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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Advice Goddess

Motherly Shove & Look What The Catty Dragged In

by Amy Alkon
Q: I am in my 20s and, for eight months, have been seeing a girl who might very well be “the one.” The problem is she wants to meet my mother, who is beyond controlling. She plays a game with girls I date, which I call “the 20 questions of doom.” Her questions start out normal, but by question 10, she’ll ask stuff like “Have you ever seen my son in the nude, and if not, do you have plans to?”
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Ford tough

More than 20 years after he started it, Richard Ford unveils 'Canada'

by Bill Castanier
The hook: Joyce, Salinger, Twain, Vonnegut, Dickens — these are all authors we know by their last names. Each was also a master of the first line. Richard Ford’s “Canada” is likely to get “Ford” added to that pantheon of literary geniuses. Its stark opening sentences: “First, I’ll tell you about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders”
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Spotlighting the Pulsar Awards

by City Pulse
The 2011 Pulsars, recognizing the best in Lansing theater, were presented Monday evening at a ceremony held at Riverwalk Theatre. The hosts included Bruce Wade, Evan Pinsonnault, Chad DeKatch, Tigi Habtemariam, Dana Brazil and Amanda Whitehead.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Second fiddle

by City Pulse
The Lansing Symphony Orchestra has welcomed many collaborators over the years. The latest is the East Lansing Film Festival: ELFF and LSO have teamed up to present director René Féret´s 2011 French drama "Mozart´s Sister" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hannah Community Center in East Lansing.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Fire on water

DragonHeart Racing brings an ancient Chinese sport to Lansing

by Rich Tupica
Labor Day weekend saw the first Capital City Dragon Boat Race, which introduced the sport to mid-Michigan and also inspired some of its novice racers, particularly Team DragonHeart. The members were hooked on the feeling of breezing down the water with a crew of 20 focused mates working in unison.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Taking radio on the road

Lansing Community College’s WLNZ gives audiences the chance to see a live audio theater production

by Rich Tupica
It's been nearly 74 years since Orson Welles captivated listeners with the “War of the Worlds” radio show. The delivery was so convincing that some believed a violent Martian invasion was actually in progress.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
The Great Lakes Collective, a Lansing-based music collective, has a large roster of local talent, including Vanity, Oh Vanity, which plays (SCENE) Metrospace on Thursday. The keyboard-driven, “vintage indie rock” band (that credits Woody Allen as a primary influence) features Kelly Tabor (vocals and keyboards), Jake Simmons (guitar and vocals), Joel Hornbeck (bass) and Greg Thompson (drums). Also performing is songwriter Ryan Kralik (from Kent, Ohio), plus locals Kyle Nelson Pentecost and Frances Bennigan.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Coming soon to a theater near you

Forget the old AMC: Celebration! Cinema will turn the defunct Meridan 6 theater into Studio C!

by James Sanford
In Steve VanWagoner’s eyes, the shuttered AMC Meridian 6 Theatres complex could one day be an upscale cinema, with refreshments whipped up by chefs, plush stadium-style seating and possibly even a liquor license. He envisions an enormous difference between the shabby old AMC, almost apologetically tucked away behind the Meridian Mall, and Celebration! Cinema’s latest venture, Studio C!, which VanWagoner hopes will be open before the end of the year.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Take me to the river

Thanks to Lansing Art Gallery, it's the summer of riparian sculptures in downtown Lansing

by Tracy Key
Several months ago, Catherine Babcock, executive director at the Lansing Art Gallery and coordinating curator for this event, sent out a statewide call to artists to submit their statues; a panel of three local artists and art teachers decided which 10 would make the cut.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Plenty of Pride

by Holly Johnson
Friday, June 15 9 p.m. WHITE PARTY — Kick off Michigan Pride weekend at Michigan’s largest white-apparel-themed event, which begins at the Michigan Pride Festival Tent located at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Turner Street in Old Town. A $10 ticket grants access to the Grand Café, Esquire Bar, Spiral Dance Bar and the Festival Tent. Beginning in the late 1970s, the white party theme was used as a symbolic approach to unify members of the LGBTQ community. “Everybody wearing white means we’re all the same; we’re all equal,” said Spiral Dance Bar general manager Daniel Young. White Party-themed food and drink specials will be offered at participating venues, as well as music from DJ Sammy, DJ Element and other live performances. Portions of the proceeds benefit Michigan Pride.
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