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Wednesday, January 4,2012

Final orders

Sawyer’s Pancake House closes, but the owners leave the door open to new possibilities

by Joe Torok
Early on New Year’s Eve morning, plates of eggs, pancakes and bacon were stacking up at the order window for loyal patrons visiting Sawyer’s Gourmet Pancake House the day before it turned off its griddle for good.
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Wednesday, January 4,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
'Lansing Covers Lansing' CD release show A new compilation CD of Lansing bands covering songs by other Lansing outfits will be released Friday at Mac’s Bar. Taking the stage will be a few of the featured artists: Frank and Earnest, Small Houses, Tommy Plural (solo acoustic), Cavalcade and American Gothic. The album, “Secret Identities: Lansing Covers Lansing,” is a co-release by LansingMusic.tv and Good Time Gang Records. The comp features Lansing bands Drinking Mercury, Small Houses, The Break Ups, The Plurals, Narc Out The Reds, Frank and Earnest, Cavalcade, Jason Alarm, Calliope, Fields of Industry and American Gothic covering new and old songs by area bands like The Fix, Small Brown Bike, The Ones, Jen Sygit and Mystic Shake, among others. CDs are $8.
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Wednesday, January 4,2012

No rest for Wes

MSU actor has a busy week ahead at Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival competition

by James Sanford
Haskell and the other cast members of Michigan State University’s “The Beaux’ Stratagem” are preparing for their three performances Thursday at the Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival Region III competition at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. They aren’t just rehearsing the comedy — they had to practice setting up and striking the set as well, because in addition to critiquing performances and direction, the festival judges also evaluate how quickly and smoothly the crew can assemble and pack up their show.
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Wednesday, January 4,2012

Four of a kind

Cash, Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis rock once more as the 'Million Dollar Quartet'

by Robert Sancrainte
The story is a simple one. On Dec. 4, 1956, Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records, had Carl Perkins and his band sitting down to record a session with a then-unknown Jerry Lee Lewis on the piano.
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Wednesday, January 4,2012

Get ready for a 'game changer': The Broad is coming

Director Michael Rush says the $40 million-plus Michigan State University project 'will be like nothing else'

by Michael Rush
I can hardly believe that our Road to the Broad is rapidly becoming a high-speed super highway with our opening only four months away! As we think of the museum being a huge part of our new year, the word “happy” takes on a whole new meaning. When my new friends here in the Lansing area talk about the upcoming museum, they tend to get a little excited, talk a bit faster and even predict how the project might reshape our community.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Jazz and classical: Endangered? Not here

by Lawrence Cosentino
What Madagascar is to endangered lemurs, America's universities have become to those exquisite and rarely observed species, classical and jazz music. In 2011, bucking all market trends in the surrounding musical ecosystem, greater Lansing was lemur central.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Theater: Some of the best was in the streets

by Tom Helma
My take on the best theater of the year is that it took place on the streets, most noticeably with the surge in flashmob theater taking place everywhere and then, more recently, in the Occupy political street theater occurring in many cities around the world.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Advice Goddess

Brief-stricken & epic frail

by Amy Alkon
Q: A divorced male friend and I recently became “friends with benefits.” However, I'm not receiving the same, uh, level of benefits as he is. He isn’t giving me orgasms from intercourse, and his pleasuring of me is measured in seconds rather than minutes, despite my telling him that this is a problem.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Book 'em!

A harvest of Hemingway, plus first-rate reads from contemporary authors

by Bill Castanier
When it comes to books, 2011 was the YOH — Year of Hemingway — complete with a masterful collection of letters, a new coffee table book, a book on his first wife and a book on his boat, the Pilar, joining a Woody Allen movie that pays tribute to the Lost Generation of the “Moveable Feast.” This seems fitting since 2011 was the 50th anniversary of Papa’s death.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Theater: Stormfield's 'Heroes' was a triumph

by UTE VON DER HEYDEN
My favorite show of 2011 was Stormfield Theatre's "Heroes," a play in which all the major elements of what makes fine theater came perfectly together.
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