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February 18, 2008 - Diane Speer
Been a little sidetracked lately from the blog what with attending the recent MPA Convention in GrandRapids, working the annual Alpena News Book Sale and now putting together our 2008 Wedding Guide that comes out the end of the month. But I did want to take a moment or two to give a shout out to Alpena native Kara Bauer. Last spring I did a story about an independent film she wrote, produced and directed called "Soap." When the Thunder Bay Arts Council hosted its first ever film festival last summer, Bauer's film was one of the ones featured.

Now her film is getting even more attention. A new ABC show called "Eli Stone" has worked Bauer's "Soap" into an episode that will air this week. In the episode, Eli is watching a movie on his television, and the movie he is watching is none other than Bauer's. According to her, a character for the "Eli Stone" show has been "CGIed" into "Soap" and interacts with Eli.

"It's exciting to be able to be a part of a big network show and even more fun that no matter where we all are, we can see it," Bauer said. The show airs Thursday, Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

Seems like last time I signed on here, I mentioned about going to the new Grand Rapids Art Museum. Just a few quick impressions: the building is architecturally stunning with lots of angles and open space. Its collection spans Renaissance to Modern art, though it did seem a bit heavy on the modern end of the spectrum. The museum's particular strength is its European and American 19th and 20th century paintings and sculpture. It counts Alexander Calder, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt and Rembrandt among the artists whose works are showcased. All in all, if you happen to be in Grand Rapids for any reason, I highly recommend a stop at the museum which is located right downtown (101 Monroe Center) near the Amway Plaza Hotel.


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