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Wednesday, September 19,2012

'Sisters' in 'Show Business'

MSU repertory theater goes meta with overlapping, Chekhovian-themed shows

by Dana Casadei
A play can take anywhere from weeks to years to get off the ground, with hours of rehearsals, costume fittings and making sure each beat has been perfected. Directing two shows at one time? Some would call that crazy. But Rob Roznowski, a Michigan State University professor and head of acting, saw it as a just the type of challenge he wanted to tackle. Again.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

Back into orbit

Votapek launches Lansing Symphony season with rare two-concerto mission

by Lawrence Cosentino
In 1962, 23-year-old Ralph Votapek won the first Van Cliburn piano competition, serving a double dip knuckle crunch in a waffle cone: Beethoven's magisterial Fourth Piano Concerto and Prokofiev's volcanic Third. That same year, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

Restoring the roar

New memoir details author's friendship with Sparky Anderson

by Bill Castanier
Dan Ewald has written 13 books focusing on renowned Michigan sports figures, including Bo Schembechler, Al Kaline and George Kell, but he says his new book "Sparky and Me," a biography of legendary Detroit Tigers manager George "Sparky" Anderson, may disappoint people.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

'It's everybody’s dream to come home'

Timothy Busfield returns to his roots for LCC show opening this weekend

by Paul Wozniak
Before he hit it big with cultural touchstones "thirtysomething" and "Field of Dreams," East Lansing native Timothy Busfield split his time rounding the bases and treading the boards at East Lansing High School, where he graduated in 1975.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

And that's the truth

Lily Tomlin brings her one-woman act to Wharton this weekend

by ALLAN I. ROSS
She squirmed. She fidgeted. She talked like a little kid. And she told weird stories in the seat of a ridiculously oversized rocking chair. As a kid, some part of me knew that this person I saw on TV was just an actor, but I was hypnotized nonetheless— I'd never seen anything like it. This was Edith Ann, the mischievous "5-and-a-half"-year old played by Lily Tomlin, and one of her most indelible alter egos. It was also my introduction — on "Sesame Street," no less — to character acting.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

New in town

Rizzi Designs & Perspective2

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Perspective2 in Old Town will change names as the building transfers ownership this week, but don’t expect too many differences.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

'Bee' dazzling

Over the Ledge scores with heartbreaking, hilarious musical comedy

by MARY CUSACK
It seems like productions of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" are outnumbering actual spelling bees lately. But if you're concerned that Over the Ledge Theatre Co.'s production of the show will be just another adaptation, your fears are completely unfounded. The committed cast and cute script will have you completely hooked by the second musical number.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
For those looking to relax by the water with some jazz piano, Thursday at the Waterfront Bar & Grill in the Lansing City Market may be just the spot. The evening features a performance from the Arlene McDaniel Trio, a local group known for original compositions and lesser known jazz standards. McDaniel is a veteran pianist in the field of jazz, working in the mid-Michigan area and beyond for 30 years.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

Stoned troubadour

East Nashville's Todd Snider brings 'agnostic hymns and stoner fables' to Lansing

by Andy Balaskovitz
I genuinely believed Todd Snider when he said he was unsure if Saturday night will be his first time playing in Lansing.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

Rethinking sexual diversity

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Sari van Anders of the University of Michigan is the second speaker in MSU's semester-long series "Whom You Love: the biology of sexual orientation." Her lecture, 4 p.m. Monday, is in Wells Hall room 115B and is free and open to the public. Van Anders is an assistant professor of neurosciences; reproductive sciences; and science, technology and society. Her lecture is called "Beyond Sexual Orientation: Testosterone and Sexuality Diversity in Humans."
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