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Wednesday, May 11,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
You don’t need to leave Lansing to get into the Aloha spirit Mighty Uke Day is a celebration of the joyful Aloha spirit of the ukulele. The free event, taking place indoors and outdoors at various locations in the heart of Old Town, will be hosted by organizer and local musician Ben Hassenger Sr.
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

Repression and expression

’The Pride’ asks provocative questions about perceptions of homosexuality

by James Sanford
When Sylvia discovers her husband, Philip, is having an affair with Oliver, she can’t even say the term that defines their relationship. It’s 1958 in London and, as author Alexi Kaye Campbell’s “The Pride” reminds us, that sort of behavior wasn’t the sort of thing people talked about in what was called “polite conversation.
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

Curtain Call

Queen bees, dancing princesses

by James Sanford
Believe it or not, "Chicago" ' which has seen nearly 6,000 performances on Broadway ' was once considered a bit of a disappointment. When the John Kander/Fred Ebb musical opened in 1975, it was overshadowed by another Broadway newcomer: "A Chorus Line," which won more awards and brought in bigger audiences.
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

The Screening Room

’Le Concert’ celebrates a case of musical vengeance

by James Sanford
After your career as a maestro has been demolished and you’ve been branded an "enemy of the state" by no less than Leonid Brezhnev, what do you do for an encore?
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

Ready to roll the dice on love

Holt-Dimondale Players bets on ’Guys and Dolls’

by Chris Galford
Sixty-one years after it debuted on Broadway, "Guys and Dolls" is what Mitchell calls the “quintessential musical,” and has since been performed on stage more than any other musical, with numerous Broadway revivals over the years.
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

Tweeting all the way

by Fiona Guo
“It’s a lot safer than what the original Freedom Riders had to do,” said Shekell, who is pursuing a double major in journalism and media arts and technology. “They didn’t have social media, so the only way to get media attention was to go into situations in which people reacted violently toward them.
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Wednesday, May 4,2011

Get There First

Promotion, transportation and alliteration put First Fridays on every tongue

by Lawrence Cosentino
“Oh, Sidney, it’s all happening so fast!” Greater Lansing doesn’t have a Radio City Music Hall or a Stork Club.
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Wednesday, May 4,2011

Spiral into relaxation

City Pulse First Friday event lets you down easy after the workday

by Lawrence Cosentino
All of Canejo’s famous martini list will be available (with $4 specials), but the rare chance to see hot local singer Kim Sorter ' who played Rihanna at Spiral’s New Year’s Party and has also impersonated Britney Spears and Tina Turner ' “do” herself is a strongly competing draw.
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Wednesday, May 4,2011

Organic sounds

LSO pulls out the stops for the 2011-’12 season

by Lawrence Cosentino
For the first time in Muffitt’s 6-year tenure as music director, the orchestra will unleash a tower of sound from Austrian arch-Romantic Anton Bruckner (4th Symphony, Nov. 5) and a full blast of genius from Russian Igor Stravinsky (“Petrouchka,” May 10, 2012).
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Wednesday, May 4,2011

Advice Goddess

The ultrasound of silence & Mommy dirtiest

by Amy Alkon
Your fiancee was a teen mother way back before you’d get a reality series for that and has now spent over a third of her life being somebody’s mommy.
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