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Wednesday, May 19,2010

’Uncommon Good’ not all that great

LCP courtroom drama guilty of being overlong and unevenly acted

by Mary C. Cusack
Martavius Nelson (Derek Ovenshire) is on trial for assaulting attorney Sean Ruby (Tim Cody), the executor of Nelson’s mother’s estate. The play asks the audience to weigh illegal but justifiable actions against immoral yet legally acceptable practices.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

The Bop is back

Bop (Harvey) reunites for Art Festival concert

by Rich Tupica
After forming in 1984, Bop (Harvey) began a trip through reggae, soul, Latin, funk and psychedelic rock with one goal in mind: to make each crowd dance their asses off. Which is what the East Lansing band did for 10 years ' all the while keeping busier than most local acts.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

’Home’ is where the theater is

Families tell their stories in Williamston production

by James Sanford
In Muskegon, a frazzled family battles over whose turn it is to use the only bathroom in the house. In Madison, Wis., an elderly widow laments what she sees as the deterioration of her neighborhood. In Detroit, a babysitter is taken aback by the unusual lunch request of the boy she’s taking care of.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

BoarsHead Theater faces final curtain

LCC trustees reject proposed partnership

by James Sanford
“Currently, BoarsHead is defunct, they are bankrupt. We’re not rescuing anyone,” he said. “The BoarsHead people are working hard to reconstitute themselves to once again be a viable theater company in Lansing. Without us, they’d have to go back to the drawing board.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Carrying the torch

New and seasoned artists converge at East Lansing Art Festival

by Jessica Carreras
In 1964, as an answer to street fairs taking place in Ann Arbor, a Michigan State University advertising student began a similar event that allowed art students to exhibit and sell their work.
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Thursday, May 13,2010

Home at last - after 60 years

Quaker Meeting House completed in Old Town

by Megan Murphy
“We liked the area, and when the particular lot was made available it seemed perfect,” Waltz said. “The zoning was right. Normally an easy place to build a church is out in the countryside somewhere, but we loved the feel of Old Town and wanted to be part of a community, not outside of it.
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Wednesday, May 12,2010

Take this badge off-a me

There’s no room for labels in ‘Blended People’ photo exhibit

by Lawrence Cosentino
Hozman is a Lansing resident and longtime civil rights activist whose last photo exhibit was a 2006 Creole Gallery show of specially enhanced images for the blind. For this project, she said she chose subjects whose mother and father “have origins from different parts of the globe.
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Wednesday, May 12,2010

Guitar yeoman

Laurence Juber carves out his own territory

by Lawrence Cosentino
The London-born, California-based guitarist Laurence Juber has toured the world with Paul McCartney and held his own on stage with The Who’s Pete Townshend and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant. Sunday, he’ll sit down at the one of the smallest venues on his busy schedule, Old Town’s Creole Gallery, to work the solo acoustic soil he loves best.
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Wednesday, May 12,2010

Punchlines, minus the punches

’Dead’ inspires yawns instead of chuckles

by Tom Helma
Starlight occupies a unique niche in the local theater community. It is a dinner theater in a middle school cafeteria with an auditorium stage and caters somewhat to a more geriatric demographic than other theaters.
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Wednesday, May 12,2010

’Size 8 Shorts’: Long on hilarity

Riverwalk hits home run with a night of sketches

by Tom Helma
There are 30 words in just the titles alone of the eight pieces that make up this delightful confection of laughs and snorts, beginning with “Wedding Duet,” a two-person compendium of all the roller coaster emotions that confront a bride and groom as they try to imagine what married life might actually look like.
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