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Wednesday, September 18,2013

Roxanne in bloom

Post-surgery, Old Town co-founder ready to get her hands dirty again

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Roxanne Frith was part of the team that started the renovation process of Old Town in the late ┤70s. Through her knack for coaxing life from the earth and her dedication to the art of photography, Frith, 55, planted the seeds for what grew into a bustling gallery district, and has become a guiding force in the local art scene. She also teaches photography at LCC and is still an avid gardener.
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Wednesday, September 18,2013

Compassionate mission

Concert series benefits Lansing’s needy

by ALLAN I. ROSS
As we approach the end of another Lansing-area festival season (just waiting on you, Oktoberfest), temps are already beginning to plummet; it won'euro;'t be long before concerts in the park are replaced by Christmas tree lots. But as sugarplums start to dance in some people'euro;'s heads, others are focused on humbler aspirations.
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Wednesday, September 18,2013

New in Town

Indoor Grow Store

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When Alex Manuel turned to medical marijuana to help him deal with the effects of his diabetes, he was intown frustrated by the amount of time it took him to trim his plants. He was also disappointed by the quality of electric bud trimmers on the market, so he did what any budding entrepreneur with a knowledge of small motors would do: He invented his own.
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Wednesday, September 11,2013

High seas adventure

It's man vs. nature in the true story of 'Kon-Tiki'

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The problem with most action/adventure movies is that the plot seems like an afterthought, an excuse to stitch one overblown spectacle into the next. And I get it; I enjoy car chases, tanker explosions and muscly hemen (or monsters and giant robots, as the case may be) beating each other to a pulp, but there’s a way to do this without insulting my intelligence.
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Wednesday, September 11,2013

NEW IN TOWN

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL/COPPER DINE AND DRINK/THE LIEBERMANN┤S BUILDING

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The REO Town renaissance continues next week with the grand re-opening of the renovated St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store, 1020 S. Washington St. After a twoyear move to temporary quarters on South Cedar Street, it’s back in its 23,0000-square-foot home in the bustling historic district.
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Friday, September 6,2013

Not ready to fall back?

Three weekend events keep the summer vibe going

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Friday, Sept. 6 —áBesides the City Pulse-hosted free concert tonight at the Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, three weekend events will be keeping the warm weather celebration going just a little bit longer. Just bring a fleece … it still gets cold when the sun goes down.
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Wednesday, September 4,2013

Plan of attack

REO Town art festival enters year three

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The shuttering of Art Alley may have dampened the local culture scene, but you wouldn’t know it if you find yourself in REO Town this Saturday. Nine bands and a sixhour themed art competition will keep the newly renovated historic district pumping with music, food, craft beer and, yes, art.
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Thursday, August 22,2013

EYESORE OF THE WEEK

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: It’s no secret: This property is just one of the many empty retail spaces in the area. Why all the emptiness? Simple. There is more retail space than the community can support.
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Thursday, August 15,2013

Stimulating growth

City of Lansing accepting applications for annual art ‘place-making’ program

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Thursday, Aug. 15 — Local arts organizations could score a grant for up to $75,000 to make the capital city a more visually (or sonically, as the case may be) place to be. The 2013-‘14 Sense of Place in the Arts Grant Program is underway, which allows Lansing-based arts groups to fund public art projects.
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Wednesday, August 14,2013

Fall forward

Studio C! brings back art films starting in September

by ALLAN I. ROSS
As the smoke clears on the summer movie season and the Hollywood studios reap their blockbuster earnings (or bemoan their losses), Studio C! in Okemos is making some room once again for the East Lansing Film Series.
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