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Wednesday, August 11,2010

Ex-rated

’Scott Pilgrim’ stars drew on real life while creating roles

by James Sanford
As she maneuvered her way through a full day of interviews in a suite at Detroit’s MGM Grand hotel/casino with a bottle of water and a cup of tea close at hand, Winstead didn’t look like she was ready to rumble.
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Wednesday, August 11,2010

There's no business like 'Shoe' business

Mother Goose moves in at Family Theater

by Jane Alexander
“‘Once Upon a Shoe’ is a good play for our younger actors,” said director and theater manager Bill Gordon. “We normally get a lot of younger people so the show’s ensemble (roles) give them an opportunity to do a variety of different things..
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Friday, August 6,2010

Don't shine it on; Pass It Forward

ePifanyNow event is designed to do some good

by Jane Alexander
When Bob Hoffman was cut off by another driver in traffic two years ago, his first reaction wasn’t to flick her off. (Well, maybe it was just for a second.) But mostly, he felt an urge to make her day better.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Everybody dance now

Community Dance Project brings together professionals, students and energetic amateurs

by Lawrence Cosentino
“There’s an intrinsic impulse in every human to move to music, but you don’t always give yourself permission,” Newman said. “I want people in the audience to look at the dancers and say, ‘I could do that.’” The mass dance draws its energy from R
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

The therapist is way, way in

For Stanley Jordan, making music just comes naturally

by Lawrence Cosentino
Jordan isn’t turning his back on razzledazzle. “State of Nature” closes with a joyful, Grammy-nominated stomp through Joe Jackson’s “Steppin’ Out.” As headliner at Lansing’s JazzFest, he’ll treat the crowd to a solo set unleashing the famous “tapping” style that lets him play two melodies, even two guitars, at once.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Andrew Kratzat: Sit back and relax

by Lawrence Cosentino
You might not think “improvisation” and “dentistry” would go together. In fact, you might dread the slightest possibility. But you are not Andrew Kratzat.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Etienne Charles: Blue Note ' with bare feet

by Lawrence Cosentino
If there’s one character Charles identifies with, it’s Papa Bois, the serene protector of the woods. “He’s known to have a bullhorn,” Charles said. “That image of him goin’ up and blowing on the horn is what I imagined when I wrote it.”.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Derrick Gardner: Honoring an idol

by Lawrence Cosentino
The file of jazz goodies in Gardner’s head isn’t slim, but two of jazz’s most rhythm-a-licious hits are on top: pianist Ahmad Jamal’s deep bumpgroove on “Poinciana” and the sizzling swingon-bossa sandwich Art Blakey pressed together for “Pensativa.”.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Advice Goddess

The Larva of the Party & Toon Deaf

by Amy Alkon
Q: I love to dress up and go socialize with people. My boyfriend, however, can only smile friendly and chitchat for about 20 minutes before he seats himself in some corner and starts reading the host’s books.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Must be the season of the 'Witch'

Kelley Armstong casts a supernatural spell in a new mystery featuring a detective witch

by Bill Castanier
“Growing up, horror was something for guys,” she said. “I read Dean Koontz, Peter Straub, Stephen King.’’
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