For the better part of a week, Winter Storm Gemini made mid-Michigan look like a set piece in the hit Disney film “Frozen,” leaving between onefourth of an inch and three-fourths of an inch of heavy ice crust across the landscape.
Lansing saw a bump in art house films, thanks in large part to two film festivals (tip o’ the hat to ye, Capital City Film Festival and East Lansing Film Festival) and the opening of Studio C! in Okemos. Here are the five that rose to the top in 2013.
A rush of new grocery stores, restaurants, bars and specialty shops confirmed Lansing’s economic upswing this year. Thirteen may be perceived as an unlucky number, but for these businesses, 2013 was full of promise.
Last week, Mena Castriciano’s dining room table was covered with authentic Italian dishes. Breads, salads, finger foods, pasta dishes and piles — actual heaping piles — of desserts. Cakes on top of tortes on top of almond cookies. In all, Castriciano estimated there were about 200 items.
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing presented City Pulse with the 2013 Business Arts Award at its 34th Annual Holiday Glitter gala Tuesday night at the University Club. The event honors contributors to the mid-Michigan arts and culture scene in two categories: for individuals, with the Applause Award, and for businesses, with the Business Arts Award.
Work is underway on a second local location for Firehouse Subs, which is set to open Jan. 6 at 200 S. Washington Square in downtown. The space was formerly used for state offices. The restaurant is part of a national chain that boasts “700 locations and counting,” but owner Sam Shango was simply intown taken with the product.
Come for the hot girl-on-girl action, stay for a philosophical examination of the transformative, transcendental power of sex. In “Blue is the Warmest Color,” sex isn’t an act you engage in; it’s a food that’s consumed wholly and voraciously by a starving generation no longer boxed in by conventional ideas of identity.