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Wednesday, April 25,2012

Zeroing in: Chamber series

by Lawrence Cosentino
The final Lansing Symphony chamber concert of the season gave delicate notice that the symphony isn’t all about blasting brass, soaring strings and booming tympani.
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

Honors college

Michigan State University's sparkling 'Blonde' earns straight As

by Tom Helma
How does a musical that focuses on the stereotype of a blonde woman being a superficial airhead become a substantial piece of theater? In the case of Michigan State University’s production of “Legally Blonde,” simply by demonstrating the obvious: that while beauty might seem to be skin deep, intelligence is not.
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

Advice Goddess

Vulture capital & life Is methy

by Amy Alkon
Q: This woman and I have been friends for a year. She’s a free spirit of sorts with zero boundaries. In the time I’ve known her, she’s been married and divorced and then engaged, and now that has ended. She always has another man on the side. (She did even when married and engaged.) She frequently mentions my husband — how he likes animated films and so does she (they’re not my thing) and offers to accompany him to them. She always gives him a big hug hello, even when I’m around, and goes on about how similar they are, and it just strikes me as odd. Here’s the killer: Last week, she saw my husband at a gathering, came up behind him, and kissed him on the neck! Of course he told me, as he has no interest in her, but I was shocked. We are planning a business together, but now I don’t want her near my husband! Should I confront her?
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

Booking the big names

Award-winning Michigan authors take the spotlight at Night for Notables

by Bill Castanier
Ward, who won the National Book Award in 2011 for “Salvage the Bones,” and Gordon, the 2010 award winner for “Lord of Misrule,” will join 2009 finalist Campbell (“American Salvage”) for a conversation about winning, writing and life after the award at the 2012 Night for Notables award ceremony Saturday at the Library of Michigan.
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

2012-2013 Lansing Symphony Orchestra Schedule

by City Pulse
8 p.m. Sept. 14 "MasterWorks 1: Opening Night," celebrating Ralph Votapek’s 50th anniversary Guest Artist: Ralph Votapek, piano Puts: Millennium Canons Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

Straight from the harp

Deidreanna Potter plays with Lansing Concert band

by City Pulse
Deidreanna Potter, a 17-year-old harpist from Charlotte, receives the Kenneth G. Bloomquist Lansing Concert Award at Saturday´s Band Lansing Concert Band performance; 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28 she will perform Dart Auditorium composer David 500 N. Capitol Ave.
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

Running against the wind

First Lansing Marathon came together, despite difficulties and challenges

by ALLAN I. ROSS
At 7:35 a.m., several hundred people are milling about in the shadow of the Accident Fund Building, jumping and stretching to keep warm. It’s cold enough to snow, but clear blue skies belie that fear. The cutting northeast wind is their concern today. Well, that and the daunting challenge of running 26.2 miles before lunch.
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
The Mitten Mavens, a Lansing-based all-female roller derby team, hosts a rock show fundraiser Friday at Mac’s Bar. Taking the stage is a bill full of local rockers, including Narc Out the Reds, The Playback (local indie rock), Charlie Slick (electro-glam from Ann Arbor), Inflatable Best Friend (Kalamazoo-based rock), and The Dolphins (local garage/rock-n-roll).
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

The screening room

Connect with the superb Oscar-winning 'Separation'

by James Sanford
(Note: After this week's City Pulse was published, the booking of "A Separation" at Celebration Lansing was canceled. We will let you know if the film is rescheduled.) The engrossing, fascinatingly detailed Iranian drama “A Separation” reminds us that pointing fingers can be very risky business indeed. Writer-director Asghar Farhadi argues that the workings of the world are so tricky that simple solutions and easy answers are often hard to find.
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

Congo lines

A brothel madam battles brutal realities in the Pulitzer-winning 'Ruined'

by James Sanford
But while Mama Nadi may be able to manipulate her customers and her employees, she can’t shut out the realities of what’s going on outside her door, nor can she turn away from the traumas her employees have experienced: broken families, sexual slavery and the disgrace of being “ruined” by rapists.
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