'Dead' in Williamston: Plus, Riverwalk Theatre gets frosty in ‘Terra Nova’
Oct. 5 2011
extreme reality show. The central character is Eldon Phelps, a man who gets $1 million to spend over seven days as camera crews follow him around and broadcast his spending on national television. However,...
Korean screen legend's performance is pure 'Poetry'
Oct. 5 2011
She’s not sure she believes it, though. A 66-year-old South Korean trying to raise her surly 16-year-old grandson, Wook, while toiling as a maid for a wealthy stroke victim, Mija wants very badly...
It’s Oktoberfest time again in Old Town
Oct. 5 2011
T he sixth annual Old Town Oktoberfest is being held Friday and Saturday at Burchard Park, at the corner of Turner Street and Grand River Avenue, in Lansing. It is the only German-themed Oktoberfest event...
Purple Rose Theatre revisits ‘Escanaba,’ where good taste is always out of place
Oct. 5 2011
elaborately staged Rube Goldberg set up of an extended fart sequence, complete with slow-motion strobe light and explosive sound effects? Or is it the scene in which a particularly potent potpourri of...
MSU alum Timothy Zahn fills in missing chapters in the ‘Star Wars’ saga
Oct. 5 2011
Lucas’ iconic space opera franchise “I had no idea it would be that successful: No one did,” said Zahn, 59, a 1973 Michigan State University alumnus who lives in Oregon. “The storyline...
Helen of toy & Mitey aphrodite
Oct. 5 2011
You can try to keep the romance alive with some therapist looking disapprovingly down her bifocals at the two of you or with the gift of a 50-cent purple plastic chimp. The chimp, happily, will not ask...
Oct. 5 2011
A su rv ey of Lansing’s musical Landscape By: Rich Tupica
Sept. 28 2011
By JAMES SANFORD GRAND RAPIDS On this Saturday afternoon, there’s a 15-minute wait just to get into the Grand Rapids Art Museum. But the hundreds of people in line aren’t heading to see an...
Craig and Weisz’s ‘Dream House’ might be a nightmare
Sept. 28 2011
But the fate of the project that brought them together that may not be much of a cause for celebration. “Dream House,” in which Craig and Weisz play a couple spooked by weird goingson in their...
GLHC's Views of Lansing provides a chance to see the city in all its glory
Sept. 28 2011
The Greater Lansing Housing Coalition’s Views of Lansing fundraiser on Saturday will showcase five buildings known for their architecture and great views of the city. Proceeds from the event will...
Old Town’s Art Spot allows artists to use buildings as their canvas
Sept. 28 2011
“What we wanted to do is have pre-approved art opportunities throughout our entire downtown little fun things that local artists could participate in to maintain the texture and feeling of Old Town,”...
MSU's strong double bill of dramas examines the aftermath of Sept. 11
Sept. 28 2011
Remember Sept. 11, 2001? Not the divisive rhetoric that tirelessly evoked the date for political evasion or justification, or the shameless merchandising that recently reached new lows (9/11 Merlot, anyone?...
Girl with a wait problem & Meet Joe Blackberry
Sept. 28 2011
frustrated to the max and wants to have an unemotional hookup. She suggests we each have a “last fling” before we start our relationship (when my deployment ends in 60 days). Well, I’m...
It's Five Guys versus Bagger Dave’s in a clash of the burger chains
Sept. 28 2011
While Five Guys revels in simple, greasy, sloppy messes, Bagger Dave’s mission is more refined with a broader, more nuanced menu and even wine or beer pairings for your meal pretentious, perhaps,...
Sept. 28 2011
Jerry Fels and the Jerry Fels yes, that’s the name is a catchy one-man band that’s goofy and unpretentious with a smart, ironic edge. The Massachusetts-based songwriter plays keys, guitar...
Drama poses provocative questions about passion
Sept. 28 2011
director Chad Badgero promises that “no situation is simply black or white,” and in “Blackbird," Doak Bloss and Angela Mishler confirm this in a production that leaves the audience emotionally...
'Signature event' planned as a $1 million fundraiser
Sept. 21 2011
The result is that next April will see the first of what Anderson and others hope will be an annual event. Anderson said at least 5,000 runners are expected to participate in the full marathon on April...
Parents plot to sell their kids in caustic comedy 'Gingerbread House'
Sept. 21 2011
Brian (Brian de Vries) and Stacey (Marianne Chan) have discovered that raising their two children has not been quite as satisfying as they had hoped it would be and it’s gotten in the way of their...
Broken hearts, shattered lives and fractured dialogue combine in Peppermint Creek's two-character drama
Sept. 21 2011
That staccato style blended with the thematic, twisted love story intrigued director Lela Ivey back when Chad Badgero first presented her with the script
If you want to get 'Footloose,' you're in the right town
Sept. 21 2011
In my day, it was all about Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer and John Lithgow; in the 2011 version, Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid have taken on the lead roles. When it comes to remakes, it’s...

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