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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Mystery meet, thumber romance & every clod has a silver lining

by Amy Alkon
Many people think the fact that their pants are vibrating gives them a pass to put the person they’re with on face-to-face “ignore.” People with manners consider how their companion might feel sitting before a full restaurant audience pretending to examine a napkin for hidden messages.
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Season’s readings

Spend the summer with Michigan authors

by Bill Castanier
And as you linger over a cold glass filled with amber liquid, read “Last Call,” the history of Prohibition in this country. The author, Dan Okrent, is a University of Michigan grad and has assembled an interesting history of one of America’s most famous failed attempts at controlling society’s evils.
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Three 6 Mafia booked at Common Ground

by City Pulse
That’s changed now, since Three 6 Mafia - the duo that won an Oscar for best original song for "It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from the 2005 drama "Hustle Flow" - is booked to perform Saturday, July 17..
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Blues on the Grand presents Vasti Jackson

by City Pulse
The series, sponsored by WMMQ-FM, continues with Jimmy Thackery on July 8; Big Bill and the Blues Ambassadors and Homemade Jamz on July 22; Stan Budzynski and the Third Degree and Sonny Moorman on July 29; Frog and the Beeftones and Carl Weathersby on Aug.
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Fabrication was no vacation

Fussy neighbors, scorched tables: Welcome to Scrapfest

by Mary C. Cusack
Some random bit of wisdom says to “do something every day that scares you.” For two weeks, I did that consistently as a member of a team competing in Old Town Scrapfest 2010. The event, a fund-raiser for the Old Town Commercial Association, is in its second year.
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Blood, sweat and tears

by James Sanford
It’s a scene we’ve all witnessed a thousand times before: “Marry me,” the hero asks his beloved. And she responds… “Change me.”Excuse me? Anyhow, that’s how it goes in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” the third installment — and, for those who don’t necessarily cherish every syllable Stephenie Meyer writes, easiest to watch — of the series detailing the difficulties of choosing between a well-mannered vampire and a lovesick teenage werewolf. Really, what’s a girl to do?
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

The Screening Room

’Airbender’ stars keep it in the family

by James Sanford
Sometimes, it takes a tag team to promote a movie properly. So Jackson Rathbone and Nicola Peltz have been hitting the road together to promote “The Last Airbender,” director M. Night Shyamalan’s live-action adaptation of the popular animated Nickelodeon network series.
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Lip prints

Smooch Project catches kisses on-camera

by Jane Alexander
While studying Buddhism in Minnesota, Bonnie Fournier came across a concept that immediately clicked. Mudita, or joy, can be interpreted as the enjoyment one gets merely from witnessing someone else’s happiness.
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

'Mountain' man

John Lepard goes back to his musical roots

by Craig Burge
Imagine that on your whole body. But not for a second, forever. You never escape.’ “Then there was the other side where they would tell us of how great Heaven is going to be, the part where (we were told) we’re going to feel no pain and Jesus will be there with us.
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Friday, June 25,2010

'Wonderland' express

Summer Circle production full of fun physicality and imagination

by Paul Wozniak
Playtime with children can often be a surreal experience while their imaginations are still free and untethered by the constraints of growing older. Thus is MSU Summer Circle’s current interpretation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" (directed by Mary Job) the odyssey of a child at play being regulated and warped by slightly older children.
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