In run-up to budget season, Lansing’s finances looking good — for nowby Andy Balaskovitz
LEAP representatives promote Lansing at SXSW, look for ideasby ALLAN I. ROSS
Last weekend, three members of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership flew to Austin, Texas, to attend the annual music, film and technology showcase South by Southwest. Steve Willobee, director of business development, Sara Graham, director of talent and communications, and Jeff Smith, director of the new economy division, joined over 24,000 people from 73 countries for three days of networking, new gadget ogling and riding on Miley Cyrus’ wrecking ball. Seriously.
Some ideas on how MSU’s $2 billion endowment might be spent to benefit the local economyby Terry Link
Apartments inside Cooley Law School Stadium? Why not, city officials askby Andy Balaskovitz
MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre moves to a new site for 2014by Lawrence Cosentino
Timeless themes keep period piece fresh with Starlight romanceby Paul Wozniak
When community theaters stage 40-year-old plays, the results can be as stale as a forgotten bag of chips. But Starlight Dinner Theatre’s production of “Butterflies Are Free” feels fresh, lively and contemporary. Unlike Starlight’s standard lineup of broad farces, this polished revival of Leonard Gershe’s 1969 script draws its abundant laughs from the intimate pain of reality.
Cello Plus festival brings banquet of diverse chamber music to MSUby Lawrence Cosentino
Cello Plus is an unpretentious name for an ambitious series of chamber music concerts, but that’s just part of its Spartan appeal. For the past 14 years, MSU cello professor Suren Bagratuni has quietly built a top-drawer local music festival where musicians play airs but don’t put them on.
Anime feature captures the joy of imagination, the rush of true loveby ALLAN I. ROSS
The power of animation comes from its ability to create dreamlike pocket universes where the real and the fantastic coexist in harmony. Want your everyman character to take flight? Just have him push off the ground, flap his arms and up he goes — no strings or green screen required. The rise of CGI has blurred this line, but its use in live action is still very much you-got-your-giant-robot-in-my-comic-book-movie, not a seamless blend.
A survey of Lansing's musical landscapeby Rich Tupica
Steakhouse Philly Bar & Grillby ALLAN I. ROSS
After 20 months and a $200,000 interior/exterior overhaul, Steakhouse Philly Bar & Grill opened this week on Lansing’s east side. Since 1967, the building was home to the Best Steak House, a diner that intown closed in summer 2012 for the massive revamp, which includes a full bar and a new menu.
When I went to Sexton High School, we had an hour for lunch and everyone was allowed to leave campus. We would frequent the food court in the Lansing Mall, all of the fast food places on West Saginaw and the few nearby convenience stores. While we wouldn’t have been able to afford daily lunches at Fork in the Road, I for one would have saved up and splurged on Fridays.