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Wednesday, September 10,2014

Super festival

The whole ball of beeswax about the 4th annual Art Attack!

by Jonathan Griffith
In the winter of 1960, the comics world saw its first super team-up when DC’s mightiest heroes — including Aquaman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman — formed the first iteration of the Justice League to battle a giant space echinoderm. So when economic downturn and loss of regional awareness threatened Lansing’s historic REO Town district, a similar team-up of exceptional entities united with a common goal. And thus the Art Attack! festival was formed, comprising local artists, musicians and food vendors to battle the threat of redevelopment and to raise awareness of a community rich in culture and creativity.
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

The new (Abby) normal

THURSDAY, SEPT. 11-14 & THURSDAY SEPT. 18-21

by Jonathan Griffith
Mel Brooks probably had little idea that his 1974 comedy “Young Frankenstein” would become the iconic phenomenon it is today when he filmed it. Brooks reported that the original cut was over was twice as long as the film we’re familiar with and that for every three jokes, only one was even funny. Nowadays, however, you’d be hard pressed to find someone that doesn’t directly associate “Puttin’ on the Ritz” with the film or mimic Marty Feldman’s classic “Walk this way.”
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

Attack the block

SATURDAY, SEPT. 6

by Jonathan Griffith
There’s no shortage of summertime art-themed events in the Lansing area. East Lansing has its Art Festival. Old Town has ScrapFest and the newly launched ArtFeast. So when it’s REO Town’s turn to host the party, the fourth annual Art Attack! festival, what can a member of...
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

Manifest “Destiny”

MONDAY, SEPT 1

by Jonathan Griffith
Michigan seems to have a cultural climate conducive to producing eccentric, ambitious film directors. Michael Moore is probably the most high profile, the poster child for idiosyncratic documentary moviemakers. Moore’s fellow Flint native Kerry Conran is another piece of work; he toiled for years on what became the 2004 genre mash-up “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” a throwback sci-fi action film that married 21st century technology with tropes from old serials. And now there’s Thomas Reilly-King, a Michigan State University graduate and aspiring filmmaker who, much like Conran, has blended disparate styles into a feature-length film, “Enduring Destiny.” And those styles are about as unalike as Alfred Hitchcock and “National Lampoon.” Seriously.
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

The street runneth over

Art fairs pile onto Renegade Festival to create a sensory overload

by Jonathan Griffith
Over the weekend, the Renegade Theatre Festival filled the historic buildings and streets of Lansing’s northern enclave, as it has for the past eight years. Spaces profane and sacred, from Zoobie´s tavern to the Quaker meeting house (and a few galleries in between) hummed with exhibits and performances. There was only one way to shove an art fair into the mix: by taking it to the streets.
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

Seeds of thought

Thursday, Aug. 28

by Jonathan Griffith
The Broad Art Museum´s "Land Grant" series is ready to play another thought provoking riff on the land-grant origins of MSU, a multi-media meditation on wealth, exploitation and natural resources called "Forest Law." “It’s in our tradition of addressing global issues with an open and experimental nature,” says Yesomi Umolu, assistant curator for the Broad Museum and curator of “Forest Law.”
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Wednesday, August 20,2014

New in town

Tabooli

by Jonathan Griffith
When the Avengers sat down to a post-movie credits meal of chicken shawarma, some folks thought the mainstreaming of Mediterranean cuisine couldn´t go any farther. They were wrong. The “make your own” model pioneered by burrito joints and sandwich shops is the next frontier. Joining Jerusalem Bakery on Lansing’s Michigan Avenue is Tabooli, a Mediterraneanstyle restaurant borrowing ideas laid down by places like Chipotle and Panera.
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Wednesday, August 6,2014

Selfie esteem

How cat memes and French Impressionism overlap this month

by Jonathan Griffith
An artist often gives away his surroundings through his art: The vast, rolling pastures of Constable’s Dedham Vale, the lush, liquid landscapes of Monet’s water lilies, the visual cacophony of Bosch’s … well, who really knows. So, given the array of animals that inhabit the paintings of Freshteh Parvizi’s new exhibit at East Lansing’s Mackerel Sky, one could easily assume she is entrenched with a veritable menagerie of creatures. But you know what they say about assumptions.
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

Outdoor music round up

Wednesday, July 30 - Thursday, Aug 7

by Jonathan Griffith
Outdoor music goes with summer like picnics in the park and climbing trees. Sure, festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo woo mass crowds with big-name bands, but why drive for hours, spend hundreds of dollars and smoosh together with tens of thousands of sweaty bodies when there are plenty of local opportunities to get your outdoor music fix for free?
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Wednesday, July 23,2014

The other summer box office

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23 - FRIDAY, AUGUST 1

by Jonathan Griffith
The summer is about halfway over and the cinemas have already beaten our brains senseless with yet more installments of violent transforming robots, planet conquering apes and the conflicts of misunderstood mutant heroes. Looking at the month ahead, the “blockbusters” aren’t even close to being done with us yet — more Marvel superheroes, more sword-and-sandal epics and yet another serving of heroes in a half shell. Fortunately, the local theater scene has plenty of alternatives for kids … and adults looking for an oasis from summer’s sequel sizzle.
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