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Wednesday, August 18,2010

Rappin’ for the Lord

Expect positivity — not profanity — at Flow Fest

by Jane Alexander
The Henderson family doesn’t believe all rap music is a negative influence. In fact, to their Media Messengers Evangelistic Association, it’s quite the opposite.The group will host its Flow Fest concert at Adado Riverfront Park this Friday, showcasing numerous rap, hip hop and R&B artists performing “positive songs with clean lyrics.”
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Friday, August 13,2010

The ex files

Love is truly a battlefield in hilarious

by James Sanford
We live in a world of pop-culture references, some old, some new. Check your Twitter feed: You’re as likely to find comments about a 1980s band or a 1990s TV series as you are discussions about the significance of the spinning top of “Inception” or the cultural impact of Pop-Tart Sushi.For unemployed Toronto native Scott Pilgrim, however, the world really is pop culture. Not only does he live in an environment that looks exactly like a comic book — every time his phone rings, an animated “R-I-I-I-N-G!” floats through the air; little commentaries and asides constantly materialize around him and his friends, just like VH1’s “Pop-Up Video” show — he is frequently plunged into frenzied fights that play out like a mad mash-up of “Mortal Kombat,” “Super Mario Brothers” and “Double Dragon.”
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Friday, August 13,2010

Slice of life

Julia Roberts suffers in style in glossy

by James Sanford
Who is the real star of “Eat Pray Love,” adapted from Elizabeth Gilbert’s spectacularly successful memoir about finding yourself through the magic of Italian cuisine, Indian gurus and the wisdom of Balinese medicine men? Is it Julia Roberts, who is in every scene of the film? Or is it Susan Spungen, the food stylist par excellence, who has created the movie’s jaw-droppingly perfect portraits of pasta?
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Friday, August 13,2010

'Beauty' gets a makeover

Riverwalk freshens up a 300-year-old fantasy

by Jane Alexander
"There is so much energy going into their performance. For people familiar with Riverwalk , it’s worth it to come out to ‘Sleeping Beauty’ just to see these fresh faces. It’s an investment in the theater ' getting people involved and keeping them here.
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Wednesday, August 11,2010

Confessions of a bicycle reporter

When it comes to getting the story in Lansing, our man Larry is always on a roll

by Lawrence Cosentino
Some people will see this story and think to themselves, “Slow news week.” Maybe, but I’ve wanted to say this for a while.I love being a bicycle reporter in Lansing.
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Wednesday, August 11,2010

Advice Goddess

Want Salt and Pepper Spray With That? & A Blast From The Pest

by Amy Alkon
Q: The girl of my dreams works at a restaurant I eat at almost every day. When she started six months ago, I began sitting in her section. I’ve never had feelings this strong. I can’t even look at her without freezing up. Two months ago, I asked her out, and she turned me down, saying it was a bad idea because I’m a customer and she’s too busy to date.
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Wednesday, August 11,2010

A 'Blessing' in disguise

Surviving a tough year inspired Katrina Kittle to think about animals

by Bill Castanier
Those experiences all come together in Kittle’s new book, “The Blessing of the Animals,” which explores loss, divorce and the institution of marriage. Kittle says she is a favorite of book clubs; one reason for that is she raises a lot of questions about social issues in her books.
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Wednesday, August 11,2010

Not another strip show

Exhibit celebrates comics made in Michigan

by Eric Gallippo
If you still reside in this state, chances are you have a healthy sense of humor (or maybe an unhealthy capacity for escapism).
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Wednesday, August 11,2010

More than meets the eye and ear

Looking for guitar-strumming protest singers? They’re not at the Great Lakes Folk Festival. But if you want Detroit blues, Celtic classics and a salute to the green movement, look no further

by Rich Tupica
“Actually, we exclude that kind of music,” said Lora Helou, the festival’s marketing and communications director. “That is something you might see at the Newport Folk Festival. What we present are not the Peter Paul and Mary types, not the singer/songwriters.
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Wednesday, August 11,2010

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

Metal health check-up

by Rich Tupica
For those who didn’t score tickets to this year’s Ozzfest, Mac’s Bar will have a sample of the head-banging greatness on Wednesday, Aug. 18 when Goatwhore takes a day off from its tour with Ozzy.
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