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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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Wednesday, June 9,2010

License to thrill

Globe-hopping Verdehr Trio fills domestic assignment

by Lawrence Cosentino
One of the most well-received new works of the year, Pamela Madsen’s “Sea Change,” is on the docket for next week’s concert. “It’s beautiful,” Verdehr said. “It has spoken poetry in it and it sounds like sea waves.” The Verdehrs premiered it in Washington and Houston last year.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

Pluck but sustain

Guitarist Neil Gordon’s trio fights friction

by Lawrence Cosentino
At first peep, everything seems settled in Lansing jazzman Neil Gordon’s world. His percolating chamber-style trio (with bassist Ed Fedewa and drummer Larry Ochiltree) has fully jelled, and is celebrating the release of "It Takes Three," its first CD on Thursday, June 10, at Moriarty’s Pub.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

Sperm Wail

by Amy Alkon
found “the one.” She’s gone from being ultrapicky to swearing she’ll just marry the next guy who doesn’t pick his nose at the dinner table. Wow. Is that what it comes down to for women ' eventually having to give up and settle for a guy you’re less than on fire for? It horrifies me to think of being her at some point.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

Those who do not remember Santayana may still be condemned to repeat him

An almost-forgotten philosopher left behind many familiar sayings

by Bill Castanier
James Seaton, an East Lansing resident and Michigan State University professor of American criticism and culture, has edited a new book on Santayana and his work.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

That’s amore

’Light in the Piazza’ burns brightly at Riverwalk

by Paul Wozniak
“Love knows no boundaries” could be the central theme of “The Light in the Piazza,” a romantic musical that explores more boundaries than just language.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

Getting Out

From discos and dive bars to The Sir Club and strippers, Lansing has a long history of nightlife, LGBT-style

by Mary C. Cusack
I began my research at Club Xcel. The Male Review tradition began 17 years ago when Xcel was a gay bar called Paradise, and it continued under the current ownership of Tom Donell even as the club became a mixed-crowd bar. Now simple economics are driving the decision to drop the event.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

A duo's do-overs

by Rich Tupica
“These are things we talk about more than we write about ' but you can still find those ideas intermixed in our songs as well,” Peterson said. “It’s funny, because Nervous but Excited is funny and quirky; that’s what we are as people and on stage. We have a fun side.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

’I don't have anything to cover up anymore’

Country star Chely Wright speaks out about being a lesbian — even though she knows it might cost her her career

by James Sanford
Chely Wright’s memoir, “Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer,” begins with what could easily have been the end of her story: It’s January 2006, and a tormented and heartbroken Wright stands in front of her bathroom mirror, with the barrel of a 9-mm handgun in her mouth.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

The Screening Room

On the Waterfront

by James Sanford
There are plenty of reasons to go to the lakeshore in June, but every year around this time Saugatuck provides us with one more: the Waterfront Film Festival. Since 1999, this four-day event has brought filmmakers, actors, writers and movie fans to the resort town for screenings, Q
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