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Sunday, March 28,2010

Turn It Down

Keeler taps into 'Water'

by Rich Tupica
In 2008, after graduating from Columbia College in Chicago with a music composition degree, Keeler’s sound began to morph into a polished blend of Sam Cooke-style soul and Tom Waits, while still staying true to his ‘90s alternative roots ' which shows in his debut solo album “The Cold” (2008).
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Sunday, March 28,2010

Wharton Center has everything from "Mary" to "Jersey"

2010-11 Broadway season also includes "Shrek the Musical," "9 to 5"

by James Sanford
It’s fresh, and yet it’s also familiar — that’s what you might think when you see the Wharton Center’s Broadway line-up for 2010-11.
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Saturday, March 27,2010

Lopsided love

MSU opera has high Juliettitude, low Romeosity

by Lawrence Cosentino
An insidious thought came to me during MSU Opera Theatre’s energetic “Miami Vice” remake of Charles Gounod’s 1867 Shakespearean opera “Romeo et Juliette.” I could flee the hall at halftime — that’s March madness for entr’acte — and walk away whistling the happy marriage duet that ends the opera’s first half. By the time stabbed and poisoned bodies started to pile up on stage, I could have been sipping a latte at Biggby’s while catching up on Kyle Melinn’s column. Even the opera’s doomed lovers agreed to this in principle: Better to slip out of the bedchamber while the nightingale is still singing, before the lark summons the cruel dawn. But I didn’t, and I’m glad. I would have missed the best part of the show.
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Saturday, March 27,2010

Wharton 2010-11 Season Schedule

by James Sanford
MSU FEDERAL CREDIT UNIONBROADWAY AT WHARTON CENTER: MaryPoppins *(Extendedrun) November3-21, 2010 9to 5 December14-19, 2010 Shrek February 8-13, 2011 Jersey Boys *(Extendedrun) Sept. 28-October 16, 2011 SPECIAL...
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Friday, March 26,2010

Putting the punch in punchline

The humor of "Greenberg" is acidic — and unexpectedly touching, too

by James Sanford
“Are you going to let me in?” That’s what Florence (Greta Gerwig) murmurs as she navigates the traffic on a busy Los Angeles street. She might ask the same question of the title character in “Greenberg,” writer-director Noah Baumbach’s acidic comedy, in which Ben Stiller plays a stubborn slacker who spends his days fashioning personal crusades out of minor inconveniences and wallowing in nostalgia, although it’s hard to imagine his supposed glory days were anymore glorious than his seemingly pointless present-day situation.
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Friday, March 26,2010

'How to Train Your Dragon': Fantasy battle reflects real-world wars

A beautifully animated, often funny adventure touches on some serious topics

by James Sanford
“Our parents’ war is about to become ours,” a young girl tells her friend in a new film. “Figure out what side you’re on.” All around them they see destruction and chaos, the result of being under siege by a culture they don’t understand. Some of these enemies set themselves on fire in order to kill more effectively. Many of the warriors who join in the battle come home with missing limbs. The rationale behind the fighting is vague. “They’ve killed hundreds of us!” a father warns his son. “And we’ve killed thousands of them!” the son replies. Given those kinds of details, you might think the movie is set in Iraq or Afghanistan or the Gaza Strip. It’s not
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Friday, March 26,2010

Identity crisis

Amanda Seyfried and Julianne Moore generate some steam in "Chloe," but a feeble finale spoils the mood

by James Sanford
The younger woman pours a steady stream of sugar into her coffee cup. Her life could use a little sweetening up: She’s Chloe, a call girl who lives out other people’s fantasies while shutting out her own. “I can become your first kiss, or a torn-out image from a Playboy magazine you saw when you were 9 years old,” she says. “I can become your living, breathing dream. Then I can disappear.”
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Wednesday, March 24,2010

OMG, it’s in A minor

Violinist Schmidt is old-school, Web-savvy

by Lawrence Cosentino
It’s a digital life for a man with an analog soul. His parents played for the Philadelphia Opera Co., so he grew up in the Academy of Music’s Great Hall, home of the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra. The lush “Philadelphia sound,” nurtured by conductors Leopold Stokowski and Eugene Ormandy, pillowed his ears from youth.
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Wednesday, March 24,2010

’April’ flowers

Strong cast brings comedy to life at Riverwalk Theatre

by Tom Helma
When Lotty meets Rose Arnott (Veronica Gracia-Wing), a plot is hatched to rent a villa, nay, a castle in the Mediterranean, for these two women (and two more) to get away from the damp and thunderous rains of April in England, as well as their husbands.
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Wednesday, March 24,2010

Moment of "poof!" likes it soggy-style

by Amy Alkon
But, it seemed like the perfect date! Well, maybe his idea of perfection is romancing the hell out of a woman, getting her into bed, and getting outta Dodge. Or maybe, he decided to never see you again, but figured he’d see you naked first.
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