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Wednesday, September 8,2010

Advice Goddess

Petaling as fast as he can & Giving him the dry heave-ho

by Amy Alkon
Q: I met my dream girl in my poker group in grad school. I recently moved far away to start my own company, but I plan to move back in about six months, once it’s up and running. I just learned on Facebook that she and her boyfriend broke up, so I sent her flowers. She posted a picture of them and thanked me publicly on Facebook, but hasn’t answered my e-mail asking about her plans after grad school. I don’t think she’s too interested in me, so I need some good ideas. I’m on a shoestring budget, so what can I do from 1,000 miles away that would rub her the right way?—Hopeful
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Wednesday, September 8,2010

'City' of secrets

A pair of potent performances bolster a provocative drama at Capital TheatreWorks

by Mary C. Cusack
“Dying City” is the story of three deeply damaged people and the wounds they inflict upon each other. Kelly, played with guarded brittleness by Kayla DeWitt, is a widowed therapist who wiles her evenings away watching “Law and Order.
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Wednesday, September 8,2010

Artists-in-(Governor's)-residence

Lansing Art Gallery director finds a new home for selected pieces from in-state artists

by Gabi Moore
Naturally, artist Mark E. Mehaffey has several of his paintings displayed around the house. One of the pieces was in Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize competition last year; another painting, he liked but it was rather large. A third was an acrylic of the coastline between Carmel, Calif. and Big Sur.
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Wednesday, September 8,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
This week is stocked with shows from a number of Lansing-area venues. From Mac’s Bar and The Loft, to a recently opened coffee shop in Okemos, live music from many genres are scattered across the city. Aside from locals, a few touring bands will also be passing through, here are just a few.
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Wednesday, September 8,2010

Stormfield shelter

by James Sanford
When Stormfield Theatre artistic director Kristine Thatcher returns from her summer job at Wisconsin’s Dorr County Playhouse, she’ll have a new theater waiting for her.
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Wednesday, September 8,2010

Highland fling

'Brigadoon' brings musical magic to Holt

by Meghan Spork
“Brigadoon” is the story of a Scottish village that emerges from a magical mist for one day every hundred years. When two American villagers stumble upon the village on that magical day, their arrival complicates matters in the enchanted town.
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Wednesday, September 8,2010

Musical marriage

Husband and wife form Gifts or Creatures

by Jeremy Martin
For years, Brandon Foote had been known as a collaborator, a singer, songwriter and an accomplished mandolin player, having spent time playing with the nowdefunct bluegrass group Hot-Toe-Mitty, and being one-half of earthy folk duo Bates and Foote.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

A seamstress’ swan song

Charlotte Deardorff, LCC’s costume queen, retires after 22 years

by Lawrence Cosentino
Charlotte Deardorff’s eyeballs have been red since the Reagan administration.Prized in local theater circles for her unerring sense of color and attention to detail, Deardorff, 60, will retire this month after 22 years as costume designer at Lansing Community College Theatre Department.She leaves a legacy of thousands of hours of close work — up to 13 or 14 hours a day when a show is about to open —hanging on the LCC costume shop’s racks.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

American original

American original New Orleans’ Henry Butler hurls piano thunder with MSU Professors of Jazz

by Lawrence Cosentino
If the piano is the queen of instruments, Butler, 61, carries the crown proudly. His specialty is a grand, inclusive synthesis of jazz, boogie, gospel, RB, pop and even the art song tradition of Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf, which he studied in the early 1970s at MSU.
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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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