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Wednesday, October 2,2013

Walking the walk

Lansing photographer documents three years of walking every street in Lansing

by Mary C. Cusack
If you live in Lansing, Ariniko O’Meara has been to your house. If you were sitting on your porch when she was by, you probably saw her. She was the woman with the camera around her neck who called out “good morning” to you as she walked past.
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

Temptation Island

Peanut Barrel puts a limit on its signature drink for good reason

by Mary C. Cusack
Michigan is home to several well-known islands: Mackinac, Beaver, Isle Royale. Pretty and peaceful, to be sure, but there's one in mid-Michigan that's famous in its own right — the Long Island (as in, Long Island Iced Tea) at the Peanut Barrel. And at $5 per drink, an afternoon vacation on the Peanut Barrel patio is cheaper than Shepler's Ferry.
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Wednesday, December 5,2012

Branching out

Turner-Dodge House launches unique fundraiser featuring novelty Christmas tress

by Mary C. Cusack
Some people consider the Esquire Club on Center Street to be the northern border of Lansing's Old Town district. Others might call the Golden Harvest the line of demarcation. Michael Beebe hopes to change people's perceptions so that when they think of the edge of Old Town, the Turner-Dodge House springs to mind.
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Wednesday, September 26,2012

Russian roulette

MSU's reveloving repartory shows win with highbrow drama, meta humor

by Mary C. Cusack
If the 20th century Russian elite had Red Bull to mix with their vodka, they might have enjoyed their bleak existences more. The Michigan State University Theatre Department's two shows playing in repertory, Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters" and "Anton in Show Business," explore and satirize the decay of the privileged class.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

The kids are all right

Riverwalk's 'Baby' teaches without preaching

by Mary C. Cusack
The script is a good choice to educate audiences about how children deal with grief. It is touching without being preachy and balances tragedy with appropriate humor.
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

Slicker than snot

Two actors play a whole town in Williamston's dazzling 'Red, White & Tuna'

by Mary C. Cusack
In this case, as with last year's "Greater Tuna," that cast is Aral Gribble and Wayne David Parker. While director John Lepard is plenty skilled and accomplished, working with Gribble and Parker must make his job easy. In addition to already having developed many of the characters, they are also fleet-footed in switching among characters, creating and maintaining unique physicality for each one.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Keeping it short

Michael McCallum unveils two new films Sunday

by Mary C. Cusack
In March, Detroit's Uptown Film Festival named local filmmaker Michael McCallum the Michigan Independent Filmmaker of the Year. He has not rested on his laurels.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

The show must go on?

Strong cast battles flimsy script in splashy 'Follies'

by Mary C. Cusack
Scaling down these humongous Stephen Sondheim musicals is like squeezing a Mini Cooper in the back of a Lincoln Navigator. Sure, it will fit, but it won't leave anyone much legroom. The production has a cast of 30 people, a grand staircase and big dance numbers, all of which overwhelm the performance space.
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Wednesday, April 4,2012

A musical with a kick

Love, liquor — and video games? — are blended in unusual 'Usual'

by Mary C. Cusack
The full title of the play is “The Usual: A Musical Love Story.” Williamston’s run of the show is the world premiere of the original work, with book and lyrics by Alan Gordon and music by Mark Sutton-Smith. If that last name sounds familiar, it is because he is the brother of “The Usual” cast member and Williamston Theatre Development Director Emily Sutton-Smith.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Even today, 'Cat' still has sharp claws

Adventurous director Deborah Keller heads up a crackling production

by Mary C. Cusack
Brick is a study in conflict, as he fights his wife, his father, and his own demons. He is deeply mired in guilt after the death of his best friend, and attempts to drown out the world by hiding in his bedroom, drowning his sorrows with liquor. Unfortunately, the room becomes Grand Central Station, where the tracks of all of the family train wrecks terminate.
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