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Wednesday, May 13,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
As our society has become increasingly dependent on electronics, we’ve become just as reliant on the batteries that keep them going. Who hasn’t experienced the abject horror that comes from looking down at your phone in the middle of your day to see a “low battery”...
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Canvassing the city

Detroit artist makes his mark on the walls of Lansing

by Jonathan Griffith
A unique take on pizza and fancy beer aren’t the only new things Sam Short and company have brought to Lansing with the Cosmos and the Beer Grotto. Visitors to either place have certainly noticed there is just as much artistry on the walls as there is in their pint glasses or on their plates. Meet Detroit-based artist Jeremy Harvey. Harvey is owner of the interior art company inFUSE Murals and the man behind the science fiction-themed interior of the Cosmos and the fantasy-laden vista found in the Beer Grotto. It wasn’t until his gig at the Cosmos that Harvey’s work had really found its way out of the Detroit area, but, given the response, it seems his work in Lansing’s newest pizza joint was only the beginning here in Lansing.
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Final four

Joshua Davis advances to the final round on “The Voice”

by Ty Forquer
Last week on “The Voice,” it felt like the contestants on the singing competition reality show were pulling out all of the stops. On Monday’s show, with the finals looming and just one con testant going home before then, the remaining five competitors seemed to be playing it safe. Perhaps they were afraid to take a big risk this close to the end, or maybe they were trying to save their best for the finale. Regardless, this week’s performances were a full plate of lackluster performances.
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Something old, something new

East Lansing Art Festival attracts familiar faces and fresh talent

by Ty Forquer
Visitors to downtown East Lansing Friday evening will find that the usual barhopping crowds have been replaced by a legion of stoic white tents, looking like some other-worldly base camp. There is an invasion afoot, but it’s an amiable incursion. These tents will open their flaps Saturday morning, flooding the streets with a legion of sculptures, paintings and pottery pieces. East Lansing Art Festival, which draws some 60,000 people each year, has become a can’t-miss event on the Greater Lansing cultural calendar. For Mason-based artist Doug DeLind, the social part of the festival is just as important as the artistic part.
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Crowdsourcing

A GUIDE TO LANSING-AREA ONLINE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS

by Ariel Rogers
Crowdsourcing highlights local crowdsourcing campaigns. To find the events, go to the designated website and search by title.  Beacon Soccer Field patronicity.com/project/beacon_ field  A crowdfunding campaign to create Beacon Soccer Field in downtown Lansing kicked off o...
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Salon treatment

Thursday, May 14

by Ariel Rogers
Friends of Turner-Dodge House is attempting to tap into the manor’s rich musical past with its new Music in the Mansion concert series. This month’s installment of the series will bring harpist Dorthea Fields for the salon-style event. Fields holds degrees in harp, education and music education, all from Michigan State University. She achieves her unique playing style by mixing classical and non-classical elements into her performances, playing a range of genres from Celtic to popular.
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Wednesday, May 13,2015

Green Report: Flying first class

First Class Wellness delivers good service, potent products

by Steve Green
First Class Wellness Center, a fairly new dispensary in Lansing, has been open for about three months. It is easy to find, located on North Grand River Avenue just south of Capital Regional International Airport. The shop is set up in a free-standing building with extensive parking in the...
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Tuesday, May 12,2015

Dogg show

Snoop Dogg added to Common Ground's 2015 lineup

by Ty Forquer
TUESDAY, MAY 12 — If you see clouds of smoke rising from Common Ground Music Festival on July 11, it may be more than just smoke machines. The festival has released that evening’s headliner, and it is none other than multi-platinum rapper and marijuana aficionado Snoop Dogg.
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Thursday, May 7,2015

Pratfalls and pirouettes

LCC students impress in ‘Impostures of Scapin’

by Tom Helma
A full moon rose on one of the first warm, late-April nights. Kathy and I were walking hand in hand on Grand Avenue, on our way to a curiosity. It was the culmination of Lansing Community College’s Theatre Studio II class in voice and movement, a stage play in the college’s Black Box performance space in the style of commedia dell’arte — a craft of improvisation which utilizes stylized movement and masked performers.
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Wednesday, May 6,2015

The big wheel’s cozy wheelhouse

Harper House tour offers glimpse inside Lansing´s biggest mansion

by Lawrence Cosentino
Back in the 1930s, Lansing wheel magnate Harry Harper and his wife, Ragna, threw “tulip time teas” at their cozy 35-room crib at 1408 Cambridge Road each May. They weren´t formal affairs. The Harpers were downto-earth types. About 500 to 600 guests would hang out near the sunken pool, admire the grounds, tour the house and munch on sandwiches.
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