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Wednesday, March 13,2013

High art

Lansing contributions to ArtPrize 2012 reach new heights

by Dana Casadei
Wednesday, Oct. 3 — At this year’s ArtPrize event in Grand Rapids, there are 1,517 entries spread out across 161 venues. Seems like too much art to fit in one place, right? At least that’s what one Lansing-based artist contestant thought, so he looked in a new direction to stand out.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Unadulterated ‘Victory’

World-premiere play follows unwed teenage mothers in the ‘60s

by Dana Casadei
Friday, Feb. 22 — Church bells seem to echo forever — binnnnng, boooooong, binnnnng, booooong — floating over the air, signifying either that mass is about to start or that a big event has just happened. But for the girls living at the Our Lady of Victory Home for Unwed Mothers, that sound also gives structure to their unraveling lives.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

Woman of steel

Broad Art Museum gets three new exhibits featuring diaries, geometry and metallic underwear

by Dana Casadei
Staying true to its contemporary theme, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum rotates in three new exhibits this week.
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Wednesday, January 23,2013

Latin 101

Peppermint Creek musical bridges a gap between cultures

by Dana Casadei
Washington Heights is a neighborhood in the New York City borgough of Manhattan, known for its large Domincan population. This weekend, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. is bridging the geographical and cultural gap between Lansing and that neighborhood with their latest show, "In the Heights."
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Wednesday, January 16,2013

Re-gifting 'The Gift'

Conceptual art exhibit enters final stage: the walls of strangers

by Dana Casadei
If you have a portrait hanging in your living room, chances are it's from a major life milestone —a graduation, a wedding, the beginning of a senior year — and certainly of someone you know. But the 1,182 Lansing-area people who took part in "The Gift," one of the debut exhibits at the recently opened Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, have been tasked with displaying large-scale, black-and-white photographs of complete strangers in their homes.
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Wednesday, January 9,2013

Dream house

Riverwalk undertakes ambitious play with ambitious set

by Dana Casadei
"If you build it, he will come" is one of the most iconic lines in movie history. Local director Emily English Clark may not have built the set for "August: Osage County," the play she's directing — or been hoping for dead baseball players to audition —but the line still rings true.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

Puppy love

Ingham County Animal Shelter throws 12-hour adopt-a-thon

by Dana Casadei
While some Lansing residents may be fighting over Furbies in the toy aisle this holiday season, others will be helping real pets — as in local abandoned puppies and kittens — find homes. And come on: who doesn’t love puppies?
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Wednesday, December 12,2012

'Almost' famous

by Dana Casadei
Over the last few years, ensemble films with multiple characters and storylines and an overall theme have become increasingly popular. "Valentines Day" and its pseudo-sequel "New Year’s Eve" are two of the more prominent examples.
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Wednesday, December 5,2012

Shakespeare's revenge

by Dana Casadei
In the 16th century, revenge plays were all the rage. Audiences enjoyed the violence, plotting and planning, and one of the bloodiest works of the era was Shakespeare’s "Titus Andronicus." It was actually deemed too violent during the Victorian Era before its popularity bounced back during the middle of the 20th century.
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Wednesday, November 28,2012

Saving Christmas

Two fundraisers give Lansing area residents an opportunity to spread some holiday cheer

by Dana Casadei
Not all children get to tiptoe down a flight of stairs on Christmas morning to see what Santa has left for them — for many local kids, there are no presents. It's like waking up in Who-ville after the Grinch has taken all of the Who-pudding and Who-roast beast. But two local fundraisers are trying to un-Grinch-ify this holiday season for some needy children.
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