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Wednesday, January 18,2012

Write to work

Author Jim Daniels' job is telling the stories of other people's jobs

by Bill Castanier
It’s tough being Jim Daniels. He’s often confused with another Daniels: Jeff, the actor and filmmaker who writes scatological comedies involving flatulence. Jim Daniels’ writing can be dark, but it’s never stinky especially when he weaves his favorite theme — working in the Motor City — into his short stories and poems.
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Wednesday, January 18,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Back in September, Root Doctor released “Joy,” a new album of soulful blues tunes. For area blues lovers who haven’t heard any of the new tunes yet, the band plays Friday at the Green Door.
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Wednesday, January 18,2012

The song of David

Okemos native Michael Lluberes calls his show ‘The Boy in the Bathroom’ ‘an intimate musical’ about isolation

by James Sanford
The show in question is “The Boy in the Bathroom,” with book and lyrics by Okemos native Michael Lluberes and music and additional lyrics by Joe Maloney. Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. presents the Midwest premiere of “Boy,” starting Thursday.
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Wednesday, January 18,2012

Before sunrise

David Andrews anchors the expanded WILX morning newscast

by James Sanford
Getting up early in the morning is nothing new for WILX news anchor David Andrews. He’s been married to WFMK-FM morning-show DJ Monica Harris for 24 years, and she’s been starting work before sunrise the entire time they’ve been together.
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Wednesday, January 18,2012

Perspectives on the past

Documentary ´Nostalgia for the Light´ examines Chilean history, both ancient and recent

by Robert Sancrainte
Chile´s Atacama Desert is an expansive plain with the perfect environment for stargazing: Isolated and removed from civilization, its perpetually clear skies and seeming lack of life give it grandeur not unlike outer space. Like the cosmos, the desert holds secrets well preserved by its vastness, and the desire for discovery burns in the hearts of scientists and non-scientists alike.
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Wednesday, January 18,2012

The sound of Chenille

The Sisters shine in ´Backstage Pass´ spotlight

by Robert Sancrainte
The three members, led by the talented and hilarious Grace Morand, alternate between heartfelt ballads and more comedic fare. Quirky tunes like “Regretting What I Said” and “NaCl” are silly enough that they grab your attention, but none of these lighthearted ditties distract from showcasing the singers’ masterful ability to harmonize.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

Soothing and bruising

LSO delivers sweet Saint-Saens, bipolar Beethoven

by Lawrence Cosentino
If we had known we’d be banging our heads into the wall with Beethoven by night’s end, we may not have embarked on the journey with such good cheer, but maestro Timothy Muffitt has a knack for avoiding cliché overtures and respectfully opening your ears. It was a pleasure to wake up and smell “Rounds for String Orchestra,” an intricate, caffeinated romp by American composer David Diamond.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

'Every dress has a story'

Becker’s Bridal in Fowler has been making wedding dreams come true for more than 75 years

by Bill Castanier
All those dresses can be a bit unsettling — "a white blindness nightmare" is what Alyssa Becker, the daughter's owner, sometimes calls it — but "dream" is an apt description, since the dreams of tens of thousands of brides have started right here in this unimposing store in downtown Fowler.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

Honoring X

The late activist's life is remembered in a series of events at Capital Area District Library

by Bill Castanier
When Lansing resident Doug Warren was making the case in front of Lansing City Council last year for renaming Main Street in honor of Malcolm X, he said that if there was a Mount Rushmore for African-Americans, Malcolm X would be on it, along with Martin Luther King.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

Williamston Theatre hosts a Hank Williams tribute

by City Pulse
Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins aren´t the only legendary singers taking over local stages this week. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Williamston Theatre hosts “An Evening with Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys,” starring Derek Smith as Williams.
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