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Wednesday, January 11,2012

Six in the Starlight

Steppin' In It members step into a side project

by Rich Tupica
A new side project, the Starlight Six, which features members of Steppin’ In It, focuses less on technical skills and more on stripped-down songwriting. Steppin’ In It members Dominic John Suchyta and Joshua Davis formed the band with fellow veteran Michigan-based musicians Seth Bernard, May Erlewine, Rachael Davis and Mike Shimmin.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Chris Bathgate’s melancholy indie-folk has earned him a loyal following in the Midwest and beyond. On Thursday, he plays Mac’s Bar; openers include Small Houses, Pioneer and Kevin Killen. His acclaimed new album, “Salt Year,” has been compared to songwriters Damien Jurado and Will Oldham. Bathgate is originally from rural Iowa, but now calls Pinckney home.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

The screening room

The typically superb Streep galvanizes 'The Iron Lady'

by James Sanford
Streep’s performance is, like most of her work, splendidly textured and multi-dimensional. When Streep is truly in her groove, she completely disappears into her character., and thatīs what happens here: She gives herself over to Thatcherīs stern starchiness and conjures up that steely voice that, the movie tells us, was the result of intense vocal coaching.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

From minor to major

Riverwalk's 'Rosencrantz' shakes up Shakespeare

by Christopher Horb
In Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” the characters of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are just bit players, roaming the edge of the story, never really getting their moment in the spotlight.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

Blazing their own trail

Ryan and Mandy Starski didn’t listen to the naysayers — and they’re glad

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
The couple met at Michigan State University and dated for three whole days before agreeing to get married, Mandy Starski said. Four months later, the couple held a small ceremony at a local church for family and close friends. The bride was 20 and the groom was 22.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

From me to you

A little advice from one bride-to-be to another

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
Growing up, I never realized how many decisions had to go into planning a wedding (as I am doing). From color combinations to cake cutting fees to gown fittings, there seems to be a never-ending list of things to do, people to see and ideas to consider. So where does a young, first-time bride start?
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

Advice Goddess

I smell a rut & on crowd nine

by Alan Kerr
Everybody wants to believe their love will last, but when a guy’s marrying Wife Number Five, some honesty in vow-making seems called for — for example, “Till mild boredom do us part.” And in keeping with the trend of using movie lines in the ceremony, the groom can turn to the minister at the end and state the Schwarzenegger-accented obvious: “I’ll be back.”
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Monday, January 9,2012

Screening room

Here’s one ‘Trespass’ you shouldn’t forgive

by James Sanford
“Would you shut up?” one of the villains barks in “Trespass.” “You’re taking all the air out of the room ' air that other people could do good things with!” If you think that’s a clumsy and mindbogglingly lame line, wait until you hear the rest of...
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Monday, January 9,2012

The name behind 'Anonymous'

Screenwriter John Orloff never gave up on his dream project; now, it’s opening nationwide

by James Sanford
"Growing up, if you wanted to be part of the conversation, you had to be talking movies," he said, with a smile, during a visit to Ann Arbor last month.
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Monday, January 9,2012

Screening room

Nothing is as it seems in first-rate ’Descendants’

by James Sanford
Given his circumstances that may be one of the easier decisions Matt will have to make. His sportsloving daredevil of a wife, Elizabeth, is on life-support after a boating accident, and the prognosis is grim. His 17-year-old daughter, Alex superbly played.
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