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Tuesday, August 13,2013

The longest season

Pulsar awards move to August, add three months of productions

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Those highfalutin entertainment award shows like to front-end the year with all their red carpet razzle-dazzle, but where does that leave award-season junkies the rest of the year? To accommodate your craving, City Pulse pushed back the Pulsar Awards, its annual theater recognition presentation, from mid-May to mid-August to align with the end of the community theater season.
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Wednesday, August 7,2013

STAND AND DELIVER

Widening the spotlight on Lansing's stand-up comedy scene

by ALLAN I. ROSS
I butchered the hell out of the first joke I ever tried to tell. I was in second grade, and I learned it at the bus stop. For the punch line, a mouse is supposed to belch, rip a fart and do an Elvis Presley-like delivery of “I’m all shook up.” I raced home to tell my dad and when I got to the end, I forced a tiny burp, squeezed my palm under my armpit and sang, “A-mush-a-cup.”
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Wednesday, August 7,2013

NEW IN TOWN

LEAF SALAD BAR/ VELOCIPEDE PEDDLER / WHOLE FOODS

by ALLAN I. ROSS
After this Friday, you’ll have one less excuse for eating an unhealthy lunch because you can’t fit it in your busy schedule. Leaf Salad Bar opens across from Frandor in the traffic island bounded by Coolidge Road, Saginaw Street and Grand River Avenue. Co-owner Igor Jurkovic...
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Wednesday, July 31,2013

Cooking lessons

Lansing’s first restaurant week 'definitely a success'

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week, Lansing joined the great restaurant meccas of New York, San Francisco and Miami in dedicating a week to highlighting its local dining establishments. The first-ever Capital Area Restaurant Week featured 28 local restaurants that rolled out up to three multi-course meals for $25 or two for $25. And early results point to an all-around victory.
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Wednesday, July 31,2013

Appraising race

Sundance hit 'Fruitvale Station' a powerful reminder of ongoing racial strife

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Between the recent George Zimmerman acquittal and that still-trending celebrity chef nastiness, we are reminded, yet again, that we do not live in anything close to a post-racist society. Apparently America can elect a black president, but it just can’t seem to shake 237 years of ingrained bigotry. Seriously … can we all get along?
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Wednesday, July 31,2013

NEW IN TOWN

by ALLAN I. ROSS
This weekend, Munchie’s, a local fried food chain, celebrates the grand opening of its new location at 4902 S. Waverly Road in Lansing.
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Tuesday, July 30,2013

Capital history tour

Lansing Historical Society Hosts Old Town Tour

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Tuesday, July 30 —The Historical Society of Greater Lansing has added a tour of Old Town to its summer schedule of historical and architectural walking tours. The Old Town tour was added as part of the 2013 JazzFest. The free tour leaves at 12:30 p.m. Saturday from the west side of Old Town’s Cesar Chavez Plaza.
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Monday, July 29,2013

Prime real estate

It’s official: Former Bar 30 to become a steakhouse

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Monday, July 29 — The owners of Capital Prime Steaks and Seafood, a new restaurant planned for Eastwood Towne Center, announced today it will open next month.
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Wednesday, July 24,2013

NEW IN TOWN

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Irish Pub / Rum Runners A week after St. Patrick’s Day this year, The Irish Pub and Grill, 910 W. Saginaw St. on Lansing’s west side, closed for business. The owners had no comment, but the online auction announcement said it all. Up for bid: its Class C liquor license, a full commercial kitchen and “all equipment required to maintain the business,” which included tables, chairs and lights. Over the last four months, based on outward appearances, it seemed nothing was happening with the property; inside, however, it’s been a different story.
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Wednesday, June 26,2013

Encomium

Saying goodbye to 'the grande dame of Lansing theater'

by ALLAN I. ROSS
"A light has gone out in Lansing today," Dick MacLachlan told the crowd that packed Okemos Community Church Tuesday morning. He was memorializing his mother-in-law and longtime Lansing community theater actress, Winifred B. Olds, among friends, family and members from the Lansing theater community.
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