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Sunday, July 4,2010

Wax on

DJ Space takes top prize in DJ Olympics

by Craig Burge
Saturday night at The Loft marked the culmination of Greater Lansing’s very first DJ Olympics. An eclectic group of local house, techno and hip-hop DJs played through an ambient haze of smoke and lighting for the title of champion.
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Thursday, July 1,2010

When 3D means dingy, dull and downright ugly

Hideous effects make

by James Sanford
It’s not just the presence of titles like “The Karate Kid” and “The A-Team”: If you’re heading to the movies this summer, it really is 1983 all over again. That was the last time we had this kind of an onslaught of 3D extravaganzas — with the accompanying headaches and eye-aches from sloppy filmmaking and sub-par projection.
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Thursday, July 1,2010

More than meets the eye

'Please Give' wraps complex characters in a deceptively simple story

by James Sanford
For Kate (Catherine Keener), charity does not begin at home but guilt begins in the workplace. She and her husband, Alex (Oliver Platt), own an upscale used-furniture store in Manhattan, one of those shops that will sell you a couch just like Grandma used to have for a mere $5,000 or so. To maintain their inventory of retro-chic furnishings, Kate and Alex travel around the city, cutting deals with the relatives of the recently deceased; these kids or grandkids are often eager to dispose of the belongings, and Kate and Alex are more than happy to write them a check.
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Fresh wind

Gary Sullivan sets sail with Lansing Concert Band

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Lansing Concert Band got an unexpected bonanza when Sullivan, band director at Charlotte High School since 1983, decided to take advantage of Michigan’s earlyretirement incentive for veteran school workers and step down July 1. Sullivan had planned to stay five more years, but Charlotte’s loss is Lansing’s gain.
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Mystery meet, thumber romance & every clod has a silver lining

by Amy Alkon
Many people think the fact that their pants are vibrating gives them a pass to put the person they’re with on face-to-face “ignore.” People with manners consider how their companion might feel sitting before a full restaurant audience pretending to examine a napkin for hidden messages.
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Season’s readings

Spend the summer with Michigan authors

by Bill Castanier
And as you linger over a cold glass filled with amber liquid, read “Last Call,” the history of Prohibition in this country. The author, Dan Okrent, is a University of Michigan grad and has assembled an interesting history of one of America’s most famous failed attempts at controlling society’s evils.
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Three 6 Mafia booked at Common Ground

by City Pulse
That’s changed now, since Three 6 Mafia - the duo that won an Oscar for best original song for "It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from the 2005 drama "Hustle Flow" - is booked to perform Saturday, July 17..
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Blues on the Grand presents Vasti Jackson

by City Pulse
The series, sponsored by WMMQ-FM, continues with Jimmy Thackery on July 8; Big Bill and the Blues Ambassadors and Homemade Jamz on July 22; Stan Budzynski and the Third Degree and Sonny Moorman on July 29; Frog and the Beeftones and Carl Weathersby on Aug.
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Fabrication was no vacation

Fussy neighbors, scorched tables: Welcome to Scrapfest

by Mary C. Cusack
Some random bit of wisdom says to “do something every day that scares you.” For two weeks, I did that consistently as a member of a team competing in Old Town Scrapfest 2010. The event, a fund-raiser for the Old Town Commercial Association, is in its second year.
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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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