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Friday, October 4,2013

Forward pass

Local humanitarian group ePIFanyNow holds Sunday event

by Allan I. Ross
Friday, Oct. 4 —The mid-Michigan-based group ePIFanyNow will gather in Lansing on Sunday to spread a little happiness in the community. The PIF in the group’s name stands for “pass it forward,” a play on the ethos behind the film, “Pay it Forward,” where an individual makes the world a better place by performing random acts of kindness for strangers.
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Tuesday, July 23,2013

Run for your life

Event focuses on connection between nature and food

by Allan I. Ross
Friday, July 19 — You can be the hunter or become the hunted during the Track Meat 5K, a first-time obstacle race event to be held in Lake Odessa, Mich. on Aug. 10. Track Meat is a “mud race,” which forces racers to get dirty, and is “set” in a prehistoric era. But organizers are hoping to instill a message with the racers.
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Thursday, July 18,2013

Kinetic connection

Broad welcomes new art exhibit on Friday

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, July 18 — On Friday, the Broad Art Museum unveils its newest exhibit: “Less Still,” by Lisa Walcott, a Grand Rapids-based installation artist and kinetic sculptor. This is the first exhibition in the MSU Federal Credit Union Artist Studio Series at the Broad.
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Wednesday, July 17,2013

From baked heart to tofu pierogies

Inaugural Capital Area Restaurant Week event highlights cultural role of Lansing eateries

by Allan I. Ross
Before farm-to-table dining was fashionable, before it even had a name, it was simply called 'eating.' Fresh food, for most of human history, was hard to come by, and over the ages, advances in agriculture and transportation eased the process somewhat. But it wasn’t until the development of processed food and electric refrigeration following WWII that restaurants, particularly fast food joints, really started to boom.
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Wednesday, July 17,2013

Backwoods royalty

Quirky comedy captures adolescence at its most surreal

by Allan I. Ross
In the magically surreal world of 'The Kings of Summer,' 15-year-old Joe Toy and a couple of his buddies build a functional two-story house out of found materials, 'Gilligan’s Island'-style, in the middle of a suburban Ohio patch of woods. Then they run away from home to live in it for a summer.
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Wednesday, July 17,2013

Volunteer for the World Dwarf Games

Olympics-style event coming to East Lansing next month

by Allan I. Ross
Wednesday, July 17 — The World Dwarf Games will be held at Michigan State University from Aug. 3-10, and organizers are seeking volunteers to help out with the games.
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Wednesday, July 17,2013

NEW IN TOWN

Bikram Yoga / Halo Burger

by Allan I. Ross
The downward dog days of summer are upon us. Last month, yoga instructor Ann Chrapkiewicz opened the Bikram Yoga Capital Area studio in East Lansing's Brookfield Plaza. This is the first business for Chrapkiewicz.
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Wednesday, July 10,2013

Starting from scratch

New Okemos Italian restaurant boldly keeps decor simple

by Allan I. Ross
he scratch Italian restaurant Tannin is scheduled to open this month in Okemos. Partners Chris Roelofs (general manager) and James Sumpter (executive chef) have honed their chops at several restaurants around town, but this will be the first time either has taken a crack at ownership.
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Monday, July 8,2013

New in Town

by Allan I. Ross
After a series of construction delays, Famous Dave's became the south side's newest restaurant on Monday morning. There were people in pig costumes, a fire truck and about 30 grown-ups doing the hokey-pokey on the sidewalk, as Delhi Township Supervisor C.J. Davis performed a ceremonial rib (no, not ribbon) cutting.
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Wednesday, July 3,2013

Star pluckers

‘The Bling Ring’ enlightens as it enrages

by Allan I. Ross
Last month, Slate.com reported that the NSA surveillance scandal inspired a 5,000 percent jump in online sales of the George Orwell novel “1984,” which depicts a ubiquitously monitoring dystopian state.
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