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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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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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