Although this building features the truncated “witches hat” roof characteristic of nationally known fast-food franchise Pizza Hut, it was once the home of Lansing’s Famous Taco. Now vacant and boarded, its falling soffit is precariously held up by the former restaurant’s mechanical equipment. In a show of disregard toward the residents of nearby homes, even the Realtor’s sign is neglected and collapsed.
The Lansing City Council is preparing for public art, but who will pay for it?by Andy Balaskovitz
Virg Bernero finds out that successfully leading a city, as he has done in Lansing for more than eight years, doesn’t readily translate into higher officeby Mickey Hirten
Music festival celebrates 10 days of Latin American cultureby Alexandra Harakas
Two weeks ago, the film “Cesar Chavez,” featuring Michael Pena as the titular civil rights leader, debuted at Lansing’s NCG Cinemas. It is one of only 664 theaters in the country — and around 10 in Michigan — that are showing the movie, and its local release was supported by a petition campaign launched by local Latin Americans that garnered over 250 signatures. A spokeswoman for NCG said the screenings are getting “good” business, including two of the daily showings that feature Spanish subtitles.
Microbrew and Music Festival changes location back to Adado Riverfront Parkby City Pulse Staff
Brewer’s ‘Dreams Gone Wrong’ a mixed deck of MSU and Lansing historyby Lawrence Cosentino
Local roller derby league has shot at $25,000 prizeby Nicole Halvorsen
The Lansing Derby Vixens hope to skate past the competitors to win a national contest this week. The local roller derby team has made it to the top 10 in the “Make Your Idea Happen” contest, sponsored by the office supplies chain Staples. The contest puts the Derby Vixens in the running (rolling?) for a chance at a grand prize of $25,000 gift certificate to Staples.
4th Annual Capital City Film Festival demonstrates mass media’s therapeutic powerby ALLAN I. ROSS
When people talk about the effects of entertainment on society, it’s usually not in high regard. Movies and video games are blamed for desensitizing people to violence, while each new wave of pop music is summarily dismissed as mindless dreck. Decades before people were dissing the wup-wup-wup-WHOMP of dubstep, they were scandalized by anything with an accentuated back-beat. Today’s old guard is always yesterday’s vanguard, where controversy plus time equals quaint.