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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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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Theater: Riverwalk's 'Conspiracy' electrified

by Paul Wozniak
Community theaters, particularly in small towns, often rely on the tried and true. However, theater is far more exciting when companies take risks. New and daring works can turn into overambitious fiascos, but they can also soar higher than old standards when they succeed.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Theater: 'Boys' bruised, while 'Blackbird' soared

by Mary C. Cusack
The City Pulse theater reviewers see upwards of 50 shows a year, which means that by the end of the year many of the productions are a blur. The standouts, the ones that eventually grab up fistfuls of Pulsar nominations and wins, are typically plays that have a lasting emotional impact.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Rock: Lansing acts made waves nationally and internationally

by Rich Tupica
Going to local rock clubs like Mac's Bar or The Loft isn't one click away, and most often it isn't free (unless one has managed to weasel their way onto a guest list). So it's a remarkable feat when bands not only win a local following, but also manage to make some waves nationally and internationally.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Na Style Jaa's pre-NYE rap show For those who cannot wait until New Year's Eve, The Loft hosts a night of unconventional hip-hop acts at a Friday show dubbed “New Year’s Eve EVE.” Lansing-based Na Style Jaa takes the stage. The eccentric rap group formed in January, and has since created a genre the group calls “story core,” which most often combines humor and dramatized historical events into the lyrics.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Screening room

Movies: Ten of the best — and a bunch of bad news

by James Sanford
After a somewhat slowish start, 2011 turned out to be a terrific year for movies, some of them coming from long-established artists (Woody Allen, Werner Herzog) and others from rising stars (Thomas McCarthy, Jeff Nichols).
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