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Wednesday, June 20,2012

HOMTV: 'We're with the times now'

TV studio open house shows off renovations

by Tracy Key
When it comes to modern media and technology, practically every couple of years brings the equivalent of a new era in history. With facilities dating back to 1992, the studios of HOMTV and CAMTV in Meridian Township seemed almost ancient, left in the dust when the digital era swept in. However, a recent renovation project has brought a much-needed upgrade to the dated facilities.
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Tuesday, June 19,2012

'We’re with the times now'

TV studio open house shows off renovations

by Tracy Key
Tuesday, June 19 —When it comes to modern media and technology, practically every couple of years brings the equivalent of a new era in history. With facilities dating back to 1992, the studios of HOMTV and CAMTV in Meridian Township seemed almost ancient, left in the dust when the digital era swept in. However, a recent renovation project has brought a much-needed upgrade to the dated facilities.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Take me to the river

Thanks to Lansing Art Gallery, it's the summer of riparian sculptures in downtown Lansing

by Tracy Key
Several months ago, Catherine Babcock, executive director at the Lansing Art Gallery and coordinating curator for this event, sent out a statewide call to artists to submit their statues; a panel of three local artists and art teachers decided which 10 would make the cut.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

The Good Book gets a rewrite

The irreverent Penn Jillette talks about faith — or lack thereof

by Tracy Key
Penn Jillette (best known as half of Penn and Teller, the sleight-of-hand showmen) visits the Hannah Community Center for a book talk and signing of his New York Times bestseller “God, No! Signs You May Already be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales,” hosted by the Michigan Center for Inquiry.
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Tuesday, June 5,2012

The Good Book gets a rewrite

The irreverent Penn Jillette talks about faith — or lack thereof

by Tracy Key
Tuesday, June 5 — Ever find yourself unable to sleep at night, your mind whirling with questions of morality and the destiny of humanity? Have you ever wondered if there is a greater power dictating the course of history?
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Life is like a box of chalk

Sidewalks come alive during Chalk of the Town

by Tracy Key
Last year, monsters, aliens, messages of peace and love, wild animals, popular video game characters and even a unique “Dragephunt” filled the sidewalks of Old Town with bright colors and diverse styles. This year, there’s no telling what creatures and scenes will transform the streets from a city block into an open art gallery at the fourth annual Chalk of the Town.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

A little Pride can go a long way

Annual community recycling event happens Saturday in East Lansing

by Tracy Key
Scrap metal, cardboard, used tires, old medications and broken refrigerators sound like ingredients for a landfill. But on Saturday these items and more will instead be collected, reused and recycled as part of a recycling event called Project Pride.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Behind the scenes at Cirque

Attention to detail is essential for the 'Quidam' touring crew

by Tracy Key
The magical world of a child’s imagination can capture the hearts of an audience faster than an acrobat can do a backflip. But when Cirque du Soleil combines that youthful fantasy with $1 million in hand-crafted costumes, over 150 pairs of customized shoes, performers from 23 different countries and a live musical performance, daydreams come alive.
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Friday, May 18,2012

Cirque circuit

'Quidam' bus tour visits area locations

by Tracy Key
The circus will be coming to town early this week, but there won’t be a trumpeting elephant or dancing bear to be found. In fact, there won’t even be a tent to accompany this traveling attraction. Instead, a vividly painted tour bus will bring the clowns to town (metaphorically speaking, since there won’t be any clowns either).
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

'American Life' comes alive

You'll get to see what you've been missing when Ira Glass’ popular radio series makes its way to theaters Thursday

by Tracy Key
On Thursday night, over 500 movie theaters in the United States and Canada will be showing more than just current Hollywood hits. “This American Life,” the most popular podcast in the country, will perform an episode of its show live on stage in New York City, bursting onto the big screen via satellite to give viewers what host and executive producer Ira Glass describes as a “multimedia adventure.”
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