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Wednesday, March 11,2015

Balance and brevity

Nathan Alan contemplates life, love and nature on his ‘Better Times’ EP

by Ty Forquer
“Well I don’t know much about the game,” proclaims Lansing singer/songwriter Nathan Alan in “The Game,” the opening track of his recently released “Better Review Times” EP. Indeed, “Better Times” finds the 21-year-old Alan searching to find his way through life and into adulthood. The first track finds Alan contemplating the paralysis that can come from fear of failure. “They bring you up just to put you down again,” he sings. “I play it safe by sitting still.”
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Wednesday, March 11,2015

Crowdsourcing: A campaign with perks

Bloom Coffee Roasters wants to bring a coffee shop to Old Town

by Ariel Rogers
The crowdfunding campaign, hosted by Seedkicks, began on March 1 with the goal of raising $10,000 by April 15. So far, over $2,300 has been raised. Those who contribute to the Seedkicks campaign will receive various incentives if the campaign is fully funded by April 15.
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Wednesday, March 11,2015

REACHing for more

Thursday, March 19

by Ariel Rogers
REACH Studio Art Center will unveil Lansing’s first youth art gallery in a celebration of artwork and achievement on March 19. Alice Brinkman, executive director of REACH, is looking forward to the new possibilities that the youth gallery will bring. Prior to this gallery, REACH ...
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Wednesday, March 11,2015

The green report: Waxing and waning

Star Buds not a five-star experience

by Steve Green
If you'euro;'re looking for Star Buds, you´ll find it pretty easily. Nestled in the back corner of a plaza on the corner of Lake Lansing Road and North Larch Street, the shop features a large, lit-up marijuana leaf on the sign.
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Friday, March 6,2015

If the shoe fits

‘Rodgers Hammerstein’s Cinderella’ will open Wharton Center’s 2015-2016 Broadway season

by Ty Forquer
FRIDAY, MARCH 6 — The Wharton Center is throwing a grand ball — complete with a fairy godmother, friendly mice, a magic pumpkin and glass slippers. It announced today that “Rodgers Hammerstein’s Cinderella” will kick off its 2015-2016 Broadway season. The show opens Sept. 22.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Props and preps

Broad museum team creates magic behind the masterpieces

by Lawrence Cosentino
Artists get big ideas when they see the stark angles and converging lines of MSU´s Broad Art Museum. Like a stiff shot of architectural absinthe, the building makes strange sugarplums dance in artists´ heads: a mountain of 20,000 pieces of crumpled paper, a jawlike extrusion of pink ooze and false teeth 83 feet long, a one-ton steel cube, a roomful of perpetually bouncing racquetballs, a three-ton boat made of salt.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Mysterious mountain

LANSING SYMPHONY HIKES INTO UNCHARTED TERRAIN WITH NEW MUSIC BY LOCAL COMPOSER

by Lawrence Cosentino
A vision of a man walking up a mountain, and a collaboration that got gloriously out of hand, promise to push Saturday´s Lansing Symphony concert into exciting new territory. Well-known music by Elgar and Mozart is on the docket, but the night´s most striking feature is a large-scaled, luminous new work with deep local roots: “Seven Ascents for Flute and Orchestra,” by MSU-based composer Marjan Helms with LSO principal flutist Richard Sherman as soloist.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Break on through

MSU neuroscience researcher tells her story of trauma, science and recovery

by Bill Castanier
As a neuroscience researcher, Apryl Pooley has dedicated her life to the rigors of scientific exploration. But it wasn’t until she turned that knowledge inward that she was able to overcome her personal demons. Pooley’s dramatic story of turning personal trauma into a fulfilling life is told in her debut memoir, “Shadow Brain:
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Curtain call: Laughter with a bite

‘The Little Dog Laughed’ will make you laugh a lot

by Paul Wozniak
To be clear, “The Little Dog Laughed,” running in Riverwalk Theatre’s black box space, is not a Midwestern Review story. There are no heartland values in this stinging satire of Hollywood’s sexual mores. But for those willing to take the leap, Douglas Carter Beane’s script is witty, hilarious and brutally honest.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

New in town

American Fifth Spirits

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week I promised you an update on American Fifth Spirits, the smallbatch liquor distillery across from the Cooley Law School Stadium in downtown Lansing. I mentioned that although it had started production and distribution, construction on the tasting room, which was supposed to open last summer, had stalled. And now we know why.
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