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Wednesday, September 1,2010

Advice Goddess

Rivals and departures & Canine and a half weeks

by Amy Alkon
I’ve been dating a guy I really like for a month. He’s been in a long-distance relationship with a woman since last spring. They spend a week together every couple of months, and were off and on for a few years prior. She’s coming to visit for three weeks next month, and afterward, they plan to part for good, as she’ll be working in another country. I want to be mature about this, but if he wants a relationship with me (he says he does), I don’t understand this big romantic last hurrah with her. He says it’s unfortunate timing, and he has to have this goodbye fling, as it’s been planned for a long time. I’m feeling like the consolation prize and question his level of interest in me. Am I being an unreasonable princess?
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

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

Truly hair-raising

by Rich Tupica
The emergence of independent record labels in the 1980s was a pivotal moment for under-the-radar music. When influential labels like Sub Pop, Dischord, Touch and Go, Bomp! and K Records began pressing up limited slabs of vinyl, it proved anyone with motivation could make a record, promote it and sell it.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

Double trouble

Double trouble Life gets complicated in drama ’Dying City’

by James Sanford
It was supposed to be a peaceful evening for psychologist Kelly: She just wanted to watch “Law and Order.” But the young widow is about to get some unexpected company: her late husband Craig’s identical twin brother — an actor named Peter — turns up at her door and plunges her into her own personal psychodrama.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

Toronto becomes a treasure trove of movies

Annual film festival has everything from Knightley to Newton-John

by James Sanford
Approximately 300 movies will be screened Sept. 9 to Sept. 19, and the variety is truly staggering, from the premieres of directors Clint Eastwood’s supernatural shocker “Hereafter” and Davis Guggenheim’s much-anticipated documentary “Waiting for Superman” to “Little Sister,” a Chinese version of Cinderella, and the teen comedy “Easy A.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

Stepping up, Spartan-style

New dance center features everything from ballroom to hip-hop

by Jane Alexander
But when she had her second child, her dancing needs changed. She wanted to find a dance studio that would be conducive to a hectic mother’s schedule, yet still challenged her as a dancer. After scouring the Lansing area and coming up dry, she finally decided she’d just have to create one herself.
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Tuesday, August 31,2010

American original

Henry Butler conjures up piano thunder at MSU Wednesday

by Lawrence Cosentino
The cyclonic keyboard force of New Orleans piano legend Henry Butler could crack the Pasant Theater stage all by itself. But the structural concrete underneath may also buckle when Butler jams with Michigan State University’s Professors of Jazz Wednesday.
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Friday, August 27,2010

Have a Sun-Dried Saturday

Mason festival features jazz, rock, Latin and blues

by City Pulse Staff
The weather forecast says Saturday will be sunny; the music forecast says Mason will be sun-dried. The inaugural Sun-Dried Music Festival kicks off at noon Saturday in downtown Mason, with performances from Rock Canyon Band, Frog & the Beeftones, Orchestra Ritmo and Showdown, among others...
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Friday, August 27,2010

The case of the big cover-up

Eric Jerome Dickey is excited about his latest book — but not about how it's being promoted

by Bill Castanier
Author Eric Jerome Dickey begs you not to judge his new book, “Tempted By Trouble,” by its cover.The dust jacket of his newest book shows an attractive young woman in a seductive pose — typical cover art for a vast majority of his books.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Diversity on stilts

LCC’s Caribbean Festival turns Lansing into Port-au-Prince for a day

by Lawrence Cosentino
With the biggest and most diverse music lineup yet and a sprawling marketplace and food bazaar, the 16th annual Caribbean Festival is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to the campus of Lansing Community College from noon to midnight Saturday.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

The sound of Mumbai

by Lawrence Cosentino
On an early August evening, a sinuous sitar melody drifted over the tandoori and samosas at Mumbai Indian Restaurant. You could almost smell the incense. And they call this Jazz Thursday? Ah, but this was only an interlude.
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