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Wednesday, March 18,2015

Curtain call: Love for sale

‘The Garage Sale’ uses silly toys to deliver a serious message

by Tom Helma
We do not immediately think of a garage sale as a metaphor for the loss of love or the chance to find love a second time around. There may be many times in life when we experience rejection, get tossed aside unceremoniously or see someone we once loved walking away, but nothing is as terrible as feeling like a Raggedy Ann doll covered with peanut butter and tossed into the mud. Starlight Dinner Theatre’s “The Garage Sale,” written by local theater icon Jane Shipley Zussman, uses Rag Baby (a take on Raggedy Ann) and Tuxedo Teddy to tell stories of real-life loss and the strength people find to rise up from the depths of despair to love once again.
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

Galileo gives the bird

Local author and activist explores issues of science, ethics and politics

by Bill Castanier
You may think you know Alice Dreger, but you probably don’t. You may have heard her asking pointed questions of Board of Water & Light officials during the aftermath of the 2013 ice storm. Or maybe you’ve seen a photograph of her in in the Lansing State Journal in an article about freedom of information. You might even remember Rush Limbaugh trash-talking an article she wrote on pedophilia and football head injuries. But you don’t really know Alice Dreger. That could soon change for East Lansing’s Dreger, 49, a historian of medicine and science. She has written a book on the darker side of scientific research, scholarship and activism that threatens to push her into the national spotlight. The title, “Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists and the Search for Justice in Science,” reflects Dreger’s wry, often ironic sense of humor. The idea for the title came from her experience seeing the famed astronomer’s actual skeletal middle finger on display at a shrine in Florence, Italy.
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

Off the air, onto the web

Lansing DJ/community advocate to launch web-based, Michigan-centric talk show

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Radio DJs seldom know when it’s their last day behind the mic. Even the most popular personality in town could have the plug pulled at any time and for no reason. In the broadcasting industry, this guillotine method of firing staff is standard operating procedure. It sounds harsh, but it makes sense.
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
A new roller skating rink opened this week in South Lansing. Skate City Rink is built into a nearly 10,000-square-foot former office plaza near the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Holmes Road. It’s set back a little way from the intersection, and there’s no way-finding sign in place yet (making it a little hard to find), but spokeswoman Trulane Pea said that will come in time.
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
New Found Glory at the Loft, Tuesday, March 24 New Found Glory were leaders of the pack in the second wave of Blink-182-style pop punk. The Florida natives headline an all-ages show Tuesday at the Loft; openers are Turnstile, This Wild Life and Turnover. Since its genesis in 1997...
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

He ate: South Lansing’s Golden Harvest?

by Mark Nixon
A print of Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” hangs in our living room. Four people are hunkered down inside a well-lit diner. The night is poised to invade. There’s a wrenching emptiness about the scene. Three customers sit at the counter, detached and lonely. Only the server behind the counter seems to be breathing.
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

She ate: More chorizo, please

by Gabrielle Johnson
When I was a kid, my parents used to take us out to breakfast every Sunday after church. We went through phases where we would try different restaurants, but our big three were Theio’s, the now defunct USA Café (They had sliders that I loved. Back then they were just called “tiny hamburgers.”), and Flap Jack. In the years since, I’ve looked around for a restaurant that could be my go-to weekend breakfast spot. The nearer to my house, the better. Now that Good Truckin’ Diner has arrived on the scene and their food truck has blossomed into a brickand-mortar business, I’m feeling good about my breakfast prospects.
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

Provocative by design

MSU Museum showcases the movie posters of Art Sims

by Jonathan Griffith
Graphic design can be a peculiar art form, especially in terms of appreciation for the people behind it. Teams of artists can put hours of effort into the creation of project that, upon completion, has the potential to become highly memorable and iconic. And while in the past, artists who worked in similar fields had the benefit of being able to sign their names to their works — like the printwork of Toulouse Lautrec — today’s graphic designers go largely unnoticed.
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

Lansing in perpetua

Igerslansing uses Instagram to build local connections

by Ty Forquer
Even if you don’t use Instagram, you are probably familiar with its output. It’s the mobile phone app that is responsible for those square, faux-vintage photos of your friends’ arugula salads that show up in your Facebook newsfeed. The photo-sharing app claims over 300 million active users posting 70 million photos per day. Users log in to show off their bed-head (using the Beyoncé-inspired hashtag #ijustwokeuplikethis) or to artfully showcase their espresso drinks (#latteart).
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

Thrifty business

REO Town hosts second annual Thrift Store Gala

by Ty Forquer
South Washington Avenue will be awash in second-hand suits and re-commissioned cocktail dresses Saturday as REO Town hosts the second annual Thrift Store Gala and Burlesque Extravaganza. The Thrift Store Gala portion of the evening is the brainchild of Ryan Wert, owner of REO Town’s Elm Street Recording. Wert was inspired by friends who host an annual “fancy party.” “Everyone dresses up in thrift shop suits and dresses and we drink champagne and Goldschläger,” Wert said.
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