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Wednesday, February 29,2012

City Pulse Leap Year gift guide

by Lawrence Cosentino
It’s un-American. From the Declaration of Independence to the birth of Christ, everything that’s sacred in our land gets a temporary aisle at K-Mart. Who is cashing in on the rarest holiday of all? Where are our Leap Year Peeps?
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

The quiet fixer

How Feb. 29 keeps the year humming

by Lawrence Cosentino
Every four years, the calendar starts to shudder and creep out of place, like a dryer with a bad belt. Wait too long to fix it and the damn thing will creep across the floor.
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

Is Feb. 29 really Leap Year day?

by Lawrence Cosentino
The cocktail-party showoff term for Leap Year is “bissextile year,” which is easy to remember when you recall that Julius Caesar was bisexual (“every woman’s husband and every man’s wife,” quipped Caesar’s biographer Suetonius).
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

A musical mixed bag

Lansing Symphony falters and stumbles before standing and delivering during an uneven evening

by Lawrence Cosentino
Suddenly, the brass went off like a car alarm, leaving only visual evidence that the violins were still at work, playing intricate patterns. (Most music lovers could fill in the famous fiddlework mentally, having heard the music many times, but still.)
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

Advice Goddess

Have a peasant day & meek her want you

by Amy Alkon
Q: Your answer to “Roseless,” the woman bemoaning her boyfriend’s lack of “romantic ambition,” hit a nerve with me. My wife of 19 years and I shared equally in raising our three children. She only sort of “works” now, but I do the home chores an...
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

African-American history isn't what it used to be

Pulitzer Prize winner Eric Freedman shares surprising stories in 'Presidents and Black America'

by Bill Castanier
Eric Freedman, co author of “Presidents and Black America: A Documentary History,” said the history of the presidency is one of “oversimplification and gentrification.” Freedman is an associate professor of journalism at Michigan State University and a Pulitzer Prize winner for his investigative reporting at The Detroit News in 1994.
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

'Shoes' on the move

Williamston's Western transfers to Ann Arbor

by City Pulse
Two years ago, playwright Joseph Zettelmeier’s comedy “It Came From Mars” opened at Ann Arbor’s Performance Network and moved to Williamston Theatre. Zettelmeier’s “Dead Man’s Shoes” is going the other direction.
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

Two points

Riverwalk double feature unites the Sprague family — and marks director Bill Helder's swan song

by UTE VON DER HEYDEN
That BoarsHead production was the world premiere of the full version of Kent R. Brown’s drama, which tells the story of angry and disillusioned Randy, about to leave home but meeting his father, Dexter, a difficult man with secrets, on the basketball court for a last game.
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

The darker side of the Emerald Isle

While some of the flavor of MSU’s 'Cripple of Inishmaan' gets lost in an audio fog, Edward O'Ryan’s sharply drawn portrait of the title character is pure gold

by Paul Wozniak
While the script avoids easy Irish stereotypes (apart from some brief whisky imbibing and a sarcastic reference to a shalalie), actors remain only one level away from shouting to make their points. Without equally measured diction, the result is often an acoustical echo cloud created by overlapping Irish accents and the dynamics of the Arena Theatre.
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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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