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Wednesday, July 21,2010

From ’Hairy’ to Scheherazade

Fantasy finds its way to local stages

by City Pulse
“Arabian” is playwright Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of “The Book of The Thousand Nights and One Night,” chronicling the mesmerizing tales of the skilled storyteller Scheherazade, who must keep spinning suspenseful yarns to avoid being executed by the foultempered king who has married her.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Can you taste the ’Love’ tonight?

Williamston Theatre cooks up summer fun with a zany musical

by Paul Wozniak
“Five Course Love” may be light fare from a dramatic standpoint, but it is certainly a tasty and satisfying dish worth trying. A musical that fits cozily on the Williamston Theatre stage, “Five Course Love” offers a variety of flavors for a broad palate, with plenty of spices thrown in as well.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Got to get down to Stringtown

Veteran musicians pool their talents

by Gabi Moore
McCoy, Ross and Howard have 100 years of music experience among them. Their self-titled, self-released debut album is a collection of the 13 best tracks they came up with in their basement rehearsals. McCloy said their collaboration has given them the ability to mesh well together, to move easily into creating an album and playing live.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

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

Un-Common Ground

by Rich Tupica
Walking the roped paths at the 11th Annual Common Ground Festival you can see a broad range of music lovers. Attendees vary from retired folks in lawn chairs to high school students screaming at the front of the stage. Not many events in Lansing do that.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

More than fun

Insightful ’Extra Lives’ takes video games very seriously

by Adam Molner
In his previous books, Tom Bissell explored the Vietnam War and life in the former Soviet Union. In his latest, “Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter,” Bissell steps into what many consider to be childish fun. Not so, argues Bissell, who sees contemporary games as being just as important as novels or films.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

The families that play together

People’s Temple keeps refining its sound

by Sean Bradley
“I think it only helps the band because we’re always around each other, it’s easy to practice," he said. "George and Alex are in one house and Spencer and I are in the other house. It’s easy just to intermingle your schedules to practice, record and play shows.
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Monday, July 19,2010

Update: Brannigan Brothers stays open...for now

The popular downtown bar and restaurant stays open amid legal confusion

by City Pulse Staff
Happy hour at Brannigan Brothers was like any other on Thursday evening. Five bar stools had butts in them, three women were sharing chips and dip and white wine, three servers scrambled about, Top 40 music was over the radio, ESPN was on the televisions and the Bell's Oberon was cold.
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Thursday, July 15,2010

Brain sprain

Christopher Nolan's

by James Sanford
There are movies that wash over you, like a shower. There are movies that hit you in the face, like a blast of freezing rain. And then there’s writer-director Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” which hurls you into the center of a whirlpool and never gives you an opportunity to find your bearings for the next two and a half hours.
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Wednesday, July 14,2010

Taken by Gypsies

Virtuoso guitarist digs a Django groove

by Lawrence Cosentino
Jorgenson, 54, has backed a lot of heavyweight artists, from Sting and Streisand to Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. He scored critically and commercially in the country-jazz Desert Rose Band and the three-guitar supergroup The Hellecasters.
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Wednesday, July 14,2010

A new synonym for ’stinkeroo’

’Skungpoomery’ defines how bad theater can be

by Tom Helma
“Skungpoomery,” by the late British playwright Ken Campbell, fails on both counts. The word skungpoomery ' itself a made-up word ' is intended to describe the process of making up other nonsense words because the words we use to describe ordinary things are, well, too ordinary.
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