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Thursday, December 9,2010

Bells are ringing — again

Wentworth Park clock is making music after a lengthy silence

by Meghan Spork
Music is in the air. At least it is near Wentworth Park in downtown Lansing. Across from the Radisson, on the corner of Michigan and Grand, sits a 31-foot steam-powered clock, which — for the past two years — has been rather quiet.
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Wednesday, December 8,2010

Christmas comes early for Stormfield Theatre

Kristine Thatcher gets good news: Her company can stay at Frandor address

by Meghan Spork
In the midst of the holiday season, the Stormfield Theatre has found a permanent home.What was originally thought to be a temporary arrangement at 201 Morgan Lane, in the Frandor Shopping Center, has officially become the long-term location for Stormfield Theatre.
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Wednesday, December 8,2010

How a ballet leads to dismay

A group of seniors gets stage fright in ’Nutcracker’s Nuts’

by Meghan Spork
Sometimes what seems like a bright idea can lead to some dark consequences. That’s the lesson learned by a group of ambitious senior citizens in “The Nutcracker’s Nuts,” the Riverwalk Theatre’s holiday production..
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Conniving kitty claws her way up the ladder of success

Riverwalk lets the cat out of the bag in ’Puss in Boots’

by Meghan Spork
When the youngest son of a miller (Danny Bethea) receives a cat (played by Donna Green) for his inheritance, he has no idea how cunning the feline is. Puss’ ingenuity helps her to gain money, clout and even a princess (Chelsea Hagger) for her lowly master by passing him off as the fictitious Marquis of Carabas.
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Singing in the season

Tickets are going fast for Lansing Concert Band

by Meghan Spork
The band will play three major concert classics: Floyd Werle’s “A Celebration of Christmas,” Percy Grainger’s “Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol” and Alfred Reed’s “Russion Christmas Music.
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

The next Jack Hanna?

MSU student hopes to follow in idol's footsteps

by Meghan Spork
Do you wanna to be like Jack Hanna? Michigan State University student Bret Muter does. Muter has been selected as one of five finalists in the "Wanna Be Like Jack Hanna Contest?," sponsored by the Columbus Zoological Park Association.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Silver celebration

Women in the Arts festival turns 25

by Meghan Spork
During the day on Saturday, performances range from a lesbian oral history to poetry and music. Evening concerts wrap up the festival both nights in Edgewood United Church’s sanctuary. Friday’s performers include C.A.T., a fusion of three Michigan-based musicians.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Goodbye, Arden ' hello, America

MSU director puts a new spin on Shakespeare’s ’As You Like It’

by Meghan Spork
Michigan State University Department of Theatre 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, Wednesday, Nov. 17 and Thursday, Nov. 18; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21 Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center $15; $10 students theatre.msu.edu (800) WHARTON.
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Wednesday, November 3,2010

Project SALUTE

Vets get legal help from U of D Mercy Law School

by Meghan Spork
On the morning of Election Day, a mobile law office sat outside the Volunteers of America building in downtown Lansing, providing legal advice for the area’s veterans.
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Thursday, October 28,2010

Organists Guild performs pops concert

Bell choir, vocalists and instrumentalists are also on the bill

by Meghan Spork
(Thursday, Oct. 28) The Greater Lansing Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will be presenting its Fifth Annual Autumn Pops Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 at the Presbyterian Church of Okemos.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Something odd in the Aud as the campus turns creepy

by Meghan Spork
Tickets are available at the door for $10; proceeds go toward assisting student initiatives in the Theatre Department, such as the senior BFA showcase, a chance for senior theater majors to show off their skills for agents in New York..
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Wednesday, October 20,2010

Searching for ’Sweetness’

Book recounts journeys of 18 immigrants who came to Michigan

by Meghan Spork
The book focuses on why the subjects left their homelands, why they came to America, and more specifically, why they came to Michigan. It also looks at the challenges they faced, and what contributions they have made to the state.
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Thursday, October 7,2010

Good luck and great style

Paul Geremia has the right stuff to sing the blues

by Meghan Spork
(Thursday, Oct. 7) Serendipitous. That is how Paul Geremia would describe his journey into the world of folk and blues music.
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Wednesday, September 29,2010

Taste of tolerance

Taste of tolerance Bake sale benefits Eastern High School Spectrum Club

by Meghan Spork
Cookies, cakes, pies ' and rock ‘n’ roll? Susie Gray ' with help from the Spectrum Clubs from Eastern High School, Lansing Community College and Michigan State University ' is holding a rock ‘n’ roll bake sale Saturday in front of The Chrome Cat in Old Town.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

Recycle-Rama on Saturday

by Meghan Spork
“As (a) regional group of recycling coordinators, we have held different recycling events for separate items,” said Lori Miller, assistant recycling coordinator for the city. “But as resources have decreased we wanted to stop doing different events for different items.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

Disaster to dazzler

Two home tours showcase dramatic renovations

by Meghan Spork
One house holds an extended family of 20 with room to spare; the other snugly fits a family of four. One is in East Lansing; the other is on Lansing’s west side. Both owners have great renovation stories, and both are opening their homes for a good cause.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

Duo show goes back to nature

by Meghan Spork
September’s exhibit at the Grove Gallery Co-op of East Lansing showcases two local artists who use unique techniques and materials taken from nature. Deborah Cholewicki works with fibrous, natural materials such as natural vine, willow and sweet grass to create her sculptural weavin...
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Wednesday, September 8,2010

Highland fling

'Brigadoon' brings musical magic to Holt

by Meghan Spork
“Brigadoon” is the story of a Scottish village that emerges from a magical mist for one day every hundred years. When two American villagers stumble upon the village on that magical day, their arrival complicates matters in the enchanted town.
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