A pair of potent performances bolster a provocative drama at Capital TheatreWorks
Sept. 8 2010
“Dying City” is the story of three deeply damaged people and the wounds they inflict upon each other. Kelly, played with guarded brittleness by Kayla DeWitt, is a widowed therapist who wiles...
Lansing Symphony starts 2010-11 season with lead-off triple
Sept. 8 2010
Ell made it sound even easier than that. “We just have to rely on all our previous concerto experiences and add some chamber music to it,” she said. “We’ve all played with orchestras...
Husband and wife form Gifts or Creatures
Sept. 8 2010
For years, Brandon Foote had been known as a collaborator, a singer, songwriter and an accomplished mandolin player, having spent time playing with the nowdefunct bluegrass group Hot-Toe-Mitty, and being...
Lansing Art Gallery director finds a new home for selected pieces from in-state artists
Sept. 8 2010
Naturally, artist Mark E. Mehaffey has several of his paintings displayed around the house. One of the pieces was in Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize competition last year; another painting, he liked but it...
Petaling as fast as he can & Giving him the dry heave-ho
Sept. 8 2010
Q: I met my dream girl in my poker group in grad school. I recently moved far away to start my own company, but I plan to move back in about six months, once it’s up and running. I just learned on...
Sept. 8 2010
This week is stocked with shows from a number of Lansing-area venues. From Mac’s Bar and The Loft, to a recently opened coffee shop in Okemos, live music from many genres are scattered across the...
Charlotte Deardorff, LCC’s costume queen, retires after 22 years
Sept. 1 2010
Charlotte Deardorff’s eyeballs have been red since the Reagan administration.Prized in local theater circles for her unerring sense of color and attention to detail, Deardorff, 60, will retire this...
Truly hair-raising
Sept. 1 2010
The emergence of independent record labels in the 1980s was a pivotal moment for under-the-radar music. When influential labels like Sub Pop, Dischord, Touch and Go, Bomp! and K Records began pressing...
American original New Orleans’ Henry Butler hurls piano thunder with MSU Professors of Jazz
Sept. 1 2010
If the piano is the queen of instruments, Butler, 61, carries the crown proudly. His specialty is a grand, inclusive synthesis of jazz, boogie, gospel, RB, pop and even the art song tradition of Franz...
Double trouble Life gets complicated in drama ’Dying City’
Sept. 1 2010
It was supposed to be a peaceful evening for psychologist Kelly: She just wanted to watch “Law and Order.” But the young widow is about to get some unexpected company: her late husband Craig’s...
Annual film festival has everything from Knightley to Newton-John
Sept. 1 2010
Approximately 300 movies will be screened Sept. 9 to Sept. 19, and the variety is truly staggering, from the premieres of directors Clint Eastwood’s supernatural shocker “Hereafter” and...
New dance center features everything from ballroom to hip-hop
Sept. 1 2010
But when she had her second child, her dancing needs changed. She wanted to find a dance studio that would be conducive to a hectic mother’s schedule, yet still challenged her as a dancer. After...
Rivals and departures & Canine and a half weeks
Sept. 1 2010
I’ve been dating a guy I really like for a month. He’s been in a long-distance relationship with a woman since last spring. They spend a week together every couple of months, and were off and...
Henry Butler conjures up piano thunder at MSU Wednesday
Aug. 31 2010
The cyclonic keyboard force of New Orleans piano legend Henry Butler could crack the Pasant Theater stage all by itself. But the structural concrete underneath may also buckle when Butler jams with Michigan...
Eric Jerome Dickey is excited about his latest book — but not about how its being promoted
Aug. 27 2010
Author Eric Jerome Dickey begs you not to judge his new book, “Tempted By Trouble,” by its cover.The dust jacket of his newest book shows an attractive young woman in a seductive pose —...
Mason festival features jazz, rock, Latin and blues
Aug. 27 2010
The weather forecast says Saturday will be sunny; the music forecast says Mason will be sun-dried
Stars in your eyes
Aug. 25 2010
“Hubble captured images so complex we can actually travel through them,” DiCaprio notes, and travel through them we do. In a breathtakingly beautiful sequence, the camera effortlessly sails...
Emma Thompson returns in a suitably zany adventure
Aug. 25 2010
The question: When will Emma Thompson get around to making a sequel to “Nanny McPhee”? The answer: When pigs fly.But, as Eleanor of Aquitaine promised in “The Lion in Winter,” there...
So-so 'Switch' puts Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman in a truly sticky situation
Aug. 25 2010
It’s about time a film addressed a pressing problem that has been the secret shame of millions, a condition politicians never dare to address, a situation even the mouthiest TV pundits refuse to...
Aug. 25 2010
Last year, retired Michigan State University cinematographer and editor Bob Crawford rode in the annual Dick Allen Lansing to Mackinaw bicycle tour, known as the DALMAC. The 300 mile-plus trip, spread...

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