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Wednesday, September 5,2012

Biological tales

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City Pulse will interview speakers coming to Michigan State University for the semester-long "Whom You Love: the biology of sexual orientation" speaker series. The series, organized by MSU neuroscience Professor Marc Breedlove, will consist of academic experts from universities across North America who will support Breedlove’s research that proves, in part, that homosexuality is natural.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

When festivals attack!

REO Town reinventing itself as place 'where art is made.'

by Rich Tupica
If you drive south on Washington Square out of downtown Lansing, just beyond I-496 you'll hit REO Town. At least, you used to. Now you hit a Road Closed sign, a Sidewalk Closed sign, and, to top it all off, an orange Detour sign with giant arrow pointing toward the highway.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

Diva sings the blues

Lansing songstress orchestrates stylish performance event

by Rich Tupica
The blues has always been sodden in gloom. Even the late gospel vocalist Mahalia Jackson once said, "Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit yelling for help." But that’s not true for Twyla Birdsong.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Over 1,000 students are expected to fill the field outside of the MSU Auditorium for the annual Spartan Remix. The free, all-ages event features music from DJ Rod P — the official DJ for the Detroit Pistons — Karen Rodriguez, Enrique Rosas Duet and Zain Shamoon and the Blat Pack. Dances will be performed by the ASU African Student Union, FreQuency Dance Crew and the MSU Breakdance Club.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

The screening room

Nick Cave's screenplay for 'Lawless' suggests he oughta stick to music

by James Sanford
They used to write backwoods ballads about men like the Bondurant brothers, the Virginia moonshiners who built their own little empire during Prohibition. Unfortunately, instead of picking up his guitar and cranking out a tune about them, alt-rocker Nick Cave turned to his word process...
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

There's popcorn in the orchestra pit

Celebrity guest directors, film adaptations make for a diverse upcoming theater season

by Christopher Horb
Spielberg shares equal stage time with Shakespeare (sort of) in this diverse theater season that tries to leave no audience behind. This season's crop of choices includes heavy hitters such as McNally, Chekhov and the Bard himself, but there are also new voices giving Lansing-area theatergoers a more contemporary experience. That includes over a dozen shows with Hollywood counterparts as well as a brand new theater company serving up a little sauciness.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

A paranormal activity

Clairvoyant convention comes to Lansing

by Tracy Key
Gazing into my crystal ball, I can see a gathering charged with mystery and intrigue approaching. Yes, it is becoming clear — there will be people emerging from the haze seeking guidance and direction. I'm sensing the beginning of many journeys. I can feel that it will be a day to try new things. Maybe you should ask for a date with that hot co-worker you've been drooling over. Or perhaps it is time to switch to a career in coal mining.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

Float like a butterfly, sting like a Spartan

Lansing-area fighter takes on a new career working with youths

by Holly Johnson
It's a sweltering late summer morning, and a handful of Lansing-area kids are spending the end of their respective vacations jumping rope inside a muggy boxing gym. A Kanye West song thumping over the speakers is keeping them in rhythm as their trainer, former Mixed Martial Arts boxer Kolmarge Harris, paces back and forth, watching intently.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

Spell check

Quirky comedy gives middle school 'oddballs' their moment in the spotlight

by Allan I. Ross
If you show up this weekend for Over the Ledge's production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," it might be a good idea to thumb through a dictionary real quick, or at least catch up on the latest headlines on Huffington Post — you may just end up going toe-to-toe with the actors.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

New in town

Alternative and Complementary Care Natural Healing & Wellness Solutions

by Allan I. Ross
The school year's back, and with it come tense shoulders from hunching over keyboards, anxiety from juggling a variety of activities and headaches from too much, um, studying. Yeah, that's it, studying. Now, you have several choices of how to deal with these afflictions, with most of them involving popping pills or six-hour "Breaking Bad" marathons to unwind. Fortunately, there's another option: Alternative and Complementary Care Natural Healing & Wellness Solutions — or just ACC, for short — a new full-service natural healing and wellness center in downtown Lansing.
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