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Wednesday, February 15,2012

Tutu good to be true

There’s more than meets the eye when Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo takes the stage

by Paul Wozniak
Since its inception in 1974, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has been keeping the ballet world on its toes — male toes, that is. The all-male repertory company from New York continues its almost 40-year legacy of sending up classical and contemporary ballet pieces in drag.
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Wednesday, February 15,2012

Muck it up, yuck it up

Comedian Mike Birbiglia turns pain into pleasure at Wharton Center

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Professional storyteller/stand-up comedian Mike Birbiglia brings his hit one-man show, "My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend," to the Wharton Center Sunday. His
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Wednesday, February 15,2012

Dave Attell settles down - to porn

Former 'Insomniac' hell-raiser ages ungracefully at Connxtions

by Rich Tupica
The Long Island native is largely known for staggering through a different town every week in his influential reality show, "Insomniac with Dave Attell," which aired on Comedy Central from 2001 to 2004.
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Wednesday, February 15,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Fans of aggressive rockabilly and slow to mid-tempo rockin' may want to stop by Mac's Bar Thursday. Slim Chance & the Can't Hardly Playboys will rip through a set of outlaw-country originals and may throw in a few classic-country numbers as well.
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Wednesday, February 15,2012

Fired up

Crime thriller 'Slow Burn' is the latest film from Michael McCallum

by Allison M. Berryman
"The idea for the film came from an approach to do a music video," McCallum said. "A musician in California, Enjae (whose music is in the film), asked us to direct a music video, but instead, it turned into an idea for a short film."
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Wednesday, February 15,2012

One squad, two victories

New book finds the Tuskegee Airmen fighting overseas and at home

by Dennis Rymarz and Kurt Anthony Krug
The death of President Franklin Roosevelt on April 12, 1945, eclipsed a lesser-known American tragedy that happened the same day. When 101 African American pilots, navigators and bombardiers refused to sign an order that would have thrown them into segregated housing, the U.
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Wednesday, February 8,2012

Keeper of the flame

Simone — daughter of the legendary Nina Simone — honors her motherīs musical legacy

by Lawrence Cosentino
People with no filial relation felt the same way. Nina Simone recast the Dylan song as a fragile ballad, dusted with harp and strings, suspended over a gritty gospel groove. She sealed the steal by changing Dylan’s third-person “she” to “I” in the last verse.
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Wednesday, February 8,2012

Advice Goddess

Some unenchanted evenings & once you go Lewis Black…

by Amy Alkon
My boyfriend lacks romantic ambition. In our two years together, we’ve never gone out to dinner someplace I can wear a dress and heels, and he never brings me flowers or does anything for our anniversary or Valentine’s Day. Iīve suggested he pick out lingerie he’d like to see me in and shown him how to set a romantic mood in our apartment.
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Wednesday, February 8,2012

'Our stories are not being told'

Lolita Hernandez writes about living and working in the Rust Belt

by Bill Castanier
If the Rust Belt had a capital city, it would be Detroit, where people have been making cars for more than 100 years. That may sound like a Clint Eastwood Super Bowl half-time ad, but Lolita Hernandez, author of “Autopsy of an Engine and Other Stories from the Cadillac Plant,” insists, “The factory is the city.”
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Wednesday, February 8,2012

The art of love

Gallery 1212 presents work by 'the matriarch and patriarch of the art renaissance in Old Town,' Clif and Jane McChesney

by City Pulse
In August 1966, Michigan State University Art Professor Clifton “Clif” McChesney went to Kyoto on a yearlong sabbatical with his two sons and his wife, Jane, a fashion illustrator and fellow artist. While the children attended an international primary school, Jane McChesney taught art and Clif McChesney painted every day in a home studio. Over the course of the sabbatical, the family took time to tour Japan and revel in the country’s natural beauty.
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