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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Theater: 'Boys' bruised, while 'Blackbird' soared

by Mary C. Cusack
The City Pulse theater reviewers see upwards of 50 shows a year, which means that by the end of the year many of the productions are a blur. The standouts, the ones that eventually grab up fistfuls of Pulsar nominations and wins, are typically plays that have a lasting emotional impact.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Rock: Lansing acts made waves nationally and internationally

by Rich Tupica
Going to local rock clubs like Mac's Bar or The Loft isn't one click away, and most often it isn't free (unless one has managed to weasel their way onto a guest list). So it's a remarkable feat when bands not only win a local following, but also manage to make some waves nationally and internationally.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Na Style Jaa's pre-NYE rap show For those who cannot wait until New Year's Eve, The Loft hosts a night of unconventional hip-hop acts at a Friday show dubbed “New Year’s Eve EVE.” Lansing-based Na Style Jaa takes the stage. The eccentric rap group formed in January, and has since created a genre the group calls “story core,” which most often combines humor and dramatized historical events into the lyrics.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Screening room

Movies: Ten of the best — and a bunch of bad news

by James Sanford
After a somewhat slowish start, 2011 turned out to be a terrific year for movies, some of them coming from long-established artists (Woody Allen, Werner Herzog) and others from rising stars (Thomas McCarthy, Jeff Nichols).
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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Advice Goddess

The Cad Catalogue & If the shoo fits?

by Amy Alkon
divorce his wife for me. He has been married five times and cheated on all of his wives. I have reason to believe he'euro;'s still having sex with his ex-wife. Im not sure what to do. I refinanced my house a few months after meeting him and paid off his and his wifes $14,000 credit card debt (my idea, to help him out of the marriage).
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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Zaslow keeps it personal

The success of 'Last Lecture' led the former columnist to tell more inspirational stories

by Bill Castanier
In 2007, Zaslow learned that Carnegie Mellon University professor Randy Pausch was about to give his final lecture. An $800 airline ticket to Pittsburgh was a little steep, so Zaslow decided to drive from his suburban Detroit home to Pittsburgh: That'euro;'s approximately 600 miles round trip.
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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Cellist Felix Wang returns home for LSO concert

by City Pulse
A founding member of the Blakemore Trio and co-principal cellist of the IRIS Orchestra, Wang received a doctorate of musicalarts from the University of Michigan, a masters degree in music from the New England Conservatory and a bachelors degree in music from the Peabody Institute.
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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Turn it Down

Hoopties debut new member at Green Door

by Rich Tupica
American-roots band The Hoopties plays some original material while also paying homage to the members'euro;' favorite musical heroes with a few choice covers. The Lansingbased group, which plays the Green Door on Thursday, dabbles in blues, country, zydeco, reggae and even some old soul.
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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Ho, ho, holiday movies

This week, you get Steven Spielberg times two, while Matt Damon buys a zoo and Rooney Mara becomes 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

by James Sanford
The cineplex has already welcomed Sherlock Holmes, Charlize Theron, the Muppets and the Chipmunks. But there is even more to come this week, with the arrival of two Steven Spielberg epics and the eagerly awaited David Fincher remake of 'euro;'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Screening room

Detroit Film Critics Society announces best of 2011

by James Sanford
Don'euro;'t be surprised if you haven'euro;'t seen some of the winners: Society members screen all the major films that are up for Academy Award consideration, including pictures that don'euro;'t go into national release until January or February..
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