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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 didn´t have any desire to pick up an instrument.
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Wednesday, September 25,2013

C! changes

Studio C! keeps indie flicks coming in October

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The East Lansing Film Series continues in October with six new features, including some international fare. “This batch is really exciting,” organizer Susan Woods said. “These are movies you won’t be able to see anywhere else.”
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Wednesday, September 25,2013

In custody

'What Maisie Knew' views divorce through the eyes of a child

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Screw war; divorce is hell — and is something far more likely the average American will have to endure. It is second only to the death of a spouse and just above imprisonment as the most stressful thing an adult can endure.
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Wednesday, September 25,2013

New in town

Aldacao´s Taco Bar/Leopold Bloom & Co.

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Earlier this month, south Lansing’s Aldaco’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant made the move about a quarter mile down Cedar Street intown to its new location in the shadow of the I-96 overpass.
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Wednesday, September 18,2013

Roxanne in bloom

Post-surgery, Old Town co-founder ready to get her hands dirty again

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Roxanne Frith was part of the team that started the renovation process of Old Town in the late ´70s. Through her knack for coaxing life from the earth and her dedication to the art of photography, Frith, 55, planted the seeds for what grew into a bustling gallery district, and has become a guiding force in the local art scene. She also teaches photography at LCC and is still an avid gardener.
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