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Wednesday, August 17,2011

Turn it Down: A survey of Lansing’s musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
This Friday features a performance by local bluegrassfolkies Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, playing Americana tunes with a vocal style that sometimes reflects old-school jazz vocalists. There is free parking at Lake Lansing, and for the kids there’s free entry to play on a moonwalk and a giant slide.
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Wednesday, August 17,2011

The Screening Room

Clearing up fuzzy memories of ‘Conan the Barbarian’

by James Sanford
My memories of the 1982 “Conan” were fuzzy, so I took a look at it last weekend. When I say “fuzzy,” I mean literally fuzzy: The only times I had ever tried to watch the movie came when I was living with a roommate who was stealing HBO from our more affluent neighbors.
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Wednesday, August 17,2011

Looking ahead

Ken Burns and Ken Beachler both get some attention during WKAR’s annual Fall Preview

by Christina Strong
WKAR will honor a local arts advocate and provide a look at its future programming during its third annual Fall Preview on Aug. 24.
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Thursday, August 11,2011

Variety is the key to annual Great Lakes Folk Festival

by Tracy Key
He is a seventh-generation slack-key guitar player and lives in Maui on his family farm, which focuses on organic sustainable farming methods. The farm produces papayas, taro, sweet potatoes, bananas and legumes, and Kahumoku raises goats, ducks, chickens and miniature horses.
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Wednesday, August 10,2011

Advice Goddess

Hold me, tightwad & Too mosh for information

by Amy Alkon
What kind of disturbed cheapskate tells his girlfriend she’s lucky he didn’t charge her for rent, gas, and electric on all those nights she didn’t drag herself out of his bed and drive home immediately after sex? But, wait ' it gets better.
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Wednesday, August 10,2011

Lacerating 'Laughter'

The battle of the sexes leads to bruising comedy in Riverwalk production

by UTE VON DER HEYDEN
The Woman says, "I want to talk to you about life. It’s just too difficult to be alive, isn’t it, and try to function?” Later on, we hear: “Have you all wondered why sexual intercourse sometimes makes you want to commit...
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Wednesday, August 10,2011

Disappointment, deli-style

Old Town’s Chicago Deli has plenty of atmosphere — but seems to be running short on everything else

by Joe Torok
And it’s quirky, with headshots of Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley and other celebrities in high school graduation-style frames on the wall. (I get the Oprah/Chicago connection, and a Michael Jordan photo makes sense, too; the others remain a mystery.
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Wednesday, August 10,2011

From rocker to writer

Former Fix vocalist turns to true-crime chronicles

by Rich Tupica
“Girl, Wanted” chronicles Pender’s' manipulative ways: The prosecutor in the case called her “the female Charles Manson.” Pender managed to stay on the run for months, thanks to a cleverly designed network of friends, disposable cell phones and the support of a wealthy sex addict.
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Wednesday, August 10,2011

Turn it Down: A survey of Lansing’s musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Performers include Frank and Earnest, The Plurals, The Playback and the punk sounds of Fisherking. While it’s distributed throughout the United States and 20 other countries, Razorcake often covers and reviews Lansing bands. A recent issue featured The Cheap Girls (a Lansing rock band) on the cover.
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Wednesday, August 10,2011

Princesses with punch

Author Jim C. Hines gives modern makeovers to fairy tale favorites

by KURT ANTHONY KRUG
“For a while, our house was overrun with princesses: princess movies, princess dolls, princess pajamas, princess toothbrushes, and so on,” explained Hines, 37, of Holt. “Some of the movies aren’t bad, but a lot of the merchandise ' well, let’s just say I wanted to present an alternative interpretation of these characters.
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