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Friday, July 30,2010

Rudd and Carell add spice to 'Dinner'

by James Sanford
The 1998 French film “Le Diner de Cons (The Dinner of Fools)” was a modest farce about high-rolling Parisian Pierre Brochant (Thierry Lhermitte) trying to take advantage of dorky Francois Pignon (Jacques Villeret), whose odd hobbies make him a prime candidate for ridicule at the weekly banquets hosted by Brochant and his arrogant buddies.
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Wednesday, July 28,2010

Hannah and Her Scissors & Be Stale My Heart

by Amy Alkon
newlyweds but dated for three years. She’s always been truthful and forthright, so I was dumbfounded that she kept this from me. She claims they’re “just friends,” insists the past is the past, and won’t discuss anything. I had trust issues with my ex-wife and have abandonment issues (thanks, Mom), but had ZERO insecurities about my wife until this.
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Wednesday, July 28,2010

North to Kalkaska

Bryan Gruley returns to his Michigan roots in ’The Hanging Tree’

by Bill Castanier
Gruley’s second book, “The Hanging Tree,” is a masterpiece of detective fiction, with the right amount of blind alleys that leave the outcome always in doubt. The author, who is the Chicago bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, has topped his first book while capturing the essence of a hockey-crazy Michigan small town.
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Wednesday, July 28,2010

1st Sunday gallery walk & other exhibitions

by City Pulse
        New Exhibits Agog Arts Featuring artist Krista McCurdy. Reception: Noon-3 p.m. Sunday. Hours: 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday- Thursday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon–5 p.m. Sunday. 307 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. (517) 853-0410...
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Wednesday, July 28,2010

Wharton shows go on sale soon

Box office opens Monday for eClub members

by City Pulse
Shows included in the pre-sale include “Aesop Bops” (Sept. 26); Tierney Sutton Band (Oct. 1); Detroit Symphony with Sarah Chang (Oct. 7); Pat M e t h e n y ’ s O r c h e s t r i o n tour (Oct. 17); Somi (Oct. 28); Disney’s Mary Poppins” (Nov. 3-21); Bayanihan Phillipine National Dance Company (Nov.
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Wednesday, July 28,2010

’Hairy’ plotter

A boogieman haunts the bayou backwaters in fun frightfest ’Wiley’

by Paul Wozniak
Rounding out the cast is Garrett Clinard as Wiley’s trusty hound Dog, as well as a chorus of trees, vines, prickly bushes and many other malleable conjurations made of Jan Anderson, Carol Ferris, Jennifer Dachtler, Jayke Pell and Bob Murrell..
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Wednesday, July 28,2010

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

Bouncing with Bob Log

by Rich Tupica
Playing quick Delta blues is only half the story for Bob Log III, a Tucson, Arizona-based one-man band. His finger-picking, slide guitar style may be his signature sound, but he is also known for his wild shows.
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Wednesday, July 28,2010

A fresh coat of paint

The Deluxe Inn once put the ‘ho’ in ‘hotel.’ Can the site now put the ‘hot’ in ‘hotspot’? The revitalization begins this weekend — with the help of a few graffiti artists

by James Sanford
The Deluxe, at I-496 and Washington Street, could use a bit of touching up; to quote the old TLC song, it’s “damn unpretty.” Hundreds of windows are boarded up to discourage vandals. Many of the wooden numbers on the doors of the rooms are broken or missing.
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Wednesday, July 28,2010

I am a camera

Kids tell their stories through snapshots

by Jessica Carreras
Photos from youth in the Literacy Through Photography program, along with shots from the organization’s Children With Incarcerated Parents program, will be shown at Old Town’s Creole Gallery through Aug. 29; a reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, for an exhibit called “Cameras in the Capital City.
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Thursday, July 22,2010

A Jolie good time

Angelina gets a high-impact workout as a spy on the run in ‘Salt’

by James Sanford
If you’ve never understood the appeal of Angelina Jolie, “Salt” may be required viewing. It’s a vehicle designed to show off its star in all her glory, and director Philip Noyce and director of photography Robert Elswit are obviously die-hard fans of their leading lady, who puts in overtime here to earn her paycheck (which was reportedly $20 million).Jolie has never been one to try to get by on a pretty face and some sex appeal. Like Susan Sarandon, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Pfeiffer and other beauties of the previous generation, she knows you need more than just good looks to carry a movie. Jolie’s spellbinding, swimming pool-deep eyes let us know she always has something cooking in her kitchen, and it’s usually worth waiting for.
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