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Wednesday, December 18,2013

They write the songs

MSU prof helps students find their inner songsmiths

by Jordan Bradley
The usual thinking behind signing up for a university humanities class is “enrichment,” not “career establishment.”
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Wednesday, November 27,2013

Farm to studio

The transformation of a Grand Ledge granary into artisan space

by Jordan Bradley
Handmade birdhouses, jewelry boxes and wine bottle wind chimes neatly line one of the walls of the teeny art gallery. A small workbench rests in the corner, adorned with custom jewelry pieces, woodwork and pottery.
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Wednesday, November 20,2013

Silver streak

Lansing’s 29th annual festival returns with new faces

by Jordan Bradley
The 29th Annual Silver Bells in the City festivities include the Electric Light Parade, a holiday market, the State Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and live performances by Radio Disney performers. (No giant teddy bears or wrecking ball riding, we think.)
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Monday, November 11,2013

Six degrees of celebration

Award recognizes Lansing businesses with excellent service

by Jordan Bradley
Monday, Nov. 11 — On Tuesday, Nov. 12, voting begins for the 2014 Celebrated Service Award. The award was created in 2012 by Grand Rapids-based theater chain Celebration! Cinema to recognize businesses that show exemplary services and a dedication to quality.
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Friday, October 25,2013

Witches, brew

Downtown Lansing bar crawl gets Halloween fun started early

by Jordan Bradley
Friday, Oct. 25 — If it’s two things that go with Halloween, it’s costumes and walking around. Why not throw a little drinking into the mix? This Saturday, Oct. 26, downtown Lansing will host a bar crawl called the Miller Lite Tour of Terror that will give local bar-goers a jump on Halloween and give (responsibly drinking) adults a shot at some prizes.
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Wednesday, September 25,2013

Medical science meets abstract art

Detroit artist examines society’s obsession with medicine

by Jordan Bradley
Tuesday, Sept. 24 — Overmedicated and underwhelmed, our culture has an undeniable obsession with pharmacists and prescription medication. Beverly Fishman presents her bizarre, but captivating commentary in vivid large scale on stainless steel planes. On Friday, the Broad Art Museum will unveil Fishman’s latest exhibit, consisting of three paintings.
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Wednesday, September 18,2013

Moving the people

BluesFest 2013 returns with a few twists

by Jordan Bradley
The motto for Old Town BluesFest has always seemed to be, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But what’s wrong with a little tweaking? As always, when BluesFest opens on Friday, the intersection of Turner Street and Grand River Avenue will pack a full slate of local and traveling blues artists who will ensnare local eardrums with heartbreaking sax solos and screaming guitar riffs.
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Wednesday, September 18,2013

Prize fighters

Lansing artists take part in world's largest art competition

by Jordan Bradley
As a first-time participant in the Grand Rapids ArtPrize competition (opening today and running through Oct. 6), Haslett artist Sarah Gilmore de Ruiter of Lansing found herself joining the buzz with a painting called “Thunder, Perfect Mind.” The piece is inspired by a gnostic poem by the same title.
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Wednesday, September 18,2013

Talking 'bout art

MSU hosts three art-related lectures at this week

by Jordan Bradley
Wednesday, Sept. 18 — Today, the Department of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan hosts two guest lectures and another tomorrow. This is the first week of the guest lecture series for the 2013-‘14 schedule. All lectures are free and open to the public.
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Tuesday, August 27,2013

Saying thank you to Michigan

Teens at REACH Studio Art Center and guest artists unveil “Thank You, Michigan” mural on East Side building

by Jordan Bradley
Tuesday, Aug. 27 — Michigan has been through the wringer. With bankruptcy in Detroit and a mess of an economy statewide, it’s clear the state could use a pick-me-up. So teenagers at REO Town-based REACH Studio Art Center decided to give something back to the city of Lansing with a mural dedicated to the state’s offerings.
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