Inspirational message comes through clearly in first-rate drama
Dec. 22 2010
The term "the king’s speech" implies perfect pronunciation and exemplary deportment, the hallmarks of a masterful speaker who couldn’t be more comfortable with the intricacies of English. The...
Meet Michael Rush, the new founding director of MSU’s Broad Art Museum
Dec. 22 2010
Turning scary into fun is a specialty for Rush, and he’s about to do it on a grand scale. By spring of 2012, when the Broad Museum is finished, the former Jesuit priest, theater experimenter and...
Local rapper steps away from hip-hop clichés
Dec. 22 2010
Taking mental notes on a variety of hip-hop heavyweights such as Pete Rock, Timbaland, the Neptunes and DJ Premiere, Gonzalez began to develop his own style. Over the past few years he has released three...
Coen Brothers 'True Grit' hits the mark
Dec. 22 2010
Mattie Ross is looking for a man, preferably a man who can find a man. All of 14 years old but with the self-confidence of a seasoned woman of the world Mattie has decided to take it upon herself to...
Lansing author uses poems to explain conservative values
Dec. 22 2010
Whether he knows it or not he’s just started his 11th business by self-publishing his collection of poetry, “Pointed Poems: Tools for Teaching Conservative Thinking.” The book is illustrated...
An unfair to remember & Bland of brothers
Dec. 22 2010
Q: In middle school, I got a crush on “Sam,” but he wasn’t interested. In high school, he took me to prom, but only as friends when none of the other girls he asked said yes. I was jealous...
Dec. 22 2010
For those looking to hit the town on New Year’s Eve, a variety of Lansing venues are planning celebrations to usher in 2011. Here are a few of the hot spots hosting special events on Dec. 31. Some...
Who is the woman in this 1964 caricature?
Dec. 22 2010
In the early 1970s, David Doxey bought a framed picture at Meijer in Lansing, and it hung on a wall in his home for years. But when it fell down and the frame broke, a mystery began. Behind the purchased...
WKAR series includes holiday music from The Verve Pipe, Thom Jayne and more
Dec. 21 2010
WKAR is ringing out the holiday season with its second edition of a “Backstage Pass Christmas,” airing at 10 p.m. Thursday on channel 23. This year's show offers a variety of music straight...
Natalie Portman drowns in 'Swan Lake' in Darren Aronofsky's shocker 'Black Swan'
Dec. 17 2010
From the moment Nina (Natalie Portman) gets out of bed, she’s reminded of her mission in life. Her toes and feet crackle like splintering ice as she braces herself for another day in the realm of...
Outstanding performances and fine writing make 'The Fighter' worth cheering
Dec. 17 2010
The title of director David O. Russell’s film is simple enough — “The Fighter” — but which character it refers to is not so clear. It would seem to be Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg),...
Outstanding performances and fine writing make 'The Fighter' worth cheering
Dec. 17 2010
The title of director David O. Russell’s film is simple enough — “The Fighter” — but which character it refers to is not so clear. It would seem to be Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg),...
'Tron: Legacy' dazzles the eyes and ears, but the mind — eh, not so much
Dec. 17 2010
In 1982, Pac Man Fever was sweeping the nation. But in the Magic Kingdom, Disney executives were feeling aches and pains of a different sort. The studio's designated summer blockbuster "Tron" (which cost...
Colin Firth, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale and Amy Adams take top prizes in acting categories
Dec. 16 2010
The Detroit Film Critics Society has announced the Best of 2010 nominees and winners in eight categories. It's the fourth year the group — whose members include City Pulse arts and culture editor...
Michigan printer rides Twain juggernaut
Dec. 15 2010
Until now, this mid-sized company has turned out high-quality, university-press obscurities like “Historical Atlas of West Virginia,” “Flowering Plants: Smart Weeds to Hazelnuts,”...
Dec. 15 2010
English composition teachers take heart. The Lansing area has had its first public taste of flash fiction and the samples were clever, funny, imaginative, poignant and, at all times, pithy. The event was...
Greater Lansing Ballet brings ’Nutcracker’ to Fairchild Theatre
Dec. 15 2010
Greater Lansing Ballet Co. 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 Fairchild Theatre, Michigan State University $25 adults; $18 seniors and students; $12 children 12 and under (517) 372-9887...
Local practitioners flip over the parkour craze
Dec. 15 2010
Far from the rich history of Marseille and overshadowed by the glitz and glamour of Paris one of its neighbors in the Ile-de-France region the French town of Lisses sits outside even the peripheral vision...
Notable Books list honors the state's best
Dec. 15 2010
The Library of Michigan’s annual awards (which were announced Monday) honored Jaimy Gordon’s “Lord of Misrule,” the 2010 National Book Award Winner; National Book Award finalist...
Why Disney is keeping 1982 'Tron' out of sight
Dec. 15 2010
What if someone announced plans to make a sequel to the Wachowski Brothers’ “Speed Racer,” or the infamous Ben Affleck/ Jennifer Lopez vehicle “Gigli”? If you were asked to...