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Wednesday, May 18,2011

Modifying the Motor City

Author John Gallagher says, when it comes to Detroit, bigger is not better

by Bill Castanier
In his 2011 Michigan Notable Book, “Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City,” Gallagher makes a case for a city that doesn’t pin its hopes on what he calls "fantastic visions,” but is based on a smaller footprint that has begin to work for other cities across the globe.
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Wednesday, May 18,2011

Aging in reverse

Michelle Meredith has played maternal roles; in ’Eleemosynary,’ she finally gets to be a kid

by Paul Wozniak
With the maturity that Michelle Meredith displays in every role she plays, one could easily assume she is older than 22. Virtually typecast as mothers and grandmothers, Meredith is a graduate of Michigan State University; she performed alongside Carmen Decker in “Kimberly Akimbo” at Stormfield Theater earlier this year.
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Wednesday, May 18,2011

Peppermint Creek should be proud of its powerful 'Pride'

Potent performances fuel a challenging drama

by Mary C. Cusack
It was apropos that after the opening night performance of Peppermint Creek’s “The Pride,” the New Order song “Bizarre Love Triangle” came on the radio. The combination of characters and settings certainly qualify the relationships in “The Pride” as bizarre love (and lust) triangles.
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Wednesday, May 18,2011

Turn it Down: A survey of Lansing’s musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
This Saturday at Mac’s Bar the band unveils its 10th release, “The Plurals Today, The Plurals Tomorrow: A Futurospective,” a ninesong full-length. Good Time Gang Recordings (a label operated by the band) is co-releasing the CD along with fellow Lansing label Bermuda Mohawk Productions.
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Wednesday, May 18,2011

Woman of letters

Ann Landers has her say in Stormfield’s ’Answers’

by James Sanford
I’ve been reading your column for years, and I never dreamed I’d be writing to you. But here in Lansing, a local theater is about to expose all your secrets. The play is called “The Lady With All the Answers,” and the actress portraying you is Diane Dorsey, who comes from Chicago (isn’t that your neck of the woods?).
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Wednesday, May 18,2011

The Screening room

A little spring cleaning before the summer storm

by James Sanford
The annual avalanche of summer blockbusters is beginning to rain down on theaters, with the opening of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" this weekend and "The Hangover 2" and "Kung Fu Panda 2" due to arrive for Memorial Day.
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Wednesday, May 18,2011

Graffiti artists have their day

Collaborative project aims to freshen up REO Town streets

by Chris Galford
There was nothing cloak and dagger in the arrangement, though. These artists ' far from the “taggers” that many cities have attempted to crack down upon ' were invited as part of the latest in a joint effort by the REACH Studio Art Center and the REO Town Commercial Association to breathe new cultural life into the city.
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

Baptism of fire

For these ceramicists, a Grand Ledge kiln is a ‘primal experience’

by Lawrence Cosentino
Monday afternoon, just before 3, a crowd of people gathered in front of an ancient-looking tunnel of bricks and mud behind the Clayworks pottery shop on Wacousta Road in Grand Ledge, craning their necks for a better look. Wabi-sabi-gama, the 12-foot-long beast with a belly of fire, had finally cooled.
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

Advice Goddess

So, his wild oats & Fade to blackheads

by Amy Alkon
divorce (from a 10-year marriage) would soon be final. (It will be at the end of this month.) She then played matchmaker. He and I have been dating for three months. Things were going fabulously ' until a few nights ago. We were picking a movie to watch on his laptop, and I noticed one of his browser pages was opened to Match.
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

War and remembrance

It took Karl Marlantes decades to finish his novel 'Matterhorn,' but the time was well spent

by Bill Castanier
Karl Marlantes follows a string of many other notable authors who have contributed to the genre, including Philip Caputo (“A Rumor of War”, “Indian Country”), Tim O’Brien (“The Things They Carried”) and Denis Johnson (“Tree of Smoke”).
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