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Friday, October 8,2010

Lovitz in Lansing

Former 'Saturday Night Live' star plays Connxtions Comedy Club

by City Pulse Staff
(Friday, Oct. 8) Comedian and actor Jon Lovitz takes the stage at Connxtions Comedy Club Nov. 12 and 13 for two shows each night. Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 11; prices are to be announced.
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Friday, October 8,2010

'Funny Story' tackles serious subjects

Well-acted comedy-drama looks at life in a mental hospital

by James Sanford
(Friday, Oct. 8) Forget those happy Prom Night memories and the fun of graduation: On a day-to-day basis, being a teenager is often tough, especially as you approach the brink of adulthood and have to think about where you're going to college, how you're going to score on the all-important admissions tests, what you want to study and what you're going to do with the rest of your life. In the case of Craig Gilner (the low-key but engaging Keir Gilchrist), the protagonist of "It's Kind of a Funny Story," the constant drive to succeed drives him into a mental hospital. But Craig isn't supremely sullen or self-destructive like the teenage patients in "Girl, Interrupted" or "Prozac Nation": He's merely self-aware enough to know he's losing his grip.
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Thursday, October 7,2010

The Screening Room

Sturdy 'Secretariat' is in it for the long run

by James Sanford
In horse racing, taking the Triple Crown requires winning the Preakness, the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. In Hollywood, there’s a similar sort of Triple Crown: winning the endorsement of critics, ticket buyers and, finally, Academy Award voters.
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Thursday, October 7,2010

Good luck and great style

Paul Geremia has the right stuff to sing the blues

by Meghan Spork
(Thursday, Oct. 7) Serendipitous. That is how Paul Geremia would describe his journey into the world of folk and blues music.
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

Brilliant 'Blue'

Wiiliamston's 'Door' is well worth opening

by Tom Helma
Williamston Theatre’s “Blue Door” is an intensely quiet and deeply moving play, one that stills and startles the audience into an unexpected opportunity for personal reflection and self examination.
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

Advice Goddess

Putting the spark plugs in the relationship & Sloshed in translation

by Amy Alkon
Q: Five years ago, My Love and I shared our first kiss. Since then, we’ve been seeing each other three times a week for an hour. We spend this hour in his truck being intimate. We love each other. We talk about getting married, how we’ll spend our retirement years, where we&rsq...
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

Detroit Symphony/Sarah Chang concert canceled

Refunds will be offered

by City Pulse Staff
Wharton Center’s Thursday, Oct. 7 performance by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra with violinist Sarah Chang and the preceding Preview Dinner have both been canceled. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and its orchestra committee and union reached an impasse in negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement.
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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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