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Monday, March 18,2013

Watch, laugh, text

Laugh Out Loud Short Film Fest comes to Celebration Cinema and NCG Eastwood

by Adam Ilenich
Thursday, Jan. 26 — It’s a common experience among moviegoers to notice that one guy who uses his phone throughout the entire film. Well, maybe it’s not always a guy, and maybe she’s only occasionally checking her phone — but it’s still annoying when, quite frankly, you’d rather be paying attention to the on-screen kiss.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Lights! Camera! Prizes?

Capital City Film Festival launches Fortnight Film Contest

by Adam Ilenich
Wednesday, March 21 — To set the stage for this year's Capital City Film Festival (April 12-15), the first Fortnight Film Contest gives Michigan residents a chance to create an original movie between 31.4 seconds and 10 minutes long, with potential prizes totaling $3,500.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Dream lover

A poet's romances form the core of 'Tales of Hoffman' at MSU Opera Theatre

by Adam Ilenich
Wednesday, March 28 — Jacques Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffman” (“Les contes d'Hoffmann”) chronicles the adventures of real-life poet E. T. A. Hoffman, showcasing the three major tragic loves of his life and how they affected him. The trilogy of stories unfold this weekend in Michigan State University’s Auditorium; the MSU Opera Theatre production will be sung in French with English surtitles, projected above the stage on a screen.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Getting back to rock's roots

Lansing Community College presents 'The Joint is Jumpin''

by Adam Ilenich
Tuesday, April 10 — Lansing Community College explores the roots of rock ‘n roll in “The Joint is Jumpin’,” an original musical revue created and directed by Janine Novenske Smith. “This is the ninth year that I have directed this type of production,” Smith said. “Each year I choose a different topic, and then spend about nine months researching whatever the topic is or the style is that I’ve chosen.
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

Silver screen songs

Singers on the Grand performs music from the movies at Riverwalk

by Adam Ilenich
The 12-member Singers on the Grand performs “Mostly Movies” Saturday and Sunday at Riverwalk Theatre, with the help of a seven-member “Grand Band” and classical dancers Chloe Gonzales and Michael Chan. The program includes solos, duets and close-harmony numbers.
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Wednesday, April 4,2012

A musical melting pot

LCC's 'American Spirit' has a little of everything

by Adam Ilenich
When you call your show “The American Spirit,” you want a cast that reflects that idea. So director Vickie Diebold brought together 30 dancers and multiple styles for the Lansing Community College spring concert.
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

A new take on a notoriously nasty guy

Andrew Varela looks for the more sensitive side of Inspector Javert in ‘Les Miserables’

by Adam Ilenich
Javert, of course, chases the downtrodden Jean Valjean for years to bring him to justice after Valjean steals food to survive. But although Javert is obsessed with order, structure and a strict adherence to the law, Varela says he has real emotions, too.
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

A dancer's 'Answer'

MSU concert tries to define the meaning of 'home'

by Adam Ilenich
The concert also examines comfort levels. “For example, in my piece there are two couples: One couple is two males and one couple is two females,” Barr said. “What does that do to people, watching two males touch one another? Or watching two females be close to one another?”
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Thursday, February 2,2012

The show(case) must go on

Mid Michigan Family Theatre offers 23 one-acts over two weekends

by Adam Ilenich
Thursday, Feb. 2 — Short shows about dreams, eating disorders, recycling, adoption and other issues will be presented during the Mid Michigan Family Theatre’s Actors Showcase Feb. 10-12 and 17-19.
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