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Wednesday, September 21,2011

That's the way the cookie crumbles

Parents plot to sell their kids in caustic comedy 'Gingerbread House'

by Christopher Horb
Brian (Brian de Vries) and Stacey (Marianne Chan) have discovered that raising their two children has not been quite as satisfying as they had hoped it would be and it’s gotten in the way of their own ambitions.
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Wednesday, September 21,2011

Starting on the right note

Guest violinist Schmidt graces an often spellbinding LSO concert

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
Conductor and music director Timothy Muffitt’s first concert blended the wellknown greatness of Beethoven and Saint-Saens with a touch of the new by kicking off the program with Pulitzer-winning composer Jennifer Higdon and her 2000 hit “Blue Cathedral.
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Wednesday, September 21,2011

Just keep running: Lansing Marathon launches in April

'Signature event' planned as a $1 million fundraiser

by Carlee Schepeler
The result is that next April will see the first of what Anderson and others hope will be an annual event. Anderson said at least 5,000 runners are expected to participate in the full marathon on April 22 and 7,000 in a half-marathon the same day, and Anderson maintains that no one will be turned away.
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Monday, September 19,2011

Starting off on the right note

Lansing Symphony Orchestra's new season starts with an often-spellbinding concert with guest violinist Giora Schmidt

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
Monday, Sept. 19 — It’s the first concert of the new season. You might expect cobwebs. You might expect the orchestra to be like the students at Michigan State University: willing to play, but wishing summer had been just a bit longer.There may have been a couple cobwebs still left in the corners, but Lansing Symphony’s opening performance Friday night made one thing clear: The symphony is ready for action.
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Thursday, September 15,2011

Spiral goes Gaga

by Nicole LaChance
“I had already done dance, comedy, puppetry, magic; now I wanted to make it all sexy,” Bouche said. “So each number has a sexy edge to it in some way.” He accomplished this through costuming, choosing material, the type of songs and the performers themselves.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Riding the wave, again

Symphony opener brings back violinist Giora Schmidt

by Lawrence Cosentino
In March of last year, Lansing Symphony maestro Timothy Muffitt and 29-year-old violinist Giora Schmidt ladled out the purest, hottest alloy of symphony and soloist heard around here in years 'and that’s saying a lot in a drop forge town like Lansing.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Riverwalk delivers a winning 'Annie'

by Tom Helma
One expects children in these roles to be cute and emotionally endearing, but director Jeff Croff (ably assisted by choreographer Elizabeth Todd) has additionally conjured up a high level of professionalism. Not to mention impressive stage Review presence on the part of two separate children’s ensembles.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Advice Goddess

Fraud prince & Vulture shock

by Amy Alkon
and he tells me he loves me and that I’m the only person for him. Well, my best girlfriend visited her brother, my boyfriend’s roommate, and returned with some real fun facts: Last year, my boyfriend became obsessed with some girl and got into an “open relationship” with her ' all year.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Detroit R&B legend comes to life in bio, 'Fever'

Michigan author, journalist Susan Whitall tells the tragic tale of '50s and early '60s singer Little Willie John

by Bill Castanier
Detroit writer and 1974 Michigan State University graduate Susan Whitall, who in her new book “Fever: Little Willie John: A Fast Life, Mysterious Death and the Birth of Soul,” makes the legend of Willie John come to life. It also shows Whitall to be an accomplished historian and music ethnomusicologist.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

’Two 9/11 Plays’ recall tragic events

Michigan State University offers up double bill

by City Pulse
Lammers is the director of “Return to the Upright Position,” a performance collaboration written in the six months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The show is half of a double-bill alongside “What H a p p e n e d : The September 11th Testimony Project” premiering Tuesday at Michigan State University’s Auditorium Theatre.
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