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Wednesday, October 8,2014

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WHY WE CHOSE A RISKY ALTERNATIVE CHILDBIRTH FOR OUR SON

by ALLAN I. ROSS
My son, Sagan, is set to be either a well-adjusted world citizen or a case study in identity crisis. He is a blend of European and Afro-Caribbean ethnicities, has dual U.S./French citizenship and, if his development goes well, will be bilingual from the time he can speak. My wife, GaŽlle, is a research scientist; I am an arts and culture writer, so between the two of us he’s getting a solid dose of left brain/right brain mechanics. At 8 weeks old, Sagan already shatters any notions of cultural pigeonholing … but that could just be a proud father talking.
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Wednesday, October 8,2014

REO bravado

Lansing’s fastest growing cultural district gets a new preforming arts space

by ALLAN I. ROSS
For the last three years, Dylan and Jeana- Dee Rogers have been artistic dynamos in the community. He’s the founder/bandleader of the Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle, an eye-popping 16-piece gypsy-folk group that play concerts and festivals throughout mid-Michigan. She’s the education director at REACH Art Studio, which works with schools, neighborhood organizations and businesses to keep visual art front-and-center in mid-Michigan.
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Wednesday, October 8,2014

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The City of East Lansing held a ribbon cutting for Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac nī Cheez on Tuesday. It’s the third restaurant for the Detroitarea franchise, which also has locations in in Troy and Auburn Hills. There are two downtown Detroit locations in the works, and plans are underway to expand the franchise into Chicago and Toledo as well.
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Wednesday, October 8,2014

Pattern of conversation

October art exhibits focus on old school photography, plaid fashion sense

by Jonathan Griffith
There is a complexity to the pattern of plaid that goes beyond its crisscross patterns and various colors. Originally known as tartan, the origins of it date back as far as 8th century B.C., linked to the Hallstatt culture of Central Europe. And while it seems to be the unofficial fashion preference for twentysomethings who hang out in coffee shops and sport waxed mustaches these days, it traditionally symbolizes one’s allegiance to a clan in the Scottish Highlands.
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Wednesday, October 8,2014

Along came a cider

by Beth Waldon
Two festivals this weekend will appeal to beer and hard cider connoisseurs, one of which will give Lansing revelers the first of two opportunities this month to break out their lederhosen — but it’s probably going to be a lot chillier on Halloween. Even the most steadfast craft beer fans need a break from hops, malt and barley occasionally. As an ode to harvest season, I’m a Beer Hound hosts the first-ever Cider Fest at the Red Salamander in Grand Ledge. Organizer Paul Starr said the indoor festival offers more than 40 different ciders from a number of Michigan cideries including Uncle John’s and Meckley’s.
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Friday, October 3,2014

Climb ev’ry mountain

REVIEW: “Annapurna” at Purple Rose Theatre

by Tom Helma
Friday, Oct. 3 — We don’t often think about it, but what do we do when a loved one from long ago — a previous mate, a once-upon-a-time lover, a log-ago marital partner, an ex-spouse — is dying? What if the relationship was tumultuous, dysfunctional, including elements of child abuse?
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Friday, October 3,2014

Power play

Tense script, fine acting give ‘Topdog’ serious bite

by MARY CUSACK
The Ixion Theatre logo features a character from Greek mythology who is punished by being attached to a fiery wheel. This is a fitting symbol for Ixion’s first play of the season, “Topdog/Underdog,” in which two brothers spin and burn toward their individual ruins.
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Friday, October 3,2014

Plaid tidings

Unofficial holiday to be celebrated tonight in downtown Lansing

by KRISTA WILSON
Friday, Oct. 3 — On St. Patrick’s Day we wear green. On Independence Day, red white and blue. But today is Plaidurday, where patterns, not colors, are the focus.
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Friday, October 3,2014

Wing-ing it

Williamston Theatre honored with prestigious national award

by KRISTA WILSON
Friday, Oct. 3 — Last week the Williamston Theatre was honored by the American Theatre Wing as one of the most promising 12 companies in the nation. The National Theatre Co. Grant comes with†a $12,000†prize, and is given to 10 or 12 theaters annually to support emerging talents nationwide.
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Friday, October 3,2014

Point and shoot%u2028

Final week to submit your photos to East Lansing Photo Contest

by Beth Waldon
Friday, Oct. 3 — For those who prefer looking through the lens rather than at it have less than a week to submit up to five recent photographs to be judged in the 2014 East Lansing photo contest.
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