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Wednesday, August 27,2014

Try to tri

Hawk Island race gives kids back-to-school bragging rights

by Nathan Kark
The first few weeks that kids are back at school are filled with telling summer tales and catching up with friendly faces. Just like parents, kids try to cling onto summer memories as long as possible while trying to make the warm weather last just a little bit longer. But if your kid is the athletic type — or at least has an adventurous spirit — there’s one last hoorah to provide one more sustaining summer memory: The Hawk Island Kids Triathlon.
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Thursday, August 21,2014

Book collection of peace

Oral histories chronicle lesser-known stories of social change

by Bill Castanier
THURSDAY, Aug. 21 — The individuals who intimately lay out their lives for us in the scores of oral histories in Rosalie Riegle’s two recent book collections have something in common: each has heard the cold steel of a jailhouse door slamming in their face.
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Thursday, August 21,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Was It Funny for You, Too?

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, AUG. 21 — An eclectic trio this week, a reminder that the world of literature is able to cover more of the vast array of human interests and concerns that any other artform. If it interests you, worries you, or entertains you, there's undoubtedly a book on the subject. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

Love the church, hate the dogma

Methodists’ rift over gay marriage could divide church

by Lawrence Cosentino
If the Rev. Jennifer Browne were gay, she wouldnīt bother to warm a pew in her own church, University United Methodist in East Lansing. "Iīd be out the door in a second," she said. "Even as a straight person, I couldnīt be part of a congregation that wasnīt completely affirming of who LGBT persons are."
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

One book, one community

A conversation with John Lewis to cover race struggles in the U.S.

by Bill Castanier
Today’s news is tomorrow’s history. This season’s One Book, One Community lineup will challenge readers to see history with the fresh eyes lest we forget. Monday the season kicks off with a Civil Rights legendīs ugly but inspirational story. Georgia Congressman John Lewis will address incoming MSU freshmen before kicking off the book program that evening at 7 p.m. at the Hannah Community Center. Both events are free and open to the public.
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

Pole-vaulting the gamut

2014 Renegade Theatre Festival gives reviewers plenty to cover

by City Pulse
From sleepers to yawners, "Campfire" to "Cock," real-life stories to imaginary friends, the 2014 Renegade Theatre Festival didnīt just run the gamut, it pole-vaulted over it, Roto-tilled it and planted purple petunias on top. Thankfully, City Pulseīs skulking band of undercover critics were on hand to chronicle Lansingīs end-of-summer cornucopia of productions from local theater companies and independents.
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

2014 Pulsar winners

Standing ovation for Beachler at interactive annual theater awards

by Paul Wozniak
The 2014 City Pulse Pulsars, recognizing the best in Lansing theater, were handed out Monday night at Over the Ledge Theatre in Grand Ledge. Kelly Stuible and Veronica Gracia- Wing hosted the evening’s festivities. Instead of scheduled presenters and entertainers, Stuible and Gracia-Wing invited audience members to read the nominees and winners from the screen. Winners in “musical” categories were asked to sing for their award.
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

The street runneth over

Art fairs pile onto Renegade Festival to create a sensory overload

by Jonathan Griffith
Over the weekend, the Renegade Theatre Festival filled the historic buildings and streets of Lansing’s northern enclave, as it has for the past eight years. Spaces profane and sacred, from Zoobieīs tavern to the Quaker meeting house (and a few galleries in between) hummed with exhibits and performances. There was only one way to shove an art fair into the mix: by taking it to the streets.
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

Seeds of thought

Thursday, Aug. 28

by Jonathan Griffith
The Broad Art Museumīs "Land Grant" series is ready to play another thought provoking riff on the land-grant origins of MSU, a multi-media meditation on wealth, exploitation and natural resources called "Forest Law." “It’s in our tradition of addressing global issues with an open and experimental nature,” says Yesomi Umolu, assistant curator for the Broad Museum and curator of “Forest Law.”
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

New in town

Tabooli

by Jonathan Griffith
When the Avengers sat down to a post-movie credits meal of chicken shawarma, some folks thought the mainstreaming of Mediterranean cuisine couldnīt go any farther. They were wrong. The “make your own” model pioneered by burrito joints and sandwich shops is the next frontier. Joining Jerusalem Bakery on Lansing’s Michigan Avenue is Tabooli, a Mediterraneanstyle restaurant borrowing ideas laid down by places like Chipotle and Panera.
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