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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Glitter Trash was started in 2010 by lead singer “Jena Talia,” a pre-op transsexual who refuses to accept boy/girl labeling and prefers to be called a “hybrid.” The Detroit-based band plays mid-1970s-inspired punk and is known for wild stage shows. On Friday the band plays Uli’s Haus of Rock.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

'I know what the hell side is'

As a teen, Patty Duke won an Oscar, had a TV series and starred on Broadway; away from the spotlight, she was battling the onset of bi-polar disorder

by James Sanford
One of the many difficulties in treating bi-polar disorder is that there is no single drug that works perfectly for everyone; it can take a lot of trial and error to determine what combination of medications works effectively for a patient.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Screening room

Craig Brewer gives ‘Footloose’ a foot massage

by James Sanford
“There was a really embarrassing moment in my life when my dad came from work to find me in my underwear, dancing to that Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney song ' what was it called? ' ‘Say Say Say,’” Brewer recalled during a stopover at Detroit’s MGM Grand last month.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Making a splash

Julian VanDyke and James McFarland host two events to benefit Mid-Michigan Food Bank

by Carlee Schepeler
McFarland is the owner of Hotwater Works, a hot tub dealer on Michigan Avenue. This venue provided the pair with enough space to accommodate a large audience. The artists will take suggestions from the crowd about the art they create..
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Haunted heart

MSU revisits ‘Desire’ in old New Orleans

by Carlee Schepeler
Graduate student Emily Young is playing Stella as her thesis role, which she believes will help tackle her constant challenge of finding vulnerability in her acting. Young took her research one big step further by traveling to New Orleans in May to get better acquainted with the city’s culture.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Simply Simon

Starlight Dinner Theatre serves up ‘The Odd Couple’ as season opener

by Cristina Toscano
On the off chance you haven’t heard, “The Odd Couple” is about a friendship between two men who are polar opposites and manage to push each other to their limits. It was the basis for two movies starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, and inspired a popular TV series in the 1970s, with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Don't drink the wine

’Arsenic’ is on tap at Lansing Civic Players

by Robert Sancrainte
For example, the play’s two lovable and murderous aunts, who serve arseniclaced elderberry wine, are “always together in a scene. They kind of get lumped into that generic old-lady persona and never get to develop their own personalities.”.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Bringing Lanza back to Lansing

Bellini Opera Theater honors the late tenor

by Jon James
A crossover artist extraordinaire, Mario Lanza was known in the 1940s and 1950s for starring in Hollywood films (“The Great Caruso,” “The Toast of New Orleans”) and performing both operatic arias and popular radio songs (“Be My Love,” “Because You’re Mine,” etc.
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Puerile Michigan

Purple Rose Theatre revisits ‘Escanaba,’ where good taste is always out of place

by Tom Helma
elaborately staged Rube Goldberg set up of an extended fart sequence, complete with slow-motion strobe light and explosive sound effects? Or is it the scene in which a particularly potent potpourri of Potawatami porcupine piss gets poured over Ranger Tom?.
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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Advice Goddess

Helen of toy & Mitey aphrodite

by Amy Alkon
You can try to keep the romance alive with some therapist looking disapprovingly down her bifocals at the two of you ' or with the gift of a 50-cent purple plastic chimp. The chimp, happily, will not ask you to “own your feelings” or repeat awkward “I” statements.
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