I ran into a former colleague from the Lansing State Journal as I left the Waterfront Bar & Grille last Friday. His first words to me were, “You’re with the enemy now.” This snarky comment was in reference to my becoming editor of City Pulse. But in the last few years I’ve been active in the community, anything but being an enemy. I realized he doesn’t know me, and neither do many of you. Let me introduce myself with 10 things I want you to know about me:
Lansing area simplifiers go for less stuff and more soulby Lawrence Cosentino
A brief guide to cheap and free entertainment options in the capital cityby Dylan Sowle
Paying for things is stupid. The man is always trying to keep you down by demanding that you hand over your hardearned currency. There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but that doesnīt mean you canīt crash the buffet. Hold on tight while we suck up every last drop of discount in Lansing.
To find low-cost produce on the cheap, get ruralby Nathan Kark
Lansing’s rural areas are filled with farmers who grow too much for their own consumption. The result is the “ditch stand,” a place where freshly harvested goodies are positioned for people to pick up as they pass by. Some farmers simply ask for a donation for their efforts while others just give it away.
Renegade Theatre Festival brings stampede of theater companies, independents to Old Townby Lawrence Cosentino
A spur-jingling cowpoke saunters through a Western street, picking up snatches of drama from every door: Guffaws, gunshots, a baby crying, some honkytonk piano, sighing lovers, the crash of the obligatory troublemaker flying through a plate glass window. He raises an eyebrow, touches his gun and moves on.
Maximizing the utility of online vouchersby MARY CUSACK
This summer a friend and I savored a gourmet meal at a local country club. It included an appetizer, two glasses of wine and two enormous entrees. Total cost: $29. No, we didn’t know the waiter and there was no scam involved. We enjoyed this upscale experience thanks to online vouchers, which make it is easy to save big bucks on Lansing meals, massages, golf and goods.
Local TV, radio changes break new ground, say goodbye to longtime personalitiesby ALLAN I. ROSS
Contrary to media doomsday polemicists, the Internet did not kill television, just as TV didn’t kill radio in the ‘50s and radio did not kill newspapers in the ‘20s. As you’re reading these words, some DJ somewhere is giving “Hotel California” its billionth spin while a cub TV reporter is earning her wings interviewing a 90-yearold yoga enthusiast. The broadcast industry is rarely news itself. In Lansing this week, recent developments have included several noteworthy changes.
Musical comedy ‘Married Alive!’ takes aim at life after ‘I do’by Tom Helma
The 2014-‘15 theater season is off to an inauspicious beginning with "Married Alive," Over the Review Ledge Theater Co.’s lackluster midsummer musical. Before the show, director Rick Dethlefsen urged the audience to follow his mother’s advice: If they find themselves with nothing good to say after the performance, don’t say anything at all. On the other hand, my mom urged me to always tell the truth, so here goes.
SATURDAY, AUG 16by Alexa McCarthy
As the Renegade Theatre Festival turns Old Town into a giant turntable of live theater this weekend, festivalgoers will need something to munch on. Anticipiating all those empty bellies taking in shows, Old Town will hold its inaugural ART Feast event, featuring 23 local artists, three food trucks and a neighborhood sidewalk sale.
A survey of Lansing's musical landscapeby Sarah Winterbottom
RED FOX COMICSby ALLAN I. ROSS
Memo to the owners of Black Cat Bistro: Check to see who prepared the food at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22. Specifically, who prepared the asparagus tartar, the peanut crusted goat cheese fritters, the Albert Ave. street corn and the avocado crabwich. Seek them out. Praise them. Shake their hands and ask them to recreate these dishes every day, right to the very last drop of balsamic reduction.
First, the bad: The website looks like it’s only half-developed and doesn’t list prices. You’ve got to pay for parking in downtown East Lansing. And it’s pricy — I’m not made of money, a fact I frequently lament. The good: Everything else. Everything we had there during two separate meals was fresh, innovative and worth eating again.