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Monday, September 19,2011

Starting off on the right note

Lansing Symphony Orchestra's new season starts with an often-spellbinding concert with guest violinist Giora Schmidt

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
Monday, Sept. 19 — It’s the first concert of the new season. You might expect cobwebs. You might expect the orchestra to be like the students at Michigan State University: willing to play, but wishing summer had been just a bit longer.There may have been a couple cobwebs still left in the corners, but Lansing Symphony’s opening performance Friday night made one thing clear: The symphony is ready for action.
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Thursday, September 15,2011

Spiral goes Gaga

by Nicole LaChance
“I had already done dance, comedy, puppetry, magic; now I wanted to make it all sexy,” Bouche said. “So each number has a sexy edge to it in some way.” He accomplished this through costuming, choosing material, the type of songs and the performers themselves.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Riding the wave, again

Symphony opener brings back violinist Giora Schmidt

by Lawrence Cosentino
In March of last year, Lansing Symphony maestro Timothy Muffitt and 29-year-old violinist Giora Schmidt ladled out the purest, hottest alloy of symphony and soloist heard around here in years 'and that’s saying a lot in a drop forge town like Lansing.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Riverwalk delivers a winning 'Annie'

by Tom Helma
One expects children in these roles to be cute and emotionally endearing, but director Jeff Croff (ably assisted by choreographer Elizabeth Todd) has additionally conjured up a high level of professionalism. Not to mention impressive stage Review presence on the part of two separate children’s ensembles.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Advice Goddess

Fraud prince & Vulture shock

by Amy Alkon
and he tells me he loves me and that I’m the only person for him. Well, my best girlfriend visited her brother, my boyfriend’s roommate, and returned with some real fun facts: Last year, my boyfriend became obsessed with some girl and got into an “open relationship” with her ' all year.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Detroit R&B legend comes to life in bio, 'Fever'

Michigan author, journalist Susan Whitall tells the tragic tale of '50s and early '60s singer Little Willie John

by Bill Castanier
Detroit writer and 1974 Michigan State University graduate Susan Whitall, who in her new book “Fever: Little Willie John: A Fast Life, Mysterious Death and the Birth of Soul,” makes the legend of Willie John come to life. It also shows Whitall to be an accomplished historian and music ethnomusicologist.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

’Two 9/11 Plays’ recall tragic events

Michigan State University offers up double bill

by City Pulse
Lammers is the director of “Return to the Upright Position,” a performance collaboration written in the six months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The show is half of a double-bill alongside “What H a p p e n e d : The September 11th Testimony Project” premiering Tuesday at Michigan State University’s Auditorium Theatre.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Food Finder

by City Pulse
MIJO’S DINER ' Located near the Capitol City Airport, Mijo’s offers hearty breakfasts like the massive western omelet made with five eggs to satisfy the hungriest appetites. 5131 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing. 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday- Friday; 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. (517) 886-0406. TO, $
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Retro night-owl spot

Fleetwood Diner is a haven for coffee lovers

by Joe Torok
Fleetwood Diner on Cedar St. looks like one of those Airstream trailers from the 1950’s with rounded edges, a low profile and a glinting chrome exterior. In reality the atmosphere is much more nuanced (thankfully) than that. Fleetwood is the kind of place a novelist might visit for character research, especially after midnight.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

BluesFest takes over Old Town

Lansing musicians featured alongside regional blues players

by Rich Tupica
“I’m a professional musician, I play a lot of different styles, but the blues is really the foundation of all the styles,” Wilson said. “Any good jazz player has a lot of blues in their playing. I’d say the same for a rock‘n’roll player, even folk music.
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