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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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Friday, June 25,2010

More than one way to rock

Land of Nod promises a 'grassroots music and arts festival unlike any other'

by Eric Gallippo
As the young Rothbury Festival takes 2010 off, and early Common Ground announcements point to another sweaty week of big-name summer fare, Michigan music fans seem faced with another year of more (or even less) of the same. Enter the Land of Nod Experiment.
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Friday, June 25,2010

Calling all hams

Amateur broadcasters have a Field Day

by Jane Alexander
“But during all of these crises that have hit the nation and the world, they have been e x t r e m e l y useful. Many times, amateur radio is the only thing that operates temporarily during a crisis. They found that in Katrina and in Haiti. Oftentimes, they were the only way local officials could communicate.
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Thursday, June 24,2010

The Screening Room

Can 'Knight' rescue Cruise and Diaz?

by James Sanford
In 2001, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz played friends with benefits in director Cameron Crowe’s surrealistic psychodrama “Vanilla Sky.” At the time, both stars were riding high: Cruise had just starred in “Mission: Impossible II,” while Diaz was fresh from “Charlie’s Angels” and the first “Shrek."
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

Hothouse sounds

Series delivers jazz to east side

by Lawrence Cosentino
Last month, when the Allen Neighborhood Center’s young volunteers put the JAM grant together, Whitaker was a supporter and behindthe-scenes adviser. The Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs agreed to fund the project through its New Leaders Arts Council program.
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

Serial monotony & Searching for that special yum one

by Amy Alkon
Marriage used to play out on the Wal-Mart model: the idea that one person would meet your every need from altar to gravestone. Couples these days seem to understand that this is ridiculous, and have friendships outside the relationship.
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