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Wednesday, November 19,2014

Beyond the lights

State Christmas tree’s LED lighting design revamped for 2014

by Allan I. Ross
In 2012, City Pulse wrote that the Michigan State Christmas tree looked like it had been “stuffed in an ugly Christmas sweater … (and resembles) the tip of a nuclear missile.” Last year, we compared it to “a lunch lady’s hairnet.” Harsh words, but take ...
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Wednesday, November 19,2014

Outside the (invisible) box

Local mime competes on national TV, launches entertainment company

by Allan I. Ross
Mimes are up there with lawyers and female Republicans as socially acceptable targets of public ridicule. There’s no good reason — what’s so deplorable about invisible walls and stiff winds? — but it’s possible that their white faces and gleeful silences put ...
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Wednesday, November 19,2014

New in town

Restaurant Mediteran

by Allan I. Ross
After 10 years of business, downtown Lansing’s Restaurant Mediteran will close in February. Owner Igor Jurkovic said that his parents, who both operate the restaurant, wanted to retire and it would be impossible to hire replacements for them.
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Wednesday, November 19,2014

Crowdsourcing: Origin stories

A GUIDE TO LANSING-AREA ONLINE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS

by Anne Abendroth, Beth Waldon and Krista Wilson
Crowdsourcing is a new City Pulse occasional feature that will highlight local crowdsourcing campaigns. To find the events, go to the designated website and search by title.
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Wednesday, November 19,2014

Touch of silver

Friday, Nov. 21

by Beth Waldon and Jonathan Griffith
Lansing’s premiere holiday event, Silver Bells in the City, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. And rather than make with the pearls, as is traditional for the 30th, Silver Bells is giving the gift of sea sponge-inspired DIY pop hit makers. Oh Lansing, you’re so thoughtful!
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Monday, November 17,2014

Mooney/Dick show canceled

by City Pulse Staff
Friday, Nov. 14 —'The spokeswoman for "What's Going on in America," the comedy/spoken word show that was supposed to be held Saturday at Fahrenheit Ultra-Lounge on Lansing's south side, said the show has been canceled.
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Friday, November 14,2014

New in town

P-SQUARED/RED'S SMOKEHOUSE/L AND J BELLA SOAP

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Butcher paper obscures the view into downtown Lansing’s P Squared Wine Bar, and a sheet of paper declares, “We are temporarily closed for renovations.” But there’s nothing temporary about it: The 2-year-old establishment won’t be reopening.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Hummingbirds & cigars

Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval will take flight at Wharton Center concert

by Lawrence Cosentino
Last week, jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, the distinguished composer, arranger, and 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, was relaxing on the patio of his home in Calabasas, Calif., watching hummingbirds. “I love those little birds, man,” he said “Every time one comes around, I smile.” Darting iridescent bodies and a blur of wings so fast the eye can’t follow are the perfect visual counterparts to Sandoval’s supersonic bebop-and-beyond trumpet flights.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Curtain call: Engaging ‘View’

LCC wins with timeless love story

by Tom Helma
A bygone era shows up on the Dart Auditorium stage as director Andy Callis presents E.M Forster’s “A Room with a View,” adapted to the stage by Christina Calvit. Written in 1924, the novel was the last in Forster’s career and captured a sense of the slowly changing times, the soft-spoken yet still polite emergence of women’s voices in society.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Love, Italian style

Longtime Roma Bakery owner finally dishes out recipes with new cookbook

by Bill Castanier
Like a fine stock, Mena Castriciano’s cookbook has been simmering on the back burner for a long time. But this week her lifetime of dishing recipes becomes reality with “Cooking with Mena,” a collection of her favorite Italian recipes. “It was my dream,” she said while holding court in the dining area of Roma Bakery Deli & Fine Foods, 428 N. Cedar St. in Lansing. She owns the longtime business with her husband, Sostine, where she’s frequently interrupted by friends and customers.
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