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Wednesday, July 9,2014

Big screen treatment

Lansing’s newest movie theater could stir up cultural pot

by ALLAN I. ROSS
On Friday, as the primates in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” launch their campaign to take over civilization — or at least the box office — Lansing-area audiences will see a significant shift in the local cultural landscape. A new movie theater, Regal Lansing Mall Cinemas 12 & RPX, opens Friday inside the Lansing Mall. It will bring the total number of screens in Lansing to 64, the most the area has ever seen. It also opens up a whole new set of possibilities for mid- Michigan movie fans.
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Wednesday, July 9,2014

The great outdoors

Turner Street Outdoor Movie Series adds music to the mix

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The summer 2014 box office is looking decidedly familiar: Sequels, gritty reboots, fairy tale adaptations. Ah, the old days, when all our entertainment was original.
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Wednesday, July 9,2014

New in town

Grace Boutique/Curvaceous Lingerie/Good Truckin' Food

by ALLAN I. ROSS
After five months of work, Summer Schriner’s renovation of Young’s Landing, the building across the street to the north from the neighborhood’s landmark Temple Club building, is finally complete. Schriner is the owner/ operator of Grace Boutique of Old Town, which moved into the space this week.
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Wednesday, July 9,2014

Gone all summer

Cheap Girls leads the pack of a new breed of Lansing rockers getting national attention

by Rich Tupica
Last month, Ian Graham was preparing for an 18-hour drive to Florida with his band, Cheap Girls. The trip would serve as the first leg of the trio’s three-month national tour, which is now zigzagging its way through the Midwest on its way to Los Angeles. But just hours before the momentous journey’s start, Graham was decidedly relaxed. Which was puzzling, because he hadn’t started getting ready.
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Wednesday, July 9,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
The Plurals go acoustic at Macs - Friday, July 11. Lansing alt-rock fixture the Plurals tones down its amped-up sound with an acoustic set featuring Tommy & Hattie Plural. The Plurals’ bio describes its sound as “noisy, poppy, spacey and punky.” Opening are Epoxy...
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Thursday, July 3,2014

Book reviews: Notes from Neil

Best of the First Half - NONFICTION

by Neil Rajala
Thursday, July 3 — One more week of looking back at the first half of the year. This week it's my favorite nonfiction books so far - next week, back to new books. Enjoy the holiday weekend, and remember to pack a good book (or two) if you're traveling. Here's what we're reading:
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Wednesday, July 2,2014

How to handle a flame

A dozen people give their take on patriotism

by Lawrence Cosentino
What is patriotism? After I asked a dozen mid- Michigan leaders and citizens, Im no closer to a definitive answer, so Ill open with a metaphor. Patriotism is a flame.
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Wednesday, July 2,2014

Goodbye Goodrich’s

After 76 years, grocery store closes later this month; customers scramble

by Lawrence Cosentino
Ask regular customers of Goodrich’s Shop-Rite what they’ll miss when the store closes in two weeks and you’ll get the expected answers: The friendly staff of committed lifers; the meat, the wine, Annette Aldrich, Goodrich’s produce department the deli, the international foods; coowner Steve Scheffel’s magnificent white hair and epic world-weariness; Dr. Beef’s tasty sausage and tasteless jokes.
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Wednesday, July 2,2014

The ‘Lost’ generation

Indie sci-fi ‘The Signal’ perpetuates ‘mystery box’ myth

by ALLAN I. ROSS
For six mind-bending seasons, “Lost” captivated TV audiences and left a lasting influence on popular entertainment, for better and for worse. For better: Mainstream re-embracement of science fiction, long-form storytelling that doesn’t adhere to linear plots, a willingness to kill off main characters. For worse: A cliffhanger at every commercial break and the maddening habit of leaving plot points unresolved — a technique showrunner J.J. Abrams’ dubbed “the mystery box.”
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Wednesday, July 2,2014

New in town

Don Poncho Market/River Town Adventures

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When Don Pancho Market opened south of downtown Lansing in April, it created a whole new set of possibilities for downtown denizens looking for a local food mart. Downtown isn’t exactly known for its fresh food options; besides Sunset Market, 618 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, Don Pancho is pretty much it for walkable markets.
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