Holt-Dimondales stab at Italian-American farce is about as authentic as Chef Boyardee
Jan. 26 2011
In Joe Di Pietro’s "Over the River and Through the Woods" now being performed by the still new kids-on-the-block, Holt Dimondale Community Players we’re going to an Italian-American grandmother’s...
Kimberly Lavon’s prints examine social stigmas
Jan. 26 2011
Art by Kimberly Lavon Katalyst Gallery 1214 Turner St, Lansing 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-7:15 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday (517) 708-8916
Oscar nominations: A tale of prizes and surprises
Jan. 26 2011
As expected, Annette Bening got a best actress nomination for “The Kids Are All Right,” in which she plays a lesbian mom trying to deal with her adolescent kids and the surrogate father (Mark...
Lisbeth Salander saga builds to a climax in moody Hornets Nest
Jan. 26 2011
A great heroine deserves a sensational send-off, and Lisbeth Salander that girl with the dragon tattoo who played with fire gets a fairly good one in "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest," the...
Michael Patrick Shiels has built a career on playing pranks and taking chances
Jan. 26 2011
Shiels showed up at the radio station on a cold January day with breakfast for Purtan and not just any breakfast, but a frozen microwaveable breakfast. He placed the frozen contents on a paper plate and...
You make loving fund & One surprise fits all
Jan. 26 2011
Four months into wedded bills, uh, bliss, you’re walking around muttering, “Aren’t a husband and wife supposed to support each other?” Well, yes, unless they start their marriage...
Jan. 26 2011
The show is raising funds for a documentary about Karp, a defunct Washington-based band that reflected the sounds of the Melvins and Black Sabbath. “Karp Lives: A Documentary Film About a Band Called...
Organic ingredients are the secret of Pizza Pi’s delicious dishes
Jan. 26 2011
Little known facts: Organic, woodfired pizza tastes better and makes you smarter. OK, so only the first part is verifiable, but if you stop into Pizza Pi along the Grand River corridor in East Lansing,...
Cirque Du Womp brought a new beat to The Loft
Jan. 26 2011
Standing in the freezing cold. A mob of 18-year-olds. Being blinded by ridiculously bright spotlights. It was almost worth it to see Cirque Du Womp’s first-ever show in Lansing. Saturday night, The...
Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore among the unjustly overlooked
Jan. 25 2011
Once the cheers die down and everyone gets a closer look at the annual Academy Award nominations, the questions begin popping up. This year’s crop of nominations, which were announced Tuesday morning,...
Print collections address social issues
Jan. 21 2011
Katalyst Art Gallery in Old Town is showcasing Kimberly Lavon as this month’s featured artist. Lavon’s print collections, “Skeleton Society” and “Animalesque — A Social...
The lead character in ’Happy Holy Days’ examines her faith; author Rob Roznowski is way ahead of her
Jan. 19 2011
“What is a tradition?” Roznowski wonders. “What is a community? Doesn’t everyone’s spiritual life evolve?” “Days,” which is getting its first full production...
Shrine Circus rolls into Lansing this week
Jan. 19 2011
Clown of the year “Fred-dee” will be a big part of the show that comes to Lansing this week. This will be the circus’ first time in Lansing. Unlike a traditional “big top”...
Musical duo blurs East/West boundaries
Jan. 19 2011
Kelly plays a Glissentar, a guitar that snakes through the bendy notes and semitones of Indian music or Delta blues, depending on his mood. Bringi thrums his fingers and palms on the mridangam, a cylindrical...
Jan. 19 2011
Lost in the ’Woods’What happens when the ties of family that bind us start to constrict?According to “Over The River And Through The Woods” director Rick Peterson, the answers to...
Jan. 19 2011
In a mystical, made-up town, magic manifests from metaphor to material in "Almost, Maine." Filmmaker Nancy Meyers ("It’s Complicated," "The Holiday") would have been proud of John Cariani’s...
Hook-ups lead to heartaches in Hollywood
Jan. 19 2011
In the raunchy comedy "No Strings Attached," Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher will endeavor to enjoy a purely physical relationship with none of those messy emotional complications. If Hollywood history...
Book salutes literature of laboring people
Jan. 19 2011
M. L. Liebler says he has a lot of friends. Liebler, who has taught English, labor studies and the art of the working class at Wayne State University for more than 30 years, was not shy in calling upon...
Breeda Kelly Miller is a class act in wacky Stormfield comedy
Jan. 19 2011
It would be a sin to give Stormfield Theatre’s production of “Put the Nuns in Charge” a poor review. Not that the Mother Superior said so specifically, but it seems that skewering a oneperson...
Triumph of the Willy
Jan. 19 2011
Q: When you gave advice to the woman complaining about her husband surfing the Internet for porn and swimsuit photos of Serena Williams,you seemed to have missed a word in her question. That word is “husband.”...