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Sunday, May 23,2010

Places, please - It's time for this year's Pulsar nominations

City Pulse theater judges honor the best of the best in their annual award ceremony June 14

by James Sanford
Over the course of the past year, judges Erin Buitendorp, Mary Cusack, Tom and Kathy Helma, Paul Wozniak and Ute Von Der Heyden have surveyed the local theater landscape to find the very best of the best. In order to qualify for a Pulsar award, a show must be seen and rated by at least three of the six judges.
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Saturday, May 22,2010

Which blockbuster will self-destruct?

by James Sanford
“Robin Hood” dodged the bullet. The Russell Crowe/Cate Blanchett epic (which received lukewarm reviews from critics) managed to take in $36 million at the box office last weekend ' not “Iron Man 2” numbers, perhaps, but good enough to save the film from wearing the badge of shame labeled The First Bomb of Summer.
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Saturday, May 22,2010

The man behind the mask

Tim Martin Gleason is the 'Phantom' menace

by James Sanford
So he stepped into the title role. By then, he’d already had plenty of preparation. “The whole time I was Raoul, I was the Phantom’s understudy as well,” Gleason said, calling from New York City. “On a two-show day, I could be Raoul at the matinee and then be the Phantom at night.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Party politics

Nadir keeps funk grounded in reality

by Lawrence Cosentino
8 p.m. Saturday, May 22 MI.Funk Grand River Avenue Turner Street, Lansing Also performing Saturday: Sun Messengers 2 p.m.; Global Village 4 p,m.; Valerie Barrymore Foundation of Funk 6 p.m.; Soul Xpress 10 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at gate www.MiFunk.com.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Then came funk

Mi.Funk fest brings old-school to Old Town

by Lawrence Cosentino
Last summer, OTBADA director Sharen Lange was sitting in the audience at East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival when local funkmaster Jim Alfredson of organissimo opened up a greasy groove on his Hammond B-3 organ..
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

No glue needed

Muffitt happy to stay on LSO podium

by Lawrence Cosentino
It’s hard to hold a high note, but the Lansing Symphony is about to try. With attendance spiking improbably upward and performance levels at a widely recognized high, the organization announced last week that maestro Timothy Muffitt has signed a new three-year contract.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Wussy galore & Let’s meek love!

by Amy Alkon
You might be as “liberated” as all get out, but your genes are ready to party like it’s 1.8 million years ago, when women evolved to be the harder-to-get sex and men co-evolved to expect to smooth-talk a woman into the bushes.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Portrait of the artist as a young man

Photo-filled book details Hemingway's Michigan

by Bill Castanier
Federspiel’s new book “Picturing Hemingway’s Michigan” (Painted Turtle Book) uses more than 250 photographs to tell the story of Hemingway’s youth. Many of the photographs have never been seen before and Federspiel carefully mined the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the Clarke Library in Mt.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

East Lansing Art Festival performance schedule

by City Pulse
The East Lansing Art Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 22 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 23, in downtown East Lansing..
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Ludacris in Lansing

Rapper-actor joins Common Ground lineup

by City Pulse
Other additions to the Common Ground schedule include a July 13 appearance by the Max Weinberg Big Band (tickets now on sale) and a triple-header on July 15 featuring Paper Tongues, Neon Trees and Civil Twilight (tickets on sale May 21)..
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