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Wednesday, December 1,2010

Advice Goddess

The boors and the bees

by Amy Alkon
Q: In your response to the woman with the publicly gropey boyfriend, you deemed French kissing at a workplace event inappropriate PDA. How about French kissing one's girlfriend during a performance of “Stomp” (musical theater)? The woman behind me that evening gave me negative feedback…which was of no interest to me. My take on people put off by PDA (isn't it really only women?) is that their disgust is based more in envy than superior decorum. Someone reacting negatively to seeing my tongue go into my girlfriend’s mouth is suffering at their own doing — because of how they process their witnessing of my actions. (I’d love to hear their reaction to my having sex in a movie theater. Come on, we were in the back row, and the seven people there would've had to turn their heads 180 degrees to see anything.) Basically, I own my actions and I’m fine with them. Others need to start owning their reactions, and you need to stop promoting arbitrary standards of behavior.—My Two Cents
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

1st Sunday gallery walk

by City Pulse Staff
New Exhibits Absolute Gallery Artisan market featuring jewelry, watercolors, clocks, toys and games. There will be no reception this month. Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 307 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. (517) 482- 8845. www.absolutegallery.net. By the Ri...
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

Keep on truckin'

'Ice Road' star slides into the book world

by Bill Castanier
Alex Debogorski, author of “King of the Road” and star of the History Channel’s “Ice Road Truckers,” hopes to ward off an icy reception while promoting his new book.Debogorski and his crew are on a nationwide tour with his ice rig. They’ll stop off at the Okemos Schuler Books & Music Saturday. Debogorski’s ice truck will be parked at Meridian Mall for the signing. It’s a 93-foot -long tractor trailer, weighing in at 70,000 pounds — and it will be stuffed with give-away goodies.
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

These 'Boots' were made for watching

Forget 'Shrek': Musical 'Puss' has a style all its own

by Paul Wozniak
Pre-dating the Dreamworks films by almost 10 years, Bill Helder and Jane Zussman’s mirthful meta-musical "Puss in Boots" bears little resemblance to the "Shrek" epics. No computer-generated characters or celebrity casting are necessary to make this family musical comedy fun for young children and parents alike.
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

Worth catching

Expert comic timing keeps Williamston’s ’Greater Tuna’ fresh

by Mary C. Cusack
While it isn’t the greatest show Williamston Theatre has done, “Greater Tuna” is a purty dang good distraction from holiday stress. Director Tony Caselli cast well with Williamston veterans Aral Gribble and Wayne David Parker, who portray 19 of the 474 residents of Tuna, Texas ' plus their dogs.
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

The 12 dudes of Christmas

Chanticleer sings in the season at Wharton

by Gabi Moore
“In some communities their education funding is cut or they don’t have access to arts education in the schools and we try to come fill a void or be inspirational in that way,” he said. “In other parts of the country the vocal arts are very strong and we can show the students what is possible if they want to continue with music.
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

Flashy flashback

Tribute albums kowtow to KISS and Devo

by Rich Tupica
9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 Oade’s Hidden Camel, 1210 S. Washington Ave., Lansing $5, 21 and over Reds, Calliope, Cavalcade, Gates of Steel, The Plurals, BerT, Frank and Earnest, Lord Vapid, Hat Madder, Public Pubes, Break- Ups, Stargrazer and MK Ultra Culkin..
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
GDP has been busy in the last year. He released two albums, toured multiple times across the map, and played shows with hip-hop legends the Wu-Tang Clan. GDP’s “Useless Eaters” is slated for 2011. Fans can listen to his “Magic Bullet Cassette” for free at Run For Cover Records’ website.
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Rick Roe's dream

Shy pianist takes spotlight for tribute to Thelonious Monk

by Lawrence Cosentino
Pianist Rick Roe, right, was still a teenager when he began to appreciate legendary jazz giant Thelonious Monk, below. "He played certain things and I went, ‘Ow, it’s so damn good! You just cracked my back!’” Roe remembers.
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Advice Goddess

Laddy Gaga & Hourglass Half-Empty

by Amy Alkon
Q: I'm a 26-year-old guy who’s been on 30 dates this year in hopes of finding a woman to build a long, healthy relationship with, but I only ended up with a few notches in my belt. Last night, I went out with a girl who shook my world. I've never fallen for somebody so quickly, and the thought of her not liking me tore me apart inside. We met on a dating website when she wrote to say my profile was “cute” and so was I. On our date, however, I got the impression she wasn’t too interested because she rarely made eye contact and didn’t smile much. I couldn't sleep last night, as I was so depressed at the thought of her not liking me or being in my life. So, how should I healthily pursue her? She said she wanted to go out again, but many girls say that and don’t mean it. I’m waiting 48 hours to call so I don’t seem desperate. I'm an emotional guy, and the thought of her not liking me is SO hurtful that this will take a while to get over — if I ever do.—Destroyed
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