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Wednesday, January 11,2012

Soothing and bruising

LSO delivers sweet Saint-Saens, bipolar Beethoven

by Lawrence Cosentino
If we had known we’d be banging our heads into the wall with Beethoven by night’s end, we may not have embarked on the journey with such good cheer, but maestro Timothy Muffitt has a knack for avoiding cliché overtures and respectfully opening your ears. It was a pleasure to wake up and smell “Rounds for String Orchestra,” an intricate, caffeinated romp by American composer David Diamond.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

'Every dress has a story'

Becker’s Bridal in Fowler has been making wedding dreams come true for more than 75 years

by Bill Castanier
All those dresses can be a bit unsettling — "a white blindness nightmare" is what Alyssa Becker, the daughter's owner, sometimes calls it — but "dream" is an apt description, since the dreams of tens of thousands of brides have started right here in this unimposing store in downtown Fowler.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

Honoring X

The late activist's life is remembered in a series of events at Capital Area District Library

by Bill Castanier
When Lansing resident Doug Warren was making the case in front of Lansing City Council last year for renaming Main Street in honor of Malcolm X, he said that if there was a Mount Rushmore for African-Americans, Malcolm X would be on it, along with Martin Luther King.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

Williamston Theatre hosts a Hank Williams tribute

by City Pulse
Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins aren´t the only legendary singers taking over local stages this week. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Williamston Theatre hosts “An Evening with Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys,” starring Derek Smith as Williams.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

Four in the spotlight

There’s good rockin' tonight: 'Million Dollar Quartet' rattles the Wharton Center rafters

by ALLAN I. ROSS
True story: in early December 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis were all summoned to the Sun Records recording studio in Memphis by Sun founder Sam Phillips, the man who had “discovered” each of the artists. Someone had the good sense to hit “record,” and the music that materialized was dubbed “the Million Dollar Quartet” the next day in a local paper.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

Six in the Starlight

Steppin' In It members step into a side project

by Rich Tupica
A new side project, the Starlight Six, which features members of Steppin’ In It, focuses less on technical skills and more on stripped-down songwriting. Steppin’ In It members Dominic John Suchyta and Joshua Davis formed the band with fellow veteran Michigan-based musicians Seth Bernard, May Erlewine, Rachael Davis and Mike Shimmin.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Chris Bathgate’s melancholy indie-folk has earned him a loyal following in the Midwest and beyond. On Thursday, he plays Mac’s Bar; openers include Small Houses, Pioneer and Kevin Killen. His acclaimed new album, “Salt Year,” has been compared to songwriters Damien Jurado and Will Oldham. Bathgate is originally from rural Iowa, but now calls Pinckney home.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

The screening room

The typically superb Streep galvanizes 'The Iron Lady'

by James Sanford
Streep’s performance is, like most of her work, splendidly textured and multi-dimensional. When Streep is truly in her groove, she completely disappears into her character., and that´s what happens here: She gives herself over to Thatcher´s stern starchiness and conjures up that steely voice that, the movie tells us, was the result of intense vocal coaching.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

From minor to major

Riverwalk's 'Rosencrantz' shakes up Shakespeare

by Christopher Horb
In Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” the characters of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are just bit players, roaming the edge of the story, never really getting their moment in the spotlight.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

Blazing their own trail

Ryan and Mandy Starski didn’t listen to the naysayers — and they’re glad

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
The couple met at Michigan State University and dated for three whole days before agreeing to get married, Mandy Starski said. Four months later, the couple held a small ceremony at a local church for family and close friends. The bride was 20 and the groom was 22.
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