A brothel madam battles brutal realities in the Pulitzer-winning 'Ruined'
April 25 2012
But while Mama Nadi may be able to manipulate her customers and her employees, she can’t shut out the realities of what’s going on outside her door, nor can she turn away from the traumas her...
Michigan State University's sparkling 'Blonde' earns straight As
April 25 2012
How does a musical that focuses on the stereotype of a blonde woman being a superficial airhead become a substantial piece of theater? In the case of Michigan State University’s production of “Legally...
Vulture capital & life Is methy
April 25 2012
Q: This woman and I have been friends for a year. She’s a free spirit of sorts with zero boundaries. In the time I’ve known her, she’s been married and divorced and then engaged, and...
April 25 2012
The Mitten Mavens, a Lansing-based all-female roller derby team, hosts a rock show fundraiser Friday at Mac’s Bar. Taking the stage is a bill full of local rockers, including Narc Out the Reds, The...
Greenfield Collection Antiques
April 18 2012
Despite being a favorite among Old Town residents, Greenfield Collection closed for business in August 2011 so that Polston, along with his partners Mike Polston and Ron Cosson, could pursue other business...
April 18 2012
Yes, that's the same Kevin Costner you know from “Field of Dreams,” “Dances With Wolves” and “The Bodyguard.” He formed the Modern West band in 2007 and released a country...
Joshua Bell becomes conductor of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
April 18 2012
There hasn’t been a player-manager in baseball since Pete Rose in the 1980s, but the breed is far from extinct. Classical violinist Joshua Bell, already destined for the Fiddle Hall of Fame, will...
It’s homecoming week for 'America's Sister,' comedian Loni Love
April 18 2012
The comedian plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Connxtions Comedy Club. She is best known for her role as a recurring panelist on E!’s hit show “Chelsea Lately” and appearances on...
Lansing Marathon is set for Sunday
April 18 2012
An estimated 2,000 runners are expected to participate in the first Lansing Marathon on Sunday. The 26.2 mile course begins at the Accident Fund building and runners will travel through Kircher Park,...
Seek 'Shelter'; you'll find a great psychological thriller
April 18 2012
He wakes up screaming from nightmares in which hundreds of birds swoop down upon him, oily rain falls and a seismic jolt shakes his house, causing his living room furniture to hang suspended in mid-air,...
Broad Museum infiltrates the soil with the launch of 'The Land Grant'
April 18 2012
The culture shock of the ultramodern Eli and Edythe Broad Museum springing up at agricultural-rooted Michigan State University has already been compared to a spaceship landing in a cornfield. Little did...
A sorority sister gets schooled in MSU musical
April 18 2012
Although the plot is basically the same as the popular 2001 Reese Witherspoon movie, the musical’s songs help quicken the pace. For example, Elle’s depression over her breakup with Warner and...
Local shops await annual Record Store Day sales
April 18 2012
While the 4-year-old event is a day validating the love of digging through crates of LPs and 7-inches, it’s also a huge financial boost for the indie shops. Local stores participating this year include...
MSU adjunct professor pens a legal thriller
April 18 2012
Being an appellate lawyer was both an asset and a hindrance for author Anthony J. Franze when he was writing his first novel, "The Last Justice."
'Vino Veritas' is diluted by unconvincing acting
April 18 2012
In addition to its power to impair our vision, speech and judgment, imbibing too much alcohol can also coerce people into saying what they really mean. Hence the premise of “Vino Veritas” —...
Inner booty & Romeo must dial
April 18 2012
Q: In your answer to “Dismayed,” the 32-year-old woman with a Ph.D. who was unimpressed by the men she was meeting, I was struck by how cold and calculating it all sounds: Women evolved to...
April 18 2012
"My whole sound is kind of this funky house, funky disco and a bit of techno,” said DJ Dan, who is playing The Loft Friday. The event is hosted by X Theory Collaboration: “Lansing´s newest...
Judah Friedlander is ready to 'Rock' Lansing
April 13 2012
Friedlander shared his World Champion of the World secrets in his book, “How to Beat Up Anybody: An Instructional and Inspirational Karate Book by the World Champion.” The book features several...
In its second year, the Capital City Film Festival reels in new ideas
April 11 2012
Sure, the Capital City Film Festival has movies. But it also includes a full day of speakers, courtesy of TedX Lansing and the Media Sandbox Capstone Series, as well as the dramatic poetry of Kinetic Affect...
An opening-night documentary profiles a local success story: Elderly Instruments
April 11 2012
Heading toward his office, Aleshire works his way through the labyrinth of shelving units bursting with stock, while he passes by a swarm of fellow employees, all busy filling Internet orders for rare...

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