Heart Beats
March 28 2012
Heart Beats, which officially opened on Dec. 1, is a Chinese gaming lounge that features seven pool tables, five karaoke rooms and nine rooms used for playing popular Chinese table games such as mahjong
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...
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...
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...
Meet the two Felicias: the fiery 1950s heroine of 'Memphis' and the actress who plays her
March 21 2012
When she was cast in "Memphis," the Tony-winning musical about the dawn of rock 'n' roll and the Civil Rights movement, Felicia Boswell insists she didn’t have to do much in the way of research....
Adventurous director Deborah Keller heads up a crackling production
March 21 2012
Brick is a study in conflict, as he fights his wife, his father, and his own demons. He is deeply mired in guilt after the death of his best friend, and attempts to drown out the world by hiding in his...
Theater of War takes long view of war trauma
March 21 2012
The opening moments of "Ajax" ring eerily familiar after U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' alleged murder of 16 civilians in Afghanistan last week. In the age of laser-guided missiles and MRAPs, a 5th-century...
Admirable intentions lead to sadly awkward results in a slow-moving comedy
March 21 2012
For one thing, it’s their first show in the Curry Street Theatre, LCP’s new home at 6025 Curry Lane in Lansing. Second, it’s the show that might have turned around their slipping reputation...
'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...

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