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Wednesday, March 7,2012

The screening room

Revealed: Eddie Murphy's secret to looking younger

by James Sanford
When this comedy about a sleazy literary agent who falls under a yogi’s curse was shot, Lehman Brothers was still open for business and Sarah Palin was talking about Joe Six-Pack and the hockey moms. Yes, all the way back in 2008.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

From cabaret to ballet

Royal Winnipeg Ballet puts its 'Rouge' on at Wharton

by Robert Sancrainte
The Moulin Rouge was the most famous Parisian cabaret of them all, creating such a legacy that it was immortalized on the big screen multiple times, including 2001’s eponymously titled musical starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

More than cookies

The Girl Scouts has a 100-year history of community involvement, activism and acceptance

by Alyssa Firth
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan serves roughly 80,000 Girl Scouts throughout the state, and while selling cookies does teach young girls the “Five Skills in Daily Life” — goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethic — being a Girl Scout means much more.
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

City Pulse Leap Year gift guide

by Lawrence Cosentino
It’s un-American. From the Declaration of Independence to the birth of Christ, everything that’s sacred in our land gets a temporary aisle at K-Mart. Who is cashing in on the rarest holiday of all? Where are our Leap Year Peeps?
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

The quiet fixer

How Feb. 29 keeps the year humming

by Lawrence Cosentino
Every four years, the calendar starts to shudder and creep out of place, like a dryer with a bad belt. Wait too long to fix it and the damn thing will creep across the floor.
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

Is Feb. 29 really Leap Year day?

by Lawrence Cosentino
The cocktail-party showoff term for Leap Year is “bissextile year,” which is easy to remember when you recall that Julius Caesar was bisexual (“every woman’s husband and every man’s wife,” quipped Caesar’s biographer Suetonius).
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

A musical mixed bag

Lansing Symphony falters and stumbles before standing and delivering during an uneven evening

by Lawrence Cosentino
Suddenly, the brass went off like a car alarm, leaving only visual evidence that the violins were still at work, playing intricate patterns. (Most music lovers could fill in the famous fiddlework mentally, having heard the music many times, but still.)
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

Advice Goddess

Have a peasant day & meek her want you

by Amy Alkon
Q: Your answer to “Roseless,” the woman bemoaning her boyfriend’s lack of “romantic ambition,” hit a nerve with me. My wife of 19 years and I shared equally in raising our three children. She only sort of “works” now, but I do the home chores an...
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

African-American history isn't what it used to be

Pulitzer Prize winner Eric Freedman shares surprising stories in 'Presidents and Black America'

by Bill Castanier
Eric Freedman, co author of “Presidents and Black America: A Documentary History,” said the history of the presidency is one of “oversimplification and gentrification.” Freedman is an associate professor of journalism at Michigan State University and a Pulitzer Prize winner for his investigative reporting at The Detroit News in 1994.
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

'Shoes' on the move

Williamston's Western transfers to Ann Arbor

by City Pulse
Two years ago, playwright Joseph Zettelmeier’s comedy “It Came From Mars” opened at Ann Arbor’s Performance Network and moved to Williamston Theatre. Zettelmeier’s “Dead Man’s Shoes” is going the other direction.
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