Julian VanDyke and James McFarland host two events to benefit Mid-Michigan Food Bank
Oct. 12 2011
McFarland is the owner of Hotwater Works, a hot tub dealer on Michigan Avenue. This venue provided the pair with enough space to accommodate a large audience. The artists will take suggestions from the...
MSU revisits ‘Desire’ in old New Orleans
Oct. 12 2011
Graduate student Emily Young is playing Stella as her thesis role, which she believes will help tackle her constant challenge of finding vulnerability in her acting. Young took her research one big step...
’Arsenic’ is on tap at Lansing Civic Players
Oct. 12 2011
For example, the play’s two lovable and murderous aunts, who serve arseniclaced elderberry wine, are “always together in a scene. They kind of get lumped into that generic old-lady persona...
Thrilling ‘Terra Nova’ is a true triumph for Riverwalk
Oct. 12 2011
In 1990 Aussie band The Church released a single called “Terra Nova Cain,” which sounds like just the remedy needed after enduring Riverwalk Theatre’s production of “Terra Nova.”...
Starlight Dinner Theatre serves up ‘The Odd Couple’ as season opener
Oct. 12 2011
On the off chance you haven’t heard, “The Odd Couple” is about a friendship between two men who are polar opposites and manage to push each other to their limits. It was the basis for...
‘The Dead Guy’ is a spotty spoof of reality TV
Oct. 12 2011
If he did, “The Dead Guy,” now at Williamston Theatre, might be a sharper satire in the vein of “Network” or “The Truman Show.” But the show’s very concept suggests...
Craig Brewer gives ‘Footloose’ a foot massage
Oct. 12 2011
“There was a really embarrassing moment in my life when my dad came from work to find me in my underwear, dancing to that Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney song what was it called? ‘Say Say...
Kevin Boyle delved into the archives to put together ‘Arc of Justice’
Oct. 12 2011
By BILL CASTANIER National Book Award Winner Kevin Boyle describes himself as an “archives rat” and that’s a good thing for a historian and the author of the award-winning “Arc...
Prince Harming & semicolon cleansing
Oct. 12 2011
He says everyone expected him to become Prime Minister, but he decided to buck their expectations and become a portrait painter. Although he earns a good living, I believe he considers himself a failure...
Oct. 12 2011
Glitter Trash was started in 2010 by lead singer “Jena Talia,” a pre-op transsexual who refuses to accept boy/girl labeling and prefers to be called a “hybrid.” The Detroit-based...
Comerica Bank event raises funds for Lansing historical museum
Oct. 5 2011
By DENYSE SMITH On a clear Lansing night, the view from the top is a good one, and on Saturday, patrons of the Greater Lansing Historical Society’s Fall Fundraiser will get a chance to see for themselves...
Rousing, Tony-winning tale of The Four Seasons brings down the house at the Wharton Center
Oct. 5 2011
So what could possibly warrant such a rousing response? Best guess: a combination of music that is ingrained in the DNA of post-World War II American pop culture, a tight book that captures that lightning-in-a-bottle...
MSU senior Dennis Corsi launches theater company to produce 'pop opera' about gay teens in crisis
Oct. 5 2011
Touch Your Soul Productions Residential College in the Arts and Humanities Theater in Snyder- Phillips Hall, MiSU 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6; 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8; 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct....
'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

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