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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 15,2014

Combat journalist

Provocative thriller shows the danger of telling the truth

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In Van Halen’s 1992 music video “Right Now,” two animated figures commit a cruel bit of bullying on a third figure above the words “Right now, our government is doing things we think only other countries do.” It’s a trite bit of subversion, but dang it all if 24 years later, wiretapping scandals and drone bombings haven’t made Sammy Hagar & Co. into wango-tango pop culture prophets of doom.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Lansing’s specialty coffee scene continues to grow with the addition of another business. Paul and Emily Nicholls are the owners of the new Rust Belt Roastery in Old Town. They roast small batches of beans in an antique woodfired roaster and distribute them at local farmers markets and retail stores.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

‘Once’ more, with feeling

Broadway adaptation of indie romance moves at the speed of love

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In the universe of “Once,” music is both the lubricant that keeps souls from chafing and the fuel that keeps hearts pounding. Several times in the script, a character turns to another after a song and says something to the effect of, “That was a-MAZ-ing.” Really, there was nothing else to say — and this play won the Tony for Best Book in 2012.
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Wednesday, October 8,2014

Special delivery

WHY WE CHOSE A RISKY ALTERNATIVE CHILDBIRTH FOR OUR SON

by ALLAN I. ROSS
My son, Sagan, is set to be either a well-adjusted world citizen or a case study in identity crisis. He is a blend of European and Afro-Caribbean ethnicities, has dual U.S./French citizenship and, if his development goes well, will be bilingual from the time he can speak. My wife, GaŽlle, is a research scientist; I am an arts and culture writer, so between the two of us he’s getting a solid dose of left brain/right brain mechanics. At 8 weeks old, Sagan already shatters any notions of cultural pigeonholing … but that could just be a proud father talking.
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Wednesday, October 8,2014

REO bravado

Lansing’s fastest growing cultural district gets a new preforming arts space

by ALLAN I. ROSS
For the last three years, Dylan and Jeana- Dee Rogers have been artistic dynamos in the community. He’s the founder/bandleader of the Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle, an eye-popping 16-piece gypsy-folk group that play concerts and festivals throughout mid-Michigan. She’s the education director at REACH Art Studio, which works with schools, neighborhood organizations and businesses to keep visual art front-and-center in mid-Michigan.
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Wednesday, October 8,2014

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The City of East Lansing held a ribbon cutting for Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac nī Cheez on Tuesday. It’s the third restaurant for the Detroitarea franchise, which also has locations in in Troy and Auburn Hills. There are two downtown Detroit locations in the works, and plans are underway to expand the franchise into Chicago and Toledo as well.
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Wednesday, September 24,2014

New in town

The Knight Cap/Scoops in Old Town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It looks like downtown Lansing’s longest-running restaurant will be changing ownership soon. Owner/ operator Charlie Sinadinos confirmed this week that her restaurant, The Knight Cap, has been for sale “for a short while,” and an interested party has started the process of taking over.
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