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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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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Barguide: The journalist bartender

by ALLAN I. ROSS
One of my first jobs out of high school was working in a factory. I was young, dumb and had no idea how to manage my income. After furtively sharing a plate with my roommate at an all-you-can-eat buffet for the third time in a month, however, something clicked inside: If I got a restaurant job, I would never be hungry again. Even better, if I got a job in a bar, I could probably drink before I was 21.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Barguide: Bars on film

A look at the best watering holes in cinema

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Everything’s better in the movies: The people are hotter, the explosions are bigger and dragons, aliens and robots from the future happily co-exist. Even the bars are better, and it’s not like they need any help. Here are some of the best places to wet your whistle that Hollywood has ever conjured up — including two real ones.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It’s a baby for Old Town! Earlier this month, Mother & Earth Baby Boutique, moved into 1212 Turner St., former home of Gallery 1212. The baby supply store carries cloth diapers, specialty baby clothing, organic cleaning supplies and “upcycled” furniture and home decorations (old stuff that’s been fixed up and given an artistic coat of paint). Owner/ operator Lynn Ross opened Mother & Earth in 2011, but the recent move gives her a much wider audience.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Q&A with country music icon Rosanne Cash

Cash to perform at Wharton Center

by Rich Tupica
When you’re the daughter of Johnny Cash, your Tennessee roots are apparent and profound. But while Grammy Awardwinning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash was born in Memphis in 1955, she was uprooted as a toddler to California, and for the last two decades she and her husband/ bandmate John Leventhal have raised their children in Manhattan.
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