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Wednesday, October 23,2013

New in Town

Bordeaux-Wine Food Spirits

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Earlier this month, Bordeaux-Wine Food Spirits opened inside the recently renamed Crowne Plaza Lansing West. The upscale eatery takes over the spot previously occupied by in-town Christine’s Bistro, which served as the hotel’s restaurant for the last 17 years.
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Wednesday, October 16,2013

Shot in the mitten

Lansing-area filmmakers compete in annual statewide festival

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Michigan will be transformed into the home state of Gotham City and/or Metropolis in the upcoming Batman-vs.-Superman movie scheduled to shoot here next spring. The film will be budgeted at about a quarter of a billion dollars, will bring scores of film industry professionals working in the to the state and will create hundreds of temporary jobs, ranging from on-screen extras to Porta Potty technicians. As far as movies go, you don’t get much bigger than that.
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Wednesday, October 16,2013

New in Town

Monticello’s Market and Butcher Block/Tom and Chee

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week, Monticello’s Market and Butcher Block opened in Haslett. The location was a Sav A Lot store for 18 years, but in January, owners Doug and Margie Potter decided to transform the building into market focusing on specialty meats and produce.
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Saturday, October 12,2013

New in town

Salvation Army Thrift Store / Value World

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Earlier this year, Macklemore scored a No. 1 hit song with 'euro;'Thrift Shop,'euro;' a tongue-in-cheek ode to buying clothes in secondhand stores. So, has there been a rush of new costumers intown.
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Wednesday, October 9,2013

Period pieces

Historic Lansing costume shop reopens in time for Halloween

by ALLAN I. ROSS
A cardboard box filled with dismembered heads sits next to the cash register. It’s an appropriately ghoulish sight given that Halloween is right around the corner, but the effect is unintentional.
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Wednesday, October 9,2013

Above and beyond

‘Gravity’ a masterpiece of epic sci fi storytelling

by ALLAN I. ROSS
There’s more than a passing resemblance between gravity and the theistic view of God: They’re both powerful invisible forces; they both exist ubiquitously throughout the universe; and without them, there couldn’t be life as we know it.
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Wednesday, October 9,2013

Flash in the pan

Stage adaptation of ‘80s flick stuck in the past

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Quick: You hear “Flashdance,” what do you think of? A hot brunette in a cutoff gray sweatshirt? The Academy Award-winning title song? A woman arched against a chair in profile, water gushing from the ceiling on her nubile hardbody? You bet your neon leg warmers you said yes to all of the above.
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Thursday, October 3,2013

‘Tis the saison

Lansing Fall Fest keeps the beer flowing

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Thursday, Oct. 3 — It’s technically not in Lansing, but the organizers behind the debut Lansing Fall Fest event are pretty sure you won’t notice —'or care, once the beer starts flowing. Lansing Fall Fest will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, above the Red Salamander Homebewing and Winemaking Supplies shop, 902 E. Saginaw Hwy. in Grand Ledge.
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Wednesday, October 2,2013

Toolin' Dye

Lansing historical society opens a special door for fundraising event

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The first year Valerie Marvin led local history buffs on a tour of a notable downtown building, the featured centerpiece was an old bank vault inside the Comerica Building. Last year, all eyes were on the statues adorning the former Strand Theater on Washington Square.
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Wednesday, September 25,2013

Wheeeeee, harmony!

Celebrating 20 years of MSU Community Music School

by ALLAN I. ROSS
As a child, Heather Guernsey showed no musical aptitude. Her mother played the violin, but Guernsey said she didnīt have any desire to pick up an instrument.
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