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Wednesday, October 17,2012

Curtain Call

by City Pulse Staff
It’s still de-lovely  By ALLAN I. ROSS There’s not a lot of pop culture left over from 1934 that’s still relevant today. Jokes about medicinal cocaine snorting, ribald gypsy souls and Chinese accents are beyond passť — they’re downright distasteful. So...
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Wednesday, October 17,2012

Mr. & Mrs. History

Preservation Lansing group honors visionary couple who helped revitalize downtown

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When Bob Morris and his wife, Linda Peckham, moved into a condo in the 10,000-square foot former convent at 311 Seymour Ave. 31 years ago, they say the neighborhood was a mess. The area was overrun with absentee landlords who had carved up the historic Victorian homes and were renting them to low-income tenants who had no regard for either the neighborhood or the property they lived in. Morris said he was determined to put a stop to it, if he had to do it himself.
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Wednesday, October 17,2012

Farr out, man

TV icon comes to Lansing for speaker series

by ALLAN I. ROSS
For seven decades, he's worked almost nonstop on stages across North America, on television and appeared in dozens of movies. But for an entire generation, Jamie Farr will always be Maxwell Klinger, the cross-dressing corporal on the groundbreaking TV series "M*A*S*H."
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Wednesday, October 17,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
One Be Lo (a.k.a. One Man Army) has been a Michigan hip-hop fixture since he started getting noticed for his storytelling rhymes in 1998. That was also when he co-founded the rap duo Binary Star. This Thursday he performs at The Loft along with openers Ricky Rucker, Goodman Brown, GWiz and DJ Ruckus.
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Wednesday, October 17,2012

Screening Room

That '90s movie

by James Sanford
"Happy Days" used to make my mother crabby — it was a distinctly bittersweet experience to find the decade of her adolescence turned into a period piece. With that, I issue a warning to all of you who once rocked out to Jane's Addiction, counted down the days until the new Kevin Costner movie and wore your clothes backward as a salute to Kris Kross: You are now in the same place as my poor mom 38 years ago.
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Wednesday, October 17,2012

Road to Kosovo

Mason fire truck finally heading to Europe

by Randiah Green
The first time Mason Mayor Leon Clark tried to deliver the fire truck to Kosovo, he found himself on the side of the road with smoke billowing from the engine.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

Life, death and extra percussion

Lansing Symphony cuts to the heart of Shostakovich's 10th

by Lawrence Cosentino
The anesthetic was plummy with a finish of unconsciousness, the surgeon made the incision with brio, the nurse slipped in the IV with a poignant air, the next day's salmon en croute was surprisingly tasty and I'm not dead. Bravo.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

Curtain Call

This week's previews and reviews

by City Pulse Staff
‘Peach’ boysBy H'L'NE DRYDEN This weekend, the Michigan State Department of Theatre serves up the stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, “James and the Giant Peach.” A production of mega proportions in nearly every aspe...
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

Of mice and Mennonites

Michigan author's second memoir covers religious humor and a cancer fight

by Bill Castanier
Readers of Rhoda Janzen's hilarious 2009 New York Times bestseller "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress" may recall her failed date with a guy named Mitch who wore a Jesus-nail necklace. Since then, life has changed dramatically for Janzen — in her newest book, "Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?" Janzen and Mitch have each added another piece of jewelry: wedding rings.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

'La voz' of a community

Spanish language radio mainstay celebrates 25 years at WKAR

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It's a long story how Tony Cervantes, longtime radio personality at WKAR-AM, got the nickname El Chayo — in a nutshell, it's a homonym of a nickname of an inside joke from his youth. Just don't call him Antonio.
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