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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Self portrait in salmon

Cynthia Foley exhibit features surreal animals, unexpected faces

by Jonathan Griffith
Cadillac-based artist Cynthia Foley smiled warmly at a crowd of wide-eyed attendees at the opening reception of her new exhibit, “Imagining Context: Seeing and Being Seen,” which opened Friday at the Lansing Art Gallery. One look at her complex works, layering textures and illustrations, and you immediately appreciate her presence, hoping you can steal some of her time — as much as to inquire about her work as to express your admiration for it. And while you can’t help but want to analyze the works being exhibited, Foley’s coy demeanor suggests you just look on and enjoy. The following exchange is exemplary.
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Mandarin MADMEN

New exhibit showcases the work of Chinese advertising students

by Ty Forquer
The daily inundation of advertisements — on computers, televisions, on the commute — has made it easy to tune out or ignore these constant messages. Visitors to Michigan State University’s Communication Arts and Sciences Building, however, may want to stop and pay attenti...
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Back in the saddle

Former Lansing TV news anchor hits the radio waves

by Ty Forquer
For 21 years, viewers in Lansing invited Dave Akerly into their homes. The popular anchor spent 12 years as sports director and nine years as weeknight news anchor at WLNS. As sports director he created the popular “5th Quarter,” a Friday night high school sports segment now in its 19th year. Akerly left WLNS in 2011 to work in public relations and com munications for Michigan Department of Human Services.
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Lost in time

Missing time capsule was to be opened Saturday

by Ty Forquer
According to a State News article from 1990, there is a time capsule hidden in Michigan State University’s Case Hall that is to be opened Saturday. There is just one small problem: No one seems to know where the time capsule is. City Pulse was made aware of the time capsule by R...
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Erhu, Brute?

by Ty Forquer
Sunday March 1 & Tuesday, March 3 The past and present will collide Tuesday — in a musical sense, at least — as some of China’s most ancient musical sounds will be featured in a concert of contemporary classical music. The concert, part of Michigan State Universit...
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

‘The realities of our bodies’

Panel discusses the messages found in ‘The Women We Are’

by Ariel Rogers
AA Creative Corridor was full of friends of the artist as well as complete strangers for an intimate discussion of body image in relation to Amanda Grieshop’s “The Women We Are” exhibit. The event featured Grieshop and Tara Scott of 3 Jewels Yoga, as well as Kristina Keller, Brittany Laidlaw and Julie Brewer — three of the subjects photographed for the project. The goal was to provide a safe space for intelligent and constructive conversations about the touchy subjects of body image and nudity.
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

Green report: Tangerine dream

Helping Hand offers quality products, professional setting

by Steve Green
We pulled into Helping Hands Holistic Center, on Van Dyke Avenue just south of 8 Mile Road in Detroit, at almost 8 p.m., unaware that it was their closing time. It was quite easy to find, even for out-of-towners. Although I was there at the end of the day, I was greeted and graciousl...
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Monday, February 23,2015

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Three From the Vortex

by Neil Rajala
MONDAY, FEB. 23 — How come nobody's using the phrase "polar vortex" to describe these recent days of record-setting cold weather? I kinda miss it. Hard to believe I'm feeling nostalgic for last winter. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, February 18,2015

No chair throwing

Top state jazzmen Tim Froncek, Vincent Bowens spend a swinging week at MSU

by Lawrence Cosentino
A lot of people have gotten their idea of what goes on in a jazz class from that chair-throwing jerk of an instructor, Terry Fletcher, in the Oscar-nominated film "Whiplash." The two latest guest artists at MSU´s Jazz Studies program, drummer Tim Froncek and saxophonist Vincent Bowens, are cut from finer cloth.
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Wednesday, February 18,2015

´Now we´re about nothing´

Harry Belafonte brings down the hammer in passionate MSU lecture

by Lawrence Cosentino
Harry Belafonte is a tall tree with deep roots in music, movies and civil rights activism, but he didn´t come to Michigan State University last week to cast a kindly shadow. At 88, he was desperately planting seeds. Addressing a packed conference room at the Kellogg Center Thursday afternoon, the actor-singer-activist slammed the American culture of greed and accused colleges and universities of turning their backs on the humanities.
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