'Marsha,' Starlight Dinner Theatre’s frantic parody of mysteries, could have used some script slashing
March 21 2012
Although Starlight Dinner Theatre serves their meal before the performance, sitting through the murder mystery parody "Let's Murder Marsha" feels like enjoying a delicious multi-course meal with excessively...
Much-anticipated movie is already selling out shows
March 21 2012
The long-awaited film debuts in theaters nationwide on Friday, and box office anticipation has immediately conjured up comparisons to the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" franchises. Local IMAX shows are...
Riverwalk Theatre revs up a gem with 'New Car'
March 21 2012
The play derives its name from one of the opening lines of dialogue: "When women say they want a new car, they want a new life," delivered by the “middle-aged” protagonist Becky — full...
To compete for acts with other cities, promoters say, concerts should be part of proposed Kewadin Lansing
March 21 2012
With the prospect of such a casino in Lansing working its way through the legislative process, could it also set the stage for a mid-size entertainment venue downtown? For those steadfastly opposed to...
March 21 2012
"Next Fall" revolves around a same-sex couple, Adam and Luke. Luke, played by Russ Jameson, believes in God while Adam, played by Jonas Greenberg, is an atheist. When an accident occurs, Adam seeks support...
Bodies at rust & beer your soul
March 21 2012
Q: I’m a recently divorced 40-something woman, now dating again, and I’m wondering what the guidelines are on how long to wait to have sex. I’m not interested in casual sex, but I have...
March 21 2012
On Friday at The Loft, expect a jam-packed show with four separate tours sharing one bill. The all-ages show includes A Loss For Words, The Sheds, The Menzingers, Make Do and Mend, Code Orange Kids, Captain...
Trick Your Bully
March 21 2012
Trick Your Bully, which opened March 10, is located in REO Town, along South Washington Avenue. It´s a boutique that specializes in dog food supplements and accessories — such as collars and...
This season’s high school musicals include ‘Hairspray,’ ‘9 to 5,’ ‘Chicago’ — and ‘The Phantom of the Opera’
March 14 2012
To some, the term "high school musical' calls to mind visions of Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale. To others, it means wake-me-when-it’s-over productions of "H.M.S. Pinafore" or "Peter...
MSU concert tries to define the meaning of 'home'
March 14 2012
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,...
The humor is hard-hitting in Gleeson's 'Guard'
March 14 2012
"The Guard" teams dumpling-faced, plain-talking small-town police sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) with the considerably more polished and professional Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle), an FBI agent...
Symphony unleashes two juggernauts and a fawn
March 14 2012
Saturday’s Lansing Symphony concert featured the most highly anticipated orchestra-and-soloist tandem of the 2011-´12 season, French pianist Philippe Bianconi’s energetic go at Johannes...
Grammy winner Isbin picks up on 'Passion'
March 14 2012
That confidence is a testament to her steadfast skills with the nylon strings and her poised on-stage coolness. At the November 2009 show, Isbin performed just feet away from the First Family and did what...
'Checking Out' checks in at LCP
March 14 2012
The Lansing Civic Players production unfolds inside The Lonely Pelican, located in fictitious Pepsicola, Fla., where manager George (Rick Wendorf) and his daughter, Karin (Brittney Benjamin), have to face...
Violinist makes his own 'transitional journey'
March 14 2012
He now plays, what he calls, "a transformational journey through digital violin." It’s a field that relies heavily on improvisation, digital-effects processors and looping pedals, creating an experimental...
Actor-soldier-memoirist Benjamin Busch looks back on being a Marine — and playing a Marine
March 14 2012
Busch — an artist, actor, soldier and now author — shows his poetic vision of life and death in this unusual memoir, which doesn’t follow the usual conventions. For example, the story...
March 14 2012
The Entertainment Express trolley service will run two hours early on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., and will travel its regular route between downtown Lansing to downtown East Lansing until 2:30 a.m. Each trolley...
March 14 2012
What’s better than a day dedicated to drinking? Not having to take a day off work to enjoy a day dedicated to drinking. This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday; the next time it happens—2018—we’ll...
A bouquet of gardeners share their styles, hopes and delights
March 14 2012
Last week, Dan Crow picked his way through the wind-blasted garden that surrounds his home in Perry. "It looks like a disaster," Crow said. "This is the ugliest time of year. Everything’s beat up....
Lard Of the dance & memory bank fraud
March 14 2012
Q: When I got married, I was a slim 6’2”, but I’ve gained a lot of weight. My wife gained about 20 pounds but recently lost that and more. I’ve been as high as 265, but I’m...

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