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Wednesday, June 9,2010

Those who do not remember Santayana may still be condemned to repeat him

An almost-forgotten philosopher left behind many familiar sayings

by Bill Castanier
James Seaton, an East Lansing resident and Michigan State University professor of American criticism and culture, has edited a new book on Santayana and his work.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

That’s amore

’Light in the Piazza’ burns brightly at Riverwalk

by Paul Wozniak
“Love knows no boundaries” could be the central theme of “The Light in the Piazza,” a romantic musical that explores more boundaries than just language.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

Getting Out

From discos and dive bars to The Sir Club and strippers, Lansing has a long history of nightlife, LGBT-style

by Mary C. Cusack
I began my research at Club Xcel. The Male Review tradition began 17 years ago when Xcel was a gay bar called Paradise, and it continued under the current ownership of Tom Donell even as the club became a mixed-crowd bar. Now simple economics are driving the decision to drop the event.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

A duo's do-overs

by Rich Tupica
“These are things we talk about more than we write about ' but you can still find those ideas intermixed in our songs as well,” Peterson said. “It’s funny, because Nervous but Excited is funny and quirky; that’s what we are as people and on stage. We have a fun side.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

’I don't have anything to cover up anymore’

Country star Chely Wright speaks out about being a lesbian — even though she knows it might cost her her career

by James Sanford
Chely Wright’s memoir, “Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer,” begins with what could easily have been the end of her story: It’s January 2006, and a tormented and heartbroken Wright stands in front of her bathroom mirror, with the barrel of a 9-mm handgun in her mouth.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

The Screening Room

On the Waterfront

by James Sanford
There are plenty of reasons to go to the lakeshore in June, but every year around this time Saugatuck provides us with one more: the Waterfront Film Festival. Since 1999, this four-day event has brought filmmakers, actors, writers and movie fans to the resort town for screenings, Q
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

Big Apple boozing

Celebration and inebriation coexist in ’Drunken City’

by James Sanford
So does a chance meeting with a couple of guys, both of whom have been doing some celebrating of their own. The various connections between the out-of-towners linger long after last call and well into the messiness of the morning after..
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

Pride Weekend events

by Chelsea Balducci
Noon ' March starting at Grand Avenue and Shiawassee Stret to the Capitol building 1 p.m. ' Rally at the Capitol building 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. ' After party at Spiral, Chrome Cat, Esquire, Grand Café.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

Music, movies and moonlight

East Lansing launches summer entertainment

by Chelsea Balducci
For the past 15 years the city of East Lansing has been putting on a free summer concert series in the park to bring in families, residents, and anyone who is walking around downtown. The city will also be showing moonlit films and hosting an interactive series for kids.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

Audition anxieties

’Mr. Sims Will See You’ peeks behind the curtains

by Chelsea Balducci
It’s the humorous story of actress Elise Mayhew (played by Capitol Theater Works co-founder Tanya Burnham), who spends her last dime to leave behind the New York theatrical world and take a shot at Hollywood stardom. Accompanying her is her husband, fellow actor Jerry MacQuarrie (Kevin Burnham, also a Capitol Theater Works founder).
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