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Wednesday, March 18,2015

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
A new roller skating rink opened this week in South Lansing. Skate City Rink is built into a nearly 10,000-square-foot former office plaza near the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Holmes Road. It’s set back a little way from the intersection, and there’s no way-finding sign in place yet (making it a little hard to find), but spokeswoman Trulane Pea said that will come in time.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

New in town

American Fifth Spirits

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week I promised you an update on American Fifth Spirits, the smallbatch liquor distillery across from the Cooley Law School Stadium in downtown Lansing. I mentioned that although it had started production and distribution, construction on the tasting room, which was supposed to open last summer, had stalled. And now we know why.
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Tuesday, December 23,2014

Awww inspiring

Local author’s formula: Patience plus determination minus digital manipulation

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In 1958, Alvin, Simon and Theodore harmonized on “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late),” the novelty holiday tune that introduced the immortal Christmas plea, “Me, I want a hoooola hooooooop.” (Sorry if that’s stuck in your head now.) Singer/songwriter Ross Bagdassarian employed simple audio trickery to create the helium-voiced trio that would go on to spawn albums, Saturday morning cartoons and a live action movies series.
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Wednesday, November 26,2014

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The shuffle between Kris Elliot’s downtown Lansing Urban Feast restaurants seems to have settled down … for now, at least. The Black Rose, formerly connected to the defunct Edmund’s Pastime, opened last Friday, just in time for Silver Bells in the City traffic. The space, 206 S. Washington Ave., is the former location for Tavern on the Square, which became Tavern and Tap earlier this month when it moved up to the corner, 101 S. Washington Square, former home of Edmund’s. (Before that, the space belonged to the third downtown Urban Feast restaurant, Troppo, which opened there in 2004; in 2010, Elliot built a new building from the ground up for Troppo across the street.)
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Friday, November 14,2014

New in town

P-SQUARED/RED'S SMOKEHOUSE/L AND J BELLA SOAP

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Butcher paper obscures the view into downtown Lansing’s P Squared Wine Bar, and a sheet of paper declares, “We are temporarily closed for renovations.” But there’s nothing temporary about it: The 2-year-old establishment won’t be reopening.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

P’s out

P Squared Wine Bar owners leave town with nary a fare-thee-well

by ALLAN I. ROSS
TUESDAY, NOV. 11 — Butcher paper obscures the view into downtown Lansing’s P Squared Wine Bar, and a sheet of paper declares, “We are temporarily closed for renovations.” But there’s nothing temporary about it: The 2-year-old establishment won’t be reopening.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Pause and effect

A conversation with Julian Sands about his mentor, Harold Pinter

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter is considered one of the most influential modern British dramatists, but he is probably most famous for something he didn’t write. Or rather, a style he developed that forced his characters to communicate without words, a device that has become known as the Pinter Pause.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Leaving the teddy on

Michigan native Bob Eubanks reflects on a life in show biz

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Bob Eubanks has laid claim to many titles in his 70-plus years in the entertainment business. Top 40 DJ. Concert promoter. And, most famously, game show host. But before all that, he was just a Michigan kid. For a little while, at least. “We moved when I was still very young — I celebrated my second birthday in California,” Eubanks said. “I still have some cousins here, though.”
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Return to Turner-Dodge

Historic home reopens after renovation, already gets in Christmas spirit

by ALLAN I. ROSS
If you thought last winter’s ice storm did a number on you, be happy you’re not 159 years old — the cold gets tougher the older you get. For Old Town’s historic Turner-Dodge House, built in 1858, the deep freeze caused a sprinkler pipe on the third floor to burst last February. It flooded the cultural heritage center and rental facility’s west end, including the dining room and basement. Michael Beebe, president of the nonprofit group Friends of Turner-Dodge, said that although the water did destroy some of the walls, floors and vintage wallpaper, it could have been a lot worse.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It was good news/bad news this week for two former food trucks. Good Truckin’ Food, a food truck formerly situated at Capital City Food Court, spun off into the brickand-mortar breakfast/ lunch spot Good Truckin’ Diner in REO Town. But West Lansing’s Fork in the Road, which grew from the Trailer Park’d food truck, announced it will close Nov. 23.
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