Bonnie Jo Campbell kicks off a series devoted to authors addressing Michigan life
March 18 2013
Wednesday, Jan. 25 — Michigan State University associate dean and writing professor Edward Watts wants to make the Midwest less of a flyover zone when it comes to literature. Watts, who has long...
Laugh Out Loud Short Film Fest comes to Celebration Cinema and NCG Eastwood
March 18 2013
Thursday, Jan. 26 — It’s a common experience among moviegoers to notice that one guy who uses his phone throughout the entire film. Well, maybe it’s not always a guy, and maybe she’s...
Glenn Close's subtle work is upstaged by the bolder Mia Wasikowska and Janet McTeer in 'Albert Nobbs'
March 18 2013
Over the years, we’ve seen many characters cross-dress in the movies for various reasons. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis pretended to be female musicians to escape gangsters in “Some Like It Hot.”...
Pulitzer winner documents his cancer battle in “Not As I Pictured”
March 18 2013
Friday, Jan. 26 — Pulitzer-winning photojournalist John Kaplan tells his story of his battle with cancer on WKAR-TV’s World channel at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday
Katherine Heigl takes a shot at playing Stephanie Plum in a movie that's dead on arrival
March 18 2013
In 1991, Kathleen Turner attempted to turn Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski thrillers into a franchise; unfortunately, the dream died the minute the dismal debut, “V.I. Warshawski,” began...
East Lansing Film Society screens Oscar-nominated comedy from Woody Allen
March 18 2013
Monday, Jan. 30 —The East Lansing Film Society screens writer-director Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" this week. The comic fantasy is nominated for three Academy Awards, including best picture...
Daniel Radcliffe's 'Woman in Black' conjures up some old-fashioned chills
March 18 2013
One of the biggest shocks in “The Woman in Black” arrives in the first minutes, when you realize that Daniel Radcliffe, who seemed to be a child himself not so very long ago, is now playing...
'Chronicle' isn't your standard superhero movie, but it isn't very good, either
March 18 2013
When Madonna hired a documentary crew to follow her around for her 1991 film “Truth or Dare,” many observers thought she’d scaled new heights of narcissism (even her then-boyfriend Warren...
Benaron is the author of 'Running the Rift,' set in 1990s Rwanda
March 18 2013
Tuesday, Feb. 7 — A Wednesday evening event with 2011 Bellwether Prize for Fiction winner Naomi Benaron at the Eastwood location of Schuler Books & Music has been canceled, due to illness
The members of the BLAT! Pack work together to achieve their musical and artistic ambitions
March 18 2013
Wednesday, Feb. 8 — Being involved in a local music scene can provoke competitive behavior. But working together seems to work best for the BLAT! Pack
‘My First Time’ runs gamut of sexual experiences
March 18 2013
Somewhere between a Penthouse Forum story and a Swiftian journal entry (Taylor, not Jonathan) lies “My First Time,” a staged reading of stories culled from the aptly named website,
Riverwalk Theatre salutes the music of rock legends Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
March 18 2013
Thursday, Feb. 15 — “Hound Dog.” “Poison Ivy.” “Stand By Me.” Since the dawn of the rock-n-roll era, few songwriting duos have had as much of an impact or left...
The student-teacher relationship is examined in 'Scarborough'
March 18 2013
Is love enough? That's the question posed by Fiona Evans' "Scarborough," produced by the Michigan State University Department of Theater, in collaboration with Touch Your Soul Productions. The drama will...
Seeley and Baldori take the 'Backstage Pass' stage
March 18 2013
Thursday, Feb. 16 — Pianists Bob Seeley and Bob Baldori get keyed up during the latest episode of "Backstage Pass," premiering at 10 p.m. tonight on WKAR-TV
MSU's Asian Studies Center salutes Japanese culture with a month-long series of events
March 18 2013
Wednesday, Feb. 22 — The month of March isn’t only for celebrating women’s history at Michigan State University this year: The Asian Studies Center is honoring the culture of Japan with...
Pedro Almodovar dresses up a twisted tale in stunning style in 'The Skin I Live In'
March 18 2013
Thursday, Feb. 23 — Before he was an international sex symbol, Antonio Banderas was a familiar face to fans of the films of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar. More than 20 years since their last collaboration...
'Exposed' concerts include new works from guest artists and company members
March 18 2013
Thursday, Feb. 23 — You’ll see it all at this weekend’s Happendance concerts. Artistic director Missy Lilje plans to leave everything out in the open — including the backstage area...
Zany 'Wanderlust' finds Manhattanites Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston communing with hippies
March 18 2013
George and Linda Gergenblatt (Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston) leave behind their Manhattan studio apartment — sorry: “microloft” — for a Georgia commune — oops: “intentional...
Broad Art Museum curator of contemporary art speaks tonight at MSU
March 18 2013
Wednesday, Feb. 29 — Alison Gass, curator of contemporary art at Michigan State University's Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, hosts an evening of art and conversation tonight, beginning at 6:30 in...
Vacant Lansing was packed with flappers, gamblers and Jazz Age ambiance
March 18 2013
Thursday, March 1 — The “blind tiger” logo should have been a clue