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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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Wednesday, December 5,2012

'War Horse' men

The author and the puppeteer reminisce on the story's transition from page to stage

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It's a heartbreaking story, made all the more touching because it's based on actual events. In the early days of World War I, a British family has to sell their beloved horse to the frontline cavalry. The family's son, too young to fight, lies about his age in order to enlist so he can find his horse among the ranks and bring him home.
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Wednesday, December 5,2012

The Screening Room

Doc on Detroit folk singer is stranger than fiction

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Fourteen years ago, a poverty-stricken demolition worker from Detroit took the stage of a South African arena. He stood there, guitar in hand, while the thousands in attendance drowned out his attempt to launch into a song. They showered him with a five-minute ovation, screaming his name and shouting that they loved him while he slowly took it all in.
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Wednesday, November 28,2012

Wax on

Lansing artist utilizes 2,000-year-old painting process to create indelible works of art

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The Egyptians used it to stylize their mummy cases. The Romans picked it up from the Greeks, who used it to waterproof boats. And Sue Winkler? She uses it to make pretty, colorful paintings. Who says there's no such thing as progress?
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Wednesday, November 28,2012

New in town

Tin Can DeWitt

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When the Tin Can opened in Lansing two years ago, everything you needed to know about the place was scrawled in chalk in all caps right there on the wall: "WORLD CLASS DIVE BAR."
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Wednesday, November 21,2012

Coming soon: a theater near you

Upscale movie theater will provide an intimate, full-service experience

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Sometime in 2015, "Star Wars: Episode VII" will come out and you can already picture the midnight premiere: middle-aged fanboys and fangirls dressed like Vader, Fett and Slave Leia, swinging plastic lightsabers at each other as they stand in 12-hour lines that stretch around the movie theater.
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