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Wednesday, August 13,2014

Lansing hacks

A brief guide to cheap and free entertainment options in the capital city

by Dylan Sowle
Paying for things is stupid. The man is always trying to keep you down by demanding that you hand over your hardearned currency. There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but that doesnīt mean you canīt crash the buffet. Hold on tight while we suck up every last drop of discount in Lansing.
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Wednesday, June 4,2014

Magic carpet ride

Lansing musician zips between orchestra pits in Lansing and Broadway

by Dylan Sowle
Musical theater runs in the family for Jonathan Smith. In March, the Lansing native — and son of prolific Lansing band director and musician John Dale Smith — joined the elite ranks of the Broadway pit orchestra as a substitute percussionist for the new Disney musical “Aladdin.”
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Thursday, December 26,2013

Best of 2013: Concerts

by Dylan Sowle
Itīs great to live in a town where you can go see live music just about any night of the week and to have venues that wonīt think twice about giving your crappy garage band a gig.
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Wednesday, October 9,2013

Thank you for your support

How crowdfunding is helping Lansing area projects

by Dylan Sowle
I first heard the term crowdfunding in 2010 while listening to a scenester discuss his efforts to get people to pay for the release of his experimental new banjosludge-punk EP. If you first heard about it some other way, then lucky you. Crowdfunding is online, self-run fundraising that’s done wonders for the way creators can connect with their audiences.
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Wednesday, September 25,2013

Ghoul log

Chelsea hosts Ghoultide, largest Halloween art show in Midwest

by Dylan Sowle
Halloween fanatics itching for the end of October can unleash an undead groan of relief. The Ghoultide Gathering in Chelsea on Saturday unofficially launches the mid- Michigan Halloween season. It’s kind of like advent, but with more ghosts and witches.
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Wednesday, May 15,2013

Fusion Shows: Rising to B-level

How one local company is making Lansing a destination for live music

by Dylan Sowle
It's easier to complain about a lack of local entertainment options than do anything about it, but Nate Dorough isn't going to get pissed if you start ripping on the local music scene — he's too busy making it happen.
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Wednesday, May 1,2013

Eye sore of the week

by Dylan Sowle
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: This structure, indicative of so many in the Lansing area, is vacant and nearly windowless. Ribbon windows on the south and east sides have been filled in with masonry block, closing it off from the street — unapproachable to the point of irrelevance.
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Wednesday, April 24,2013

Talking 'the talk'

Lansing workshop aims to take the sting out of the birds and the bees

by Dylan Sowle
How many sitcoms have we seen depicting bumbling parents and terrified children sitting down to have the dreaded "talk?" Pop culture really hasn't helped make that inevitable and necessary conversation any easier. That's where Talk Early, Talk Often comes in.
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Monday, April 15,2013

Catch him, if you can

From Michigan dinner theater to Broadway

by Dylan Sowle
Monday, April 14 — Actor Dominic Fortuna, part of the touring production of "Catch Me If You Can" hitting the Wharton Center on Tuesday, has roots in small-town dinner theater in northern Michigan. The Antwerp County native plays the main character's father in the musical adaptation, a role originated by Christopher Walken in the Steven Spielberg-directed blockbuster.
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Wednesday, April 10,2013

Eye sore of the week

by Dylan Sowle
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: A simple retaining wall, like this one, is a reminder of the tenuous relationship between humans and the environment. Despite the engineering and strength we use to keep nature at bay, it pushes back and, at times, literally bursts through.
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