Changes have been made, but 'Les Miserables' retains its musical power
April 4 2012
The show plays as a tension of opposites between the flawed altruist Jean Valjean and the letter-of-the-law enforcer Javert, with the latter always threatening to make the show his own. Andrew Valera,...
LCC's 'American Spirit' has a little of everything
April 4 2012
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...
Loren D. Estleman is the keynote speaker at this year's Rally of Writers
April 4 2012
Estleman still prefers using his 1967 Olympia and his 1923 Underwood to bang out his novels, including his more than 30 books featuring Detroit private eye Amos Walker
Love, liquor — and video games? — are blended in unusual 'Usual'
April 4 2012
The full title of the play is “The Usual: A Musical Love Story.” Williamston’s run of the show is the world premiere of the original work, with book and lyrics by Alan Gordon and music...
This year's Top of the Town Local TV News personality winner spotlights some of his favorite things about living in Lansing
April 4 2012
Common Ground Music Festival: It was the first community event I went to after starting as TV-6 morning anchor back in July of 2009. In fact, it was my first day of work at the station! I remember Tim...
April 4 2012
The Blackened Moon Concert Hall is stocked with East Coast death-metal acts on Thursday. Bands set to thrash through some black metal include HellCannon (from Buffalo) and New Jersey-based rockers Legionary...
April 4 2012
OMI SUSHI — This sushi bar has a wide variety of sushi rolls, including tempura, spicy or vegetarian. Also features appetizers such as lightly salted edamame or miso soup. 210 MAC Ave., East Lansing....
Take two hard-luck cases, add one wise bartender, throw in songs and shake it up: That's 'The Usual'
March 28 2012
Now through April 22 Williamston Theatre 122 S. Putnam St., Williamston Preview 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29; all seats $15 Friday, March 30 through April 22: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m....
It's time to belly up for the Edible Book Contest
March 28 2012
Each year, on or around April 1, a global network of book nuts takes Bacon literally. Edible Book contests are hosted at schools and literary clubs from France to Russia to Brazil to Australia, with Michigan...
Snow White prompts a double-take from Hollywood
March 28 2012
Back in the late 1980s, Hollywood couldn’t get enough of those body-switching comedies, in which boys and men changed places. Ten years later, we had a rash of end-of-the-world flicks, in which tidal...
Andrew Varela looks for the more sensitive side of Inspector Javert in ‘Les Miserables’
March 28 2012
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...
Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. rises to the challenge of the emotionally charged drama 'Next Fall'
March 28 2012
This isn't science-fiction. It's a question of faith that drives the core conflict between the two lead characters in the Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. production of "Next Fall." In Geoffrey Nauffts' script,...
'Theory' looks at teen life from a different angle
March 28 2012
Bill, played byMichigan State University alum Hazen Cuyler, is a 17-year-old headed for college, and while he is highly intelligent when it comes to school, he lacks the ability to read social cues and...
Professor Susan Reverby writes about medical research gone wrong
March 28 2012
Reverby, the Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas and Professor of Women´s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College and an historian of American women, medicine and nursing, speaks...
Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show returns Sunday at Lansing Center
March 28 2012
More than 75 dealers will be selling old books and paper items “ranging from the eclectic to the obscure,” according to Walsh. These items include thousands of postcards and photographs, old...
Manure and wife & doctors without borders
March 28 2012
Q: My fiancee insists on having our wedding at “THE most magical place to get married,” this beautiful lake resort. Her family’s well-off, but having it there creates a financial hardship...
March 28 2012
Mac’s Bar will be kickin’ the bass Saturday when five Michigan-based DJs spin some bass-heavy electro. Hitting the decks at the event, dubbed “Mac’s Hot Shit,” is DJ C. Phear...
'Memphis' raises the roof — and the temperature
March 28 2012
Colorful, energetic, and chock-full of heart, “Memphis” is the best surprise to happen to East Lansing since the early cherry blossom explosion last week. And like that brief dash of summer...
After more than 20 years, Ben Hamper's 'Rivethead' still works for readers
March 22 2012
He will not be wearing his "Out for Trout" baseball cap: His former boss Michael Moore borrowed the cap for the filming of "Roger and Me" and never gave it back. Moore writes about the theft in the foreword...
Visiting workshops transform military uniforms into paper
March 21 2012
Lips zipped, jaw clenched, uniform in the attic — that’s still the way many veterans deal with their time in the military. Their stoicism suits civilians who’d rather not think about...

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