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Wednesday, March 14,2012

A dancer's 'Answer'

MSU concert tries to define the meaning of 'home'

by Adam Ilenich
The concert also examines comfort levels. “For example, in my piece there are two couples: One couple is two males and one couple is two females,” Barr said. “What does that do to people, watching two males touch one another? Or watching two females be close to one another?”
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

'Love is very mysterious'

Guest pianist Philippe Bianconi plunges into a sea of Brahms with Lansing Symphony Orchestra

by Lawrence Cosentino
For a globe-trotting pianist with some top-shelf awards on his mantel, Philippe Bianconi seems to have a pronounced Buddhist streak. He loves nothing more than to dissolve into something greater than himself.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

Slam-dunk

Jerry and Isaac Sprague score in a double feature

by Tom Helma
In “Two Beers and a Hook Shot,” we have serious relationship drama presented in a naturalistic style: dark, painful-to-experience material. This is a play about the challenge in a father-son relationship to transcend past sins, to overcome sufferings and a raging emptiness, and to transform hatred to love through the magic of basketball.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

'Cat' on the prowl at LCC

by Tom Helma
Keller, who is directing Lansing Community College Theatre’s “Cat on A Hot Tin Roof,” is all noisy nouns and arresting adjectives, punching out her words — “muscularity,” “centeredness,” “fragility,” “desire” — and suggesting that for this play to be done well, the actors must “fight” for the reality of the moment.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

Advice Goddess

The spinster cycle

by Amy Alkon
Q: I’m a 32-year-old woman with a Ph.D. I’m beyond happy with my career path, but I’m not meeting men I’m impressed with or inspired to see again. A girlfriend sent me a New York Times op-ed by a historian named Stephanie Coontz, who said that highly educated women can find a man if they drop “the cultural ideal of hypergamy — that women must marry up.”
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

'God's in the details'

'Horse Soldiers' author Doug Stanton shares insights at MSU lecture

by Bill Castanier
Doug Stanton was just outgrowing his "Cat in the Hat" stage when the author Gay Talese, one of the progenitors of the "new journalism" movement, wrote a seminal article for Esquire on Frank Sinatra that still influences the Traverse City writer.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
The Dolphins are an East Lansing-based rock īnī roll band with a love for ‘60s tunes and vintage psychedelic sounds. The four-piece features Chris Smith (guitar, vocals), Alex Ovenhouse (bass), Josh Guysky (drums) and guitarist Ryan Guysky. The band, which formed in 2010, plays The Loft on Thursday. Opening the show is another local outfit, The Unguarded Moment.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

Something to talk about

In Riverwalk's 'Becky's New Car,' it's up to you to help out a chatty heroine who's juggling a husband and a new suitor

by James Sanford
“Audience members get invited to come up onstage and help Becky dress, she asks them to do some tasks — which they may or may not do — and she even asks them to vote at one point on whether she should do something or not.”
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

The screening room

Revealed: Eddie Murphy's secret to looking younger

by James Sanford
When this comedy about a sleazy literary agent who falls under a yogi’s curse was shot, Lehman Brothers was still open for business and Sarah Palin was talking about Joe Six-Pack and the hockey moms. Yes, all the way back in 2008.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

From cabaret to ballet

Royal Winnipeg Ballet puts its 'Rouge' on at Wharton

by Robert Sancrainte
The Moulin Rouge was the most famous Parisian cabaret of them all, creating such a legacy that it was immortalized on the big screen multiple times, including 2001’s eponymously titled musical starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.
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