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Thursday, May 8,2014

Holiday for strings

Q & A: Mighty Uke Day creator on Michigan's ties to the ukulele

by Kyle Koehler
Thursday, May 8 — This Friday and Saturday, Mighty Uke Day takes over Old Town for the fourth year. Despite its ties to Hawaii, the whimsical instrument is pretty hot in mid-Michigan.
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Wednesday, April 23,2014

Love poems?

Old Town Poetry Series ends its season with open mic event

by Kyle Koehler
Wednesday, April 23 – With spring finally thawing out the bitterness of winter, the Old Town Poetry Series ends its season with one more event. On Thursday, local poets Ann Andrews and Dorothy Brooks will appear at the Creole Gallery in Old Town to read from their works and lead an open mic session.
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Tuesday, April 15,2014

Tasty beer, tasteless comedy

Craft beers and raunchy comedy on tap for Brew Ha-Ha at The Loft

by Kyle Koehler
Tuesday, April 15 — Few things go hand-in-hand better than copious amounts of beer and questionably tasteful comedy. Brew Ha-Ha, the unofficial pre-party for this weekend’s Microbrew & Music Festival, takes this knowledge to heart for an event Thursday night at The Loft.
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Friday, April 11,2014

Smee and you

The classic Peter Pan tale gets international makeover

by Kyle Koehler
Friday, April 11 — You’re probably familiar with the story of “Peter Pan.” A child refuses to grow up, lives in a mystical land called Neverland and fights pirates with the help of his fairy friend, the Darling siblings, and the Lost Boys. But what if instead of calling the Native Americans in the show racially explosive names like “redskins” and “Indians,” we actually place the story in India? That's what director Rob Roznowski set to find out.
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

Art prize

Michigan Fine Arts Competition giving $5,000 to one Midwest artist

by Kyle Koehler
Friday, March 28 — An ongoing art contest could make one Lansing-area starving artist not so starving. The 32nd Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition (MFAC), open to artists all over the Midwest, started taking submissions last month; applicants have until April 11 to submit their entries. Winners will divvy up a $5,000 cash prize. There is a submission fee of $40, and is open to artists 18 and over. More information on how to submit, go to bbartcenter.org.
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Wednesday, April 2,2014

Magazine and be seen

Three Lansing artists featured in high profile art publications this spring

by Kyle Koehler
Word about the thriving Lansing art scene was bound to get out sooner or later. This month the praises of three local artists who specialize in quilting, watercolor painting and Japanese woodblock printing, respectively, are getting national attention — international attention, in one case. Jane Reiter, Mark Mehaffey and Linda Beeman, all members of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, are featured in the April/May issues of high profile art magazines.
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Thursday, March 20,2014

Keep calm and March on

The city of East Lansing gives tips on how to NOT riot, reminds potential gatherers: ‘No one is anonymous anymore’

by Kyle Koehler
Thursday, March 20 — There must be a big sporting event going on involving Michigan State University. In preparation of March Madness, the epitome of college basketball competition, the city of East Lansing warns residents and visitors to be calm and conscious of their actions.
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Friday, February 14,2014

‘Beast’ie boy

Actor talks about his experience as the iconic Disney hero

by Kyle Koehler
Friday, Feb. 14 — Darick Pead, a graduate of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and Broadway newbie, will grace the stage at Wharton next week for the touring Broadway production of “Disney's Beauty and the Beast.”
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Thursday, January 30,2014

Concerts on the couch

WKAR’s live music series BackStage Pass returns for new season

by Kyle Koehler
Thursday, Jan. 30 — WKAR’s BackStage Pass, the award-winning televised concert series, returns Friday, January 31. The fifth season will premiere with a show that Lansing-based indie rock group Elliot Street Lunatic performed at the Albert White Auditorium in East Lansing. The concert will showcase songs from the band's latest CD, “Ghost Town Lullabies.”
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Tuesday, January 28,2014

April brews day

Inaugural Beerfest at the Ballpark brings beer tasting to downtown Lansing

by Kyle Koehler
Tuesday, Jan. 28 — Two of America's favorite pastimes, baseball and beer, come together in Lansing for the inaugural Beerfest at the Ballpark in April. The event is hosted by both the Lansing Lugnuts and I'm a Beer Hound, a Michigan beer news website and event promotion group. Beerfest at the Ballpark will be held on Saturday, April 5 at the Cooley Law School Stadium, and will give attendees a chance to taste over 50 craft beers, meads and ciders from over 24 Michigan Breweries. Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 17.
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