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Friday, June 18,2010

Woody and Buzz's last round-up

Delightful

by James Sanford
The fear of becoming obsolete. Abandonment issues. The threat of Death By Monkeys.They’re all part of the psychological backdrop of “Toy Story 3,” a first-rate — and long-overdue — sequel that both lives up to and builds on the legacy of 1995’s “Toy Story” and 1999’s “Toy Story 2.”
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

The vandal at home

Mark Twain invents Mark Twain

by Lawrence Cosentino
Lansing never saw the Mark Twain bleached by myth ' the white-haired, white-suited icon in the postage stamp and the Disneyland riverboat ride. Instead, Michigan’s 24-year-old capital got a 35-year-old vagabond, a red-haired rough boy, a shotgun satirist setting out for big game.
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

Jamming in the key of Joe

Lovano’s Us Five caps Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
By filling a rare hole in multi-reedman Joe Lovano’s crusher schedule, the Wharton Center popped one of the world’s greatest jazz players on top of East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, like a great, big, goateed cherry. They also added another festival to the festival.
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

Gilbert Grope & Rogained another fan!

by Amy Alkon
had drinks in my neighborhood. He drank too much, and asked to hang at my house so he wouldn’t drive under the influence. I didn’t like this because I’m used to guys using this ploy for sex, but he said if I didn’t let him in, I was making him drive drunk.
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

Educating Uganda

Author chronicles building schools in his homeland

by Bill Castanier
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri’s book was already brewing about the same time Craig Mortenson’s “Three Cups of Tea” went to the top of The New York Times Best Sellers list; with a little luck, panache and old-fashioned pluck, the Okemos author may also climb to the top of that list.
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

Seeing stars

Local theater honored at 2010 Pulsar Awards

by City Pulse
The Michigan Princess was transformed into a kind of “starship” Monday, as City Pulse presented the 2010 Pulsar Awards, honoring the best in local theater.
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

Hellacious on wheels

Sisterhood is powerful — with a capital POW! — in Lansing’s roller derby world

by Gabi Moore
The Derby Vixens and the Mitten Mavens leagues began with a Facebook group suggest- ing that there needed to be a roller derby group in the Lansing area. Organizers of both groups said that the group sparked their interest, but they were tired of waiting for a league to form.
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

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

Three ways to rock

by Rich Tupica
Here are some local shows that will satisfy the blues dudes, as well as the country twangers and crusty punks..
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

The Screening Room

The Pixar Generation

by James Sanford
Back in April, I received an invitation to a screening of “Toy Story 3” via Facebook. How exciting, I thought: Pixar Animation Studios is actually going to show the movie two months ahead of its release. So I set about trying to RSVP ' only to find I had been invited by accident.
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

Pssst! Did you hear about Gossip in the Forest?

Lansing-based acoustic group spreads slice-of-life whispers

by Jonas Greenberg
In a music world oversaturated with technological innovation, flashy pomp, and artists desperate to assert their singular bravado, sometimes ordinary can be exceptional. For Tom Cocozzoli, founder and songwriter of the Lansing-based, five-piece acoustic group Gossip in the Forest, humble and honest songwriting is paramount.
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