City Pulse - <![CDATA[Mama Bear's closes its doors]]> It looks like Mama Bear's Cafe owner Cecilia "Chica" Garcia will be doing her cooking at home from now on. The Old Town eatery closed its doors Wednesday afternoon, only hours after Garcia posted a note headlined "Change is gonna come" on her Facebook page.]]> <![CDATA[Shakespeare — 'Like,' with a twist]]> It seems strange to think that "As You Like It," William Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy about banishment from home, sexual exploration and dressing androgynously could be set in the present-day teenage alternative music scene. However, director Christina Traister chose perhaps a more appropriate setting of strict social norms against romanticized freedom: the Victorian Era. Aided by Michigan State University’s costume team, led by designer Jodi Ozimek, this current production is as colorful and funny in language as it is in dress.]]> <![CDATA[The semi-final curtain]]> It's the beginning of the end -- literally. Perhaps as a response to J.K. Rowling devotees' frequent complaints that the Harry Potter novels have often had to be compressed or severely edited on their way to the big screen, Warner Bros. has divided "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the finale of the series, into two films. The more cynical among us might speculate the decision had more to do with doubling the potential box office returns than it did with honoring the fans' wishes: Consider that even the least successful "Potter" picture, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," brought in just under $800 million worldwide.]]> <![CDATA['Mrs. Warren's Profession'? Unemployed]]> <![CDATA[Practically perfect]]> In the most delightful way, “Mary Poppins” provides a lot of sugar and very little medicine. ]]> <![CDATA['Purple' reigns]]> <![CDATA[Desperately seeking supervillain]]> (Friday, Nov. 5) The title character of “Megamind” has many reasons to be blue. For one, he’s an under-appreciated evil genius. Plus, he is constantly outclassed by Metro Man, the generic pseudo-Superman with sparkling teeth and magnificent hair that never gets messed up even when he’s zooming across the skies. In contrast, Megamind has a bulbous bald head, a smarmy smile and — well — he’s blue.]]> <![CDATA[Yes, we can!]]> Enjoy the new sculptures at Meridian Mall while you can — Canstruction doesn't last forever. The annual design-and-build competition was established by a nonprofit organization of the same name as an international charity event.]]> <![CDATA[Extreme Tchaikovsky]]> <![CDATA[Soft 'Money']]> Twenty-three years later, in the era of "too big to fail," we've all seen the catastrophic after-effects of that philosophy, and "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" finds Gekko, once again portrayed by Michael Douglas, serving as more of a Cassandra than a cheerleader.]]> <![CDATA[A picture of Genesee history]]> <![CDATA[Once every two years]]> <![CDATA[A real diva comes home]]> <![CDATA[Sidewalk chalk talk]]> <![CDATA[Hack work]]> “My machete,” the cop growls, neither cracking a smile nor registering the slightest sign of arousal.
Don’t get him wrong — Machete Cortez, the title character of “Machete,” is definitely not asexual: Before his story is complete, he’ll bed at least two — and possibly two more — lovely women. But he never lets getting some play interfere with getting his job done.]]>
<![CDATA[Cale Sauter's greatest hits]]> <![CDATA[Such great heights]]> In a momentary lapse of judgment – or was it inspiration, I agreed to jump from the tallest skyscraper in the city, the Boji Tower. The thing about towers is they’re tall — 23 stories, to be precise. Technically, it’s called rappelling, but for someone with a fear of heights and no previous experience descending without assistance from an elevator, I was preparing to plummet to the cold hard concrete below.]]> <![CDATA[Put a ring on it]]> <![CDATA[New coordinator for Silver Bells]]> <![CDATA[One woman's odyssey]]>