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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Mill Supplies' mad makeover

Artist Tiffany Klein launches a gallery and workshop in a 102-year-old downtown Lansing building

by Lawrence Cosentino
Klein, a Lansing-based artist and interior designer, needs a laboratory more than she needs a gallery. In her hands, plaster becomes velvet, fiberboard turns into wood and PVC pipes aspire to the glory of Roman columns. Her wall-sized, multimedia art glimmers with gemstones and mirror shards, with frames made of textured cement.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Advice Goddess

Thrilla in vanilla & getting into your genes

by Amy Alkon
Q: My best friend is a guy. We have tons in common and have conversations that are lively, honest, and deep. He’s basically everything I’ve ever wanted in my future husband, but he has an infatuation for Filipina women half his age. I’m 37, his age, and Caucasian. His plan is to find and marry a girl from the Philippines. In fact, he is so stuck on marrying a Filipina that he is learning to speak Tagalog and travels to the Philippines twice a year but has yet to have anything work out. I maintain hope that he’ll eventually develop the attraction to me that I have for him and that compatibility will trump looks, because he often tells me how much he appreciates me. Am I fooling myself, or could he outgrow his Filipina fetish?
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Broad-ening out to Old Town

After serving as a bank and a bar, the former Chrome Cat gets a new lease on life as a pop-up art gallery

by Paul Wozniak
Perhaps, like its namesake, the Chrome Cat has nine lives. The Old Town building was once a bank, then a bar — and for Allison Gass, contemporaryart curator for the Broad Art Museum, it offered the ideal space for a pop-up art gallery.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Keeping it short

Michael McCallum unveils two new films Sunday

by Mary C. Cusack
In March, Detroit's Uptown Film Festival named local filmmaker Michael McCallum the Michigan Independent Filmmaker of the Year. He has not rested on his laurels.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Farmers markets: Freshening up the city

by Joe Torok
Conventional wisdom suggests that urban areas, especially those with higher concentrations of poverty, are more likely to fall within a food desert. The thinking goes that along with food deserts come obesity and a myriad of health problems associated with being overfed and undernourished.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

A different kind of 'dine and dash'

Want to get the best out of your feet? Learn how to eat, advises Scott Jurek

by Bill Castanier & Lawrence Cosentino
As an eighth-grader in rural Minnesota, Scott Jurek hated running. As a high-schooler, he only ran to stay in shape for Nordic skiing. Today, Jurek, 38, is one of the world’s best ultramarathoners and thinks nothing of going out for a 30- or 40-mile run twice a week while logging 120-mile weeks.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Moon and sun rise in Old Town Festivalgoers who prefer specialty beers and tasty food along with live music may want to check out the Festival of the Moon (6 to 11 p.m. Friday) and Festival of the Sun (2 to 11 p.m. Saturday) in Old Town. As for the music, Moon headliners include Tony Lucca of NBC’s “The Voice,” along with locals Billiards Music and Ben Keeler & the 500 Club. On the following day the Sun stage hosts headliners Frontier Ruckus, along with Those Willows, Sabertooth Fiancee, Empty Orchestra and Elliot Street Lunatic.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Andy Balaskovitz
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Social activities at the sidewalk level are vital to a community and can be directly proportional to the health of the physical infrastructure. Cafes, markets, food carts, musicians or simply pedestrian traffic thrives when the physical environment is supportive. However, as the infrastructure erodes, so too can these activities — jeopardizing the social life of sidewalks.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

HOMTV: 'We're with the times now'

TV studio open house shows off renovations

by Tracy Key
When it comes to modern media and technology, practically every couple of years brings the equivalent of a new era in history. With facilities dating back to 1992, the studios of HOMTV and CAMTV in Meridian Township seemed almost ancient, left in the dust when the digital era swept in. However, a recent renovation project has brought a much-needed upgrade to the dated facilities.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Good grief! It's 'Charlie Brown'

by Holly Johnson
The Peanuts gang is back in action for the Lansing Community College Performing Arts Summer Stage Under the Stars production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at LCC’s amphitheatre. Based on the Charles M. Schulz comic strip, the musical follows Charlie Brown and his crew as they play baseball and the piano and exchange valentines.
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