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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Panic Womb & Sigmund Fraud

by Amy Alkon
at 40-plus. At 42, this woman’s lucky if she gets pregnant at all, and she’s stuck with a guy who wants to "wait." If they want kids, they can’t wait a single day. A female friend, faced with similar situation with her husband, independently went out and had IVF with a sperm donor ' while staying married.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Bewitching

Kim Harrison puts 'Magic' on the page

by Bill Castanier
Author Kim Harrison, who grew up in Northern Michigan, describes herself as a “geeky girl with my nose in a book.” However, the books she read were not your typical young adult books. Harrison, who writes edgy, urbanfantasy novels with a brew of magic, vampires, witches, warlocks and other creatures, read the likes of Arthur C.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Anything but grave

’Club’ finds lighter side of growing old

by Paul Wozniak
A comedy about staying alive after death, Ivan Menchell’s “The Cemetery Club” applies the sitcom formula to the latter stages of life. While Menchell focuses on three widows from New York, his jokes and sentiments are equally applicable to the women of the Midwest.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

A boffo ’Buffalo’

Strong acting ignites drama

by Mary C. Cusack
It is an ambitious goal to stage an intense work like David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” with a cast of college students. Yet it works, thanks to the combination of the intimacy of Lansing Community College’s Black Box Theatre, a phenomenal and atmospheric set, and a strong actor in the critical role.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

The ’Wicked’ side of the ’Wizard’

Michelle’s Studio of Dance offers original Oz fantasy

by Gabi Moore
Laura Swanson is going green ' literally ' for her upcoming performance as Elphaba in “Oz,” the display of singing, dancing and acting being put on by Michelle’s Studio of Dance and Performing Arts. She said it takes more than three hours to transform into the green skinned “wicked witch” for the show, a combination of “The Wizard of Oz” and “Wicked.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

The thrill of the chill

Ice wines may be pricey, but they're a sweet treat

by Michael Brenton
It’s that time of year when the snow and frigid cold bring joy to the hearts of certain vintners in Germany, Michigan, New York, the Niagara escarpment region of southern Ontario, and British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. It’s ice wine season ' or Eiswein, if you are in Germany.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Reviews in Short

by Cole Smithey
During a school trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Percy discovers that he is the demi-god son of Poseidon (Kevin McKidd). It seems that the Lord of the Seas had a fling with Percy’s mortal mother. Someone has made off with the lightning rod that Zeus uses to control the heavens.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Turn It Down: A Survey of Lansing's musical landscape

Neo-romantic indie-folk

by Rich Tupica
“It’s hard for me to leave Lansing where I had so much, where I could work with all the venues and artists,” he said. “Every folk musician in Michigan I knew. Those are the kids I’d hang out with and play shows with all the time. When I came out here, I just didn’t have that.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Sell-ebrate

Addy Awards honor top ads

by James Sanford
The agencies listed with the American Advertising Federation, which sponsors the awards, are divided up by state into districts: Michigan is in District 6, along with Indiana and Illinois. Within each district are various ad clubs and creative alliances, such as Lansing’s Mid-Michigan Creative Alliance, that host competitions.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Both sides now

Stroke of bad luck brought epiphany for neuroscientist

by James Sanford
“As soon as I sat up, I had a pulsating feeling behind my left eye,” Taylor said in a brief phone interview minutes before she was scheduled to get on a plane to her home in Bloomington, Ind. “In the next few hours, I watched my mind completely deteriorate through the eyes of a scientist.
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