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Wednesday, May 26,2010

Rattling the rafters, stirring the heart

’Phantom’ retains its allure at Wharton Center

by James Sanford
It’s been nearly a quarter of a century since Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” made its debut in London’s West End and the show has remained a money-spinner ever since. That’s quite remarkable in the theater world, where today’s hot ticket can easily turn into tomorrow’s big yawn.
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Wednesday, May 26,2010

The Screening Room

'Sex' and the sandy: Fun is just a mirage

by James Sanford
Once upon a time ' way back in 1998 ' there was a fresh new HBO series about four single women slashing and sashaying their way through the Big Apple dating scene. It was called “Sex and the City,” and it was witty and sophisticated and steamy and, in some eyes, scandalous.
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Wednesday, May 26,2010

’Guys were staring at me, paralyzed in fear’

World War II vet and retired MSU professor receives Silver Star — 65 years later

by KURT ANTHONY KRUG
Surviving a deadly bombing run over Germany during World War II and saving the lives of his fellow soldiers was reward enough for Louis Stamatakos, a retired professor of educational administration at Michigan State University who served as a B-17 tail-gunner with the 8th Air Force for 31 missions.
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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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