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Wednesday, October 29,2014

New in town

Vintage Junkies

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week, REO Town gained a new business that will anchor its southern edge: Vintage Junkies, a vintage clothing, furniture, home décor and jewelry store, moved into the former Kwast American Bakeries on South Washington Avenue. The store is the brainchild of friends Amy McMeeken and Aimée Macklin, who take the business’ name to heart. “I’ve loved vintage things since I was little,” said McMeeken, 35. “My grandmother took me to a garage sale and I bought a bracelet for 25 cents. I still have it.”
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

Turn it Down interview: Matthew Milia of Frontier Ruckus

Alexa McCarthy chats with Milia about 'Sitcom Afterlife'

by Alexa McCarthy
Frontier Ruckus has been known for its lyrically intense and dense folk records since it formed in 2003. But the band’s new record, “Sitcom Afterlife,” shows chief songwriter Matthew Milia scaling back his poetic verbiage and delving into his pop sensibilities. The Michigan-based band releases the new 10-song record, its fourth full-length, Saturday at Mac’s Bar. Milia chatted with City Pulse about the new disc and that time Alanis Morissette appeared at one of their gigs.
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

Above and beyond recognition

Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame inducts 11 new members

by Anne Abendroth, Beth Waldon and Krista Wilson
On Thursday, 11 women will be inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. This year’s collection of notable Michigan women includes an historic equestrian, a revolutionary biology researcher and a real mover and shaker. Well, not so much a shaker, but she is the founder of the country’s largest franchised moving company.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

The art of absorption

‘Future Returns’ brings panorama of modern Chinese life to Broad Museum

by Lawrence Cosentino
Wang Chunchen knows how to roll with change. Quick and wrenching change in the world’s most populous nation is the theme of “Future Returns,” a dizzying, diverse exhibit of contemporary Chinese art, curated by Wang, set to take over the second floor of the Broad Art Museum Oct. 30.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Making love to history

Preservation Lansing awards recognize projects large and small

by Lawrence Cosentino
The categories have always seemed clear-cut in the annual Preservation Lansing awards, given each year to outstanding historical preservation projects large and small. But one nominee blurred the lines a bit this year. The newly repaired and cleaned mausoleum where auto pioneer Ran...
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Barguide: Bittersweet symphony

Classical tracks to bring on a drinking spree

by Lawrence Cosentino
City Pulse’s Lansing Symphony reviewer offers up a few selections to load up your iPod for a kicking’ bar crawl — old school.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Wish you were here

Antique postcard book provides look back at MSU’s history

by Bill Castanier
When the postcard debuted in the U.S. in the late 19th century, it revolutionized shortform communication, sort of like a primitive Facebook or Twitter. But unlike messages on modern social media, the penny postcard has become a major hobby, attracting millions of collectors nationwide. It’s highly doubtful anyone’s collecting tweets for a future museum display.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

CITY PULSE BAR GUIDE

by City Pulse
In this, the first-ever City Pulse Bar Issue, we have compiled a handy primer for Lansing-area socialites looking to get more out of their bar-going experiences and maybe learn a little bit more about this distinct social climate. But, you know, in a fun way.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Barguide: Favorite drinks

by City Pulse
  'Family Manhattans' When I was growing up, as my dad would finish his special drink he would give me the bourbon-soaked maraschino cherries from his lowball glass. My mom scolded him every time. That was my introduction to the Manhattan, my family’s sweet, icy and classic ...
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Comic con

Starlight opens its season with comical farce

by Paul Wozniak
Suspension of disbelief is critical to the comedy genre, where plot and the rules of reality are often discarded in service of a joke. That’s especially true Review for Starlight Dinner Theatre’s latest production, “What Is Susan’s Secret,” an “American farce” by Michael and Susan Parker riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies that boggle the mind. What the script lacks in a coherent story, however, it makes up for with the series of eccentric characters that the cast playfully brings to life.
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