Fresh from her triumph at the Grammys, Dee Dee Bridgewater brings Lady Day to Lansing
Feb. 16 2011
Suddenly, it seemed absurd to do anything normal, but she had to. Her Friday gig at East Lansing’s Wharton Center, and the usual promotional interviews were scheduled before the Grammy dropped
Author locked herself in her bedroom and came out with a new novel
Feb. 16 2011
The Mason woman’s first novel, “Angelfire,” a young-adult paranormal book, is being published by Harper Collins, and will be released this week at a launch party at Schuler Books & Music...
Menopause in the Heterosexuality
Feb. 16 2011
Q: I’m a 56-year-old married woman, and as far as I can tell, I’ve been happily heterosexual all my life — until recently. For the past year, I’ve been thinking about a woman until...
Is there Hope for Adam Sandler's future?
Feb. 16 2011
The reviews are in on Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s “Just Go With It,” and — to put it mildly — they’re not kind.“Adam Sandler plays a Beverly Hills plastic...
Free two-day seminar looks at the idea of embodied writing
Feb. 16 2011
“Embodying Our Words” offers a chance for writers to share their work dialogue, workshops, performances and open writing sessions that all correspond to the theme of embodied writing. The two-day...
'Gnomeo and Juliet' celebrates love, lawn ornaments and all things Elton John
Feb. 11 2011
Although “Gnomeo and Juliet” begins with the prologue of “Romeo and Juliet” and includes a cameo appearance by the spirit of Shakespeare, there’s far more levity than tragedy...
A veteran FBI agent brings his own experiences to his fictional thrillers
Feb. 10 2011
In “Agent X”, Vail, a rogue ex-FBI agent who is coaxed back to work to help solve a mystifying case of extortion and murder, joins his co-protagonist FBI agent and assistant director Kate Bannon...
Lansing Civic Players close the curtain, change the set and wait for the next act
Feb. 9 2011
A new artistic director, Michael Stewart, was installed last month and is already planning the 2011-12 season. This spring, a new board of directors with business savvy will take over the theater, replacing...
Music, movies, poetry, good books, art — this weekend, you and your sweetie can have it all
Feb. 9 2011
WKAR staff, including general manager DeAnne Hamilton, will greet guests as they explore the Winter 2011 Masterwork Exhibition of “The Best of Friends: The Friends of Kresge Art Museum, beginning...
Rodney Whitaker premieres jazz suite at Creole Gallery
Feb. 9 2011
Crafting a fivepart mosaic of the great emigration of Southern blacks to the industrial cities of the north, composer/bassist Rodney Whitaker had to dive into cross-currents of racism, hope, self-destruction...
Family Theatre cast strikes back against bullies through drama
Feb. 9 2011
Gordon, director of the Mid Michigan Family Theatre, has created the play “Bully- Be-Gone: Tactics and Strategies to Reduce Bullying in Schools.” Produced with the Lansing Everett Visual and...
Williamston Theatre’s outstanding ’Oedipus’ demands to be seen
Feb. 9 2011
Perfectly supporting the production’s guiding principle of storytelling is the rearranged seating of the already intimate Williamston space to create a theater-inthe-round. This allows the actors...
Feb. 9 2011
In the Acting Company and the Guthrie Theater’s co-production of "Romeo," Alejandro Rodriguez and Kaliswa Brewster play the lovers, under the direction of Penny Metropulos. The action has been to...
Annual fund-raiser lends a hand — or paw — to man’s best friend
Feb. 9 2011
The second annual Best Friends Fest comes to the Old Town nightclub to raise money for the Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter’s animal cruelty unit. Shelter director Jamie McAloon said the...
’Blue Denim’: 16 and pregnant, circa 1959
Feb. 9 2011
These days, if you’re an unmarried teen expecting a baby, you might be in negotiations with MTV to star in the next season of “16 and Pregnant.” But half a century ago, girls who “got...
Queasy credit & Queer and present danger
Feb. 9 2011
Unfortunately, one man’s el-cheapo ski jacket is one woman’s quilted nylon warning sign. The way you see it, it’s not like you did a P. Diddy and splurged on some one-of-a-kind parka...
'Shrek: The Musical' is a delightful adaptation of the beloved animated film
Feb. 9 2011
“Shrek: The Musical,” the stage adaptation of the first chapter in the juggernaut computer-animated franchise, jumps into real space satisfyingly and believably, exploding with towering musical...
Laughably ludicrous
Feb. 6 2011
Everyone can use a few good laughs in January, and "The Roommate" delivers plenty -- although that was probably not director Christian E. Christiansen's intent. An inept attempt to mix thrills with PG-13-style...
'Secret Life of Toads' looks at junior high social life
Feb. 4 2011
In “The Secret Lives of Toads”, much of the plot involves the strife between various cliques of middle school kids and the characters, like real kids, can be pretty mean to each other
Surprisingly witty and complex 'Rabbit Hole' is a triumph for Nicole Kidman and John Cameron Mitchell
Feb. 3 2011
Considering how many plays are turned into movies -- and vice versa -- it might seem like the process is relatively simple. But look again at how many pieces that worked wonderfully on the stage have fallen...