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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Advice Goddess

Bye now! (pay later) & Mouth trap

by Amy Alkon
was boarding a plane to attend her best friend’s wedding. I thought it would be good for her to be with friends after hearing the news, but it ruined her weekend. She pretty much thinks I’m a terrible self-centered idiot, and she’s right. Here’s the good part: I want her back.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Extended Renegade recap

The highlights (and the highfalutin) from last weekend's festival

by City Pulse Staff
The annual Renegade Theatre Festival in Old Town provided a showcase for several new works. City Pulse critics were on-hand to cover last weekend's readings and performances.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Paging blues fans

New book captures music legends during two Ann Arbor festivals

by Bill Castanier
With an erudite and knowledgeable essay by music historian and archivist Michael Erlewine wrapped around stunning, never-before-seen black-and-white photographs by Stanley Livingston of virtually every major blues performer, the book is a one-of-kind tribute to a bygone era.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Two-by-two

Noah meets Santa (sort of) in an art show at Basement 414

by Mary C. Cusack
Basement 414 is perhaps Lansing’s least-known but most characteristic art space. The entrance is tricky to find, accessible only from the alley behind the Nuthouse Bar.This repurposed warehouse, home to artists, bicycle enthusiasts and the occasional group of counter-culturists, now houses a menagerie. Literally figuratively — or figuratively literally. Or both.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

The Screening Room

Stars in your eyes

by James Sanford
“Hubble captured images so complex we can actually travel through them,” DiCaprio notes, and travel through them we do. In a breathtakingly beautiful sequence, the camera effortlessly sails into the “rose-colored cloud” of the Orion Nebula to discover what looks like a Grand Canyon made of magenta cotton candy.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Nanny McPhee-quel

Emma Thompson returns in a suitably zany adventure

by James Sanford
The question: When will Emma Thompson get around to making a sequel to “Nanny McPhee”? The answer: When pigs fly.But, as Eleanor of Aquitaine promised in “The Lion in Winter,” there is “pork in the treetops” in “Nanny McPhee Returns,” which transplants Thompson’s devious disciplinarian to the British countryside during World War II, a device that allows the star and screenwriter to incorporate a bit of “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” — Nanny even has a motorcycle — into the story.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Whoa, Daddy

So-so 'Switch' puts Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman in a truly sticky situation

by James Sanford
It’s about time a film addressed a pressing problem that has been the secret shame of millions, a condition politicians never dare to address, a situation even the mouthiest TV pundits refuse to discuss. We’re talking, of course, about lice — and “The Switch” is the gutsy, no-holds-barred movie that tackles this burning (or should we say, crawling) issue.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

The Screening Room

Coming soon to a backyard theater near you

by James Sanford
Matthew Jason would like to invite you to explore what he calls the “chicken underground.”No, our feathered friends have not formed a resistance movement to protect their precious eggs from omelet lovers or to save their drumsticks from the Thanksgiving table. Jason is one of the Lansing residents who’s been practicing “urban agriculture” by raising chickens in his backyard. He’ll be showcasing both fowl and
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

You be the judge

This year's crop of Stages of the Law shows are announced

by James Sanford
This year’s Stages of the Law Theatre Festival, sponsored by the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, will feature a quintet of plays dealing with legal issues.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Big wheels keep on turnin`

by Bob Crawford
Last year, retired Michigan State University cinematographer and editor Bob Crawford rode in the annual Dick Allen Lansing to Mackinaw bicycle tour, known as the DALMAC. The 300 mile-plus trip, spread out over five days, kicks off on Sept. 1; it’s named after the former state representative from Ithaca who started the event in 1971.
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