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Monday, March 18,2013

Snapshot of history

Mid Michigan Family Theatre salutes a photojournalist who exposed the perils of child labor

by Robert Sancrainte
Wednesday, Oct. 5 — Important historical figures can sometimes be obscured and forgotten over time. But theater director Bill Gordon wants to make sure that doesn’t happen in Lewis Hine’s case.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Keeping it all in the family

A blackmail scheme draws a teenager into danger in confused 'Key'

by Robert Sancrainte
Wednesday, Dec. 7 — “The Key” — screening Thursday at Celebration Cinema — is a movie that has all the elements of a neo-noir, but none of the form and substance that gives entries in that genre their unique edge. Directed and written by Okemos native and Williamston resident Jack Schaberg, the movie follows Earth, a girl whose father, Kenny, left on the day she was born in order to engage in a blackmail operation against her mother’s employer, a pornography producer with more than a few secrets to hide.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Putting your money where your heart is

The Big Bang-quet is an online competition among charities

by Robert Sancrainte
Wednesday, March 14 — Selling kisses for charity is nothing new. But selling votes? Hmmm… The Big Bang-quet was first conceived late last year, when the University Club asked its members to nominate their favorite charities for inclusion in a large fundraising drive. Twenty-six charities were nominated, including the Red Cross, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Capital Area Humane Society, Child and Family Charities, Ronald McDonald House, the Salvation Army and many others.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Following a family tradition

MSU's Marta Bagratuni plays Carnegie Hall Friday

by Robert Sancrainte
Tuesday. March 27 — The Armenian Prelacy has sponsored the “Musical Armenia Concert” for 29 seasons, choosing the best among Armenian musicians. The winners go through an application process for the opportunity to play at New York’s Carnegie Hall. This year, the Prelacy chose Marta Bagratuni, a graduate of Okemos High School and a graduate student at Michigan State University.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

From cabaret to ballet

Royal Winnipeg Ballet puts its 'Rouge' on at Wharton

by Robert Sancrainte
The Moulin Rouge was the most famous Parisian cabaret of them all, creating such a legacy that it was immortalized on the big screen multiple times, including 2001’s eponymously titled musical starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.
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Wednesday, February 8,2012

'First' base

Staged reading revisits sexual awakenings

by Robert Sancrainte
Writer-producer Ken Davenport (“Altar Boyz”) read some of the stories, and thought they would make an interesting play. He compiled material from the website for the off-Broadway production of “My First Time,” which just finished a two-and-a-half-year run last month.
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Wednesday, January 25,2012

Theater with a mission

'The Exonerated' exposes the price we pay when the justice system fails

by Robert Sancrainte
After dealing with the anguish of seeing someone she knew mistreated by the justice system, Thatcher decided to do what she could to publicize how death penalty cases have been mismanaged over the years.
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Wednesday, January 18,2012

Perspectives on the past

Documentary ´Nostalgia for the Light´ examines Chilean history, both ancient and recent

by Robert Sancrainte
Chile´s Atacama Desert is an expansive plain with the perfect environment for stargazing: Isolated and removed from civilization, its perpetually clear skies and seeming lack of life give it grandeur not unlike outer space. Like the cosmos, the desert holds secrets well preserved by its vastness, and the desire for discovery burns in the hearts of scientists and non-scientists alike.
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Wednesday, January 18,2012

The sound of Chenille

The Sisters shine in ´Backstage Pass´ spotlight

by Robert Sancrainte
The three members, led by the talented and hilarious Grace Morand, alternate between heartfelt ballads and more comedic fare. Quirky tunes like “Regretting What I Said” and “NaCl” are silly enough that they grab your attention, but none of these lighthearted ditties distract from showcasing the singers’ masterful ability to harmonize.
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Wednesday, January 4,2012

Four of a kind

Cash, Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis rock once more as the 'Million Dollar Quartet'

by Robert Sancrainte
The story is a simple one. On Dec. 4, 1956, Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records, had Carl Perkins and his band sitting down to record a session with a then-unknown Jerry Lee Lewis on the piano.
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