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Wednesday, February 16,2011

'It's time to follow through on the dreams I've had'

Fresh from her triumph at the Grammys, Dee Dee Bridgewater brings Lady Day to Lansing

by Lawrence Cosentino
Suddenly, it seemed absurd to do anything normal, but she had to. Her Friday gig at East Lansing’s Wharton Center, and the usual promotional interviews were scheduled before the Grammy dropped..
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Wednesday, February 16,2011

Advice Goddess

Menopause in the Heterosexuality

by Amy Alkon
Q: I’m a 56-year-old married woman, and as far as I can tell, I’ve been happily heterosexual all my life — until recently. For the past year, I’ve been thinking about a woman until I can no longer think about anything else. I have such powerful and authentic sexual feelings that I feel compelled to reveal myself to her, but I think she’d probably knock me out.
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Wednesday, February 16,2011

Word on the street ...

by City Pulse Staff
Of 13 people surveyed on the street last week, six support the proposed 4-mill property tax increase solely or along with some cuts to services, five wanted to see cuts only and two are still on the fence. Two weeks ago, City Pulse interviewed 18 residents from various wards and demographics.
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Wednesday, February 16,2011

Don't fear the reapers (just wipe 'em out with 'Angelfire')

Author locked herself in her bedroom and came out with a new novel

by Bill Castanier
The Mason woman’s first novel, “Angelfire,” a young-adult paranormal book, is being published by Harper Collins, and will be released this week at a launch party at Schuler Books & Music in Eastwood Towne Center. It’s something few first-time authors get to experience.
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Wednesday, February 16,2011

A blast from the past — that’s still timely

For ’Hairspray’ director Chad DeKatch, the 1960s musical is no period piece

by James Sanford
And he admits he’s been a bit jealous: "In the first dance rehearsals, I got up there and did the dances with them, because working with Karyn (Perry, the show’s choreographer) is so much fun.
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Wednesday, February 16,2011

Lansing Symphony and Happendance 'Connect'

’It’s a dream come true,’ says Happendance director Missy Lilje

by James Sanford
One thing you don’t hear much of in a Happendance rehearsal is music. There’s the voice of the choreographer, offering pointers and encouragement to the dancers, and there’s quite a lot of heavy breathing from the performers as they run through complicated, body-twisting numbers again and again.
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Wednesday, February 16,2011

The Screening Room

Is there Hope for Adam Sandler's future?

by James Sanford
The reviews are in on Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s “Just Go With It,” and — to put it mildly — they’re not kind.“Adam Sandler plays a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon in ‘Just Go With It,’ a fumbling comedy directed by Dennis Dugan that could have benefitted from surgical reconstruction,” sneered the Christian Science Monitor’s Peter Rainer.
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Wednesday, February 16,2011

Every (false) face tells a story

Globe-spanning MSU Museum exhibit has ’Mask’ appeal

by Alyssa Gienapp
The idea of the mask is about transformation ' whether it’s transforming into someone uninhibited (like the party masks on display), transforming into an alternate identity, such as a superhero, or transforming an individual into part of a team..
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Wednesday, February 16,2011

HerStories explores 'Embodying Our Words'

Free two-day seminar looks at the idea of embodied writing

by Alyssa Gienapp
“Embodying Our Words” offers a chance for writers to share their work dialogue, workshops, performances and open writing sessions that all correspond to the theme of embodied writing. The two-day event, being held Friday and Saturday, is free and open to everyone.
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Friday, February 11,2011

Garden party

'Gnomeo and Juliet' celebrates love, lawn ornaments and all things Elton John

by James Sanford
Although “Gnomeo and Juliet” begins with the prologue of “Romeo and Juliet” and includes a cameo appearance by the spirit of Shakespeare, there’s far more levity than tragedy in this candy-colored, generally breezy animated variation on the Capulet/Montague feud. English teachers probably won’t approve, but Elton John fans will be tickled every shade of pink: In addition to a couple of new songs, there are snippets of at least a dozen of Captain Fantastic’s greatest hits cleverly woven into James Newton Howard’s buoyant score.
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