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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Breathe Owl Breathe, an East Jordan, Mich. folk group, blends guitar, banjo, cello and vocals into an earthy indie folk sound. The trio's original songs are subtle and heartfelt, but sometimes come with a touch of humor. The band headlines a night of indie-folk Friday at (SCENE) Metrospace.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Sound and sexuality

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Dennis McFadden, of the University of Texas at Austin, is the third speaker in MSU's semester-long series "Whom You Love: the biology of sexual orientation," which aims to demonstrate that homosexuality is a natural occurrence in humans. His lecture, 4 p.m. Monday, is in Wells Hall room 115B and is free and open to the public.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

The Screening Room

Missing pieces, disjointed performances fail to keep Anderson's latest film together

by James Sanford
Following World War II, Americans began to question the conventions of society as never before, explaining the enormous popularity of novels like Somerset Maugham’s "The Razor’s Edge" and the rise of the self-help book culture.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Electric 'Ave'

Multimedia project gives some love to Michigan Avenue

by Holly Johnson
The road running from Michigan State University to the Capitol may share the name of Chicago's biggest shopping district, but the East Lansing-to-Lansing version of Michigan Avenue is no Magnificent Mile. For the most part, it's a humdrum street full of flavorless storefronts and one golf course gone wild — with Frandor, it should be noted, a pale comparison for the Loop.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

'Sisters' in 'Show Business'

MSU repertory theater goes meta with overlapping, Chekhovian-themed shows

by Dana Casadei
A play can take anywhere from weeks to years to get off the ground, with hours of rehearsals, costume fittings and making sure each beat has been perfected. Directing two shows at one time? Some would call that crazy. But Rob Roznowski, a Michigan State University professor and head of acting, saw it as a just the type of challenge he wanted to tackle. Again.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

Back into orbit

Votapek launches Lansing Symphony season with rare two-concerto mission

by Lawrence Cosentino
In 1962, 23-year-old Ralph Votapek won the first Van Cliburn piano competition, serving a double dip knuckle crunch in a waffle cone: Beethoven's magisterial Fourth Piano Concerto and Prokofiev's volcanic Third. That same year, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

Restoring the roar

New memoir details author's friendship with Sparky Anderson

by Bill Castanier
Dan Ewald has written 13 books focusing on renowned Michigan sports figures, including Bo Schembechler, Al Kaline and George Kell, but he says his new book "Sparky and Me," a biography of legendary Detroit Tigers manager George "Sparky" Anderson, may disappoint people.
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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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