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Wednesday, June 23,2010

Culture clubbed

Southern hospitality turns to hostility in ’The Foreigner’

by Jane Alexander
"The Foreigner" follows a pathologically shy Englishman visiting a rural hunting lodge in Georgia. To avoid speaking to people, he pretends not to understand English. By remaining silent on the sidelines, he is let in on many secrets and plans, and may prove to be the key to the lodge’s survival.
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

Better homes and gardens

Artist Craig Mitchell Smith opens his doors for the Gardens Galore tour — one last time

by Jessica Carreras and James Sanford
On this Wednesday afternoon, he’s in the process of finishing up some of his exquisite glassworks, which will be seen at both an upcoming exhibition at Michigan State University and in his own home during the annual Gardens Galore tour Saturday and Sunday.
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Friday, June 18,2010

A night to remember — if they can

Summer Circle's

by Mary C. Cusack
Considering East Lansing’s role as a college town, particularly one that really, really enjoys celebrating the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament each year, MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre’s choice of a play called “The Drunken City” seems apropos. In reality, the play resembles the East Coast reality show “Jersey Shore” more than it does Spartan country.
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Friday, June 18,2010

Woody and Buzz's last round-up

Delightful

by James Sanford
The fear of becoming obsolete. Abandonment issues. The threat of Death By Monkeys.They’re all part of the psychological backdrop of “Toy Story 3,” a first-rate — and long-overdue — sequel that both lives up to and builds on the legacy of 1995’s “Toy Story” and 1999’s “Toy Story 2.”
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

The vandal at home

Mark Twain invents Mark Twain

by Lawrence Cosentino
Lansing never saw the Mark Twain bleached by myth ' the white-haired, white-suited icon in the postage stamp and the Disneyland riverboat ride. Instead, Michigan’s 24-year-old capital got a 35-year-old vagabond, a red-haired rough boy, a shotgun satirist setting out for big game.
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

Jamming in the key of Joe

Lovano’s Us Five caps Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
By filling a rare hole in multi-reedman Joe Lovano’s crusher schedule, the Wharton Center popped one of the world’s greatest jazz players on top of East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, like a great, big, goateed cherry. They also added another festival to the festival.
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

Gilbert Grope & Rogained another fan!

by Amy Alkon
had drinks in my neighborhood. He drank too much, and asked to hang at my house so he wouldn’t drive under the influence. I didn’t like this because I’m used to guys using this ploy for sex, but he said if I didn’t let him in, I was making him drive drunk.
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

Educating Uganda

Author chronicles building schools in his homeland

by Bill Castanier
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri’s book was already brewing about the same time Craig Mortenson’s “Three Cups of Tea” went to the top of The New York Times Best Sellers list; with a little luck, panache and old-fashioned pluck, the Okemos author may also climb to the top of that list.
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

Seeing stars

Local theater honored at 2010 Pulsar Awards

by City Pulse
The Michigan Princess was transformed into a kind of “starship” Monday, as City Pulse presented the 2010 Pulsar Awards, honoring the best in local theater.
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

Hellacious on wheels

Sisterhood is powerful — with a capital POW! — in Lansing’s roller derby world

by Gabi Moore
The Derby Vixens and the Mitten Mavens leagues began with a Facebook group suggest- ing that there needed to be a roller derby group in the Lansing area. Organizers of both groups said that the group sparked their interest, but they were tired of waiting for a league to form.
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