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Monday, March 18,2013

Safety first on fracking

Environmental groups urge caution as new natural gas drilling method emerges

by Tracy Key
Wednesday, May 18 — The state Department of Natural Resources says that when in Michigan, you’re never more than six miles from a lake or river. In fact, Michigan is home to more than 11,000 inland lakes and about 36,000 miles of rivers and has the second largest amount of coastline in any state, behind Alaska.
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Monday, March 18,2013

A weekend of whimsy

Multimedia: Art and entertainment for all ages at the 47th annual MSU arts and crafts show

by Tracy Key
Wednesday, May 25 — On most summer days, a lazy mix of overfed squirrels and chubby river ducks can be found peacefully meandering the calm grounds of Michigan State University in the absence of the school year rush.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Turning junk into gems

Annual Scrapfest challenges artists to turn something old into something amazing

by Tracy Key
Wednesday, June 22 — What do you get when you cross 9,000 pounds of scrap metal with 18 teams of enthusiastic welders, artists and families? Aside from a healthy dose of upcycled art, you also form the basis of the third annual Oldtown Scrapfest.Participating teams were given one hour to collect up to 500 pounds of discarded scrap metal from Friedland Industries’ scrap yard and two weeks to craft their materials and ideas into metallic realities. Brittney Hoszkiw, the executive director for the Old Town Commercial Association, described the process as an exciting scene of “organized chaos” as everyone scrambled to collect their materials. This Friday and Saturday, the 18 sculptures will be out on display in the parking lot near Turner Street and Grand River.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Creative competition at Scrapfest 2011

by Tracy Key
Old Town was filled with music, celebration and the rich bittersweet scent of wine Saturday evening. It was also filled with dragons, a skeleton, a pirate ship and a giant frog playing the guitar.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Taking his act on the road

A tricycle that pulls a piano? Joybox Express brings music to MSU to raise money for charities

by Tracy Key
July 6 — Most people probably haven’t seen a 352 pound piano being towed down the street by a giant tricycle, but if you’re in East Lansing Thursday, you can not only witness this bizarre phenomenon, but you can also join in on the fun.
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Monday, March 18,2013

MSU student faces the 'Bare' facts about theater

With help from Kickstarter.com, Dennis Corsi launches Touch Your Soul Productions

by Tracy Key
Friday, July 8 — Almost everyone has looked up to the stars and seen that distant, glittering pie in the sky. However, Michigan State University senior Dennis Corsi is doing more than dreaming about his goals — he started his own company. Touch Your Soul Productions, founded in May, has a clear purpose. “I want to use theater to affect people and to make a difference,” Corsi said.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Beyond the Big Band

Director John Dale Smith announces his retirement

by Tracy Key
Friday, July 15 — After 10 years of leading, organizing and playing with the Lansing Symphony Big Band, director John Dale Smith announced his retirement Tuesday. “I loved being a part of the Lansing Symphony Big Band, but I have a whole lot of other activities going on in my life,” he said, explaining why he decided to step down.
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Monday, March 18,2013

New face on the flock

A new leader for the diverse Peoples Church in East Lansing

by Tracy Key
Thursday, July 21 — A new voice will lead Sunday services at the interdenominational Peoples Church in East Lansing starting this weekend.
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Monday, March 18,2013

All-of-us Express journeys back to the days of the Arabian Nights

A young cast tells the story of the storyteller 'Scheherazade'

by Tracy Key
Friday, July 22 — Grab your flying carpet: “Scheherazade: Legend of the Arabian Nights” is the latest production of All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre. The show, directed by Rick Dethlefsen, brings to life the story of Scheherazade, the legendary narrator of the Arabian Nights folk tales. She uses her wit and talent to overcome the wrath of a powerful king who grew vengeful after he suffered a broken heart.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Up, up and away — in a trebuchet

Watch the skies tonight in downtown East Lansing

by Tracy Key
Tuesday, July 26 — There's not much of a chance of rain tonight. However, gallons of water will be flying through the air and hurtling down to the ground in Valley Court Park in downtown East Lansing. Anyone in the area is also encouraged to bring his or her sunglasses for this event.
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