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Thursday, August 22,2013

EYESORE OF THE WEEK

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: It’s no secret: This property is just one of the many empty retail spaces in the area. Why all the emptiness? Simple. There is more retail space than the community can support.
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Thursday, August 15,2013

Stimulating growth

City of Lansing accepting applications for annual art ‘place-making’ program

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Thursday, Aug. 15 — Local arts organizations could score a grant for up to $75,000 to make the capital city a more visually (or sonically, as the case may be) place to be. The 2013-‘14 Sense of Place in the Arts Grant Program is underway, which allows Lansing-based arts groups to fund public art projects.
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Wednesday, August 14,2013

Fall forward

Studio C! brings back art films starting in September

by ALLAN I. ROSS
As the smoke clears on the summer movie season and the Hollywood studios reap their blockbuster earnings (or bemoan their losses), Studio C! in Okemos is making some room once again for the East Lansing Film Series.
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Wednesday, August 14,2013

Reefer blandness

Jennifer Aniston tries to save a buzz-less raunchy comedy

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Some comedies demand repeat viewings to allow your brain to wrap around the complexity or the subtlety of the humor, or to soak in a boldly original acting performance. Admittedly, I was no fan of “The Big Lebowski,” “Best in Show” or “Zoolander” the first time I saw them, but I now rank them among my favorites.
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Wednesday, August 14,2013

NEW IN TOWN

FIRESIDE GRILL / WHAT UP DAWG EXPRESS / RUM RUNNERS

by ALLAN I. ROSS
For 17 years, Barley’s American Grill was a south Lansing staple for billiards, darts and bar food. Owner Ed Hall opened the 5,000-square-foot establishment after finding success in Kalamazoo with a much smaller pool hall. In April, he closed Barley’s so he could focus on his new endeavor: Fireside Grill, which opened this week in Dimondale.
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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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