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Thursday, August 14,2014

Broadcast news

Local TV, radio changes break new ground, say goodbye to longtime personalities

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Contrary to media doomsday polemicists, the Internet did not kill television, just as TV didn’t kill radio in the ‘50s and radio did not kill newspapers in the ‘20s. As you’re reading these words, some DJ somewhere is giving “Hotel California” its billionth spin while a cub TV reporter is earning her wings interviewing a 90-yearold yoga enthusiast. The broadcast industry is rarely news itself. In Lansing this week, recent developments have included several noteworthy changes.
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Wednesday, August 13,2014

‘Walden’ in the city

Lansing area simplifiers go for less stuff and more soul

by Lawrence Cosentino
Suzanne Love pulled Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” from the shelf two weeks ago. She hadn’t looked at it since college. Back then, it was required reading. Now it’s more like an inner voice. At 66, Love retired on a fixed income last year.
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Wednesday, August 13,2014

A fistful of drama

Renegade Theatre Festival brings stampede of theater companies, independents to Old Town

by Lawrence Cosentino
A spur-jingling cowpoke saunters through a Western street, picking up snatches of drama from every door: Guffaws, gunshots, a baby crying, some honkytonk piano, sighing lovers, the crash of the obligatory troublemaker flying through a plate glass window. He raises an eyebrow, touches his gun and moves on.
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Wednesday, August 13,2014

Viagra falls

Musical comedy ‘Married Alive!’ takes aim at life after ‘I do’

by Tom Helma
The 2014-‘15 theater season is off to an inauspicious beginning with "Married Alive," Over the Review Ledge Theater Co.’s lackluster midsummer musical. Before the show, director Rick Dethlefsen urged the audience to follow his mother’s advice: If they find themselves with nothing good to say after the performance, don’t say anything at all. On the other hand, my mom urged me to always tell the truth, so here goes.
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Wednesday, August 13,2014

Read ‘em and cheap

A guide to free and low-cost reading options

by Bill Castanier
If you’re not too picky and you can wait to read recent bestsellers, books are easy to snag for a couple bucks or even free.
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Wednesday, August 13,2014

New in town

RED FOX COMICS

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When the company that Daniel Rust worked for relocated his insurance claims position to Wisconsin, he opted not to make the move. Instead, he followed a lifelong dream — heck, the lifelong dream of millions of kids.
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Wednesday, August 13,2014

Vouching for vouchers

Maximizing the utility of online vouchers

by MARY CUSACK
This summer a friend and I savored a gourmet meal at a local country club. It included an appetizer, two glasses of wine and two enormous entrees. Total cost: $29. No, we didn’t know the waiter and there was no scam involved. We enjoyed this upscale experience thanks to online vouchers, which make it is easy to save big bucks on Lansing meals, massages, golf and goods.
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Wednesday, August 13,2014

Lansing hacks

A brief guide to cheap and free entertainment options in the capital city

by Dylan Sowle
Paying for things is stupid. The man is always trying to keep you down by demanding that you hand over your hardearned currency. There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but that doesnīt mean you canīt crash the buffet. Hold on tight while we suck up every last drop of discount in Lansing.
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Wednesday, August 13,2014

Digging ditch stands

To find low-cost produce on the cheap, get rural

by Nathan Kark
Lansing’s rural areas are filled with farmers who grow too much for their own consumption. The result is the “ditch stand,” a place where freshly harvested goodies are positioned for people to pick up as they pass by. Some farmers simply ask for a donation for their efforts while others just give it away.
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Wednesday, August 13,2014

Feast meets fest

SATURDAY, AUG 16

by Alexa McCarthy
As the Renegade Theatre Festival turns Old Town into a giant turntable of live theater this weekend, festivalgoers will need something to munch on. Anticipiating all those empty bellies taking in shows, Old Town will hold its inaugural ART Feast event, featuring 23 local artists, three food trucks and a neighborhood sidewalk sale.
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