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Monday, March 18,2013

They're out for blood — literally

Annual Battle of the Badges between firefighters and police officers benefits the Red Cross

by Chris Galford
Tuesday, June 28 — On Saturday, local firefighters and policemen took to the basketball court as the first step in a drive for blood donations. The final score — which saw firemen in the lead — launched a running competition between these organizations. Now, however, it’s anyone’s game, as it’s up to donors to decide who they want to win.
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Monday, March 18,2013

A literary coup for MSU

The Irwin T. and Shirley Holtzman Collection of Israeli Literature is scheduled to arrive this week

by Chris Galford
A major donation to Michigan State University will soon introduce students to a plethora of foreign writers, as well as spurring cultural connections between the U.S. and Israel.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Looking back on Michigan's role in the Civil War

A Michigan State University exhibit recalls the events of the 1860s

by Chris Galford
The Michigan State University Museum is honoring the memory of Michigan’s soldiers with an exhibit on Michigan’s role in the Civil War.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

From LCC to NYC

Designers Claire and Shawn Buitendorp can count Katy Perry and Betsey Johnson among their fans

by Chris Galford
Although they just turned 21 in April, the pair has already graduated from LCC’s fashion design program, created a dress for singer Katy Perry and secured internships with designer Betsey Johnson in New York; they arrived just in time for the excitement of Fashion Week.
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Wednesday, August 10,2011

Art Alley's anniversary

REO Town gallery/performance space celebrates its first birthday and makes plans for the future

by Chris Galford
Art Alley’s biggest accomplishment in this first year, however, has been the ambitious project known as MI-ArtShare, a project designed to help the arts flourish in Michigan ' and to help artists flourish as well ' by allowing shows to move seamlessly between galleries for maximum exposure.
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Wednesday, August 3,2011

'Cruelty comes only from human hands'

Humane Society president Wayne Pacelle analyzes ‘The Bond’ between people and animals in his new book

by Chris Galford
Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, has dedicated his life to enhancing the relationship between animals and humanity. Now that fight has been chronicled in Pacelle’s first book, “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them.
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Wednesday, July 20,2011

A new beginning

Renovations are complete at a south side traditional Buddhist temple

by Chris Galford
It’s been a long road, but after its christening celebration on Sunday, the temple at 3015 S. Washington Ave. south of REO Town stands as a true-to-form, traditional Vietnamese Buddhist temple. The character is in the angles, shapes and furnishings of the place ' including a traditional bell, rack and drum all imported from Vietnam.
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Wednesday, June 29,2011

Dressed for success

MSU sophomore wins fashion design contest

by Chris Galford
Since February, Skintimate Studios has been running a contest in conjunction with designer Mara Hoffman in an effort to hunt down original women’s ensembles. Designers from across the country submitted their drawings for review by both the public and the studio’s own judges.
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Wednesday, June 22,2011

A show you can direct

The audience calls the shots in ’The Digitizer,’ Lansing Media/Theatre Project’s interactive farce

by Chris Galford
This weekend, the Lansing Media/ Theatre Project will bring a digital twist to its comedic routine at the Riverwalk Theatre. In its production of “The Digitizer,” LMTP will mix traditional acting with video and video game effects and animations, as well as interactive programs that will allow the audience to impact the course of the fun.
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Wednesday, May 18,2011

Graffiti artists have their day

Collaborative project aims to freshen up REO Town streets

by Chris Galford
There was nothing cloak and dagger in the arrangement, though. These artists ' far from the “taggers” that many cities have attempted to crack down upon ' were invited as part of the latest in a joint effort by the REACH Studio Art Center and the REO Town Commercial Association to breathe new cultural life into the city.
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

Ready to roll the dice on love

Holt-Dimondale Players bets on ’Guys and Dolls’

by Chris Galford
Sixty-one years after it debuted on Broadway, "Guys and Dolls" is what Mitchell calls the “quintessential musical,” and has since been performed on stage more than any other musical, with numerous Broadway revivals over the years.
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Tuesday, December 21,2010

'Backstage' Christmas

WKAR series includes holiday music from The Verve Pipe, Thom Jayne and more

by Chris Galford
WKAR is ringing out the holiday season with its second edition of a “Backstage Pass Christmas,” airing at 10 p.m. Thursday on channel 23. This year's show offers a variety of music straight from the heart of Michigan, including jazz, R&B, folk, vocal and rock.
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Wednesday, December 8,2010

Arts Council applauds award winners

Annual Applause Award, Business Arts Award were presented Tuesday

by Chris Galford
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is honoring those that have most contributed to Lansing’s arts scene.The honors consist of two awards, based on nominations from the public. The Applause Award honors an individual who has made a significant contribution to arts in the region, while the Business Arts Award does the same for local businesses.
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Friday, December 3,2010

Goldenrod owner says goodbye to a changing music industry

Music distributor hosts final open house Saturday

by Chris Galford
On Saturday, Goldenrod marks this changing of the times with its final annual open house. The event includes the auctioning of Goldenrod memorabilia, a “buy five CDs, get one free” sale, $2 compact discs, free food and a listening room for guests to hear new music.
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Merry fish-mas

Starlight Dinner Theater reels in ’Tuna Christmas’

by Chris Galford
7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 and Saturday, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 Starlight Dinner Theatre Waverly East Intermediate School, 3131 W. Michigan Ave, Lansing $15 for the show; $30 for dinner ($25 for seniors and students) Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.; reservations required.
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Silence may be golden for Riverwalk

Silent art auction at Decker's raises money for theater lighting

by Chris Galford
Coffee at Decker’s will soon come with a view. Decker’s Coffeehouse, 220 S. Washington Square in downtown Lansing, is teaming up with Riverwalk Theatre to host a silent art auction. Funds raised at the auction will support the theater. The goal is to raise enough money to pay for track lighting in the theater’s lobby, to lighten up its art shows.
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

A message for Michigan

Paul J. Miles salutes the state in song

by Chris Galford
For "We Live in Michigan," Miles took the feelings of the musical and broadened them out to reach the whole state. To that end, Miles has done extensive research into many aspects of Michigan, hoping to create a personal melody that anyone can relate to.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Then play on

’Music History’ examines romance in the era of the Civil Rights fight

by Chris Galford
Sandra Seaton would like to put a different spin on the way the African- American experience is generally presented on stage.Seaton’s "Music History" is a drama with a few musical touches, reflecting on the power of music in bringing people together. It is set in the 1960s, at the time of the civil rights movement, and focuses on two African-American college students at the University of Illinois.
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Thursday, November 4,2010

Putting up the house to bring down the house

The set is perhaps the biggest star of 'Mary Poppins'

by Chris Galford
It was many hard hours and long nights in the making, but the set for the Wharton Center’s "Mary Poppins" is ready for the spotlight.
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Wednesday, November 3,2010

Gallery 1212 sets opening date

Quintet of artists collaborates on new space

by Chris Galford
A new art studio opening in Lansing seeks to offer hands-on art experience in addition to the classic gallery stylings. The new studio, Gallery 1212, is set to open Sunday, Nov. 7.
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Friday, October 29,2010

Funding for the farm

The Urbandale Farm Project gets federal money to expand on the east side

by Chris Galford
Friday, Oct. 29 — A $90,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is helping Lansing get back to its roots.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Nominations now being accepted for Arts Council honors

Applause Award and Business Arts Award nominees sought

by Chris Galford
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is looking to honor contributors to the Greater Lansing area’s arts scene. Two awards, based on nominations from the public, will be awarded to local arts advocates. The Arts Council Applause Award will be awarded to an individual based on their leadership, commitment, vision and support for local arts and culture. The Business Arts Award will go to a business that has demonstrated the same.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Bow ' wow!

Costumed canines compete for prizes in annual contest

by Chris Galford
It was the 23rd annual dog costume contest hosted by Lansing broadcast veteran Tim Barron. Winners included third place Teddy, who dressed up as Gene Simmons of Kiss fame; second place Peter, dressed as a hot dog; and in first place, the Cosgrove family and their canine trio Ohana, Crystal and Santo, who came as the troupe from "E.
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Thursday, October 21,2010

Can we eat that?

MSU receives federal dollars to educate on potential dangers of fish consumption

by Chris Galford
Thursday, Oct. 21 — Thanks to a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Michigan State University will teach the next generation of health care professionals on the dangers of fish consumption.
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Wednesday, October 13,2010

Purchase a piece of the past at Art Alley auction

Graffiti goes up for bids at REO Town fund-raiser

by Chris Galford
On Oct. 20, graffiti art from the nowdemolished motel go on display and up for bids at Art Alley. The artworks are the final remnants of the Inn’s last days, when graffiti artists from around the area were encouraged to have a go at brightening up the deteriorating building.
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Thursday, October 7,2010

Finally, some downers

The opposite of energy drinks to hit area shelves

by Chris Galford
Thursday, Oct. 7 — Energy drinks are great when you’re on the go, but sometimes a person just needs to sleep. With Daylight Savings Time just around the corner, and the promise of long, cold winter nights ahead, a new relaxation drink may be the answer to all those elusive z’s.The greater Lansing area is one of the first markets where Sleepyhead — a sort of opposite to energy drinks — will be on local shelves within the next week.
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Wednesday, September 29,2010

It’s even better than speed reading: LCC offers ’Complete’ compendium

by Chris Galford
Normally, all parts are to be played by three actors, using their real names and playing themselves, rather than Shakespeare’s various characters. Director John Lennox is making a few twists of his own, making one of the roles female and adding an entirely new character to the silliness.
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Wednesday, September 29,2010

'Starry' serenade

Starlight Dinner Theatre serves up songs galore

by Chris Galford
Songs include selections from "Guys and Dolls," "Jekyll and Hyde" and "Wicked." Vocalists include Mycah Artis, Kenny Barber, Cameron Bethea, Colleen Bethea, Chris Bethea, Danny Bethea, Emily English Clark, Gordon Clark, Larry Clark, LeAnn Dethlefsen,...
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

Strip job

New troupe takes Shakespeare back to original finish

by Chris Galford
In true Elizabethan spirit, the Bach Dor Shakespeare Company, whose first production opens this week, plans to bring “original practice” Shakespeare to modern Lansing. That means "doing it with the lights on," according to director and founder Randy Matthews ' "even the house lights.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

The ‘Clock’ comes around

by Chris Galford
The hard times of the past will shed light on today’s economic woes when MSU presents Arthur Miller’s panoramic, little-known saga, “The American Clock.”A huge ensemble of 30 students from MSU’s Department of Theatre will perform in Miller’s Depression-era saga at the MSU Auditorium Arena.
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