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Wednesday, June 6,2012

The world is a Circle

Michigan State University's summer theater season begins with kooky 'Macao' and a trilogy of folk tales

by James Sanford
Much of the action unfolds in locations like the Macao Surf and Turf Nightclub Gambling Casino, where characters such as the drifter Mitch Boonton ("I'm an expatriate American, 38 to 45, very masculine, sure of myself and a little bored with life") collide with lost souls and cryptic Asians.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

Spotlight on Rob Roznowski

Michigan State University associate professor of acting receives Distinguished Professor award

by James Sanford
Rob Roznowski, Michigan State University associate professor of acting, was named Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan. The award recognizes an educator at one of Michigan's 15 public universities who has been nominated by his or her peers for outstanding contributions through classroom work and advising.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

Smith gets down to business

Lansing glass artist spent last Friday at Business Leaders Briefing in Washington

by James Sanford
Plenty of people insist that nothing gets accomplished in Washington these days. Craig Mitchell Smith is not among them. The Lansing glass artist took a quick trip to the nation's capital last Friday to attend the Michigan Business Leaders Briefing, hosted by the White House Business Council and Business Forward.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

The Good Book gets a rewrite

The irreverent Penn Jillette talks about faith — or lack thereof

by Tracy Key
Penn Jillette (best known as half of Penn and Teller, the sleight-of-hand showmen) visits the Hannah Community Center for a book talk and signing of his New York Times bestseller “God, No! Signs You May Already be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales,” hosted by the Michigan Center for Inquiry.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

C'mon, get scrappy

Scrapfest challenges teams to transform trash into eye-catching artwork

by Holly Johnson
Friedland Industries' scrap yard is filled with 9,000 pounds of abandoned scrap metal. To an average consumer, this may appear entirely worthless, even useless.
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Tuesday, June 5,2012

The Good Book gets a rewrite

The irreverent Penn Jillette talks about faith — or lack thereof

by Tracy Key
Tuesday, June 5 — Ever find yourself unable to sleep at night, your mind whirling with questions of morality and the destiny of humanity? Have you ever wondered if there is a greater power dictating the course of history?
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Thursday, May 31,2012

East Lansing Film Festival Special

Ready to Roll

by City Pulse
In the 14 years since the East Lansing Film Festival was launched, it has become a major-league showcase for independent films, documentaries, shorts and foreign films. The tradition continues with this year s festival, which offers everything from student films to a retrospective screening of Shaft.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Advice Goddess

Wedding her whistle & youth is fleeing

by Amy Alkon
Q: I just turned 26, and I’m ready to be married. My previous two boyfriends dragged their feet and then said the blood-boiling line: “I will marry you…someday.” I met a guy online, and we initiated a relationship on the basis that he was ready for marriage. Four months after our first kiss, I broke up with him after he, too, expressed hesitation about marriage.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Stormy, with a good chance of mystery

'Stand By' for meteorologist Jake Dunneīs second novel

by Bill Castanier
Like the hot and sticky weather he sometimes reports on, Lansing meteorologist Jake Dunne uses his concise and easygoing storytelling ability to grab the reader in “Stand By,” his new mystery-thriller.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Summer Guide

Say goodbye to freezing rain and snow drifts: The sun has officially returned to town. Itīs once again safe to eat outside, visit a local festival or plan a fishing trip or a golf game. True, our much-loved Michigan cherries might be hard to find this yea

by City Pulse
The patio outside the Peanut Barrel in East Lansing isn’t the fanciest in town, or the largest, or the most festive. It is, though, perhaps the best spot in the Lansing area to relax with friends over a meal, to sip a glass of wine on a breezy evening, and people watch. A few meters away from Grand River Avenue, there’s plenty of buzz from the street, but the bustle comes just as much from the bikers, skateboarders, strolling shoppers, students at the bus stop and the blue-water fountain gurgling nearby. Flowers, shrubs and whispering tree leaves dampen the noise of the city, and on a hot, sunny afternoon they blanket the space in a cool blanket of stippled shadow. Make mine a chianti.
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