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Wednesday, July 1,2015

Navigation inspiration

Elisa Schmidt infuses maps with artistic memories

by Jonathan Griffith
If you’re unfamiliar with topography, it is, simply put, the art or science of making maps that illustrate the height or shape of a particular expanse of land. Artist Elisa Schmidt has attempted something similar with her latest works. But rather than give the viewer an idea of the lay the land, she is, through her own artistic implementations, actually showing you a memory of it. The show features a collection of nautical maps and atlases which Schmidt has altered. Illustrated on the maps are scenes that Schmidt has pulled from various photographs she has taken, which relate to the maps she has illustrated them on. The illustrations were created using a variety of mediums, such as charcoal, watercolor pencils, drawing inks and even one piece solely in acrylics. Schmidt had some reservations with her choice of mediums and the way they’d react to the map paper but was pleasantly surprised in the end.
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

Locally sourced

Lansing bands bring local flavor to Common Ground

by Ty Forquer
You already know the headliners. It’s difficult to drive around Lansing without seeing Snoop Dogg, Meghan Trainor or the guys from Jane’s Addiction looking down at you from billboards or plastered on the sides of buses. Common Ground Music Festival has booked some big name tal...
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

Dance party

Tuesday, July 7

by Asha Johnson
Thatīs why, the City of East Lansing has created a series of events for children and families to get outside and enjoy some quality entertainment. Play in the Park is an interactive outdoor children'euro;'s entertainment series in East Lansing where families can bring a picnic dinner and enjoy weekly programs every Tuesday in July.
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Wednesday, July 1,2015

Crowdsourcing

A GUIDE TO LANSING-AREA ONLINE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS

by Helen Murphy
Why do you love Michigan? Art therapist Kate Roos is attempting to gather answers to this question through a collaborative art project on wheels. Roos and a team from the Ann Arbor-based Aartworks Project have begun a 3,000-mile road trip, stopping in major cities in Michigan.
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Thursday, June 25,2015

New in brewin'

Lansing Brewing Co. names head brewer

by Ty Forquer
THURSDAY, JUNE 25 — Lansing Brewing Co., the upcoming Lansing brewery planning to resurrect the century-dormant brewery’s legacy, has named a head brewer to lead its brewing operations. The outfit announced today that Sawyer Stevens is taking the helm as head brewer at the Lansing Brewing Co.
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Wednesday, June 24,2015

Valhalla & beyond

NEW MILES, NEW PLANS MAKE 2015 THE YEAR OF RIVER TRAIL MADNESS

by Lawrence Cosentino
It was a lovely day. I was straddling my bike, looking south from Maguire Park, waiting for the signal to turn at Jolly Road. A stranger with an affable face and a tan jacket pulled his bike alongside me. Typical Sunday duffer, I thought. Suddenly, he turned and bared his teeth. River ...
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Wednesday, June 24,2015

New in town

The Knight Cap

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In the early ‘70s, a teenaged Leo Farhat was sitting in the dining room of the stillrelatively new Knight Cap in downtown Lansing when he looked around and told his date that he’d like to own the place someday. If a neighboring table of diners happened to overhear the conversation, they probably would have chalked it up to adolescent bravado, a boy just trying to impress a girl. More than 40 years later, that girl is a distant memory, but the restaurant is Farhat’s — lock, stock and sword-hilt door handle. Farhat reopened Knight Cap on Monday, effectively marking the fine dining staple’s second act.
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Wednesday, June 24,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Hayley Kiyoko at Macīs Bar, Wednesday, July 1 Vocalist/actress Hayley Kiyoko headlines July 1 at Mac’s Bar, with opener Alex Mendenall and Faithy Halick. Aside from her modernpop tunes, Kiyoko is known for playing Velma Dinkley in three liveaction “Scooby-Doo” movi...
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Wednesday, June 24,2015

The listening room: Stretching out

Core Effect shows versatility on īEthosī

by Ty Forquer
“Ethos,” the latest offering by Detroit-based hard rockers Core Effect, crams a lot of punch into a small package. The nine-track album clocks in at just 34 minutes, straddling the line between a full album and an EP. In that short amount of time, however, the band manages to ...
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Wednesday, June 24,2015

Fresh face for Elderly

Popular instrument store begins work on mural project

by Ty Forquer
Elderly Instruments, Lansing’s famous purveyor of fine stringed instruments, is giving its Old Town headquarters a facelift. Los Angeles-based graphic artist Jennifer Springman began work on a Washington Avenue-facing mural June 8. Don’t worry, she isn’t messing with the historic brick exterior of the century-old former Oddfellows hall that houses the store’s showroom. The mural will occupy the wall of the building directly north of the showroom. Elderly Instruments, which moved into the Oddfellows hall in 1984, purchased the building next door in 1994.
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