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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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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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