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Monday, March 18,2013

'It's sort of a jigsaw puzzle'

Former MSU professor turns wood into artworks

by Alyssa Firth
Professor-turned-wood-artisan Bruce Miller is Gallery 1212’s featured artist for the month of January and according, to gallery co-owner Donna Randall, Miller is anything but typical.
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Monday, March 18,2013

High school debate

Lansing Board of Education hears from supporters of Sexton and Eastern High Schools at Thursday meeting

by Alyssa Firth
Friday, Jan. 20 — Members of the Lansing Board of Education may have been seeing red when they looked out at the audience Thursday evening: members of the Save Our Sexton campaign wore red as a sign of unity in support of Sexton High School.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Honoring Japan

MSU's Asian Studies Center salutes Japanese culture with a month-long series of events

by Alyssa Firth
Wednesday, Feb. 22 — The month of March isn’t only for celebrating women’s history at Michigan State University this year: The Asian Studies Center is honoring the culture of Japan with a slew of events on campus.
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Monday, March 18,2013

A Bach Cello-bration

'Bach Around the Clock' marathon starts today at MSU

by Alyssa Firth
Wednesday, March 21 — The Michigan State University College of Music is continuing its 12th annual Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival this week with a special day of concerts today. “Bach Around the Clock 12-Hour Marathon” starts at noon at the Music Building — it's the first of six concerts on Wednesday.
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Monday, March 18,2013

'We're a little bit uptown, a little bit out back'

Pam Tillis talks about her 'Grits and Glamour' tour with Lorrie Morgan

by Alyssa Firth
Wednesday, April 18 — Country stars Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan take the Wharton Center stage Friday for their acoustic “Grits and Glamour” tour. The two have worked together in the past, and are singing in over 40 cities on this tour. Tillis — whose hits include "Mi Vida Loca," "Let That Pony Run" and "When You Walk in the Room" — is the daughter of country star, actor and recent National Medal of Arts recipient Mel Tillis (“I Believe in You,” “Southern Rains,” “Coca-Cola Cowboy”). In a phone interview, Pam Tillis talked about what she’s been up to and where she finds inspiration for her music.
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Wednesday, May 2,2012

A famously fractured friendship

Celebrated scientists square off in Riverwalk Theatre’s 'Copenhagen'

by Alyssa Firth
Imagine Niels Bohr, the famous Danish physicist who was a part of the Manhattan Project, and Werner Heisenberg, famous for the uncertainty theory, coming back from the dead, in someplace between “heaven and an atom,” to discuss what happened on that fateful day in 1941 when the two met in Copenhagen and had a falling out that ultimately destroyed their friendship
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Wednesday, May 2,2012

A new spin on 'Cinderella'

Children's Ballet Theatre revises a classic fairy tale

by Alyssa Firth
Although an auditorium full of children may not sound like everyone’s dream come true, it's exactly what Children's Ballet Theatre board chairwoman Caryn Rhodes likes to see. "They're a very appreciative audience," Rhodes said, and that’s exactly what she wants for her production of “Cinderella.”
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

'Blonde' and beyond

A sorority sister gets schooled in MSU musical

by Alyssa Firth
Although the plot is basically the same as the popular 2001 Reese Witherspoon movie, the musical’s songs help quicken the pace. For example, Elle’s depression over her breakup with Warner and her decision to attend Harvard Law School is packed into a seven-minute musical piece.
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Friday, April 13,2012

A real standup guy

Judah Friedlander is ready to 'Rock' Lansing

by Alyssa Firth
Friedlander shared his World Champion of the World secrets in his book, “How to Beat Up Anybody: An Instructional and Inspirational Karate Book by the World Champion.” The book features several fighting tactics, including offense as the best defense and a special chapter for women, “written in a language only women can understand,” according to Friedlander.
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

No time to be homesick

Camps offer a variety of summer activities

by Alyssa Firth
With the rise in temperatures comes the rise in children being sent off to Michigan’s numerous summer camps. Parents in almost any area of the state have options to send their child or children for one day, one week or several weeks. Although times have changed, many of yesteryear’s traditions still remain.
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