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Wednesday, December 14,2011

'Jazzy Little Christmas ' gets a little bigger this year

Tenor Richard Fracker, soprano Melanie Helton and renowned jazz singer Marion Cowings are among the guest artists

by Lawrence Cosentino
Ding-dong! Now who could that be? With a casual mix of Michigan State University s top-drawer classical vocalists, New York jazz singer Marion Cowings and the MSU Professors of Jazz, this year s Jazzy Little Christmas harks back to radio and TV specials of yore.
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Wednesday, December 14,2011

Advice Goddess

Blister wonderful

by Amy Alkon
Q: I’m starting to have feelings for this guy friend I’ve been fooling around with, but I’m worried he isn’t feeling the same way. He’s stopped short of having full-blown intercourse with me, which I find odd, although I don’t want to have sex yet because I have genital herpes and I’m not ready to tell him. (I take an antiviral drug for this daily, and I’d have him wear protection during intercourse.) Do you think he knows I have herpes? Maybe he just isn’t interested in me romantically and doesn’t want me getting too attached. —Puzzled
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Wednesday, December 14,2011

Second-hand, but first-rate

Lansing offers a variety of outlets for book bargains

by Bill Castanier
There’s an old saying that when you stop believing in Santa Claus you get books. Why didn’t someone tell me sooner? The good news: The Lansing area never had a Borders, so we don’t have to drive across the state to find a bookstore. Two Schuler Books and Music locat...
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Wednesday, December 14,2011

Turn it Down

by Rich Tupica
Chinese Telephones are a Milwaukee-based pop-punk band that s been playing shows across the country since 2004. On Thursday, the band plays an all-ages show at Mac s Bar. Chinese Telephones has been featured in such indie publications as Maximum Rocknroll, Razorcake and Punk Planet.
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Wednesday, December 14,2011

Screening room

Charlize Theron is great at being grating in ‘Adult’

by James Sanford
Chances are you know someone like Mavis Gary, the woman Charlize Theron portrays in director Jason Reitman s scalding comedy Young Adult. She s been out of high school for 20 years, yet she still hungers for the days when she was idolized by her peers, worshiped by her friends and more to the point lusted after by guys like Buddy, her former flame (Patrick Wilson).
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Wednesday, December 14,2011

Suitable for framing

Absolute Gallery owner Kathy Holcomb discusses art, ghosts and the dynamic in Lansing

by Carlee Schepeler
I dream in picture frames, said Kathy Holcomb, owner of Absolute Gallery, while sitting in front of the frame-covered corner of her store in Old Town.
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Wednesday, December 14,2011

A Christmas celebration, Emerald Isle-style

Celtic Woman raises spirits with help from a symphony

by Cristina Toscano
For 22-year-old Celtic Woman singer Chloe Agnew and her group, Christmas is the time to try something new. Instead of the usual six-piece band that accompanies their shows, the four-woman ensemble has brought along a 45-piece symphony orchestra to support them for A Christmas Celebration The Symphony Tour.
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Thursday, December 8,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Holiday Sing At Ten Pound Fiddle Come belt out some songs at the 9th Annual Holiday Sing at the Ten Pound Fiddle. The event is hosted by longtime local folk-music supporter Sally Potter, who invites one and all to sing holiday and seasonal selections, no matter what the talent level.
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Wednesday, December 7,2011

‘She goes for it every day’

Selma Hollander’s life in the arts is still in full swing

by Lawrence Cosentino
Michael Rush, the founding director of MSU s new Eli and Edythe Broad art museum, came to East Lansing last year with the daunting mission of selling cutting-edge art and architecture in the heart of Michigan. He quickly discovered an invaluable ally, a kindred spirit and a personal hero.
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Wednesday, December 7,2011

Advice Goddess

Her best friend’s waiting & poach class

by Amy Alkon
Q: My girlfriend s best friend is her ex. They broke up six years ago (upon mutual agreement). She swears she s much happier being his friend and says they both feel they weren t meant to be romantic partners. Well, she clearly adores the hell out of him, and he s her go-to guy for her problems (family, career, and probably any issues with me). She respects my opinion, but sometimes I feel she only asks for it so I won t feel second banana to him. We ve only been dating eight months, and I feel she believes what she says about their friendship, but part of me worries that she s still in love with him but not aware of it. During one of their long phone chats, if he said he wanted to be with her after all, I suspect I d be dumped fast. Second Best
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