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Wednesday, August 27,2014

The daily show

Jack Ebling expands sports coverage in Lansing with weekday talk show

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In a city where wearing blue and yellow on certain days of the year could get you tarred and feathered, it’s safe to say that sports is kind of a big deal ‘round these parts.
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

A day in the life

Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ captures adolescence, humanity in real time

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Kids grow up so fast, don’t they? One minute they’re cute little munchkins shoving rocks into pencil sharpeners trying to make arrowheads, the next they’re surly malcontents shuffling through the door an hour past curfew with glazed eyes. Parents go from being heroes of the universe to embodiments of mortification, and through it all runs a procession of seemingly mundane moments punctuated by world-shattering “catastrophes.”
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

New in town

OLD TOWN CHANGES

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last month, Old Town Commercial Association executive director Louise Gradwhol announced she would resign to pursue a medical degree. This week her replacement was named: Old Town resident Megan Barrett will assume responsibilities as executive director on Tuesday.
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Thursday, August 14,2014

Broadcast news

Local TV, radio changes break new ground, say goodbye to longtime personalities

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Contrary to media doomsday polemicists, the Internet did not kill television, just as TV didn’t kill radio in the ‘50s and radio did not kill newspapers in the ‘20s. As you’re reading these words, some DJ somewhere is giving “Hotel California” its billionth spin while a cub TV reporter is earning her wings interviewing a 90-yearold yoga enthusiast. The broadcast industry is rarely news itself. In Lansing this week, recent developments have included several noteworthy changes.
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Wednesday, August 13,2014

New in town

RED FOX COMICS

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When the company that Daniel Rust worked for relocated his insurance claims position to Wisconsin, he opted not to make the move. Instead, he followed a lifelong dream — heck, the lifelong dream of millions of kids.
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Wednesday, August 6,2014

New in town

THE BARREL NEIGHBORHOOD PUB/HEAT BLOW DRY BAR

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Lansing’s getting a new gastropub next week: On Monday, the Barrel Neighborhood Pub opens in the strip mall across from Frandor. Although the name may sound familiar, it has no connection to either the Peanut Barrel in East Lansing or the Whiskey Barrel in Lansing.
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

Common purpose

Q&A with Common Ground festival organizer Scott Keith

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week was the 15th year for the annual Lansing music festival Common Ground, featuring alt-rockers, country twangers and R&B veterans Earth, Wind and Fire. Scott Keith is the President and CEO of the Lansing Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority Keith and chairman of Center Park Productions, the public entity that plans, organizes and executes the festival each year.
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

Gorilla warfare

Great ‘Apes’ delivers thoughtful examination of humanity, chimps with firearms

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In the 1981 film “Quest for Fire,” three early humans seek out a new pilot light that will keep their tribal fire sustained. It’s the simplest story ever told: Man have flame, man lose flame, man look for flame without being eaten by saber-toothed lions. The filmmakers tried to create as authentic a film as possible, even developed proto-languages based on the earliest known human words, and for 100 unsubtitled minutes you can see what it was like for our earliest ancestors to realize the power of their intelligence and experience the dawning of consciousness. It was a groundbreaking film that has for years been without equal.
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Wednesday, July 9,2014

Big screen treatment

Lansing’s newest movie theater could stir up cultural pot

by ALLAN I. ROSS
On Friday, as the primates in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” launch their campaign to take over civilization — or at least the box office — Lansing-area audiences will see a significant shift in the local cultural landscape. A new movie theater, Regal Lansing Mall Cinemas 12 & RPX, opens Friday inside the Lansing Mall. It will bring the total number of screens in Lansing to 64, the most the area has ever seen. It also opens up a whole new set of possibilities for mid- Michigan movie fans.
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Wednesday, July 9,2014

The great outdoors

Turner Street Outdoor Movie Series adds music to the mix

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The summer 2014 box office is looking decidedly familiar: Sequels, gritty reboots, fairy tale adaptations. Ah, the old days, when all our entertainment was original.
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