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Wednesday, May 27,2015

New in town

Nola Bistro Pho & Po-Boys

by ALLAN I. ROSS
I can’t imagine there’s a huge crossover between New Orleans cooking and Asian cuisine. Sure, there are probably lots of folks out there who appreciate a nice bowl of gumbo and/or a bánh mě sandwich, but to have both on the same menu could be overwhelming. Well, as they say in N’awlins, “Laissez les bon temps roulez!” Nola Bistro Pho & Po-Boys, which opened earlier this month on Lansing’s west side, has a menu that flip-flops between Vietnamese and Creole dishes. The restaurant’s name says it all.
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
E-40 at Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge, Sunday, May 31 Bay Area rap legend E-40 headlines Sunday at Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge, with Stevie Stone opening the show. E-40, who comes to Lansing on his “Choices Tour 2015,” debuted in 1990 when his group, the Click, released the “...
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Catching his breath

Joshua davis reflects on ‘the voice,’´ looks to the future

by Ty Forquer
Joshua Davis’ improbable run on “The Voice” ended on May 19’s season finale, with the former Lansing resident and Steppin’ In It frontman finishing in third place behind champion Sawyer Fredericks, a 16-year-old folk singer from upstate New York, and country singer Meghan Linsey. His run on the reality TV singing competition began three months ago, with Davis´ performance of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” in a blind audition on the show’s Feb. 23 debut. Davis narrowly escaped elimination on April 21’s results show, but he safely sailed through the next three rounds en route to the show’s final round.
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Bringing it home

‘Kinky Boots’ dance captain has Lansing roots

by Ty Forquer
For most Broadway performers, a national tour means many nights on the road, sleeping in unfamiliar cities. For one member of the “Kinky Boots” touring cast, however, the musical’s stop in East Lansing brings him back home. Dance captain Stephen Carrasco was raised just minutes away from the Wharton Center stage. An Okemos native, the New York-based dancer graduated from Okemos High School in 2002. While Carrasco, 30, has been in four Broadway shows (including the Broadway run of “Kinky Boots”) and a few national touring shows, this musical is a special achievement for him.
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

New face in Old Town

Austin Ashley named Old Town Commercial Association executive director

by Ty Forquer
Austin Ashley, who most recently served as marketing manager at Astera Credit Union, begins Monday as the new executive director of the Old Town Commercial Association. “I’m excited to get started,” said Ashley. Ashley, a 25-year-old resident of Lansing’s Westside neighborhood, has a history with the Old Town Commercial Association. He worked as an intern for the organization in 2011, and has continued to stay involved with Old Town by serving on festival committees, volunteering at events and maintaining friendships with business owners. He is looking forward to returning to the neighborhood in his new role.
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Green Report: The buds are back

‘Best Buds’ returns with quality products, good service

by Steve Green
Best Buds is back, with the same buds and a new location. Instead of finding them on South Washington Avenue — where you may have visited them in 2011 — they are now located on Michigan Avenue, just west of U.S. 127. The small parking lot is located in the back of the building. As I walked up to the front door, I noticed a camera on the building, which made me feel safe knowing the cars and surrounding area were being monitored by staff. I arrived at the door and was buzzed into the front. Just inside was a large, well-designed waiting area with a fresh, clean look and smell. Everything appeared new, from the floors to the gold tin tile ceiling that had me mesmerized. I walked up to the check-in window and handed them my patient card and identification. Another buzzer clicked, and I was allowed entry to a back room that featured that same captivating gold ceiling and variety of wall art.
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Lansing staycation

Saturday, May 30

by Michelai A. Graham
Remember that restaurant you have been meaning to try? What about that museum you have always meant to visit? The Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving Greater Lansing residents a chance to re-discover their hometown with its 21st annual Be a Tourist In Your Own Town event. Popular Lansing businesses and destinations will offer free admission, tours, special events and more to curious explorers.
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Thursday, May 21,2015

Top of the Town Winners

by City Pulse
HANGOUTS Church 1. Riverview Church 2. Trinity Church (Jolly/Dunkel) 3. St. Gerard Catholic Church Coffee Shop 1. Strange Matter Coffee Co. 2. Starbucks  3. Espresso Royale Biggby 1. 2006 S. Cedar St., Holt 2. 120 W. Ottawa St., Lansing 3. 115 W. A...
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Usual and unusual

Cocktail list for 2015-16 Lansing Symphony season calms, piques and zings

by Lawrence Cosentino
Lady walks into a bar. Bartender gives her a drink called a Concerto for Four Saxophones and Orchestra. Voo, voo, voo, wah! Lady´s head expands. “What was that?” “The usual.” Slipping zing into classical music´s dogeared cocktail list of Mozart, Tchaikovsky and their cronies is a tried and true formula for Lansing Symphony Orchestra maestro Timothy Muffitt, and he’s not about to change it for the 2015-16 season, announced this week.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

End-ish times

Dead Russian dances with a live American at Lansing Symphony season closer

by Lawrence Cosentino
By now, people expect rapture — if not The Rapture — from Lansing Symphony Orchestra season finales. Friday’s splendid concert, the final salvo of the 2014-15 season, brought rapture, all right, but with a touch of unease. After an evening of old-sounding “new” music and newsounding “old” music, you have to wonder whether we are living in the symphony orchestra’s end times — or at least its endish times.
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