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Wednesday, November 17,2010

Advice goddess

Plain and suffering & Till death grip do us part

by Amy Alkon
Q: Guys pay a lot of attention to my drop-dead gorgeous friend when we go out. So, what can you do if you’re her not-as-pretty sidekick? I can honestly say I’m cute, especially when I’m all dressed up. I’m told I have a great personality, but I know I lack a certain confidence many women have, and maybe that’s making things harder when we’re in bars and clubs.—Pretty Unsure Of Myself
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

Football feasts

Haven House rolls out a second cookbook for sporty Spartan chefs

by Bill Castanier
If the new “Tailgating on the Banks of the Red Cedar, Vol. 2” cookbook is any indication, tailgates have come a long way.
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

Signing up a storm

David Sedaris treats fans to ’Squirrel’ stories

by Paul Wozniak
However, perversions and grotesque details never make up the heart of his stories. Nor do they reflect the character of a man who, according to Schuler’s promotions coordinator Whitney Spotts’ introduction of Sedaris, sends every person working at each book-signing event a handwritten thank-you note.
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

The 'gypsy' keeps on rolling

At 87, Eddie Kirkland isn't ready to hang up his beloved guitar

by Rich Tupica
John Lee Hooker had just released his debut hit single “Boogie Chillen” when he met fellow Detroit blues guitarist Eddie Kirkland. A year later, in 1949, the pair began recording and touring together, playing Hooker’s tunes at clubs from the Motor City to the Mississippi Delta.
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

TURN IT DOWN: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Dagwood’s hosts open mic Looking to perform your music in front of a live audience? Tuesday Night Open-Mic at Dagwood’s might be the spot. The event has been running for three years and performers from as far away as Winnipeg have performed. Jen Sygit, a local singer/songwr...
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

Fishy tales

Williamston Theatre cooks up ’Tuna’

by James Sanford
In less than two hours, Aral Gribble and Wayne David Parker put themselves through a sort of acting aerobics workout, changing costumes and altering their voices every few minutes to portray an assortment of oddballs: a pair of garrulous radio disc...
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

The Screening Room

Capital City Film Festival kicks off in April

by James Sanford
With Michigan caught up in movie mania, the time seemed right for the launch of a new film festival. So Cochran, director of Lansing’s Office of Community Media, and his partners launched the Capital City Film Festival, scheduled for April 14 to 17. Submissions are being accepted.
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

A message for Michigan

Paul J. Miles salutes the state in song

by Chris Galford
For "We Live in Michigan," Miles took the feelings of the musical and broadened them out to reach the whole state. To that end, Miles has done extensive research into many aspects of Michigan, hoping to create a personal melody that anyone can relate to.
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

Silver Bells, Golden songs

Radio Disney singer, holiday market highlight 26th annual gala

by Christopher Horb
‘Tis the season once again. Silver Bells in the City, the festival that has delighted area residents since 1985 returns to, literally, light up downtown Lansing Friday. For this year’s event, original founders, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing has turned over the reins to Downtown Lansing Inc.
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

It's Mozart gone mad

Opera gets a screwball spin in "Giardiniera'

by Christopher Horb
“La Finta” tells the tale of the arrogant Count Belfiore The hallowed pomp and circumstance of Mozart collides with the screwball tone of Preston Sturges’ comedies when the opera “La Finta Giardiniera” weaves its lusty and ribald tale of star-crossed lovers and class struggles at Michigan State University’s Fairchild Theatre.
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