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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
"My whole sound is kind of this funky house, funky disco and a bit of techno,” said DJ Dan, who is playing The Loft Friday. The event is hosted by X Theory Collaboration: “Lansing´s newest electronic music movement.” DJ Dan (a.k.a. Daniel Wherrett) has been a fixture in the techno scene since 1991, when he began to make a name for himself in Los Angeles. Since then he’s toured the world and released stacks of records. “I’ve definitely gone more underground,” Wherrett said in a phone interview. “I’ve decided to go back to my roots and play funkier house — more underground stuff. I really have no desire to go into the mainstream.”
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

The screening room

Seek 'Shelter'; you'll find a great psychological thriller

by James Sanford
He wakes up screaming from nightmares in which hundreds of birds swoop down upon him, oily rain falls and a seismic jolt shakes his house, causing his living room furniture to hang suspended in mid-air, like something out of “Inception.” Could these terrifying visions be premonitions, or are they merely warning signs that he’s losing touch with reality?
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

'Justice' is served

MSU adjunct professor pens a legal thriller

by KURT ANTHONY KRUG
Being an appellate lawyer was both an asset and a hindrance for author Anthony J. Franze when he was writing his first novel, "The Last Justice."
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Funny kind of Love

It’s homecoming week for 'America's Sister,' comedian Loni Love

by Allison M. Berryman
The comedian plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Connxtions Comedy Club. She is best known for her role as a recurring panelist on E!’s hit show “Chelsea Lately” and appearances on truTV’s “The Smoking Gun Presents: The World’s Dumbest.” She is often referred to as “America’s Sister” because of her ability to connect with a wide range of audiences.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

'Blonde' and beyond

A sorority sister gets schooled in MSU musical

by Alyssa Firth
Although the plot is basically the same as the popular 2001 Reese Witherspoon movie, the musical’s songs help quicken the pace. For example, Elle’s depression over her breakup with Warner and her decision to attend Harvard Law School is packed into a seven-minute musical piece.
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Friday, April 13,2012

A real standup guy

Judah Friedlander is ready to 'Rock' Lansing

by Alyssa Firth
Friedlander shared his World Champion of the World secrets in his book, “How to Beat Up Anybody: An Instructional and Inspirational Karate Book by the World Champion.” The book features several fighting tactics, including offense as the best defense and a special chapter for women, “written in a language only women can understand,” according to Friedlander.
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

Two coups — beaucoup cool

Jazz legend Sonny Rollins and opera star Renee Fleming top Wharton Center's jazz and classics lineup in the new season

by Lawrence Cosentino
In the jazz world, it just doesn’t get any better than Rollins, one the most enduring and accomplished musicians America has produced. His career stretches back to historic stints with Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk in the 1950s, followed by influential piano-less trio work that opened the tenor sax to wider realms of expression.
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

For a night, and for keeps

CD party celebrates big year for Professors of Jazz

by Lawrence Cosentino
Saturday’s concert will reassemble the professors, backed by veteran drummer Randy Gelispie, with new faces Michael Dease on trombone, Perry Hughes on guitar and vocalist Mardra Thomas, all of whom perform on the CD as well.
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

Advice Goddess

Carpy diem & fastidious and furious

by Amy Alkon
Sure, even now, you may be faced with one of the big relationship-crushing issues like money problems, forcing one of you to call your dad and then go out in the pouring rain to the ATM.
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

Double header

Two authors of baseball books come to town on the same night

by Bill Castanier
Mark Twain once umpired a baseball game. Earvin Magic Johnson and a group of investors are willing to pony up $2 billion for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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