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Wednesday, February 27,2013

C! worthy

Niche film series continues with docs, shorts and indies

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In its first two months, experimental film theater Studio C! in Okemos has already transformed the concept of a night at the movies for mid-Michigan filmgoers. It has food several notches above your typical megaplex fare (think appetizers, pizzas and sandwiches) as well as a liquor license and, for a modest upgrade price, lush reclining seats. Oh, and for the last month it’s shown a slew of award-winning films that were largely unavailable in Lansing.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

New in town

Bradly's Home and Garden

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Old Town's Thelma Joyce Osteen Comfort Station — or, colloquially, simply "the Comfort Station" — turns 98 this year. The building has varied in utility over the years from a public restroom (its original use, hence that unassuming moniker and its location next to the now-defunct train tracks) to the headquarters for the North Lansing Community Association.
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Wednesday, February 20,2013

Between 'dear' and 'debacle'

Best Foreign Language nominee a brutally honest look at the end of life

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Life, obviously, doesn't come with an owner's manual, but if it did, the film "Amour" would certainly make for a good final chapter — call it "What to Expect when You’re Expiring." Unflinchingly frank in its discussion of mortality, dignity and, well, love, "Amour" should be required viewing for the human race.
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Wednesday, February 20,2013

New in town

Bonnie's Place & City Limits East

by ALLAN I. ROSS
After months of speculation, at least one part of a local rumor is true: Lansing bar and grill Bonnie's Place, 415 E. Saginaw St., will close on Saturday. Owner/operator Scott Feltenberger, who bought the restaurant from his mother, Bonnie Weiss, 12 years ago, confirmed on Monday that Saturday will be the last day Bonnie’s is open for business.
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Friday, February 15,2013

New in town

Portable Feast and Friends

by ALLAN I. ROSS
This week, a fascinating three-year-long game of restaurant switcheroo comes to an end when Portable Feast and Friends returns to its former Old Town digs. After closing in 2009 and embarking on a different food service venture the next year, owner/operator Sharon Hind has settled back in at 1216 Turner St. with the re-opening of her breakfast and lunch café.
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Friday, February 15,2013

'Sister' superior

Movie makes seamless slide to stage in musical comedy

by ALLAN I. ROSS
This was the first time I can remember the curtain falling down at the end of Act I and thinking, "That's it?" As in, "Are we already halfway thr— oh yeah, I guess we did get a lot done there. Wow, that was fast!"
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

Slavery To Freedom: An American Odyssey, Part II

'The status quo does not mean democracy'

by ALLAN I. ROSS
"Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey" is an annual lecture series commemorating Black History Month featuring three speakers who have become icons of the African-American struggle for civil rights. Vincent Harding, 81, is the second speaker in the series. Harding is an historian, author and professor. He also wrote speeches for Martin Luther King Jr., including his famous "A Time to Break Silence" speech in 1967 that took a firm stand against the war in Vietnam.
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

New in town

EagleMonk Pub and Brewery

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Lansing is in the middle of a brewing renaissance — and the outlook is only getting sudsier. In the last year, we've seen an influx of homebrew supply stores, a flurry of craft beer taps pop up in restaurants all over town and the opening of two new microbreweries — with the promise of two more to come before 2014. So what's the deal — did Homer Simpson find a genie's lamp or something?
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

We olive a good burger

Food Fight tackles Michigan original

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Of the many things Michigan is famous for — the Great Lakes, Motown music, Madonna — some things tend to fly under the national radar and remain (mostly) local secrets — the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Mackinac Island, Bruce Campbell. You may be surprised to find out that the subject of this month's Food Fight is one of these Michigan originals: olive burgers.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

Endgame for 'art mecca'

Local mall's gallery project dissolves after three years

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Less than three years after it began, Meridian Mall's fledgling "art mecca" will soon be uninstalled, having never made it past its first phase. It's an inauspicious end to what was supposed have been a bold expansion of the thriving Lansing art gallery scene.
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