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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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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Less is Moor

Outdoor 'Othello' works effectively

by Paul Wozniak
“Bare bones” blatantly describes the design elements of Shakespeare on the Grand’s "Othello" in its current form.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Don't you dare touch that dial!

Capitol TheaterWorks revives radio drama in 'Variety Show'

by Mary C. Cusack
One of the greatest strengths of Capital TheaterWorks is that its summer season is housed in the Ledges Playhouse. Those who know its history of ghosts and raccoons may disagree, but the fantastically creaky venue is perfect for some of TheaterWorks’ recent shows, including its current “1940’s Radio Variety Show.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Return engagement

Dancer Carol Bentley shares Broadway basics with Lansing students

by Gabi Moore
When Carol Bentley arrived in New York, eager to start a Broadway career, she had the memories of a theater-filled childhood in East Lansing to guide her. She remembers “A Chorus Line” and “Dreamgirls” had a big influence on her. Often, when professional touring companies passed through town, actors would hold workshops and share their experiences and teach local aspiring dancers.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Red, white and Greenwood

Country star plays Sept. 11 concert

by James Sanford
“We wanted to do more to involve the community, and the typical gala ' the way a lot of nonprofits do them ' is a black-tie, high-priced, high-end social event for businesspeople who want to network,” Sturdy said. “We said, ‘There’s enough of those; let’s tone ours down.
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