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Wednesday, April 21,2010

A new kind of class struggle

It’s professor vs. student in topical drama ’Third’

by Amie Montemurro
Laurie Jameson (Heather Lewis) is an academic with high principles; Woodson Bull III (Spencer Smith) ' call him Third, for short ' is the scion of a wealthy family. When Third turns in a shockingly wellwritten essay on Shakespeare’s "King Lear," Laurie refuses to believe it’s a piece of original work.
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

Stormfield Theatre offers ’Interpretation’ readings

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Stormfield Theatre presents three staged readings of the world premiere comedy "A Matter of Interpretation" this weekend. Michael Joseph Mitchell, Cheryl Ross Mitchell, Daryl Thompson, Bill Henson and Lela Ivey will perform the collection of six short comic scenes by Matthew Haldeman.
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

Haas on fire

Pianist brings a swirl of styles to Creole Gallery

by Lawrence Cosentino
Haas’s searching, swinging jazz, swirled with ethnic spice and classical grandeur, is meant to shatter musical walls. Haas gave the Creole Gallery three of its most memorable nights of the last decade. This Friday, the Traverse City pianist-composer will come back for the first time in three years, with a new sextet and a renewed mission.
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

'Salvage' success

For Bonnie Jo Campbell, writing about Michigan brought national acclaim

by Bill Castanier
Portage author Bonnie Jo Campbell has been doing the whole “trains and boats and planes” routine since her book “American Salvage” (Wayne State University Press) was named as a finalist last year for the National Book Award.
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

BEST HANGOUTS

by City Pulse
Coffee shop:Gone WiredRunners-up: Soupspoon Cafe, Espresso Royale and Decker's Spread out over two levels, Gone Wired manages to feel both intimate and spacious, depending on where you sit. Coffee is always brewing, but the cafe also features an assortment of teas and tisanes (try a comb...
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

BEST SHOPPING

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Antique shop:Mega MallRunners-up: Little Red School House, Wooden Skate Art Gallery:Creole GalleryRunners-up: Mackerel Sky, Kresge Museum On the “Antiques Road Show,” they call it “provenance.” It’s a combination of priceless authenticity and old-shoe comf...
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

BEST DINING

by City Pulse
Appetizers Houlihan’s Runners-up: Tavern on the Square and Beggar’s Banquet The Houlihan’s chain location inside the Lansing Mall wasvoted Best Appetizers, after winning last year for Best Happy Hour. Most likelyit’s for the same reason: The Houlihan’s ...
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

Saloon tycoons

Ric Payne and Will Howe unleash The Wild Beaver on downtown Lansing

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In the next week or so, The Wild Beaver Saloon, the fourth franchise in a minichain, will open on the 200 block of S. Washington Square in downtown Lansing. With a name primed for double-entendres and an all-female waitstaff wearing barelythere uniforms, the Wild Beaver seems at first to be a Coyote Ugly/Hooters hybrid.
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

Turn It Down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
This year features a new batch of exclusive, collectible vinyl from Wilco, The Velvet Underground, John Lennon, Them Crooked Vultures, Soundgarden, TV On The Radio, Pavement, Beastie Boys, Coheed Cambria, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Bloc Party, The Doors, Sex Pistols, Weezer, The Black Keys and more.
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Wednesday, April 14,2010

Renegotiating 'Rent'

Director Scott Burkell draws on his friendship with Jonathan Larson in shaping the show’s MSU production

by James Sanford
Scott Burkell met the late Jonathan Larson at the Barn Theatre in Augusta in the summer of 1980. Over the course of the season, Burkell, Larson and fellow Equity membership candidate Marin Mazzie ' then a student at Western Michigan University and...
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