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Wednesday, May 5,2010

Turn It Down: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

Cheap Girls hit Mac’s

by Rich Tupica
For those who prefer glow-sticks and turntables over guitars, Lansing is also set on weekly, live electronic music. Mac’s Bar hosts Neon Tuesday every week. The area’s best DJs spin the latest dance tracks to a packed room. Admission is free for 21 and over ' just bring your dancing shoes, and money for the bartender.
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

The Screening Room

'Babies': Cute is the universal language

by James Sanford
It’s not uncommon to hear a movie described as “cute.” Often, that’s not a compliment. But if there’s any film that truly deserves to be described with that particular adjective, it must be “Babies,” director Thomas Balmes’ documentary examining the first months in the lives of four infants.
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

A comeback or the final curtain?

The fate of the shuttered BoarsHead Theatre may be decided next week

by James Sanford
The building that once housed BoarsHead Theater is scheduled to be turned into a parking lot. Former BoarsHead artistic director Kristine Thatcher has already launched a new professional theater company called Stormfield. The rest of BoarsHead’s staff has moved on to other ventures.
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

Adam's eve: July 13

Common Ground books Lambert and Orianthi

by James Sanford
"American Idol" season eight runner-up Adam Lambert, whose eye-opening performance on last November's American Music Awards titillated some viewers and traumatized others, has been added to the lineup of performers for this year's Common Ground Festival. Lambert's concert is sche...
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

Leave it to (Wild) Beaver

What’s in a name? Depends whom you talk to

by Megan Murphy
The Wild Beaver Saloon, the fourth franchise in a mini-chain, opened its doors last Friday at 205 S. Washington Square. With Seymour the beaver as the mascot and an all-female waitstaff dubbed “The Beaverettes,” this place is bound to get some feedback.
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Thursday, April 29,2010

The Screening Room

Down in the 'Valley'

by James Sanford
A recent letter on film critic Roger Ebert’s website asked Ebert if he knew when he was scripting it that “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” was an exploitation film. Ebert’s answer is succinct: “It was many things. It was above all a satirical comedy.”
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Wednesday, April 28,2010

Graceful uplift

Israeli singer Noa brings message of peace

by Lawrence Cosentino
Palestinian-Israeli singer Miri Awad, to the friendship and coexistence,” she said. Wharton Center Wednesday. The lyrics to “There Must Be Another It sometimes seems as if Israelis and Way” put it this way: “When I cry, I cry for Palestinians will never find common ground, both of us.
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Wednesday, April 28,2010

LSO takes the Fifth

Chopin, Beethoven finish symphony season

by Lawrence Cosentino
Before Beethoven, most symphonies were glorified dance cards ' ah, here’s the minuet, my dear. After Beethoven, those little dance movements ballooned into the Seven Ages of Man. Beethoven’s Fifth dives straight into the fire of inner struggle, beginning with that awesome opening shudder.
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Wednesday, April 28,2010

Better pluck next time How to pick up gorillas

by Amy Alkon
Oh, what a terrible thing, promoting “American standards of beauty.” Footbinding? Clitoridectomy? Naw, plucking tiny hairs above a woman’s lip. Quick! Somebody start an international human rights organization! (Maybe something spelling out the acronym MORONIC.
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Wednesday, April 28,2010

Conservation vs. construction

Politics become personal in Dave Dempsey’s novel

by Bill Castanier
His first journey into fiction, however, borrows deeply from his love of the environment and is aptly called “Superior Shores: A Novel of Conservation.
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