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Wednesday, September 10,2014

New in town

KNAPPīS CENTRE GRAND OPENING/THE BEER GROTTO

by Allan I. Ross
The date for the grand opening of the newly renovated Knapp’s Center has been set for Nov. 13. The itinerary for the invitation-only affair hasn’t been confirmed yet, but a spokesperson for the Eyde Co., the building’s owners, confirmed the company is working with local public relations firm Truscott Rossman to create an event.
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

Super festival

The whole ball of beeswax about the 4th annual Art Attack!

by Jonathan Griffith
In the winter of 1960, the comics world saw its first super team-up when DC’s mightiest heroes — including Aquaman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman — formed the first iteration of the Justice League to battle a giant space echinoderm. So when economic downturn and loss of regional awareness threatened Lansing’s historic REO Town district, a similar team-up of exceptional entities united with a common goal. And thus the Art Attack! festival was formed, comprising local artists, musicians and food vendors to battle the threat of redevelopment and to raise awareness of a community rich in culture and creativity.
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

The new (Abby) normal

THURSDAY, SEPT. 11-14 & THURSDAY SEPT. 18-21

by Jonathan Griffith
Mel Brooks probably had little idea that his 1974 comedy “Young Frankenstein” would become the iconic phenomenon it is today when he filmed it. Brooks reported that the original cut was over was twice as long as the film we’re familiar with and that for every three jokes, only one was even funny. Nowadays, however, you’d be hard pressed to find someone that doesn’t directly associate “Puttin’ on the Ritz” with the film or mimic Marty Feldman’s classic “Walk this way.”
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

Dragon Heart

How an Ole Man found new life on a boat with a dragon

by Belinda Thurston
When he comes back he goes straight to Adado Riverfront Park for the Capital City Dragon Boat Race. He’ll captain the Anahata team. He’ll welcome Hau and the American Dragon Boat Association, which is bringing four boats for the event. There are 30 teams expected from around the Lansing area, many are teams of survivors of cancer, abuse and addiction.
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

Dragon Returns

Third dragon boat race twice as big, includes food trucks and vendors

by Belinda Thurston
The Capital City Dragon Boat Races are back and have a mission.It’s one of survival.“One of the reasons I took this on is to show our clients they can do more than they think they can do,” said Cindie Alwood, co-director of the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing, org...
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Thursday, September 4,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Getting Caught Up

by Neil Rajala
THURSDAY, SEPT. 4 — In the days when I was writing this newsletter from the Schuler store in downtown Grand Rapids, I used to include a weekly list of notable books that had just been released in paperback. I've heard from a few of you that you found that list useful, either to pick up a book you were interested in at a more affordable price, or because it made the title a more viable choice for your reading group. With that in mind, here are a dozen books on my "highly recommended" list that have seen a paperback release since I first wrote about them. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

Vampire weeknight

Bestselling supernatural author sinks her teeth into the Big Apple, comes to Lansing

by Bill Castanier
There is sex. There are breakups. And there is a murder. Would you expect anything less from the vampires of the Blue Bloods Coven in Melissa de la Cruz’s new book, “Vampires of Manhattan”? The newest installment in her successful “Blue Bloods” novels finds the characters 10 years older and living a peaceful coexistence with humans.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

Monster season

2014-’15 Lansing theater goes from tap-dancing Frankenstein to fetish footwear

by Paul Wozniak
Like cars and clothes, the theater sees its fair share of retro. This year’s season of over 50 theater productions includes revivals of classic plays, fairy tales, book-to-stage, screen-to-stage adaptations and even one stage-to-screen production. Expect to see standards from playwrights like Chekhov, Shakespeare and Williams. But audiences looking for something new can expect multiple Michigan premieres, including at least three world premiere productions from local playwrights. And two appearances by Mary Shelley’s most famous creation prove you can’t keep a good monster down.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

Certified fresh

September Indie Film Series features top-rated offerings

by ALLAN I. ROSS
As daylight hours turn from free time back into school days, Studio C! in Okemos once again relinquishes one of its screens from the grip of summer spectacle — all those sentient apes, raccoons and mutant turtles — and focuses instead on indepen dent and art house fare. You know, where quality storytelling reigns over pyrotechnics and science fact trumps science fiction.
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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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