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Monday, March 18,2013

Paying fines with food

Capital Area District Library revives program to benefit local food banks

by Yang Zhang
Got an overdue fine at a Capital Area District Library? Donating food can get it waived.In celebration of National Library Week, the CADL is again offering patrons an opportunity to exchange food for fines. From April 10 to 16, patrons can donate non-perishable food or personal care products to their local CADL branches and receive a waiver of $1 per item toward their overdue fines, up to $5 per patron.
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Monday, March 18,2013

You be the judge

Ingham County Bar Association hosts

by Fiona Guo
Wednesday, June 1 — Lawyers will step away from the courtroom and step up the stage to show off singing, standup comedy and more on Thursday at the Ingham County Bar Association's "Lawyers Got Talent" show.
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Monday, March 18,2013

'Phantom' and 'Slumber' open tonight at Mid-Michigan Family Theatre

Two one-acts feature ghosts and unexpected guests

by Fiona Guo
The one-act plays “The Phantom of Pinchpenny Pond” by Cheryl Capshaw and “The Slumber Party” by Claire Boiko open tonight at Mid Michigan Family Theatre.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Shakespeare in the lions' den?

Lansing Civic Players stages 'Merchant of Venice' at Potter Park Zoo

by Fiona Guo
Tuesday, July 19 — If you walk through Potter Park Zoo and hear iambic pentameter, don’t be surprised: It’s just the Lansing Civic Players’ production of “The Merchant of Venice.”
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Monday, March 18,2013

Half a century of journaling

MSU professor Ron Dorr started writing about his life in 1961 — he's still doing it

by Ron Dorr
Editor's note: Ron Dorr is a Professor of Rhetoric and Humanities in the James Madison College at Michigan State University. Long before blogs or Facebook were invented, he was chronicling his life in a series of journals. He estimates that he has written in over 100 since he began in 1961. "That small decision was more enduring than much of the public news in 1961," he wrote in an email. "Let me know, however, if you believe that in a day of blogging and partisanship such a phenomenon is too old-fashioned." It's anything but old-fashioned, in my opinion. Here is his essay.
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Monday, March 18,2013

A weekend of whimsy

Multimedia: Art and entertainment for all ages at the 47th annual MSU arts and crafts show

by Tracy Key
Wednesday, May 25 — On most summer days, a lazy mix of overfed squirrels and chubby river ducks can be found peacefully meandering the calm grounds of Michigan State University in the absence of the school year rush.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Turning junk into gems

Annual Scrapfest challenges artists to turn something old into something amazing

by Tracy Key
Wednesday, June 22 — What do you get when you cross 9,000 pounds of scrap metal with 18 teams of enthusiastic welders, artists and families? Aside from a healthy dose of upcycled art, you also form the basis of the third annual Oldtown Scrapfest.Participating teams were given one hour to collect up to 500 pounds of discarded scrap metal from Friedland Industries’ scrap yard and two weeks to craft their materials and ideas into metallic realities. Brittney Hoszkiw, the executive director for the Old Town Commercial Association, described the process as an exciting scene of “organized chaos” as everyone scrambled to collect their materials. This Friday and Saturday, the 18 sculptures will be out on display in the parking lot near Turner Street and Grand River.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Creative competition at Scrapfest 2011

by Tracy Key
Old Town was filled with music, celebration and the rich bittersweet scent of wine Saturday evening. It was also filled with dragons, a skeleton, a pirate ship and a giant frog playing the guitar.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Taking his act on the road

A tricycle that pulls a piano? Joybox Express brings music to MSU to raise money for charities

by Tracy Key
July 6 — Most people probably haven’t seen a 352 pound piano being towed down the street by a giant tricycle, but if you’re in East Lansing Thursday, you can not only witness this bizarre phenomenon, but you can also join in on the fun.
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Monday, March 18,2013

MSU student faces the 'Bare' facts about theater

With help from Kickstarter.com, Dennis Corsi launches Touch Your Soul Productions

by Tracy Key
Friday, July 8 — Almost everyone has looked up to the stars and seen that distant, glittering pie in the sky. However, Michigan State University senior Dennis Corsi is doing more than dreaming about his goals — he started his own company. Touch Your Soul Productions, founded in May, has a clear purpose. “I want to use theater to affect people and to make a difference,” Corsi said.
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