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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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Wednesday, September 12,2012

Everything old is new again

'Spring Awakening' blooms at Riverwalk this weekend

by Dana Casadei
In 1906, a highly controversial stage play about teenage sexuality was ruffling the collars of conservative German theatergoers. It was called "Frühlingserwachen," and it addressed a host of verboten subjects — abortion, homosexuality, rape, suicide — and was summarily mothballed. Exactly 100 years later, it was reborn as the hit Broadway musical "Spring Awakening," which will be performed by two mid-Michigan community theaters within 90 minutes of each other this weekend. Who says there's no such thing as progress?
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

Theater guide

What's playing and where

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All titles and dates are subject to change. Please call the theaters or visit their websites for updates and ticket prices.
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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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