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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Lazy Sunday

Lansing galleries eying Friday nights to lure new patrons

by Ty Forquer
With some galleries noting flagging attendance and an aging crowd for First Sunday Gallery Walk, a movement has begun to create a new event to reinvigorate Lansing’s gallery scene. The idea, spearheaded by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, is to create a monthly, neighborhood-based Friday evening art event. This event, tentatively called Art Walk, would engage local galleries, but also seek to involve local businesses and restaurants.
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

In memoriam

by Ty Forquer
Harry Thomas, 69, who went simply by “D.,” died Saturday. Thomas wore many hats throughout his career, including dancer, choreographer, theater manager and chef. The latter occupation brought him to the Lansing area when he accepted a job at Nickerson Farms (now known as Fowlerville Farms).
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Wednesday, March 25,2015

Green report: How sweet it is

The Sweet Leaf takes a farmers market approach to its dispensary

by Steve Green
In August, Flint’s City Council voted to approve an ordinance regulating dispensaries. As I approached the Sweet Leaf’s location on Dort Highway, I could already see the positive impact. It was easy to notice a large sign with the words “The Sweet Leaf” and a pict...
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Tuesday, March 24,2015

Cold War kids

‘Chess’ at Wharton Center taps into local talent

by Ty Forquer
TUESDAY, MARCH 24 — Local musicians and actors will have the opportunity to perform alongside some of New York’s top talent when “Chess” comes to Wharton Center this weekend.
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Tuesday, March 24,2015

Back for more

BackStage Pass announces sixth season lineup

by Ariel Rogers
TUESDAY, MARCH 24 — BackStage Pass returned to WKAR last week for its sixth season. The award winning, Michigan-made music showcase kicked off with Harper and Midwest Kind’s live performance at last year’s BluesFest in Old Town.
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Monday, March 23,2015

Sounds of silence

Mummenschanz brings unique stage show to Wharton Center

by Ty Forquer
MONDAY, MARCH 23—The performers of Mummenschanz may not say a word, but don’t expect white face paint, striped shirts or invisible box routines when they take the stage at Wharton Center Wednesday. For over 40 years, Mummenschanz has pushed the limits of mime as an art form. Calling themselves the “musicians of silence,” the troupe has crisscrossed the world with their ever-evolving stage show. Floriana Frassetto, the troupe’s artistic director and co-founder, is amazed by the journey the show has taken her on.
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

Curtain call: Love for sale

‘The Garage Sale’ uses silly toys to deliver a serious message

by Tom Helma
We do not immediately think of a garage sale as a metaphor for the loss of love or the chance to find love a second time around. There may be many times in life when we experience rejection, get tossed aside unceremoniously or see someone we once loved walking away, but nothing is as terrible as feeling like a Raggedy Ann doll covered with peanut butter and tossed into the mud. Starlight Dinner Theatre’s “The Garage Sale,” written by local theater icon Jane Shipley Zussman, uses Rag Baby (a take on Raggedy Ann) and Tuxedo Teddy to tell stories of real-life loss and the strength people find to rise up from the depths of despair to love once again.
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

Galileo gives the bird

Local author and activist explores issues of science, ethics and politics

by Bill Castanier
You may think you know Alice Dreger, but you probably don’t. You may have heard her asking pointed questions of Board of Water & Light officials during the aftermath of the 2013 ice storm. Or maybe you’ve seen a photograph of her in in the Lansing State Journal in an article about freedom of information. You might even remember Rush Limbaugh trash-talking an article she wrote on pedophilia and football head injuries. But you don’t really know Alice Dreger. That could soon change for East Lansing’s Dreger, 49, a historian of medicine and science. She has written a book on the darker side of scientific research, scholarship and activism that threatens to push her into the national spotlight. The title, “Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists and the Search for Justice in Science,” reflects Dreger’s wry, often ironic sense of humor. The idea for the title came from her experience seeing the famed astronomer’s actual skeletal middle finger on display at a shrine in Florence, Italy.
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

Off the air, onto the web

Lansing DJ/community advocate to launch web-based, Michigan-centric talk show

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Radio DJs seldom know when it’s their last day behind the mic. Even the most popular personality in town could have the plug pulled at any time and for no reason. In the broadcasting industry, this guillotine method of firing staff is standard operating procedure. It sounds harsh, but it makes sense.
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
A new roller skating rink opened this week in South Lansing. Skate City Rink is built into a nearly 10,000-square-foot former office plaza near the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Holmes Road. It’s set back a little way from the intersection, and there’s no way-finding sign in place yet (making it a little hard to find), but spokeswoman Trulane Pea said that will come in time.
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