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Wednesday, June 12,2013

Oh, you pretty things

Local photographer transforms women into pin-ups

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Some say nostalgia in fashion trends runs on a 20-year cycle. Others put it at around 50. That would give modern-day wistfulness to anything from the flannel-and-combat boot grunge look of the '90s to the fastidiously groomed, impeccably decked-out "Mad Men"-era chic of the '60s. Not a lot of overlap there.
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Wednesday, June 12,2013

New in town

Nationwide Gold and Silver Exchange / Zoobie's Old Town Tavern

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Nationwide Gold and Silver Exchange, a new concept jewelry store, opens later this week at 500 E. Oakland Ave. in Lansing. Gary Ganakas is part of a management team that owns the building and co-creator of the Nationwide concept, which will focus on mid- to low-priced new and used jewelry.
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Monday, June 10,2013

New in town

Between the Buns/ Piggee's Smokehouse and BBQ / Cowboy's Southern BBQ

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Whether you're the king of the grill or you prefer to let someone else handle all the barbecuing duties, three new Lansing businesses will make your summer eating schedule a little easier.
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Wednesday, June 5,2013

The fake train robbery

Owosso train institute gives alternate look at Michigan history

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Before highways crisscrossed the state, carving concrete trails from Detroit to Grand Rapids and Monroe to Sault Ste. Marie, train tracks snaked across the landscape, guiding steam-puffing locomotives through Michigan's hardy wilderness.
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Wednesday, June 5,2013

Use your illusion

'Now You See Me' gets original with bank-robbing magicians

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The 2006 dueling magician movie "The Prestige" laid out the three aspects of a magic trick: The pledge (introduction of a seemingly normal object), the turn (making something extraordinary happen to that object) and the prestige.
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Wednesday, June 5,2013

New in town

Momentum Adventure Sports / Matthew Ryan Smith Salon

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Unless you've been living under a rock instead of ascending one, you'd know that Grand Ledge is a mecca for local rock climbing enthusiasts. The sandstone cliffs along the Grand River, called the Ledges, contain about 100 climbing routes, and are a popular destination for the area's thrill-seekers.
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Wednesday, May 29,2013

Summer School

Lansing bureau assembles crash course in cap city culture

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Mid-Michigan is home to a minor league ballpark, a zoo, a bustling art gallery scene and a more than two dozen museums, but when's the last time you — yeah, you, buddy — actually stepped foot into one of them?
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Wednesday, May 22,2013

Quite the spectacle

Lansing Vaudeville band embarks on weeklong, statewide tour for documentary

by ALLAN I. ROSS
There are some natural complications that go along with being a 15-piece gypsy folk band, and being about 80 years out of time is only one of them. Stage size is obviously a key issue, as is the coordination of more than a dozen independent work and personal schedules.
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Wednesday, May 22,2013

New in town

Decker's/ Artie's Food / Athenas Diner / Leaf

by ALLAN I. ROSS
After six years, Jessica Decker has handed over the keys to Decker's Coffee Co., 220 S. Washington Square in downtown Lansing, to a new owner. J.T. Dachtler took over the reins at Decker's Saturday, but Decker is sticking around for a week to smooth the transition.
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Wednesday, May 22,2013

Mississippi 'Mud'

McConaughey sheds pride, not shirt, in powerful performance

by ALLAN I. ROSS
After an electrifying breakthrough performance in 1996's "A Time to Kill" — followed by solid showings in "Contact" and "Amistad" — Matthew McConaughey mostly slummed it through the '00s.
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