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Wednesday, January 9,2013

'Current' talk

WKAR launches bold new daily radio show focusing on local content

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When 90.5 WKAR-FM debuted in October 1948, it was Lansing's first FM radio station. For most of its 64 years, it has been content to broadcast public radio fare like "All Things Considered" and classical music while the rest of the dial slowly filled up with whipper-snapper commercial stations.
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Wednesday, January 9,2013

Staying on her toes

Actress draws on a lifetime of theater for role in 'Billy Elliot'

by ALLAN I. ROSS
For eight years, "Billy Elliot the Musical" has been racking up awards and knocking audiences out on both sides of the Atlantic. Whether it's Elton John's rousing music or the story's believe-in-yourself-no-matter-what-others-say sensibilities, the show seems to be that rare adaptation that's every bit as good as its source material. Local audiences will find out for themselves on Tuesday when the Tony Award-winner for Best Musical pirouettes across the Wharton Center's stage.
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Wednesday, January 9,2013

New in town

Jerry's Hairport & Modern Barbers

by ALLAN I. ROSS
On Dec. 28, the ownership of two longstanding Lansing barbershops — Jerry's Hairport and Modern Barbers — changed hands. The common date was nothing more than a coincidence, but both situations are strikingly similar.
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Wednesday, January 2,2013

Do you hear the people sing?

Film adaptation of 'world's most popular musical' is a triumph

by ALLAN I. ROSS
"Les MisÚrables" is quite possibly the most perfect movie ever committed to film: A visionary adaptation of the powerful Broadway musical starring some of modern film's most exciting actors — where could it go wrong?
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Wednesday, January 2,2013

Cheery bomb

Yarn art project brings smiles to park visitors at MSU

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Don't panic now, but there's a bomb in a park on the campus of Michigan State University. However, the woman who put it there, Lynn Hershberger, isn't crazy about that word so she's changed it — at least the spelling of it. She prefers bOMb.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

Restaurant resurrections

Two local watering holes change names, concepts to attract new patrons

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Next week, J's Pub opens at 208 S. Washington Square in downtown Lansing. If you're wondering where in the world they found room to fit another bar on the 200 block, well, they didn't — J's Pub is taking over the slot previously occupied by Brannigan Brothers
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

Back in the hobbit

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When Peter Jackson wrapped up his ambitious "Lord of the Rings" saga in 2003 with the triumphant "The Return of the King," it was assumed that was the end of Middle-earth as we knew it — and that was fine. Now, however, after a decade of production woes, Jackson is once again whisking us away for a series of halfling-centric magical adventures with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," part one of a new planned trilogy.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

New in town

Coco's off the Rack

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In the world of fashion, the seasons are all messed up. It's the beginning of winter, but for high schoolers, it's almost time to start looking for prom dresses. If you're a spring bride-to-be, well, if you don't have your dress in the alteration stage, you're already behind schedule.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

Food Fight

Hitting the sweet spots

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Ah, December in Michigan: the nights are long, the temps are low, and it's socially acceptable to eat dessert three meals a day. No matter what kind of healthy diets we try to maintain the rest of the year, this is the month when all bets are off for sugar intake.
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Wednesday, December 12,2012

We, Robots

Local startup hopes to go viral with addictive new videogame app

by ALLAN I. ROSS
If you've ever lost a day's work slinging ornery-looking cardinals at grimacing green pigs, you should probably stop reading right now — this story could cost you several hours of productivity. But hey, at least you could say you're supporting a local startup.
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