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Wednesday, February 29,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
This particular gig showcases songs by Etta James, Koko Taylor, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Fleming and Skory will be joined on stage by a couple of area jazz vocalists, including Satin (performing a Houston song) and Ty Teon Thompson, who will channel Vandross. Fleming's 9-year-old nephew will also take the stage to play a keyboard version of "Crazy Man Blues."
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

He shoots, he sings

Cameraman. Karaoke host. Rocker. Who says Jamie Rohda can't have it all?

by James Sanford
A few weeks ago, you might have seen Jamie Rohda performing with his band, Nothin 2 Lose, at the Colonial Bar. Or maybe you’ve caught one of the karaoke nights he regularly hosts on Wednesdays at Old Town’s Esquire Bar or Thursdays at Buddies Pub and Grill in Okemos.
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

The screening room

Time for 'Celebrity Rehab: Academy Awards Edition'

by James Sanford
If last year’s Oscar ceremony — hosted by an all-too-eager-to-please Anne Hathaway and a nearly somnambulant James Franco — was a fascinatingly misguided mess, this year’s fiasco was almost as exciting as being served a TV dinner that had languished in the far recesses of the freezer since 1995.
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

A six-month test drive

Lansing Art Gallery lets customers lease artwork before buying

by Alyssa Firth
Eyeing an original piece of art, but not quite sure if it’ll look right in your home or office? Lansing Art Gallery is hoping to help solve your dilemma this month.
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

March plan: Honor Japan

MSU hosts a month of Japanese cultural events

by Alyssa Firth
It may not be a huge island, but Japan is a cultural treasure trove. So Michigan State University’s Asian Studies Center is expanding its annual celebration of Japan from one week to a full month.
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Friday, February 24,2012

New in town

Fran's House & Rudy's Kitchen/See's Candies

by City Pulse
If See's Candies doesn't sound familiar, think back to the days of "I Love Lucy." Remember the episode in which Lucy and Ethel are working at a candy factory and stuff their mouths with chocolates while working on the assembly line?
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Wednesday, February 22,2012

Tuba in your face

Phil Sinder solos with the Lansing Symphony

by Lawrence Cosentino
But Sinder relishes the chance to exhibit the tuba's nobility and nuance. "People think it's a lumbering instrument, unable to function with others," Sinder said. "I've devoted a lot of energy to dispel these myths, show the instrument is adaptable and agile."
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Wednesday, February 22,2012

Advice Goddess

Looking for the gaia next door & sperm limits

by Amy Alkon
I'm an Occupy girl, age 45, into eco-shamanism and planetary consciousness stuff. I've mostly dated engineers with a playful side who initially seemed open to my interests but quickly became resentful of them. My boyfriend of two years is different...
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Wednesday, February 22,2012

Stamped out?

Advances in technology may have sealed the fate of the art of letter writing

by Bill Castanier
Think about how our lives have been enriched by the letters of Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, the Apostle Paul, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, C.S.
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Wednesday, February 22,2012

In publishing, money makes the words go around

Blogs and newspaper columns can sometimes turn into profitable books — if they manage to survive

by Bill Castanier
The literary world is full of books that began as diaries, journals or caches of letters. "Marley & Me," the best-selling memoir by former newspaper columnist John Grogan, comes immediately to mind. Grogan told me in a 2005 interview that it took him a couple of weeks to turn his weekly columns and journal entries about his dog Marley into a book.
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