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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Advice Goddess

Prince Harming & semicolon cleansing

by Amy Alkon
He says everyone expected him to become Prime Minister, but he decided to buck their expectations and become a portrait painter. Although he earns a good living, I believe he considers himself a failure compared with the wealthy Brits commissioning his paintings.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Historical sleuth

Kevin Boyle delved into the archives to put together ‘Arc of Justice’

by Bill Castanier
By BILL CASTANIER National Book Award Winner Kevin Boyle describes himself as an “archives rat” ' and that’s a good thing for a historian and the author of the award-winning “Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

The biggest loser

‘The Dead Guy’ is a spotty spoof of reality TV

by Paul Wozniak
If he did, “The Dead Guy,” now at Williamston Theatre, might be a sharper satire in the vein of “Network” or “The Truman Show.” But the show’s very concept suggests that Coble cannot appreciate his topic on its own terms, resulting in flawed premises and shallow characters that make “Guy” feel cynical instead of comically cerebral.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Chiller theater

Thrilling ‘Terra Nova’ is a true triumph for Riverwalk

by Mary C. Cusack
In 1990 Aussie band The Church released a single called “Terra Nova Cain,” which sounds like just the remedy needed after enduring Riverwalk Theatre’s production of “Terra Nova.” Despite how that sounds, it is a high compliment. Among the finest productions to grace the stage of Riverwalk’s Black Box since its grand opening.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Glitter Trash was started in 2010 by lead singer “Jena Talia,” a pre-op transsexual who refuses to accept boy/girl labeling and prefers to be called a “hybrid.” The Detroit-based band plays mid-1970s-inspired punk and is known for wild stage shows. On Friday the band plays Uli’s Haus of Rock.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

'I know what the hell side is'

As a teen, Patty Duke won an Oscar, had a TV series and starred on Broadway; away from the spotlight, she was battling the onset of bi-polar disorder

by James Sanford
One of the many difficulties in treating bi-polar disorder is that there is no single drug that works perfectly for everyone; it can take a lot of trial and error to determine what combination of medications works effectively for a patient.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Screening room

Craig Brewer gives ‘Footloose’ a foot massage

by James Sanford
“There was a really embarrassing moment in my life when my dad came from work to find me in my underwear, dancing to that Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney song ' what was it called? ' ‘Say Say Say,’” Brewer recalled during a stopover at Detroit’s MGM Grand last month.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Making a splash

Julian VanDyke and James McFarland host two events to benefit Mid-Michigan Food Bank

by Carlee Schepeler
McFarland is the owner of Hotwater Works, a hot tub dealer on Michigan Avenue. This venue provided the pair with enough space to accommodate a large audience. The artists will take suggestions from the crowd about the art they create..
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Haunted heart

MSU revisits ‘Desire’ in old New Orleans

by Carlee Schepeler
Graduate student Emily Young is playing Stella as her thesis role, which she believes will help tackle her constant challenge of finding vulnerability in her acting. Young took her research one big step further by traveling to New Orleans in May to get better acquainted with the city’s culture.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Simply Simon

Starlight Dinner Theatre serves up ‘The Odd Couple’ as season opener

by Cristina Toscano
On the off chance you haven’t heard, “The Odd Couple” is about a friendship between two men who are polar opposites and manage to push each other to their limits. It was the basis for two movies starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, and inspired a popular TV series in the 1970s, with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman.
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