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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Funny kind of Love

It’s homecoming week for 'America's Sister,' comedian Loni Love

by Allison M. Berryman
The comedian plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Connxtions Comedy Club. She is best known for her role as a recurring panelist on E!’s hit show “Chelsea Lately” and appearances on truTV’s “The Smoking Gun Presents: The World’s Dumbest.” She is often referred to as “America’s Sister” because of her ability to connect with a wide range of audiences.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

'Blonde' and beyond

A sorority sister gets schooled in MSU musical

by Alyssa Firth
Although the plot is basically the same as the popular 2001 Reese Witherspoon movie, the musical’s songs help quicken the pace. For example, Elle’s depression over her breakup with Warner and her decision to attend Harvard Law School is packed into a seven-minute musical piece.
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Friday, April 13,2012

A real standup guy

Judah Friedlander is ready to 'Rock' Lansing

by Alyssa Firth
Friedlander shared his World Champion of the World secrets in his book, “How to Beat Up Anybody: An Instructional and Inspirational Karate Book by the World Champion.” The book features several fighting tactics, including offense as the best defense and a special chapter for women, “written in a language only women can understand,” according to Friedlander.
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

Two coups — beaucoup cool

Jazz legend Sonny Rollins and opera star Renee Fleming top Wharton Center's jazz and classics lineup in the new season

by Lawrence Cosentino
In the jazz world, it just doesn’t get any better than Rollins, one the most enduring and accomplished musicians America has produced. His career stretches back to historic stints with Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk in the 1950s, followed by influential piano-less trio work that opened the tenor sax to wider realms of expression.
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

For a night, and for keeps

CD party celebrates big year for Professors of Jazz

by Lawrence Cosentino
Saturday’s concert will reassemble the professors, backed by veteran drummer Randy Gelispie, with new faces Michael Dease on trombone, Perry Hughes on guitar and vocalist Mardra Thomas, all of whom perform on the CD as well.
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

Advice Goddess

Carpy diem & fastidious and furious

by Amy Alkon
Sure, even now, you may be faced with one of the big relationship-crushing issues like money problems, forcing one of you to call your dad and then go out in the pouring rain to the ATM.
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

Double header

Two authors of baseball books come to town on the same night

by Bill Castanier
Mark Twain once umpired a baseball game. Earvin Magic Johnson and a group of investors are willing to pony up $2 billion for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

Festival highlights

by City Pulse
If your dad is a Skylab astronaut and you grew up in a neighborhood full of NASA employees, it’s understandable why you might be interested in space travel. But what would you pay to make that dream come true? Does $30 million or so sound reasonable?
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

Capital Film Festival Schedule

by City Pulse
A full festival pass, including access to all screenings and events, is $50. Individual tickets for screenings are $5. Music shows are individually priced. Visit capitalcityfilmfest.com for details.
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

Doing things differently

An opening-night documentary profiles a local success story: Elderly Instruments

by Rich Tupica
Heading toward his office, Aleshire works his way through the labyrinth of shelving units bursting with stock, while he passes by a swarm of fellow employees, all busy filling Internet orders for rare vintage guitars, or perhaps tracking down an item for a customer waiting upstairs.
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