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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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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Drinkin' 'n' Singin': A list of the best drinking & bar songs

Country and rock songs that go great with a night at the bar

by Rich Tupica
Country music and rock ‘n’ roll were seemingly forged in the crucible of the 20th century bar scene. These songs wear their heritage proudly, and will be giving bar-goers group sing-a-long material long past last call.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Cruthu debuts at Kings Destroy show., Sunday, Oct. 26 Kings Destroy is taking a day off from its tour with Pentagram to headline a heavy show Sunday at the Avenue Café. Opening are Beast in the Field and Hordes. Making its Lansing debut at this show is Cruthu, a new, female-fronted...
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Barguide: Leave of abstinence

A non-drinker reflects on going from bar hopping to passing the bar

by Gabrielle Johnson
“What are you doing here?” the woman in the hallway asked me. “You look like a lawyer.” We were both headed into the Ingham County Jail, but I wasn’t a lawyer yet. I was a law student, and I wasn’t there in a professional capacity. I was there as an inma...
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Cut-and-paste aesthetic

New art exhibit celebrates Michiganīs place in the Rust Belt

by Jonathan Griffith
Despite the absence of corporate backing in production, Midwest creatives of all varieties with a desire to produce works have proved since the ‘80s and ‘90s that if there is a will, there is way. In “Substrate,” (SCENE) Metrospace’s new exhibit opening Friday, visitors are shown the many ways in which, albeit on a smallscale, people are taking production back.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Barguide: Shifting times

Working class bars geared for the shift worker full of color and class

by Michael Gerstein
Itīs 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday, but people are already drinking beers inside LeRoy’s Classic Bar and Grill, 1526 S. Cedar St. in Lansing. The day manager of 15 years, Joseph Cardwell, preps food on the nearby griddle. He opens the doors to the typical clientele at 7 a.m.: Third-shift nurses from Sparrow Hospital, police officers and factory workers who come to unwind after a hard night’s work. But with the decline in manufacturing jobs, it just isnīt what it used to be.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Barguide: Burning love

Lansing-area bars warm up to fireplaces

by Beth Waldon
In recent years, bars have begun adding patios to attract diners to eat and drink outdoors to take full advantage of the mid-Michigan spring, summer and fall. But as the mercury drops, patio dining becomes less desirable.
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