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Wednesday, September 3,2014

New in town

LOU & HARRY'S/JERSEY GIANT/CHANDLER TAP HOUSE

by Allan I. Ross
This year, downtown Lansing’s Washington Square lost two businesses with small but dedicated fan bases: Decker’s Coffee (aka Cup of Dessert) and Ted-Dee’s Sandwich Shop closed within months of each other — but those buildings didn’t stay empty for long. In July, the 21st location for the Lansingbased Jersey Giant sub shop opened in the former Decker’s location, and this week Lou & Harry’s took over Ted- Dee’s’ old digs.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

Attack the block

SATURDAY, SEPT. 6

by Jonathan Griffith
There’s no shortage of summertime art-themed events in the Lansing area. East Lansing has its Art Festival. Old Town has ScrapFest and the newly launched ArtFeast. So when it’s REO Town’s turn to host the party, the fourth annual Art Attack! festival, what can a member of...
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica & Sarah Winterbutton
On Friday, City Pulse, The Impact 89FM and MSU’s Broad Art Museum will host the free, all-ages “End of the Summer” concert on the lawn of the museum. Cheap Girls, a local power-pop trio, plays its record release show at the second-year event. “The Broad show is kind of the first show of our fall plans,” said Ian Graham, singer/bassist for Cheap Girls. “Then we’ll be doing a few various shows regionally before heading out (on a national tour), then it’s back to Europe for a couple weeks.”
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Saturday, August 30,2014

Turn it down: Cheap Girls play free concert at Broad

Cheap Girls, DJ Ruckus, Hat Madder play free, outdoor show

by Rich Tupica
Get ready for the second annual End of Summer Concert, a free outdoor show hosted by City Pulse, The Impact 89FM and the Broad Art Museum on the campus of Michigan State University. The show’s headliner is Cheap Girls, a local group enjoying a little national acclaim. Other performers are DJ Ruckus and the Hat Madder, both fixtures in the Lansing music scene. The event which is on the lawn of the Broad Museum, is sponsored by Music Manor, Flat Black & Circular, Crunchy’s, Splash of Color and Goomba’s Pizza.
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Thursday, August 28,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

New York, New York (and elsewhere)

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, AUG. 28 — I received an array of questions from one of this newsletter's readers last week about the book review process itself - how I got started, what the process is, how much and when I read, etc. Answering them was a good reminder for me how much I enjoy this, both the writing about what I've read and the responses from you I'm privileged to read every week. I've said it before, but thank you again for staying in touch and letting me know what you think. I'm truly grateful, and this would be a lot less fun without you. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

Painting the Oldsmobile

Lansing Art Gallery’s ‘backbone,’ Cathy Babcock, retires after 17 years

by Lawrence Cosentino
Championing art in Lansing is like painting an Oldsmobile. Ask Cathy Babcock. Last week, Babcock retired after 17 years with the Lansing Art Gallery, the last 15 as director. She led the gallery through three problematic locations, including a car dealership and a basement that rings with the clanging weights of an upstairs gym. Donor dollars all but dried up in the 2008 recession, but she wrote grants like a racehorse, kept the gallery going and never doubted that her gritty city has a big heart for art.
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

The daily show

Jack Ebling expands sports coverage in Lansing with weekday talk show

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In a city where wearing blue and yellow on certain days of the year could get you tarred and feathered, it’s safe to say that sports is kind of a big deal ‘round these parts.
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

A day in the life

Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ captures adolescence, humanity in real time

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Kids grow up so fast, don’t they? One minute they’re cute little munchkins shoving rocks into pencil sharpeners trying to make arrowheads, the next they’re surly malcontents shuffling through the door an hour past curfew with glazed eyes. Parents go from being heroes of the universe to embodiments of mortification, and through it all runs a procession of seemingly mundane moments punctuated by world-shattering “catastrophes.”
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

New in town

OLD TOWN CHANGES

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last month, Old Town Commercial Association executive director Louise Gradwhol announced she would resign to pursue a medical degree. This week her replacement was named: Old Town resident Megan Barrett will assume responsibilities as executive director on Tuesday.
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

Manifest “Destiny”

MONDAY, SEPT 1

by Jonathan Griffith
Michigan seems to have a cultural climate conducive to producing eccentric, ambitious film directors. Michael Moore is probably the most high profile, the poster child for idiosyncratic documentary moviemakers. Moore’s fellow Flint native Kerry Conran is another piece of work; he toiled for years on what became the 2004 genre mash-up “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” a throwback sci-fi action film that married 21st century technology with tropes from old serials. And now there’s Thomas Reilly-King, a Michigan State University graduate and aspiring filmmaker who, much like Conran, has blended disparate styles into a feature-length film, “Enduring Destiny.” And those styles are about as unalike as Alfred Hitchcock and “National Lampoon.” Seriously.
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