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Wednesday, June 23,2010

Alive and kicking

Pioneering punk band D.O.A. is still at work, 32 years later

by Eric Gallippo
While many of his peers in the original ‘80s hardcore punk scene have hung it up, moved on or since reunited, Joe “Shithead” Keithley, front man and founder of Vancouver’s D.O.A., has continued to write, record and crisscross the globe to spread the gospel of “Be your own boss, think for yourself and try to affect some positive change in the world.”
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

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

SINcere about hip hop

by Rich Tupica
SINcere will also host the 4th annual 517 Summer Jam, a Mic Club concert on Friday, July 2, at Mac’s Bar. Aside from it being the release party for “Private Conversations Out Loud,” a new album by SINcere, a crew of other local emcees will take the stage.
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

’Dragon Tattoo’ leaves its mark

Spellbinding shocker is vicious, frightening and even touching

by James Sanford
Every year on his birthday, Swedish industrialist Henrik Vanger receives a package containing framed flowers. The gifts come from all over the world, but Vanger isn’t delighted: He suspects they are being sent by the person who did away with his beloved niece, Harriet, 40 years ago.
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

Get ready to be 'Suspended'

Local filmmakers host fund-raiser for latest project

by Jane Alexander
Another feature film is coming down the pike for Last Laugh Productions — and the filmmakers want your help to pull it off. On June 26, Last Laugh will holding a fund-raiser for the production of its newest project, “Suspended.”
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

Go ask ’Alice’

Mary Job conjures up a different Wonderland

by Jane Alexander
Let’s be honest. Growing up, "Alice in Wonderland" probably scared us as much as it entertained us, particularly if you were raised on the 1951 Disney film. And now that Tim Burton has given his bizarre twist to Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, we may be even more mystified by the story than ever.
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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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