Kaleidoscope Books & Collectibles
March 31 2010
Jeffrey Pickell of Kaleidoscope Books & Collectibles describes his Ann Arbor store as “eclectic” and he is bringing stock which reflects that description to the Michigan Antiquarian Book and...
Violinist Schmidt connects with LSO in rare communion
March 31 2010
The vehicle for this rare communion was American Samuel Barber’s 1939 Violin Concerto. It’s music from a time of hope and dread much like ours. Barber’s mix of unabashed yearning and...
Adaptation of John Irving’s novel not for the faint-hearted — or the closed-minded
March 31 2010
There is a chillingly ice-cold clinical feel to the lighting and set for Lansing Community College’s spring offering, “The Cider House Rules, Part One: Here in St Cloud”. Gauzy 21-foot-tall...
Cyrus is still a girl, not yet an actress in ’The Last Song’
March 31 2010
Remember how “The Hannah Montana Movie” took a serious turn in the last halfhour, with Miley suffering an identity crisis? Consider that a warm-up for “The Last Song,” in which...
'Talking With' marred by uneven performances
March 31 2010
Monologues — like stories — require different skills from an actor than standard stage dialogue. "Talking With," by the pseudonymous Jane Martin, is at times a struggle for the actors of Icarus...
MSU conference seeks to dispel myth surrounding Muslims’ connection to violence, terrorism
March 29 2010
There’s no question Muslims deal with a fair amount of stigma in the United States. Negative images in the media, combined with the instilled fear of terrorism, have left Americans wondering whom...
Keeler taps into Water
March 28 2010
In 2008, after graduating from Columbia College in Chicago with a music composition degree, Keeler’s sound began to morph into a polished blend of Sam Cooke-style soul and Tom Waits, while still...
2010-11 Broadway season also includes "Shrek the Musical," "9 to 5"
March 28 2010
It’s fresh, and yet it’s also familiar — that’s what you might think when you see the Wharton Center’s Broadway line-up for 2010-11
March 27 2010
Complete listings for the season
MSU opera has high Juliettitude, low Romeosity
March 27 2010
An insidious thought came to me during MSU Opera Theatre’s energetic “Miami Vice” remake of Charles Gounod’s 1867 Shakespearean opera “Romeo et Juliette.” I could flee...
The humor of "Greenberg" is acidic — and unexpectedly touching, too
March 26 2010
“Are you going to let me in?” That’s what Florence (Greta Gerwig) murmurs as she navigates the traffic on a busy Los Angeles street. She might ask the same question of the title character...
A beautifully animated, often funny adventure touches on some serious topics
March 26 2010
“Our parents’ war is about to become ours,” a young girl tells her friend in a new film. “Figure out what side you’re on.” All around them they see destruction and chaos,...
Amanda Seyfried and Julianne Moore generate some steam in "Chloe," but a feeble finale spoils the mood
March 26 2010
The younger woman pours a steady stream of sugar into her coffee cup. Her life could use a little sweetening up: She’s Chloe, a call girl who lives out other people’s fantasies while shutting...
’Language of performance’ unites an international cast
March 24 2010
“We have performers from 17 different countries,” senior artistic director Michael Smith noted as he observed his artists preparing for a stopover of the “Alegria” spectacular in...
Cirque spectacular provides an assortment of amazing acts
March 24 2010
The themes for this show are reportedly darker than other Cirque productions, but apart from a sad clown and a few distorted face masks and disproportioned bodies, there is virtually no darkness to be...
Violinist Schmidt is old-school, Web-savvy
March 24 2010
It’s a digital life for a man with an analog soul. His parents played for the Philadelphia Opera Co., so he grew up in the Academy of Music’s Great Hall, home of the legendary Philadelphia...
LCC stages Part One of epic play
March 24 2010
Written by Peter Parnell and adapted from the novel by John Irving, “The Cider House Rules” tells the story of an orphan named Homer Wells in 1920s Maine who resides in St. Cloud’s orphanage....
’Cheatin’’ is lowbrow, but high in laughs
March 24 2010
The Lansing Civic Players Guild want you to know it is revamping its image. Left with the basement of its costume shop, the Players have cleaned and reformed the space into a cozy black-box setting, albeit...
Strong cast brings comedy to life at Riverwalk Theatre
March 24 2010
When Lotty meets Rose Arnott (Veronica Gracia-Wing), a plot is hatched to rent a villa, nay, a castle in the Mediterranean, for these two women (and two more) to get away from the damp and thunderous rains...
Literary events bloom in April all over Lansing
March 24 2010
The annual Rally of Writers, an all-day workshop, is set for April 10 at Lansing Community College’s west campus. The rally includes programs on everything from writing thrillers to poetry and, according...

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