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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Taking radio on the road

Lansing Community College’s WLNZ gives audiences the chance to see a live audio theater production

by Rich Tupica
It's been nearly 74 years since Orson Welles captivated listeners with the “War of the Worlds” radio show. The delivery was so convincing that some believed a violent Martian invasion was actually in progress.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
The Great Lakes Collective, a Lansing-based music collective, has a large roster of local talent, including Vanity, Oh Vanity, which plays (SCENE) Metrospace on Thursday. The keyboard-driven, “vintage indie rock” band (that credits Woody Allen as a primary influence) features Kelly Tabor (vocals and keyboards), Jake Simmons (guitar and vocals), Joel Hornbeck (bass) and Greg Thompson (drums). Also performing is songwriter Ryan Kralik (from Kent, Ohio), plus locals Kyle Nelson Pentecost and Frances Bennigan.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Coming soon to a theater near you

Forget the old AMC: Celebration! Cinema will turn the defunct Meridan 6 theater into Studio C!

by James Sanford
In Steve VanWagoner’s eyes, the shuttered AMC Meridian 6 Theatres complex could one day be an upscale cinema, with refreshments whipped up by chefs, plush stadium-style seating and possibly even a liquor license. He envisions an enormous difference between the shabby old AMC, almost apologetically tucked away behind the Meridian Mall, and Celebration! Cinema’s latest venture, Studio C!, which VanWagoner hopes will be open before the end of the year.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Take me to the river

Thanks to Lansing Art Gallery, it's the summer of riparian sculptures in downtown Lansing

by Tracy Key
Several months ago, Catherine Babcock, executive director at the Lansing Art Gallery and coordinating curator for this event, sent out a statewide call to artists to submit their statues; a panel of three local artists and art teachers decided which 10 would make the cut.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Plenty of Pride

by Holly Johnson
Friday, June 15 9 p.m. WHITE PARTY — Kick off Michigan Pride weekend at Michigan’s largest white-apparel-themed event, which begins at the Michigan Pride Festival Tent located at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Turner Street in Old Town. A $10 ticket grants access to the Grand Café, Esquire Bar, Spiral Dance Bar and the Festival Tent. Beginning in the late 1970s, the white party theme was used as a symbolic approach to unify members of the LGBTQ community. “Everybody wearing white means we’re all the same; we’re all equal,” said Spiral Dance Bar general manager Daniel Young. White Party-themed food and drink specials will be offered at participating venues, as well as music from DJ Sammy, DJ Element and other live performances. Portions of the proceeds benefit Michigan Pride.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Out and about with God-des & She

The hip-hop/soul duo takes the stage Saturday at Pride

by Holly Johnson
Since 2006, God-des & She, a two-woman hip-hop duo, has been making a name for itself in the music world. The two were first noticed after an appearance on Showtime'euro;'s hit series 'euro;'The L Word'euro;'; since then, God-des & She have hit the No.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

It's a prideful life

Michigan Pride recognizes Daniel Campbell as Grand Marshal

by Holly Johnson
Daniel Campbell has been a gay rights activist for over 49 years, and says his work continues to go on. The Lansing Community College professor of cultural history has been chosen as grand marshal for this year’s Michigan Pride.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

Advice Goddess

We'll always have parasites

by Amy Alkon
Q: My boyfriend of two months is a gem, but his house is a horror. The fridge and bathroom are disgusting, and the whole place is seriously messy. There’s this eerie feeling that the house was formerly homey, like nothing has changed since his wife left him three years ago — down to the box of sanitary pads in the bathroom cupboard and the very wife-ish folksy kitchen art everywhere.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

'Golden' girls: The next generation

Kalamazoo native Richelle Mead parlays geekdom into a solid writing career

by Bill Castanier
The books by Kalamazoo native Richelle Mead are no different in their outside appearance, but inside you will find at least one remarkable variation: Vampires and humans don’t get it on. Yes, there is no love and no love lost in the tremendously successful vampire franchise created by Mead, who lives in Seattle.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

Appealing 'Apartment'

Crackling chemistry energizes quirky comedy

by Paul Wozniak
If the romantic comedy genre were basic macaroni and cheese, Jeff Daniels' "Apartment 3A" might be the labor-intensive recipe with lots of obscure ingredients. Fortunately, director Joseph Dickson, under the guise of the newly formed Over the Ledge Theatre Co., is a skilled cook who not only cast some extremely talented actors, but also knows how to whip this offbeat script into a crowd-pleasing dish.
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