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Monday, March 18,2013

A little night (chamber) music

Pianist Ralph Votapek performs with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings at Wharton

by Gabi Moore
Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings was started by four friends who missed the intimate music style and smaller pieces of their college days. Since then it has grown into a collection of musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra who come together to perform and record chamber music.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Word to your mother — 'Mother Earth,' that is

Greater Lansing Ballet celebrates Earth Day with ecologically themed performance

by Gabi Moore
The Greater Lansing Ballet Co.’s next performance is not just entertainment — it has a message for the audience as well. The “Mother Earth” ballet, which was performed for the first time in 2002, stemmed from choreographer and artistic director Barbara Banasikowski Smith’s love of nature. A trip to Xcaret, an ecological park in Mexico, inspired the ballet, which tells the story of Mother Earth and the affects of human intervention on the environment.
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Wednesday, April 13,2011

A different kind of high art

Five local artists raise their profiles on new billboards

by Gabi Moore
Craig Mitchell Smith had noticed quite a few unrented billboards in the Lansing area. He wondered if there was something that could be done to make them more aesthetically pleasing.
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Thursday, March 24,2011

Taking a stand against bullying

After their son’s suicide, Kevin and Tammy Epling decided to share his story

by Gabi Moore
Maybe Kevin and his wife, Tammy, would have had someone to reach out to when their 14-year-old son came home from the last day of eighth grade and told them he had been attacked by East Lansing High School students as part of a “welcome to high school” hazing ritual.
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Wednesday, March 16,2011

Cello-bration

MSU festival highlights the international appeal of chamber music

by Gabi Moore
Students in the Michigan State University College of Music will get a chance to see how their instruments are played in other countries when the 11th annual Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival comes to East Lansing.
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Wednesday, February 23,2011

'The power of healing words'

Participants share stories and experiences in a writing workshop at the Women's Center

by Gabi Moore
The women of the Embodying Our Words workshop sat down for their last dinner together, enjoying truffle macaroni. They danced to Julie London, while laughing with each other. They had been together for two days, inspiring each other and inspiring themselves to write and to explore the relationship between words and the body.
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

Puppy party time

Annual fund-raiser lends a hand — or paw — to man’s best friend

by Gabi Moore
The second annual Best Friends Fest comes to the Old Town nightclub to raise money for the Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter’s animal cruelty unit. Shelter director Jamie McAloon said the money is important to help the animals, especially in challenging economic times.
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Wednesday, January 19,2011

Clown town

Shrine Circus rolls into Lansing this week

by Gabi Moore
Clown of the year “Fred-dee” will be a big part of the show that comes to Lansing this week. This will be the circus’ first time in Lansing. Unlike a traditional “big top” circus held under a tent, the Shrine circus will take place in the Lansing Center.
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Wednesday, January 5,2011

Conditioning your core

Pilates teacher offers talks, demonstrations

by Gabi Moore
Copiaco - Barberio teaches classical Pilates at Old Town in Lansing and has scheduled lectures and demonstrations Saturday and next Wednesday and Thursday. She said the biggest benefit of Pilates is that it strengthens your core..
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

The 12 dudes of Christmas

Chanticleer sings in the season at Wharton

by Gabi Moore
“In some communities their education funding is cut or they don’t have access to arts education in the schools and we try to come fill a void or be inspirational in that way,” he said. “In other parts of the country the vocal arts are very strong and we can show the students what is possible if they want to continue with music.
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