Cheap Christmas Thrills

Finding a Christmas gift can be difficult for those of us on a budget. And as children we often resorted to making Christmas cards or gifts with popsicle sticks. Well, I’m presenting to you a Do-It-Yourself Christmas gift with a little more sophistication.
DIY: Glittery Snowman Ornament
Step 1: Purchase the following:
A box of four plain glass ornaments, available at JoAnn’s Fabrics for $1.99, a bottle of glitter paint also at JoAnn’s for less then a dollar, a paint brush, available at any craft store for a reasonable price
Step 2: Remove the ornaments from the carton. Open the glitter paint, and dip the brush into
the bottle or squeeze paint onto brush as shown.
Step 3: Paint your favorite Christmas scene or character on the ball and let dry.
Alternative ideas: water down the glitter paint or mix glitter with a clear glue and pour inside the glass ornament and twirl around. Use multiple paints for a marble look.

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Out After Dark

If you’re looking for a place to show off your scary, sexy, funny costumes, look no further than the bars of East Lansing and Lansing. These local haunts will be crawling with devils, angels, and everything in between, over the Halloween weekend.
The Silver Dollar is going to pay big for the best costumes. The party Saturday night, for 21 and over, will award $1,000 in cash prizes. Cover will be $4 or $5. Drink Specials includes $1.75 Labatt’s, $1.50 Molson/Molson Light, $3.50 Skip and Go Naked’s, $1.50 shots.
Rick’s is holding a Halloween party on Sunday night with cash prizes and free passes up for grabs. Cover is $4 for 21 and older only. The party starts around 10 and the contest begins at 11:30. Drink specials will be announced at the bar.
Harpers is hosting a “Monster Ball.” Be prepared to deceive your fellow goblins and ghouls because you’ll never guess what is up for grabs. A free trip to Cancun! DJ Calendar will be providing the entertainment in the dungeon (basement).
Cover is $5 with a valid student ID, $10 without, and $20 for VIP,express seating.
Check out Devil’s Night Masquerade at The Temple Club, in Lansing, hosted by MC 3rd Deggree and music by DJ Ruckus (hip hop) with over $1,000 in cash and prizes. There will be a Costume Contest at midnight. Also, Toutured Souls Jungle Room will be in the Red Light Lounge and is hosted by DJ Scotty V featuring: 8en, Red Rum, Metasequence, Barron, and SNK. Cover is $6 for 21 and older and $12 for 18 and up. Doors open at 9 pm.
If you don’t feel like entering a contest, but you have a great outfit to show off and you want to enjoy some great tunes, check out Mac’s Bar at 2700 E. Michigan Ave for San Francisco’s own Captured by Robots with actual performing robots. Drink Specials include $4 22 oz Oberon’s, $2.50 Smirnoff raspberry and vanilla, $2 PBR, and $3 22 oz Miller Light. Cover is $5-$6 and doors open at 9:00.
The Riv has their usual Happy hour specials; $1.75 mugs of Miller Light, Labatt Blue, Labatt Light and Margaritas are only $3. The most spooktacularly thrilling part is that there is no cover!

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Price Check

[wharton2] The Wharton Center introduced a new act recently that neither sings nor dances. The popular theater known for bringing a variety of theatrical and musical performances received a new executive director, Mike Brand, who brought with him new ideas about student tickets.
Like the old adage “out with the old, in with the new”, such is Wharton’s student ticket pricing policy. Wharton used to offer tickets for $10 a piece for limited seating during a one-day-only student sale. These tickets were sold for the last two rows of the balcony, approximately 142 seats. This has changed, however, with the addition of Brand, and he hopes this change will be good. In order to make discounted tickets available to more of the student body, the old student ticket policy was revised.
Bob Hoffman, in charge of public relations for the Wharton Center, said the Brand felt the new policy would allow for more students to enjoy the rich culture that is special to big universities such as MSU. This new policy allows for student tickets to be sold for all rows with the exception of the top selling seats – this lets almost six times as many students to receive the discount.
The new pricing policy is $15 to any performance in the Michigan Radio Wildcard Series and $25 to any Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday performances of the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center Series. MSU students can purchase up to two tickets to each attraction and non-MSU students can purchase one ticket. This new pricing policy became effective August 21st.
Hoffman was excited about the new policy. He hopes it will positively affect student sales and hopes students will take advantage of this great opportunity. Brand also made a statement on the new policy in the Wharton Center’s announcement.
[prices] The new director stated: “We are thrilled to be able to offer this special discount to students. Wharton Center is a showcase for live theatre, and what better way to help students experience this wonder than by offering a great new incentive. This aggressive student ticketing program will, no doubt, inspire future actors, producers, and dancers as they experience the joys of live performance and contemplate their future with the arts.”[wharton]
Stefanie Westra, an English sophomore, said that though she hasn’t taken advantage of the old policy she believes this is a change for the better. “I think it is a good idea to make it available to students who are interested in the arts. Tickets may not be as cheap but they are still a quarter of the price of Broadway shows in New York.”
Wharton has a spectacular line up for the next year including Chicago (Nov. 2 – 7), The Producers (Dec. 7 – 12), Movin’ Out (Feb. 1-6) and The Lion King (January of 2006).
For more information contact Bob Hoffman at the Wharton Center (517) 353-1982 or check the Wharton Center out online at

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