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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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Wednesday, July 16,2014

Gods and bunnies

July art exhibits use books as more than just inspiration

by Jonathan Griffith
C.S. Lewis once said if an author is not concerned with originality and simply tries to tell the truth, then nine times out of 10 they produce something original without even knowing it. Any truth to be found in MICA Gallery’s new exhibit, “NEXT: Anamnesis,” is best left up for the viewer to decide. But originality in the pieces is hard to ignore, even if some of them are utilizing Lewis’ work. Physically.
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Wednesday, July 2,2014

First Sunday goes Fourth

Galley Walk marches on, rain, shine or fireworks

by Jonathan Griffith
Most of the galleries for July┤s First Sunday Gallery Walk have been bumped to the second Sunday because of the holiday weekend. (For a list of those activities, see page 20.) But the culturally inclined haven’t been completely left to their own devices — there will still be a couple of options this Sunday for those who prefer wine and cheese over beer and hot dogs.
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Wednesday, July 2,2014

A holiday weekend of ‘oohs’ … and ‘aahs’

Thursday, July 3 - Friday, July 4

by Jonathan Griffith
On July 2, 1776, the day the 13 colonies were legally separated from Great Britain, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife, Abigail: “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America,” he wrote. “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Eat drink man woman ... bird, otter, asian bear cat

Thursday, June 26

by Jonathan Griffith
If you were in Germany and a local were to tell you that it “looks like you have a monkey on your back,” they just mean it looks like you’ve had a bit too much to drink. Now, if someone were to tell you that at Potter Park Zoo, it might be cause for panic, but in consider...
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Wednesday, June 4,2014

Where Sagan meets Picasso

Chalk, quilts and collagraphy to be found in local galleries this month

by Jonathan Griffith
In the art world, there have always been reformists who have challenged the conventions of what art is and can be, from those who celebrated their acceptance into the Salon des RefusÚs to Marcel Duchamp’s urinal exhibition. Creatives will seemingly always struggle to prove that art can be found in the most unlikely places and from the most unlikely individuals.
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Particular art

Lansing-area art galleries offer candy for eye and brain in May

by Jonathan Griffith
It’s not uncommon for an untrained eye to question the skill involved in an abstract work of art. Overlooking any subtext or form, some people may snicker to themselves that a child could produce such a piece. But “Reductive Uncertainty” at (SCENE) Metrospace, one of many opening exhibits at Lansing’s First Sunday Gallery Walk last weekend, features highly conceptual prints and sculptures by a cyclotron physicist — hardly child’s play.
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Wednesday, April 23,2014

Inner space

Broad maximizes unusual dimensions with unconventional art

by Jonathan Griffith
Not every art installation benefits from being displayed in one of the Broad Art Museum’s improbably shaped galleries, with all their obtuse angles and razor sharp architectural edges. Two-dimensional pieces hung in rectangular frames look oddly … square … at the Broad, a building that proudly boasts a lack of right angles.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

Glass action

Craig Mitchell Smith brings his factory, showroom to Old Town

by Jonathan Griffith
The freestanding glass sculptures of artist Craig Mitchell Smith recently found a new home to refract their dapples of color. Smith moved his gallery from the Meridian Mall in Okemos to Old Town on Jan. 1, and held a grand opening last Sunday.
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