Down in the Valley
April 29 2010
A recent letter on film critic Roger Ebert’s website asked Ebert if he knew when he was scripting it that “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” was an exploitation film. Ebert’s answer...
Israeli singer Noa brings message of peace
April 28 2010
Palestinian-Israeli singer Miri Awad, to the friendship and coexistence,” she said. Wharton Center Wednesday. The lyrics to “There Must Be Another It sometimes seems as if Israelis and Way”...
Conquerers II, hosts of Lansing’s first Autorama, are ready to roll again
April 28 2010
On the day the show was supposed to open, the civic center’s general manager and the Lansing police chief showed up to shut it down. When the Conquerors signed the contract with the civic center...
Chopin, Beethoven finish symphony season
April 28 2010
Before Beethoven, most symphonies were glorified dance cards ah, here’s the minuet, my dear. After Beethoven, those little dance movements ballooned into the Seven Ages of Man. Beethoven’s...
Awkward acting hobbles provocative premise
April 28 2010
Are the East Coast liberals really any more open-minded than the Midwest conservatives? The late playwright Wendy Wasserstein did not seem to think so. In her play "Third," currently being performed at...
High-strung rock with hooks
April 28 2010
It’s just me doing almost everything, but I can’t play drums so Scott Bozack, who also recorded it, played drums. Isaac VanderSchuur (The Hat Madder) played some guitar on it and my friend...
April 28 2010
Oh, what a terrible thing, promoting “American standards of beauty.” Footbinding? Clitoridectomy? Naw, plucking tiny hairs above a woman’s lip. Quick! Somebody start an international...
Despite gorgeous singing, ’Pacific’ doesn’t hold water
April 28 2010
Um, no thanks. “South Pacific”s" most recognizable number, “Some Enchanted Evening,” is trotted out three full times, and the far more rousing “Bali Ha’i” at least...
Politics become personal in Dave Dempsey’s novel
April 28 2010
His first journey into fiction, however, borrows deeply from his love of the environment and is aptly called “Superior Shores: A Novel of Conservation
April 28 2010
New Exhibits Haze Art Gallery Featuring unique jewelery by Middy Church & Sandi Leister and a photo exhibit by Janice Gross. Reception: 1 – 4 p.m. May 2. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. T – S,...
Lansing’s new City Market gears up for its Saturday grand-opening celebration
April 21 2010
Not all vendors made an immediate move in the early days of the new building. Since the “soft opening,” some vendors have delayed opening due to contracting issues, but market manager John...
Familiar local faces return during 2010-11 season
April 21 2010
“The purpose of music programs in school, of course, is to develop the person, not to make them into a professional musician,” Muffitt said. “But it’s a nice fringe benefit when...
Painter hosts an art show to benefit Ingham County Animal Control
April 21 2010
Barbara McCleary remembers hearing a rustling, and all of a sudden, heavy breathing on her neck. McCleary, an artist on an outdoor painting expedition with friends, had wandered by herself down a path...
Brad Leithauser looks back on 1940s Detroit
April 21 2010
“There was never any question in my mind that it had to be set in Detroit,” Leithauser said. “I’m considered the family archivist, and I threw in family stories of my father and...
Lansing Concert Band plans to do both Saturday
April 21 2010
The Lansing Concert Band closes its 2009-2010 season Saturday by “Covering the Bases” with a salute to baseball and a guest appearance by tuba soloist Deanna Swoboda, a professor of tuba/euphonium...
Lovano, Somi headline East Lansing jazz festival
April 21 2010
Summer jazz forecast for East Lansing: Increased blue notes, with an upswing in swing. Bebop will also be boppier. National headliners Joe Lovano and Somi, quadrupled tent space and a third day of festivities...
It’s professor vs. student in topical drama ’Third’
April 21 2010
Laurie Jameson (Heather Lewis) is an academic with high principles; Woodson Bull III (Spencer Smith) call him Third, for short is the scion of a wealthy family. When Third turns in a shockingly wellwritten...
Themes of World War II musical resonate with audiences, says star
April 21 2010
The Seabees of “South Pacific” are an eclectic group, brought together by a war to an island they don’t know. According to Matthew Saldivar, who plays Seabee Luther Billis in the Rodgers...
Strong cast and direction make musical drama sing
April 21 2010
The mournful lyric “How do you figure a last year on Earth?” from the ensemble number “Seasons of Love" addresses a central existential question. The surprising answer is that “Rent”...
Bringing down the Hausu
April 21 2010
There are many strange and puzzling films you may encounter over the course of your lifetime. But I feel reasonably safe in saying that no matter where you may travel in this world, you will never find...