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Wednesday, December 22,2010

'The next year of my life is going to be amazing'

Meet Michael Rush, the new founding director of MSU’s Broad Art Museum

by Lawrence Cosentino
Turning scary into fun is a specialty for Rush, and he’s about to do it on a grand scale. By spring of 2012, when the Broad Museum is finished, the former Jesuit priest, theater experimenter and fervid modern art ambassador will have one of the world’s most intriguing spaces in which to run amok.
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Wednesday, December 22,2010

Advice Goddess

An unfair to remember & Bland of brothers

by Amy Alkon
Q: In middle school, I got a crush on “Sam,” but he wasn’t interested. In high school, he took me to prom, but only as friends when none of the other girls he asked said yes. I was jealous upon hearing he’d gotten married, but several years later, he called, said he was divorcing, was coming to town, and wanted to see me. I gave him a fine homecoming, thinking he was finally seeing me in a new light. At week’s end, I said I wanted to be more than friends, but he didn’t. Apparently, he was just doing the girl he didn’t in high school.
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Wednesday, December 22,2010

A mystery under glass

Who is the woman in this 1964 caricature?

by City Pulse Staff
In the early 1970s, David Doxey bought a framed picture at Meijer in Lansing, and it hung on a wall in his home for years. But when it fell down and the frame broke, a mystery began. Behind the purchased artwork was a caricature of an elegant lady, sporting golden earrings and a substantial diamond ring. Doxey likes the drawing very much, but he’s curious to know who the subject is.
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Wednesday, December 22,2010

Politically 'Pointed'

Lansing author uses poems to explain conservative values

by Bill Castanier
Whether he knows it or not he’s just started his 11th business by self-publishing his collection of poetry, “Pointed Poems: Tools for Teaching Conservative Thinking.” The book is illustrated by noted local artist Dennis Preston, printed by Thomson Shore of Dexter and distributed by Partners of Holt.
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Wednesday, December 22,2010

His own beat

Local rapper steps away from hip-hop clichés

by Rich Tupica
Taking mental notes on a variety of hip-hop heavyweights such as Pete Rock, Timbaland, the Neptunes and DJ Premiere, Gonzalez began to develop his own style. Over the past few years he has released three mix tapes and two albums, “Digital Dope” and “Higher Learning.
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Wednesday, December 22,2010

Turn it Down: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
For those looking to hit the town on New Year’s Eve, a variety of Lansing venues are planning celebrations to usher in 2011. Here are a few of the hot spots hosting special events on Dec. 31. Some venues are already taking reservations, so plan ahead..
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Wednesday, December 22,2010

Dolly Parton: Still on the clock

The country legend has a new title: Broadway composer

by James Sanford
Obviously, it’s a plan that’s worked for her. Since the mid- 1960s Parton has been a force to reckon with in the entertainment world, crossing over from country music to the pop charts, touring tirelessly throughout the decades, launching an...
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Wednesday, December 22,2010

A peach of a 'Speech'

Inspirational message comes through clearly in first-rate drama

by James Sanford
The term "the king’s speech" implies perfect pronunciation and exemplary deportment, the hallmarks of a masterful speaker who couldn’t be more comfortable with the intricacies of English. The man at the center of director Tom Hooper’s "The King’s Speech," however, is terrified of the sound of his own voice.
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Wednesday, December 22,2010

The Screening Room

Coen Brothers' 'True Grit' hits the mark

by James Sanford
Mattie Ross is looking for a man, preferably a man who can find a man. All of 14 years old ' but with the self-confidence of a seasoned woman of the world ' Mattie has decided to take it upon herself to find and punish the outlaw who murdered her father.
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Tuesday, December 21,2010

'Backstage' Christmas

WKAR series includes holiday music from The Verve Pipe, Thom Jayne and more

by Chris Galford
WKAR is ringing out the holiday season with its second edition of a “Backstage Pass Christmas,” airing at 10 p.m. Thursday on channel 23. This year's show offers a variety of music straight from the heart of Michigan, including jazz, R&B, folk, vocal and rock.
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