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Wednesday, March 7,2012

'Cat' on the prowl at LCC

by Tom Helma
Keller, who is directing Lansing Community College Theatre’s “Cat on A Hot Tin Roof,” is all noisy nouns and arresting adjectives, punching out her words — “muscularity,” “centeredness,” “fragility,” “desire” — and suggesting that for this play to be done well, the actors must “fight” for the reality of the moment.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

Advice Goddess

The spinster cycle

by Amy Alkon
Q: I’m a 32-year-old woman with a Ph.D. I’m beyond happy with my career path, but I’m not meeting men I’m impressed with or inspired to see again. A girlfriend sent me a New York Times op-ed by a historian named Stephanie Coontz, who said that highly educated women can find a man if they drop “the cultural ideal of hypergamy — that women must marry up.”
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

'God's in the details'

'Horse Soldiers' author Doug Stanton shares insights at MSU lecture

by Bill Castanier
Doug Stanton was just outgrowing his "Cat in the Hat" stage when the author Gay Talese, one of the progenitors of the "new journalism" movement, wrote a seminal article for Esquire on Frank Sinatra that still influences the Traverse City writer.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
The Dolphins are an East Lansing-based rock īnī roll band with a love for ‘60s tunes and vintage psychedelic sounds. The four-piece features Chris Smith (guitar, vocals), Alex Ovenhouse (bass), Josh Guysky (drums) and guitarist Ryan Guysky. The band, which formed in 2010, plays The Loft on Thursday. Opening the show is another local outfit, The Unguarded Moment.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

Something to talk about

In Riverwalk's 'Becky's New Car,' it's up to you to help out a chatty heroine who's juggling a husband and a new suitor

by James Sanford
“Audience members get invited to come up onstage and help Becky dress, she asks them to do some tasks — which they may or may not do — and she even asks them to vote at one point on whether she should do something or not.”
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

The screening room

Revealed: Eddie Murphy's secret to looking younger

by James Sanford
When this comedy about a sleazy literary agent who falls under a yogi’s curse was shot, Lehman Brothers was still open for business and Sarah Palin was talking about Joe Six-Pack and the hockey moms. Yes, all the way back in 2008.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

From cabaret to ballet

Royal Winnipeg Ballet puts its 'Rouge' on at Wharton

by Robert Sancrainte
The Moulin Rouge was the most famous Parisian cabaret of them all, creating such a legacy that it was immortalized on the big screen multiple times, including 2001’s eponymously titled musical starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

More than cookies

The Girl Scouts has a 100-year history of community involvement, activism and acceptance

by Alyssa Firth
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan serves roughly 80,000 Girl Scouts throughout the state, and while selling cookies does teach young girls the “Five Skills in Daily Life” — goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethic — being a Girl Scout means much more.
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

City Pulse Leap Year gift guide

by Lawrence Cosentino
It’s un-American. From the Declaration of Independence to the birth of Christ, everything that’s sacred in our land gets a temporary aisle at K-Mart. Who is cashing in on the rarest holiday of all? Where are our Leap Year Peeps?
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

The quiet fixer

How Feb. 29 keeps the year humming

by Lawrence Cosentino
Every four years, the calendar starts to shudder and creep out of place, like a dryer with a bad belt. Wait too long to fix it and the damn thing will creep across the floor.
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