Former Lansing author works unusual twists into ’The Drifts’
July 21 2010
Some of the plotlines may be over the top, but Vernon uses them to convey the central themes of stereotyping, outsiders and survival. The book, set in rural Arkansas during a blizzard, finds the characters...
Fantasy finds its way to local stages
July 21 2010
“Arabian” is playwright Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of “The Book of The Thousand Nights and One Night,” chronicling the mesmerizing tales of the skilled storyteller Scheherazade,...
July 21 2010
in, made us strip to our underwear, then bound and gagged us. We were tied in chairs, back to back, but were able to hold hands. (We weren’t hurt, and my mom came home and untied us a couple hours...
The popular downtown bar and restaurant stays open amid legal confusion
July 19 2010
Happy hour at Brannigan Brothers was like any other on Thursday evening. Five bar stools had butts in them, three women were sharing chips and dip and white wine, three servers scrambled about, Top 40...
Christopher Nolan's
July 15 2010
There are movies that wash over you, like a shower. There are movies that hit you in the face, like a blast of freezing rain. And then there’s writer-director Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,”...
Virtuoso guitarist digs a Django groove
July 14 2010
Jorgenson, 54, has backed a lot of heavyweight artists, from Sting and Streisand to Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. He scored critically and commercially in the country-jazz Desert Rose Band...
Comic Steve Hofstetter went from sportswriter to stand-up star
July 14 2010
Steve Hofstetter likes sports. He said he’s always been somewhat of an athlete, but he was never “awesome.” “I wasn’t someone who would get picked first,” he said in...
’Last Call’ reveals facts and myths about Prohibition
July 14 2010
It’s easy to picture author Daniel Okrent at a large oak table, huddled over diaries, letters and old books and taking notes with a No. 2 pencil. After all, he spent five years researching his most...
In with the ’Old’
July 14 2010
While its official release isn’t until July 20, Bermuda Mohawk Productions will host the Frank and Earnest "Old Francis” EP release show on Friday. Frank and Earnest consists of ex- and current...
Bella Ruse hits the road — with help from vegetable oil
July 14 2010
It’s this ingenuity combined with Bella Ruse’s hard touring work ethic that has seen Gillette and guitarist Joseph Barker embark on three national tours and record three EPs in the space of...
’Skungpoomery’ defines how bad theater can be
July 14 2010
“Skungpoomery,” by the late British playwright Ken Campbell, fails on both counts. The word skungpoomery itself a made-up word is intended to describe the process of making up other nonsense...
Williamston Theatre has an appetite for musical comedy
July 14 2010
While that song isn’t included in the Williamston Theatre’s “Five Course Love,” Gregg Coffin’s script expresses similar sentiments as it showcases a quintet of miniature musical...
Nicolas Cage takes up Mickey’s mantle
July 14 2010
It took producer Jerry Bruckheimer almost 20 years to cash in on the “Indiana Jones” series with his “National Treasure” franchise. He must be picking up the pace: “The Sorcerer’s...
July 14 2010
jealous and flew out a few times to see me until I said yes to getting back together. We’ve had a phone relationship since January, with visits whenever possible. Well, I’m starting grad school...
Glam is the name of Lambert's game at Common Ground
July 12 2010
Adam Lambert — or “Glambert,” as most pop culture addicts would call him — has moved from show tunes to “American Idol” to becoming a glittered glam-rock sensation....
Fun-filled gospel hootenanny will make you want to testify
July 9 2010
This is the perfect weekend for Lansing Community College’s latest “Summer Stage Under the Stars” offering. Warm and muggy well into the evenings, the weather literally helps set the...
Photographer Lewis Smith will be showcased at REO Town gallery
July 8 2010
Tom Stewart is about to launch an incubator. But instead of hatching eggs, he hopes to launch a new era of opportunity for artists. Stewart is the president of the Center for New Enterprise Opportunity,...
Show will raise money for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patient
July 8 2010
Members of the band Silent Lapse are reaching out to help Emily Hepker, with a benefit concert at 8 p.m. Friday at The Loft. Hepker, a friend of the band, has battled Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for three...
July 7 2010
Along with the Crucifucks, The Fix was one of the few Lansing acts TG raved about. The band lasted from 1980-82, was known for a dynamically fast live show and opened for Black Flag at Club DooBee in Haslett...
Broad Museum adviser Carl Koivuniemi is equally at home in Michigan or Manhattan
July 7 2010
This month, he’ll join about 100 farflung relatives for a reunion on the Lake Michigan dunes, following a 56-year tradition. He grew up in tiny St. Ignace, at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge,...

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