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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Turn it Down

Hoopties debut new member at Green Door

by Rich Tupica
American-roots band The Hoopties plays some original material while also paying homage to the members'euro;' favorite musical heroes with a few choice covers. The Lansingbased group, which plays the Green Door on Thursday, dabbles in blues, country, zydeco, reggae and even some old soul.
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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Ho, ho, holiday movies

This week, you get Steven Spielberg times two, while Matt Damon buys a zoo and Rooney Mara becomes 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

by James Sanford
The cineplex has already welcomed Sherlock Holmes, Charlize Theron, the Muppets and the Chipmunks. But there is even more to come this week, with the arrival of two Steven Spielberg epics and the eagerly awaited David Fincher remake of 'euro;'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Screening room

Detroit Film Critics Society announces best of 2011

by James Sanford
Don'euro;'t be surprised if you haven'euro;'t seen some of the winners: Society members screen all the major films that are up for Academy Award consideration, including pictures that don'euro;'t go into national release until January or February..
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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Have yourself a 'Backstage' Christmas

WKAR-TV music show salutes the holidays with a mixed bag of performances

by Robert Sancrainte
'euro;'Merrily Caroling: A Backstage Pass Christmas'euro;' kicks off with the Rusty Wright Band'euro;'s 'euro;'Santa'euro;'s in Jail'euro;', an original swingin'euro;' blues song that sets the mood Next up, Thom Jayne and the Nomads bring the program'euro;'s intensity down another notch with its...
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Wednesday, December 14,2011

'Jazzy Little Christmas ' gets a little bigger this year

Tenor Richard Fracker, soprano Melanie Helton and renowned jazz singer Marion Cowings are among the guest artists

by Lawrence Cosentino
Ding-dong! Now who could that be? With a casual mix of Michigan State University s top-drawer classical vocalists, New York jazz singer Marion Cowings and the MSU Professors of Jazz, this year s Jazzy Little Christmas harks back to radio and TV specials of yore.
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Wednesday, December 14,2011

Advice Goddess

Blister wonderful

by Amy Alkon
Q: I’m starting to have feelings for this guy friend I’ve been fooling around with, but I’m worried he isn’t feeling the same way. He’s stopped short of having full-blown intercourse with me, which I find odd, although I don’t want to have sex yet because I have genital herpes and I’m not ready to tell him. (I take an antiviral drug for this daily, and I’d have him wear protection during intercourse.) Do you think he knows I have herpes? Maybe he just isn’t interested in me romantically and doesn’t want me getting too attached. —Puzzled
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Wednesday, December 14,2011

Second-hand, but first-rate

Lansing offers a variety of outlets for book bargains

by Bill Castanier
There’s an old saying that when you stop believing in Santa Claus you get books. Why didn’t someone tell me sooner? The good news: The Lansing area never had a Borders, so we don’t have to drive across the state to find a bookstore. Two Schuler Books and Music locat...
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Wednesday, December 14,2011

Turn it Down

by Rich Tupica
Chinese Telephones are a Milwaukee-based pop-punk band that s been playing shows across the country since 2004. On Thursday, the band plays an all-ages show at Mac s Bar. Chinese Telephones has been featured in such indie publications as Maximum Rocknroll, Razorcake and Punk Planet.
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Wednesday, December 14,2011

Screening room

Charlize Theron is great at being grating in ‘Adult’

by James Sanford
Chances are you know someone like Mavis Gary, the woman Charlize Theron portrays in director Jason Reitman s scalding comedy Young Adult. She s been out of high school for 20 years, yet she still hungers for the days when she was idolized by her peers, worshiped by her friends and more to the point lusted after by guys like Buddy, her former flame (Patrick Wilson).
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Wednesday, December 14,2011

Suitable for framing

Absolute Gallery owner Kathy Holcomb discusses art, ghosts and the dynamic in Lansing

by Carlee Schepeler
I dream in picture frames, said Kathy Holcomb, owner of Absolute Gallery, while sitting in front of the frame-covered corner of her store in Old Town.
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