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Wednesday, May 12,2010

’Size 8 Shorts’: Long on hilarity

Riverwalk hits home run with a night of sketches

by Tom Helma
There are 30 words in just the titles alone of the eight pieces that make up this delightful confection of laughs and snorts, beginning with “Wedding Duet,” a two-person compendium of all the roller coaster emotions that confront a bride and groom as they try to imagine what married life might actually look like.
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Wednesday, May 12,2010

Needy Gonzales Truth Theorem

by Amy Alkon
This guy takes the “Dear Occupant” approach to love: Instead of “It had to be you,” it had to be somebody, and you’re standing right there and have yet to call the cops on him. He claims to love you, but you really have to know somebody to love them.
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Wednesday, May 12,2010

From battlefields to bookstores

Three authors discuss war as a literary topic

by Bill Castanier
“War ' what is it good for?” Edwin Starr may have not gotten an answer to his famous rhetorical lyric of the 1960s, but three writers who have written about war and who have Michigan connections will use their insight to attempt to answer why writers have been fascinated by war since the beginning of time.
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Wednesday, May 12,2010

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

In vinyl veritas

by Rich Tupica
The label saw its biggest success in 2009 with the release of the Frontier Ruckus double-LP, "The Orion Songbook/Way Upstate and the Crippled Summer pt. 1" The label’s next record is from Sunil Sawani of Troy, Mich., who Krohn calls “the best songwriter you’ve never heard of.
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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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