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Wednesday, September 19,2012

The Screening Room

Missing pieces, disjointed performances fail to keep Anderson's latest film together

by James Sanford
Following World War II, Americans began to question the conventions of society as never before, explaining the enormous popularity of novels like Somerset Maugham’s "The Razor’s Edge" and the rise of the self-help book culture.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

The screening room

Nick Cave's screenplay for 'Lawless' suggests he oughta stick to music

by James Sanford
They used to write backwoods ballads about men like the Bondurant brothers, the Virginia moonshiners who built their own little empire during Prohibition. Unfortunately, instead of picking up his guitar and cranking out a tune about them, alt-rocker Nick Cave turned to his word process...
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Hey, Mr. Curator, put a record on

Broad Art Museum's Summer Annex hosts music and film events

by James Sanford
There has not been much music in the former Chrome Cat space since the bar closed last year. That will change Thursday during "Dollar-Bin DJ Night," one of the Broad Art Museum’s summer events in its Summer Annex.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

See you in November

Broad Art Museum sets a Nov. 9 dedication date

by James Sanford
"Yes, finally!" said founding director Michael Rush, with a laugh. "It seems every day there are dramatic changes, and we will be fully ready and installed by then — probably, we’ll be ready earlier."
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Getting a bit of 'North'-ern exposure

Lansing Community College cast tackles a whimsical Thornton Wilder story

by James Sanford
"He ends up in Newport, R.I., because he wants to find adventure," explained Andy Callis, who is directing Matthew Burnett's dramatization of "Theophilus North" for Lansing Community College's Summer Stage Under the Stars Festival.
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

Screening room

Katy Perry shows off creations from local designers

by James Sanford
The Buitendorps checked out the film last week (along with their older sister, Erin, a City Pulse Pulsar judge). They didn’t have to wait very long to see the first of their creations on the screen.
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Thursday, July 5,2012

Oz meets reality

BullyBust uses 'Wicked' to address bullying

by James Sanford
Faster is the chief operating officer of the National School Climate Center, which organized the BullyBust program three years ago in response to the problem of bullying in schools. In 2010, BullyBust began a partnership with "Wicked" to promote its efforts.
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Thursday, July 5,2012

His 'Golden' summer

BoarsHead Theater veteran John Peakes makes his Purple Rose debut in a role he played 20 years ago

by James Sanford
"They are saying goodbye to the lake, to the summer, to other people, but they're still hanging on. She calls him a tough old buzzard, and that's what they are: They're buzzards, hanging on, keeping the spirit and keeping the blood flowing."
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Wednesday, June 27,2012

The witch is back

Christine Dwyer had 'Wicked' dreams — they've come true

by James Sanford
Nine years ago, Christine Dwyer fell under the spell of Idina Menzel, the actress who originated the role of the green-skinned enchantress Elphaba in “Wicked.” The “Wicked” tour opens at the Wharton Center tonight.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Coming soon to a theater near you

Forget the old AMC: Celebration! Cinema will turn the defunct Meridan 6 theater into Studio C!

by James Sanford
In Steve VanWagoner’s eyes, the shuttered AMC Meridian 6 Theatres complex could one day be an upscale cinema, with refreshments whipped up by chefs, plush stadium-style seating and possibly even a liquor license. He envisions an enormous difference between the shabby old AMC, almost apologetically tucked away behind the Meridian Mall, and Celebration! Cinema’s latest venture, Studio C!, which VanWagoner hopes will be open before the end of the year.
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