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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Stopping pound seizures

Allie Phillips’ new book exposes the practice of selling off shelter animals to research facilities

by Gabi Moore
After spending time volunteering for Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter, Allie Phillips was surprised to learn that some of the animals she was working to help weren’t getting adopted, or even humanely put down: They were getting seized for research and experiments.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Fashion flashback

Turner-Dodge House turns back the clock with ’Dress!’ fund-raiser

by Gabi Moore
The Turner-Dodge House will be transformed for a open-house-style fashion show called “Dress!” on Friday that will bring a glamorous, “Great Gatsby”-esque feel to the historic house.Hundreds of feet of red, white and black tulle will be draped from the ceilings and stair railings, while a glamorous red carpet will lead up to the front door. A professional photographer will be snapping shots of guests as they arrive.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

'Pretty' provocative

Words change the lives of a working-class couple in Neil LaBute drama .

by Gabi Moore
Neil LaBute’s “Reasons to be Pretty” is an examination of the lives of two couples struggling with their identities and the expectations of beauty they believe society holds for them. Deborah Keller, the director of the Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. production, said the work of LaBute is easy to read but challenging to perform.
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Wednesday, September 8,2010

Artists-in-(Governor's)-residence

Lansing Art Gallery director finds a new home for selected pieces from in-state artists

by Gabi Moore
Naturally, artist Mark E. Mehaffey has several of his paintings displayed around the house. One of the pieces was in Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize competition last year; another painting, he liked but it was rather large. A third was an acrylic of the coastline between Carmel, Calif. and Big Sur.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Return engagement

Dancer Carol Bentley shares Broadway basics with Lansing students

by Gabi Moore
When Carol Bentley arrived in New York, eager to start a Broadway career, she had the memories of a theater-filled childhood in East Lansing to guide her. She remembers “A Chorus Line” and “Dreamgirls” had a big influence on her. Often, when professional touring companies passed through town, actors would hold workshops and share their experiences and teach local aspiring dancers.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Got to get down to Stringtown

Veteran musicians pool their talents

by Gabi Moore
McCoy, Ross and Howard have 100 years of music experience among them. Their self-titled, self-released debut album is a collection of the 13 best tracks they came up with in their basement rehearsals. McCloy said their collaboration has given them the ability to mesh well together, to move easily into creating an album and playing live.
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Wednesday, July 14,2010

He’s got game

Comic Steve Hofstetter went from sportswriter to stand-up star

by Gabi Moore
Steve Hofstetter likes sports. He said he’s always been somewhat of an athlete, but he was never “awesome.” “I wasn’t someone who would get picked first,” he said in a phone interview. “There’s a phrase that winners want the ball, and I never wanted the ball.
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

Hellacious on wheels

Sisterhood is powerful — with a capital POW! — in Lansing’s roller derby world

by Gabi Moore
The Derby Vixens and the Mitten Mavens leagues began with a Facebook group suggest- ing that there needed to be a roller derby group in the Lansing area. Organizers of both groups said that the group sparked their interest, but they were tired of waiting for a league to form.
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Wednesday, June 2,2010

Quit walking - start chalking

Let the sidewalk be your canvas at Old Town’s Chalk of the Town

by Gabi Moore
The streets of Old Town will be lit up with colorful works of chalk art at the second annual Chalk of the Town event on June 5. Everyone from professional artists and designers to families who wish to express their creativity can participate in the four-hour competition that takes place as part of Old Town’s Be a Tourist in Your Own Town event.
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Wednesday, June 2,2010

Hard to ’Beat’

Gay Men’s Chorus salutes the sounds of the 1960s

by Gabi Moore
Audiences will recognize many of the 1960s hits featured in the Greater Lansing Gay Men’s Chorus’ annual spring concert, “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” The concert, named for a song in the Broadway musical “Hairspray,” will feature songs likes “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” “My Girl,” and “Unchained Melody.
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