
Summit Entertainment, which distributes the “Twilight” films, is hoping many of those eagerly awaiting “Eclipse” will use this weekend to check out “Letters to Juliet,” a romantic comedy-drama the studio is positioning as a kind of curtain-raiser for the “Twilight” juggernaut.
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

Bodhi call & Flat attire

by Amy Alkon
Forget the old “anything worth having is worth waiting for.” You’re a woman in a hurry. Anything worth having is worth cornering like a trapped animal. Unfortunately, guythink doesn’t work on that timetable. Yeah, he might be sensitive, spiritual, and chatty with trees, but he’s still a guy.
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

Tracking down tribal ties

For James McClurken, uncovering history can change present-day laws

by Bill Castanier
Lansing author and ethnohistorian James M. McClurken has spent his entire professional life helping Indian tribes col the the concludes Treaties, not author ethnohistorian entirelect on that debt by researching federal acknowledgment petitions,...
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

A half-century of summer theater

Summer Circle plans gala to celebrate 50th anniversary

by Gabi Moore
It was almost 40 years ago, but Ken Beachler still remembers the taste of bug spray as he nuzzled his co-star’s neck. He was starring in “Crawling Arnold,” as part of the Summer Circle Theatre Gala, in the summer of 1971, and his character’s seduction of his social worker was hitting some natural road bumps that come with performing outside.
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

Turn It Down: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

Cheap Girls hit Mac’s

by Rich Tupica
For those who prefer glow-sticks and turntables over guitars, Lansing is also set on weekly, live electronic music. Mac’s Bar hosts Neon Tuesday every week. The area’s best DJs spin the latest dance tracks to a packed room. Admission is free for 21 and over ' just bring your dancing shoes, and money for the bartender.
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

The Screening Room

'Babies': Cute is the universal language

by James Sanford
It’s not uncommon to hear a movie described as “cute.” Often, that’s not a compliment. But if there’s any film that truly deserves to be described with that particular adjective, it must be “Babies,” director Thomas Balmes’ documentary examining the first months in the lives of four infants.
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

A comeback or the final curtain?

The fate of the shuttered BoarsHead Theatre may be decided next week

by James Sanford
The building that once housed BoarsHead Theater is scheduled to be turned into a parking lot. Former BoarsHead artistic director Kristine Thatcher has already launched a new professional theater company called Stormfield. The rest of BoarsHead’s staff has moved on to other ventures.
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

Adam's eve: July 13

Common Ground books Lambert and Orianthi

by James Sanford
"American Idol" season eight runner-up Adam Lambert, whose eye-opening performance on last November's American Music Awards titillated some viewers and traumatized others, has been added to the lineup of performers for this year's Common Ground Festival. Lambert's concert is sche...
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

Leave it to (Wild) Beaver

What’s in a name? Depends whom you talk to

by Megan Murphy
The Wild Beaver Saloon, the fourth franchise in a mini-chain, opened its doors last Friday at 205 S. Washington Square. With Seymour the beaver as the mascot and an all-female waitstaff dubbed “The Beaverettes,” this place is bound to get some feedback.
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