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Wednesday, October 13,2010

Hidden in plain sight

by Lawrence Cosentino and Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
“It’s a warm space,” Greenhoe said. “The scale is very human.” Tucked into the sprawl of East Lansing at the northeast corner of Saginaw Street and Abbot Road, this masterpiece of world architecture (which is illustrated on the cover) was designed in...
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Tuesday, October 12,2010

Meet the Meatmen — again

Veteran punk band reconnects with fans old and new

by Rich Tupica
With song titles like “Crippled Children Suck,” and “1 Down, 3 to Go” — written just after John Lennon was assassinated — The Meatmen have always been known for vulgar and oddball punk rock songs. Tongue planted firmly in his cheek, Tesco Vee, the Lansing band’s legendary mastermind and vocalist, broke into the hardcore punk scene in 1979. That's when he co-founded the Touch and Go fanzine and record label (which later, under a different owner, evolved into an enormously influential indie label). In 1980, Vee decided to not only write about bands, but to start his own — and to add some raunchy and politically incorrect humor, something he thought the scene lacked.
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Tuesday, October 12,2010

A harvest of new music

Chris Dorman launches a new album — and a new farm

by Jeremy Martin
(Tuesday, Oct. 12) In the past three years Chris Dorman’s musical adventures have taken him from the east side of Lansing, creating music with friends, to releasing an album backed by a Who’s Who of Michigan folk artists. He moved to New England to continue progressing as a musician; the move inspired him to record a just-released second album.
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Friday, October 8,2010

Lovitz in Lansing

Former 'Saturday Night Live' star plays Connxtions Comedy Club

by City Pulse Staff
(Friday, Oct. 8) Comedian and actor Jon Lovitz takes the stage at Connxtions Comedy Club Nov. 12 and 13 for two shows each night. Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 11; prices are to be announced.
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Friday, October 8,2010

'Funny Story' tackles serious subjects

Well-acted comedy-drama looks at life in a mental hospital

by James Sanford
(Friday, Oct. 8) Forget those happy Prom Night memories and the fun of graduation: On a day-to-day basis, being a teenager is often tough, especially as you approach the brink of adulthood and have to think about where you're going to college, how you're going to score on the all-important admissions tests, what you want to study and what you're going to do with the rest of your life. In the case of Craig Gilner (the low-key but engaging Keir Gilchrist), the protagonist of "It's Kind of a Funny Story," the constant drive to succeed drives him into a mental hospital. But Craig isn't supremely sullen or self-destructive like the teenage patients in "Girl, Interrupted" or "Prozac Nation": He's merely self-aware enough to know he's losing his grip.
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Thursday, October 7,2010

The Screening Room

Sturdy 'Secretariat' is in it for the long run

by James Sanford
In horse racing, taking the Triple Crown requires winning the Preakness, the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. In Hollywood, there’s a similar sort of Triple Crown: winning the endorsement of critics, ticket buyers and, finally, Academy Award voters.
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Thursday, October 7,2010

Good luck and great style

Paul Geremia has the right stuff to sing the blues

by Meghan Spork
(Thursday, Oct. 7) Serendipitous. That is how Paul Geremia would describe his journey into the world of folk and blues music.
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

Brilliant 'Blue'

Wiiliamston's 'Door' is well worth opening

by Tom Helma
Williamston Theatre’s “Blue Door” is an intensely quiet and deeply moving play, one that stills and startles the audience into an unexpected opportunity for personal reflection and self examination.
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

Advice Goddess

Putting the spark plugs in the relationship & Sloshed in translation

by Amy Alkon
Q: Five years ago, My Love and I shared our first kiss. Since then, we’ve been seeing each other three times a week for an hour. We spend this hour in his truck being intimate. We love each other. We talk about getting married, how we’ll spend our retirement years, where we&rsq...
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Wednesday, October 6,2010

Detroit Symphony/Sarah Chang concert canceled

Refunds will be offered

by City Pulse Staff
Wharton Center’s Thursday, Oct. 7 performance by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra with violinist Sarah Chang and the preceding Preview Dinner have both been canceled. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and its orchestra committee and union reached an impasse in negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement.
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