Hold me, tightwad & Too mosh for information
Aug. 10 2011
What kind of disturbed cheapskate tells his girlfriend she’s lucky he didn’t charge her for rent, gas, and electric on all those nights she didn’t drag herself out of his bed and drive...
Aug. 10 2011
Performers include Frank and Earnest, The Plurals, The Playback and the punk sounds of Fisherking. While it’s distributed throughout the United States and 20 other countries, Razorcake often covers...
Aug. 3 2011
The Ice Crystal Quartet is the perfect foil for Mitchell’s long-lived Black Earth Ensemble, a meaty Chicago music machine with singers, guitar and horns. Mitchell also heads the Black Earth Strings,...
In ‘The Kid,’ Sapphire paints a disturbing picture of an adolescent adrift in the inner city
Aug. 3 2011
For more than a decade, Sapphire, the author of “Push,” put a sequel on hold. “I put the ‘The Kid’ on the back burn- er,” she said in a recent telephone inter- view....
Kerry Waters directs Christopher Durang’s comedy ‘Laughing Wild’
Aug. 3 2011
But “Laughing Wild” promises the poignancy and depth that are absent from most social media newsfeeds. “Laughing Wild” is the first mainstage Riverwalk Theatre production to be...
Aug. 3 2011
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Humane Society president Wayne Pacelle analyzes ‘The Bond’ between people and animals in his new book
Aug. 3 2011
Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, has dedicated his life to enhancing the relationship between animals and humanity. Now that fight has been chronicled in Pacelle’s...
‘Strings’ vs. ‘Friends’: The same, yet different — sort of
Aug. 3 2011
Although it may not look like it, “Friends With Benefits,” which opened in January and is now on DVD, and “No Strings Attached,” which is now in theaters, really are two different...
’Snow Flower’: Chinese soap opera gets the gong
Aug. 3 2011
A sort of Asian variation on “Fried Green Tomatoes,” director Wayne Wang’s “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” contrasts the lives of two pairs of lifelong friends. Snow Flower...
Aug. 3 2011
The band plays Mac’s Bar Saturday. Opening the show is a roster of locals, including The Devil’s Cut (folk/bluegrass), and Chaz Brackx & the Tight Teens (rockabilly). Also performing is the...
Look inside MSU’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
July 27 2011
Two second-floor balconies, at right angles to each other, overlook the vast west gallery. We climbed the stairs to the second floor and stopped at the rails to gape. Overhead, the roof zoomed on without...
WKAR documentary chronicles Lansing’s ‘community sings’
July 27 2011
The frequent singing events are held locally at the Unitarian Universalist Church and annually at the Hannah Community Center for the Mid-Winter Singing Festival, which packs the house with hundreds of...
Bob Baldwin digs a straight groove in a zig-zag biz
July 27 2011
In February 2008, jazz pianist and composer Bob Baldwin was driving through the countryside of Westchester County, N.Y., soaking in musical inspiration, when he got a depressing text message. New York’s...
Bonnie Jo Campbell makes a major splash
July 27 2011
It’s easier to name a major author Bonnie Jo Campbell hasn’t been compared with (Edith Wharton comes to mind) than it is to tick off the long list of writers to whom she’s being compared:...
Fitfully funny ‘Flaming’ doesn’t quite roar
July 27 2011
While not a flameout, Riverwalk Theatre’s production of “Flaming Idiots” is not quite as funny as it could be. In his directorial debut at Riverwalk, Josh Martin displays skill in staging...
When very bad movies happen to very good actors
July 27 2011
I was thinking about this two weeks ago when I was watching an alleged comedy called “The Best and the Brightest” (the title, as it turned out, was a double lie)
‘Merchant’ cast provides laughs, but can’t reveal the play’s darker side
July 27 2011
A complex tragic-comedy with religious overtones, sensual puns and poetically barbed insults, “Merchant” shows that expensive courtships have always had life-threatening consequences
July 27 2011
The band opens a show at Mac’s Bar Thursday in support of its new 7-inch single “Night on the Town” (Magwheel Records). In early 2010 Porter also released his debut solo album, “Party...
Touring German youth orchestra smuggles big guns into the Midwest
July 21 2011
“It blasts you out of your seat,” Klaue said. The Ahresnburg Youth Orchestra was formed in 1968, and Klaue has been the conductor since 1993. The musicans are drawn from a school in the Ahrensburg...
Two programs feature groups of varying sizes and music of all styles
July 20 2011
Melissa Lilje, artistic director of the CDP, says its 17 dances are set to a variety of tunes, including contemporary classical music, country, and hip hop. The dances are divided into two shows: Program...