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Wednesday, April 28,2010

'Third' isn't quite first-rate drama

Awkward acting hobbles provocative premise

by Paul Wozniak
Are the East Coast liberals really any more open-minded than the Midwest conservatives? The late playwright Wendy Wasserstein did not seem to think so. In her play "Third," currently being performed at the Creole Gallery by the Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.
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Wednesday, April 28,2010


Despite gorgeous singing, ’Pacific’ doesn’t hold water

Um, no thanks. “South Pacific”s" most recognizable number, “Some Enchanted Evening,” is trotted out three full times, and the far more rousing “Bali Ha’i” at least gets a reprise.
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Wednesday, April 28,2010

Turn It Down

High-strung rock with hooks

by Rich Tupica
It’s just me doing almost everything, but I can’t play drums so Scott Bozack, who also recorded it, played drums. Isaac VanderSchuur (The Hat Madder) played some guitar on it and my friend Dave Brunger added some slide guitar. I just started layering. I wanted to make a nice headphone record that also rocks.
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Wednesday, April 28,2010

Big wheels

Conquerers II, hosts of Lansing’s first Autorama, are ready to roll again

by Kyle Leppek
On the day the show was supposed to open, the civic center’s general manager and the Lansing police chief showed up to shut it down. When the Conquerors signed the contract with the civic center the eldest members were only 19 years old, well below the 21-year-old age limit to sign a legal contract.
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Wednesday, April 21,2010

More sizzle for your Solstice

Lovano, Somi headline East Lansing jazz festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
Summer jazz forecast for East Lansing: Increased blue notes, with an upswing in swing. Bebop will also be boppier. National headliners Joe Lovano and Somi, quadrupled tent space and a third day of festivities will twist the ratchet another few notches for the 14th Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, set for June 18-20 in East Lansing.
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Wednesday, April 21,2010

'Rent' rocks

Strong cast and direction make musical drama sing

by Tom Helma
The mournful lyric “How do you figure a last year on Earth?” from the ensemble number “Seasons of Love" addresses a central existential question. The surprising answer is that “Rent” portrays ' in addition to a deep sense of loss ' an amazing sense of the capacity for joy among those who realize life is about to be cut short.
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Wednesday, April 21,2010

About the thighs of it & Life is a gurney

by Amy Alkon
Ignore your friends and family, who won’t be the ones sleeping with your girlfriend (well, presumably). It’s anything but shallow to make sure a woman has the looks you need to be hot for her.
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Wednesday, April 21,2010

Family ties

Brad Leithauser looks back on 1940s Detroit

by Bill Castanier
“There was never any question in my mind that it had to be set in Detroit,” Leithauser said. “I’m considered the family archivist, and I threw in family stories of my father and mother and borrowed a situation from my mother-in-law to recreate my par ents’ lives.
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Wednesday, April 21,2010

To market, to market

Lansing’s new City Market gears up for its Saturday grand-opening celebration

by Joe Torok
Not all vendors made an immediate move in the early days of the new building. Since the “soft opening,” some vendors have delayed opening due to contracting issues, but market manager John Hooper says, despite delays and a bit of vendor angst, capacity has reached 100 percent, with even more vendors looking for a space.
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Wednesday, April 21,2010

Open air open house

Painter hosts an art show to benefit Ingham County Animal Control

by Gabi Moore
Barbara McCleary remembers hearing a rustling, and all of a sudden, heavy breathing on her neck. McCleary, an artist on an outdoor painting expedition with friends, had wandered by herself down a path into an open field and set up her easel and art supplies when she found herself not alone.
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