Screenwriter John Orloff never gave up on his dream project; now, it’s opening nationwide
Jan. 9 2012
"Growing up, if you wanted to be part of the conversation, you had to be talking movies," he said, with a smile, during a visit to Ann Arbor last month
Nothing is as it seems in first-rate ’Descendants’
Jan. 9 2012
Given his circumstances that may be one of the easier decisions Matt will have to make. His sportsloving daredevil of a wife, Elizabeth, is on life-support after a boating accident, and the prognosis is...
And a look at the 2011 Top of the Town winners
Jan. 4 2012
This year we have seven categories and 106 subcategories. We encourage you to vote in all of them, but you may vote once in as many as you wish. When you do, you have the opportunity to be entered to win...
The race is on for the 2012 top of the town awards
Jan. 4 2012
So you welcomed Baby New Year with a toast and a cheer, did you? Think again, deluded one. Throw that devil spawn back on the street and call Old Man 2011 for one more bow. It’s time for the City...
Director Michael Rush says the $40 million-plus Michigan State University project 'will be like nothing else'
Jan. 4 2012
I can hardly believe that our Road to the Broad is rapidly becoming a high-speed super highway with our opening only four months away! As we think of the museum being a huge part of our new year, the word...
Sawyer’s Pancake House closes, but the owners leave the door open to new possibilities
Jan. 4 2012
Early on New Year’s Eve morning, plates of eggs, pancakes and bacon were stacking up at the order window for loyal patrons visiting Sawyer’s Gourmet Pancake House the day before it turned off...
Cash, Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis rock once more as the 'Million Dollar Quartet'
Jan. 4 2012
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
Lansing Symphony Orchestra strips away the varnish from Beethoven’s breakthrough masterpiece
Jan. 4 2012
There comes a time when the voice deepens, strange new emotions stir and hair grows in interesting places. Adolescence? No — there’s something even hairier, deeper and more emotional than...
MSU actor has a busy week ahead at Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival competition
Jan. 4 2012
Haskell and the other cast members of Michigan State University’s “The Beaux’ Stratagem” are preparing for their three performances Thursday at the Kennedy Center College Theatre...
Michigan Notable Books encompass a wide range of topics and genres
Jan. 4 2012
Make room on your bookshelf or e-reader: The Library of Michigan has named the top 20 Michigan Notable Books of the year, and the list represents established and debut authors, books covering topics and...
Axing a girl out
Jan. 4 2012
Q: You overlooked the danger when you replied to the woman who was invited on a hiking date by a man she’d had a crush on. You said that he probably got interested because he saw her with her new...
Jan. 4 2012
'Lansing Covers Lansing' CD release show A new compilation CD of Lansing bands covering songs by other Lansing outfits will be released Friday at Mac’s Bar. Taking the stage will be a few of the...
Dec. 28 2011
Going to local rock clubs like Mac's Bar or The Loft isn't one click away, and most often it isn't free (unless one has managed to weasel their way onto a guest list). So it's a remarkable feat when bands...
Dec. 28 2011
What Madagascar is to endangered lemurs, America's universities have become to those exquisite and rarely observed species, classical and jazz music. In 2011, bucking all market trends in the surrounding...
Dec. 28 2011
My favorite show of 2011 was Stormfield Theatre's "Heroes," a play in which all the major elements of what makes fine theater came perfectly together
Dec. 28 2011
Community theaters, particularly in small towns, often rely on the tried and true. However, theater is far more exciting when companies take risks. New and daring works can turn into overambitious fiascos,...
Movies: Ten of the best — and a bunch of bad news
Dec. 28 2011
After a somewhat slowish start, 2011 turned out to be a terrific year for movies, some of them coming from long-established artists (Woody Allen, Werner Herzog) and others from rising stars (Thomas McCarthy,...
Dec. 28 2011
The City Pulse theater reviewers see upwards of 50 shows a year, which means that by the end of the year many of the productions are a blur. The standouts, the ones that eventually grab up fistfuls of...
Dec. 28 2011
My take on the best theater of the year is that it took place on the streets, most noticeably with the surge in flashmob theater taking place everywhere and then, more recently, in the Occupy political...
A harvest of Hemingway, plus first-rate reads from contemporary authors
Dec. 28 2011
When it comes to books, 2011 was the YOH — Year of Hemingway — complete with a masterful collection of letters, a new coffee table book, a book on his first wife and a book on his boat, the...

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