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Wednesday, January 4,2012

No rest for Wes

MSU actor has a busy week ahead at Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival competition

by James Sanford
Haskell and the other cast members of Michigan State University’s “The Beaux’ Stratagem” are preparing for their three performances Thursday at the Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival Region III competition at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. They aren’t just rehearsing the comedy — they had to practice setting up and striking the set as well, because in addition to critiquing performances and direction, the festival judges also evaluate how quickly and smoothly the crew can assemble and pack up their show.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Screening room

Movies: Ten of the best — and a bunch of bad news

by James Sanford
After a somewhat slowish start, 2011 turned out to be a terrific year for movies, some of them coming from long-established artists (Woody Allen, Werner Herzog) and others from rising stars (Thomas McCarthy, Jeff Nichols).
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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Creativity in the kitchen

Familiar faces from Lansing’s art community contribute recipes for tasty holiday fun

by James Sanford
It's wonderful to reunite with friends and family during the holiday season. It's not always so wonderful, however, when you have to feed them. So we asked some of Lansing's most creative people to share their recipes for tasty, easy-to-make foods that will please your guests and won't keep you captive in the kitchen.
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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Ho, ho, holiday movies

This week, you get Steven Spielberg times two, while Matt Damon buys a zoo and Rooney Mara becomes 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

by James Sanford
The cineplex has already welcomed Sherlock Holmes, Charlize Theron, the Muppets and the Chipmunks. But there is even more to come this week, with the arrival of two Steven Spielberg epics and the eagerly awaited David Fincher remake of 'euro;'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Screening room

Detroit Film Critics Society announces best of 2011

by James Sanford
Don'euro;'t be surprised if you haven'euro;'t seen some of the winners: Society members screen all the major films that are up for Academy Award consideration, including pictures that don'euro;'t go into national release until January or February..
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Wednesday, December 14,2011

Screening room

Charlize Theron is great at being grating in ‘Adult’

by James Sanford
Chances are you know someone like Mavis Gary, the woman Charlize Theron portrays in director Jason Reitman s scalding comedy Young Adult. She s been out of high school for 20 years, yet she still hungers for the days when she was idolized by her peers, worshiped by her friends and more to the point lusted after by guys like Buddy, her former flame (Patrick Wilson).
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Wednesday, December 7,2011

The gospel according to Whitesnake

’Rock of Ages’ revisits the heyday of hair-rock

by James Sanford
If you can name three big hits from Foreigner's "4" album, or if you can recite from memory all the dramatic dialogue from Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield" video, the Wharton Center has the show for you.
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Wednesday, December 7,2011

Starting over again — again

Tony Sump returns as board president of Lansing Civic Players

by James Sanford
The billboard outside the firehouse that is home to the Lansing Civic Players’ offices is still touting A Family Christmas and Richard III: A Steampunk Musical.
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Wednesday, November 30,2011

Screening room

Diane Keaton’s memoir makes for lovely listening

by James Sanford
When should you choose the audiobook over the printed version of a new memoir? When the author is Oscar winner Diane Keaton. Reading her recently published Then Again, the endearing, feisty and sometimes remarkably frank star sounds as if she’s sharing these stories in an intimate conversation over tea and scones.
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Wednesday, November 23,2011

Screening room

Here’s a pair of ‘kid’ movies adults shouldn’t overlook

by James Sanford
Happy holidays, everybody. While children will enjoy The Muppets for the slapstick and perennially cuddly characters, like Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear, the heartiest laughter at the preview screening last week came from people over 30, the ones...
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