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Wednesday, December 7,2011

From blight to beauty

Author J.H. Shapiro salutes famed Detroit artist Tyree Guyton

by Bill Castanier
Detroit artist Guyton started painting his Heidelberg neighborhood 25 years ago. He had returned to his childhood home after serving in the Army and attending art school, only to find vacant dilapidated and abandoned houses.
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Wednesday, December 7,2011

The gospel according to Whitesnake

’Rock of Ages’ revisits the heyday of hair-rock

by James Sanford
If you can name three big hits from Foreigner's "4" album, or if you can recite from memory all the dramatic dialogue from Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield" video, the Wharton Center has the show for you.
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Wednesday, December 7,2011

Starting over again — again

Tony Sump returns as board president of Lansing Civic Players

by James Sanford
The billboard outside the firehouse that is home to the Lansing Civic Players’ offices is still touting A Family Christmas and Richard III: A Steampunk Musical.
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Wednesday, December 7,2011

Riverwalk rings in the season

A familiar carol turns into a film-noir-style mystery

by Christopher Horb
A legendary carol gets a rewrite in Riverwalk Theatre s The Five Golden Rings, which bows on the main stage Saturday.
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Wednesday, December 7,2011

Penning sings in the season

Soprano reunites with LSO for a holiday pops concert

by Carlee Schepeler
Vocalist Diane Penning has a Christmas party to plan for her husband, three sons and 35 of their closest family members. But not until she sings with three Michigan orchestras at their holiday pops concerts.
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Wednesday, December 7,2011

Giving it his best shot at Spiral

One Saturday night. No shirt. Plenty of 'liquid dynamite.' Lots of money.

by Geoph Espen
My first trip out to the floor left me staring around doe-eyed. Then I realized I still had my shirt on. Going back behind the bar, no shots sold, I tore my white dress shirt off and left my chest bare of everything except my black satin tie (the hair having been painstakingly removed earlier in the day).
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Wednesday, November 30,2011

Reminiscing about retail

Author charts the rise and fall of Jacobson’s

by Bill Castanier
In the heyday of the East Lansing Jacobson’s, you could take your kids to Breakfast With Santa or sit down for an elegant dinner in the Asian-inspired 1970 East Room restaurant. As a Michigan State University grad, you knew you d arrived when you bought your business attire there, or registered for your wedding.
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Wednesday, November 30,2011

Food finder

by City Pulse
killer onion rings. 313 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Noon-8 p.m. Sunday. (517) 853-3033. Second location at 3552 Meridian Crossings, Okemos. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday- Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. (517) 853-1100.
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Wednesday, November 30,2011

Twenty1 is a lucky number for Griffin and McCallum

Filmmakers host a screening of their collaborations

by Mary C. Cusack
Filmmakers A.E. Griffin and Michael McCallum may be the hardest working men in Michigan show business. It s impossible to count how many productions they have worked on, both independently and collectively, because they don t stop working long enough to draft a proper curriculum vitae.
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Wednesday, November 30,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
(Scene) Composes itself The gallery will host a concert tonight featuring the Sixth Species Ensemble, a Michigan State University-based ensemble spearheaded by MSU music graduate Phillip Sink, who is also a composer, saxophonist and teacher.
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