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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

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

“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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Wednesday, August 10,2011

Art Alley's anniversary

REO Town gallery/performance space celebrates its first birthday and makes plans for the future

by Chris Galford
Art Alley’s biggest accomplishment in this first year, however, has been the ambitious project known as MI-ArtShare, a project designed to help the arts flourish in Michigan ' and to help artists flourish as well ' by allowing shows to move seamlessly between galleries for maximum exposure.
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Wednesday, August 3,2011

New sounds at Jazz Fest

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Ice Crystal Quartet is the perfect foil for Mitchell’s long-lived Black Earth Ensemble, a meaty Chicago music machine with singers, guitar and horns. Mitchell also heads the Black Earth Strings, with violin and cello, and plays in the free-jazz Indigo Trio and Frequency, an ethereal avant-garde project using electronics.
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