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Wednesday, August 18,2010

Curtain up!

Renegade Theatre Festival fills Old Town with comedy and drama

by Lawrence Cosentino
This weekend, the Renegade Theatre Festival will cram dozens of local theater groups and independents into legit venues and odd corners of Lansing’s oldest district to fuel a Big Bang of dramatic possibilities.
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Wednesday, August 18,2010

Advice Goddess

Not Wanton Any & Lens Crafty

by Amy Alkon
Q: I started seeing this amazing guy, but had to initiate most of the making out. He soon dumped me, saying he has little experience and was freakingout. (He’s 40, and has only had three girlfriends.) We got back together, but he still wasn’t initiating, and six months in, still hadn’t had sex with me. After a perfect date, I told him I wanted to make love to him. He said he wasn’t up for that kind of attachment, hightailed it out of my place, and ended it again. We’re friends now, but I’ve fallen totally in love with him. I can tell he’s attracted to me, but my friends think he’s gay or sexually dysfunctional. I told him I wouldn’t care about the latter. He’s too great to walk away from. He gets my weird artwork and disturbing humor, and we work great together on art projects. I’m considering making my upcoming 40th birthday my deadline and telling him what I REALLY want. If he cannot commit or initiate sex, I’m leaving! Right?
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Wednesday, August 18,2010

TURN IT DOWN: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

Brackx talks smack

by Rich Tupica
Local punk scene veteran Chaz Brackx (formerly of The Chirps) filmed a promotional video for a Chaz Brackx & the Tight Teens show at Mac’s Bar; it stirred up some controversy among Lansing musicians after it was posted on the Turn it Down Facebook page (it’s still posted for those interested).
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Wednesday, August 18,2010

Sandra Seaton brings a personal touch to 'Music History'

by James Sanford
Sandra Seaton recalls once seeing a film about Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall that celebrated his achievements while ignoring everything else.“The other attorneys (in the film) had personal lives,” Seaton said. “You saw (Marshall) in his judicial robes, but you didn’t learn anything about his personal life.”
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Wednesday, August 18,2010

All a-beard

Local organization gets hairy for charity

by Jane Alexander
“Originally, there were five of us, most being recent Michigan State University grads,” John Buckler said. “One guy had decided to go as Fidel Castro for Halloween and grew a large beard, and we all got into a discussion about who could grow the ‘fiercest beard.
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Wednesday, August 18,2010

Rappin’ for the Lord

Expect positivity — not profanity — at Flow Fest

by Jane Alexander
The Henderson family doesn’t believe all rap music is a negative influence. In fact, to their Media Messengers Evangelistic Association, it’s quite the opposite.The group will host its Flow Fest concert at Adado Riverfront Park this Friday, showcasing numerous rap, hip hop and R&B artists performing “positive songs with clean lyrics.”
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Friday, August 13,2010

The ex files

Love is truly a battlefield in hilarious

by James Sanford
We live in a world of pop-culture references, some old, some new. Check your Twitter feed: You’re as likely to find comments about a 1980s band or a 1990s TV series as you are discussions about the significance of the spinning top of “Inception” or the cultural impact of Pop-Tart Sushi.For unemployed Toronto native Scott Pilgrim, however, the world really is pop culture. Not only does he live in an environment that looks exactly like a comic book — every time his phone rings, an animated “R-I-I-I-N-G!” floats through the air; little commentaries and asides constantly materialize around him and his friends, just like VH1’s “Pop-Up Video” show — he is frequently plunged into frenzied fights that play out like a mad mash-up of “Mortal Kombat,” “Super Mario Brothers” and “Double Dragon.”
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Friday, August 13,2010

Slice of life

Julia Roberts suffers in style in glossy

by James Sanford
Who is the real star of “Eat Pray Love,” adapted from Elizabeth Gilbert’s spectacularly successful memoir about finding yourself through the magic of Italian cuisine, Indian gurus and the wisdom of Balinese medicine men? Is it Julia Roberts, who is in every scene of the film? Or is it Susan Spungen, the food stylist par excellence, who has created the movie’s jaw-droppingly perfect portraits of pasta?
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Friday, August 13,2010

'Beauty' gets a makeover

Riverwalk freshens up a 300-year-old fantasy

by Jane Alexander
"There is so much energy going into their performance. For people familiar with Riverwalk , it’s worth it to come out to ‘Sleeping Beauty’ just to see these fresh faces. It’s an investment in the theater ' getting people involved and keeping them here.
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Wednesday, August 11,2010

Confessions of a bicycle reporter

When it comes to getting the story in Lansing, our man Larry is always on a roll

by Lawrence Cosentino
Some people will see this story and think to themselves, “Slow news week.” Maybe, but I’ve wanted to say this for a while.I love being a bicycle reporter in Lansing.
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