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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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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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