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Wednesday, October 22,2014

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It’s a baby for Old Town! Earlier this month, Mother & Earth Baby Boutique, moved into 1212 Turner St., former home of Gallery 1212. The baby supply store carries cloth diapers, specialty baby clothing, organic cleaning supplies and “upcycled” furniture and home decorations (old stuff that’s been fixed up and given an artistic coat of paint). Owner/ operator Lynn Ross opened Mother & Earth in 2011, but the recent move gives her a much wider audience.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Combat journalist

Provocative thriller shows the danger of telling the truth

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In Van Halen’s 1992 music video “Right Now,” two animated figures commit a cruel bit of bullying on a third figure above the words “Right now, our government is doing things we think only other countries do.” It’s a trite bit of subversion, but dang it all if 24 years later, wiretapping scandals and drone bombings haven’t made Sammy Hagar & Co. into wango-tango pop culture prophets of doom.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Lansing’s specialty coffee scene continues to grow with the addition of another business. Paul and Emily Nicholls are the owners of the new Rust Belt Roastery in Old Town. They roast small batches of beans in an antique woodfired roaster and distribute them at local farmers markets and retail stores.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

‘Once’ more, with feeling

Broadway adaptation of indie romance moves at the speed of love

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In the universe of “Once,” music is both the lubricant that keeps souls from chafing and the fuel that keeps hearts pounding. Several times in the script, a character turns to another after a song and says something to the effect of, “That was a-MAZ-ing.” Really, there was nothing else to say — and this play won the Tony for Best Book in 2012.
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Wednesday, October 8,2014

Special delivery

WHY WE CHOSE A RISKY ALTERNATIVE CHILDBIRTH FOR OUR SON

by ALLAN I. ROSS
My son, Sagan, is set to be either a well-adjusted world citizen or a case study in identity crisis. He is a blend of European and Afro-Caribbean ethnicities, has dual U.S./French citizenship and, if his development goes well, will be bilingual from the time he can speak. My wife, Gaėlle, is a research scientist; I am an arts and culture writer, so between the two of us he’s getting a solid dose of left brain/right brain mechanics. At 8 weeks old, Sagan already shatters any notions of cultural pigeonholing … but that could just be a proud father talking.
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Wednesday, October 8,2014

REO bravado

Lansing’s fastest growing cultural district gets a new preforming arts space

by ALLAN I. ROSS
For the last three years, Dylan and Jeana- Dee Rogers have been artistic dynamos in the community. He’s the founder/bandleader of the Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle, an eye-popping 16-piece gypsy-folk group that play concerts and festivals throughout mid-Michigan. She’s the education director at REACH Art Studio, which works with schools, neighborhood organizations and businesses to keep visual art front-and-center in mid-Michigan.
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Wednesday, October 8,2014

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The City of East Lansing held a ribbon cutting for Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n“ Cheez on Tuesday. It’s the third restaurant for the Detroitarea franchise, which also has locations in in Troy and Auburn Hills. There are two downtown Detroit locations in the works, and plans are underway to expand the franchise into Chicago and Toledo as well.
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Wednesday, September 24,2014

New in town

The Knight Cap/Scoops in Old Town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It looks like downtown Lansing’s longest-running restaurant will be changing ownership soon. Owner/ operator Charlie Sinadinos confirmed this week that her restaurant, The Knight Cap, has been for sale “for a short while,” and an interested party has started the process of taking over.
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

Let the right wine in

Taking the mystery out of selecting a good bottle of wine

by ALLAN I. ROSS
As specialty wineries — including those in the booming Michigan scene — have continued expanding their vintages to a wider clientele, wine shelves in local stores have grown into whole departments. But while increased options are good for both casual consumers and wine aficionados, it can make selecting a bottle a little more challenging.
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Wednesday, September 17,2014

New in town

RENO“S NORTH

by ALLAN I. ROSS
East Lansing has Reno’s East. Lansing has Reno’s West. Is it really any surprise that the sports bar and grill micro-chain would start spreading in other directions? “People loved to ask if there was ever going to be (another Reno’s), and I always said ‘maybe someday,’” said Reno’s owner Jessie Stiptack. Last week, that someday came when she started renovation — ahem, make that Reno-vation — on the former Rookie’s Bar and Grill in DeWitt Township, converting it into the third member of the Reno’s family: Reno’s North.
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