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Thursday, July 17,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Three for the Road

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, July 17 — A polar vortex in July? Reminded me of a typical Keweenaw Peninsula summer where I grew up. From what I hear, the more traditional West Michigan weather is on its way back, so those of you who love the heat and humidity combo get ready to play. Me, I'm going to be grateful for that brief taste of home. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

State of the state: Weird

‘Oddball Michigan’ author serves up a seminar in roadside diversity

by Lawrence Cosentino
If you’re looking for a summer guide to Michigan’s storied waterfalls, wooded trails and crystal lakes, Jerome Pohlen’s “Oddball Michigan” is not it. But if you need to know where all the giant hot dogs and colossal cows are, or where to find the Watergate burglars’ tools or the last place Jimmy Hoffa was seen alive, he’s your man. The Chicago-based traveler/author is drawn to “really strange places,” and he’s found 450 of them in Michigan.
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

Oddball lansing

Several Lansing-area oddities made it into Jerome Pohlen´s “Oddball Michigan” (see related story) but there are plenty more. Here are some things he missed.

by City Pulse
1. Remy eat world Remy Mumby is currently greater Lansing’s most famous, and interesting, oddity. Mumby, 14, has posted over 100 YouTube videos in which he cheerfully samples exotic foods like tarantulas, scorpions and balut, or partially developed duck embryo, a delicacy in...
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

Common purpose

Q&A with Common Ground festival organizer Scott Keith

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week was the 15th year for the annual Lansing music festival Common Ground, featuring alt-rockers, country twangers and R&B veterans Earth, Wind and Fire. Scott Keith is the President and CEO of the Lansing Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority Keith and chairman of Center Park Productions, the public entity that plans, organizes and executes the festival each year.
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Early November goes acoustic at Mac´s - Friday, July 25. Since it formed in 1999, The Early November has released three EPs and three LPs, on labels like MCA, Drive-Thru, and most recently Rise Records. The band performs an all-ages acoustic set at The Loft. Openers are Empire! Emp...
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

New in town

DEFYE/SMITH FLORAL & GREENHOUSES

by Allan I. Ross
Last month, Lansing-based fashion line DEFYE moved its headquarters from inside the Meridian Mall into the John Bean building, south of downtown Lansing. Owner/ designer Michael Doherty, 35, said he made the move in order to focus more on production and distribution of his clothing than retail.
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

Highlights: Ozay Moore gets ‘Hook’ed into Turner Street Outdoor Theater

Friday, July 18

by Eric Finkler
Twenty-three years after the release of “Hook,” Steven Spielberg’s sequel to L.M. Barry’s book “Peter Pan,” one of the film’s chants about one of the Lost Boys, Rufio, is still quick to escape from Ozay Moore’s lips. This Friday, Moore opens the Turner Street’s Outdoor Theater feature of “Hook,” hosted by the Capital City Film Festival and the Old Town Commercial Association. Moore will provide his blend of classic hip hop and conscious rap for the free community event.
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

Gods and bunnies

July art exhibits use books as more than just inspiration

by Jonathan Griffith
C.S. Lewis once said if an author is not concerned with originality and simply tries to tell the truth, then nine times out of 10 they produce something original without even knowing it. Any truth to be found in MICA Gallery’s new exhibit, “NEXT: Anamnesis,” is best left up for the viewer to decide. But originality in the pieces is hard to ignore, even if some of them are utilizing Lewis’ work. Physically.
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

From fear to finish

A training guide for your first endurance race

by Nathan Kark
Endurance sports are all about suffering — the threat of exceeding your personal limitations and self-destructing is absolutely real. Every athlete has his own pre-race fear, regardless how many races he may have completed. But fear is a good thing — it means an athlete cares. However, it’s critical to balance fear with confidence. That way, once the starter gun goes off, confidence can turn fear into focus, and focus will lead the way to the finish.
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Thursday, July 10,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Vampires & Whales

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, July 10 — I hope you all enjoyed the long holiday weekend as much as I did. A quick road trip to Ann Arbor, barbecue and other fun with the kids; exactly what a summer holiday is made for. Here's what we're reading:
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