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Wednesday, November 23,2011

2011 Gift Guide

This holiday season, skip the lines at the Black Friday sales and patronize Lansing’s locally owned businesses. Our Gift Guide will point you in the right direction.

by Nicole LaChance, Carlee Schepeler & Cristina Toscano
Staying local promotes a sense of community, encourages entrepreneurship, increases job opportunities for people in the area and ensures that your money will stimulate Lansing s economy since local businesses invest a much larger share of their...
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Tuesday, November 22,2011

Too good for kids

'Muppets' and 'Hugo' prove 'family entertainment' can be fun for all ages

by James Sanford
For parents who regularly endure Justin Bieber videos and “Hannah Montana” repeats, the idea of “kid-friendly” entertainment can be hard to face. But what happens when you inject a touch of class and sophistication into a film that would seen to be designed for younger viewers? You get movies like “The Muppets” and “Hugo.” Happy holidays, everybody.
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Wednesday, November 16,2011

Remembering ‘Operation Pedro Pan’

Two Lansing men recall their journey from Cuba to Lansing 50 years ago

The unprecedented airlift was arranged by frightened Cuban parents, anti-Castro dissidents, Miami s Roman Catholic Archdiocese and the United States government including the CIA, according to some historians. The documents on the airlift are still classified.
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Wednesday, November 16,2011

Back to the dulcimer

Wanda Degen ponders her future after 25 years as East Lansing Art Festival performance coordinator

by Lawrence Cosentino
In the summer of 1967, between eighth and ninth grade, young Wanda Degen decided to have a hippie party. She went to a head shop in her little hometown of Montague Whitehall, on the dunes of west Michigan, and fell in love with a trippy poster for a Jefferson Airplane show at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
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Wednesday, November 16,2011

Advice Goddess

Snorting hope & You’ve got stale

by Amy Alkon
Some women do volunteer work; some women date it. You and your boyfriend are a classic combination, the drug addict and the enabler. Addict behavior is immature brat behavior throwing over tomorrow to get your rocks off (or snort some rock) today.
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Wednesday, November 16,2011

‘Laughing Whitefish’ resurfaces

Republished 1965 novel still has much to say about Indian law

by Bill Castanier
Voelker, who spent most of his life in the Upper Peninsula, also creates a window into the customs and language of the Cornish mining community around Ishpeming, where he lived.
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Wednesday, November 16,2011

Comic candy

Sugar-sweet ‘Stratagem’ is zestfully played, but the fun goes on too long

by Mary C. Cusack
Michigan State University s Department of Theatre s production of The Beaux Stratagem is a sweet comedy of errors that reminds one of Brach s Neapolitan Sundaes candies found in the bulk  candy bins. Those colorful coconut-covered chewy candies look and taste good at first, but after a while your taste buds.
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Wednesday, November 16,2011

‘A musical death-row revue’

Nellie McKay plays doomed convict Barbara Graham

by Rich Tupica
In 2006 the Manhattan-based jazz-pop singer and multi-instrumentalist ditched Columbia Records, due to artistic differences: She loudly supports People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, gay rights, and feminism. She even wrote a song for death-row inmate Troy Davis before his September execution.
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Wednesday, November 16,2011

‘Vibrant nightlife’ — or vandalism and violence?

Some business owners say the downtown bar crowd is out of control: ‘It’s just kind of a zoo down here’

by Rich Tupica
Early last Thursday, local event promoter and hip-hop fan Ygnacio Notch Bermudez, 35, was shot to death outside The Loft, a live music venue and bar at 414 E. Michigan Ave. The murder is the latest and most alarming development in a series of incidents that have frustrated and infuriated some local business owners.
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Wednesday, November 16,2011

Turn it down

Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts drops vinyl LP

by Rich Tupica
Jake Simmons, one of two songwriting talents behind the now-defunct West Michigan indie band Dead Scene Radio, is back with his new band, Jake Simmons and the Little Ghosts. The band plays an all-ages vinyl LP release show at Mac s Bar on Thursday.
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