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Wednesday, July 9,2014

Crisis of faith

Lansing indie ‘Ashes of Eden’ aims high with morality play

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The Bible is so hot, you guys. Besides the recent surprise hit films “God’s Not Dead” and “Heaven Is for Real,” there was “Son of God,” yet another biopic of Jesus, and “Noah,” which confused just as many devout filmgoers as it angered with the liberties it took from its Old Testament roots. Coming soon: Christian Bale begs Pharaoh to let his people go in “Exodus: Gods and Kings” this fall, and “Mary,” the prequel to “The Passion of the Christ” coming next spring.
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Wednesday, July 9,2014

New in town

Grace Boutique/Curvaceous Lingerie/Good Truckin' Food

by ALLAN I. ROSS
After five months of work, Summer Schriner’s renovation of Young’s Landing, the building across the street to the north from the neighborhood’s landmark Temple Club building, is finally complete. Schriner is the owner/ operator of Grace Boutique of Old Town, which moved into the space this week.
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Wednesday, July 2,2014

The ‘Lost’ generation

Indie sci-fi ‘The Signal’ perpetuates ‘mystery box’ myth

by ALLAN I. ROSS
For six mind-bending seasons, “Lost” captivated TV audiences and left a lasting influence on popular entertainment, for better and for worse. For better: Mainstream re-embracement of science fiction, long-form storytelling that doesn’t adhere to linear plots, a willingness to kill off main characters. For worse: A cliffhanger at every commercial break and the maddening habit of leaving plot points unresolved — a technique showrunner J.J. Abrams’ dubbed “the mystery box.”
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Wednesday, July 2,2014

New in town

Don Poncho Market/River Town Adventures

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When Don Pancho Market opened south of downtown Lansing in April, it created a whole new set of possibilities for downtown denizens looking for a local food mart. Downtown isn’t exactly known for its fresh food options; besides Sunset Market, 618 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, Don Pancho is pretty much it for walkable markets.
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

New in town

Strange Matter Coffee Co.

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Craft beer is so last week. Entrepreneur Cara Nader is riding the next wave of specialty beverage production: Craft coffee. Nader is the owner/operator and “chief coffee engineer” for Strange Matter Coffee Co., a new café coming soon to Lansing’s newly named East Town district.
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Wednesday, June 18,2014

New in town

MEAT SOUTHERN B.B.Q./BLACK CAT BISTRO

by ALLAN I. ROSS
I recently reported that Tallulah’s Folly in Old Town would be closing early next month. At the time, the building’s owner was mum on what lay in store for the building, but I learned this week that next-door neighbor Meat Southern B.B.Q. and Carnivore Cuisine will be expanding into that space, transforming the former intown flower and vintage shop i n t o a 1,700-square-foot dining room.
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Thursday, June 12,2014

Offensive play, ‘Book’

REVIEW: “The Book of Mormon” at Wharton will hurt your face

by ALLAN I. ROSS
THURSDAY, June 12 — Since Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the nation’s preeminent pop culture provocateurs, arrived on the scene in 1997 with their naughty animated TV show “South Park,” they’ve left an ever-expanding wake of outrage in their skewerings of politics, religion, sexuality — you name it.
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Wednesday, May 21,2014

New in town

MERTS MEATS ON THE AVENUE

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Earlier this year, the Michigan Market became the east side’s dominant convenience store. It featured a wide selection of beer, wine, liquor and cooler items — as well as a small supply of snacks and household items — but although the store’s deli counter should be in place by summer, it lacks the perishable items typically associated with a full-service community grocery store. However, the neighborhood will get fresh with a full range of meat cuts and seafood when Mert’s Meats on the Avenue opens one block away in two weeks.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

Fabric of the festival

East Lansing Art Festival gives local artist first poke at success

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Among the artists loading in on Friday at the 51st East Lansing Art Festival will be first-time exhibitor Carol Van Drie. As one of seven people chosen as part of the annual festival’s emerging artists showcase, she’s the very definition of “emerging”: She did her first art piece one year ago this month.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

New in town

MICHAEL O'S FOOD TRUCK

by ALLAN I. ROSS
I recently told you about the north Lansing food court proposed by entrepreneur Frank Tignanelli, who opened his pizza cart Detroit Frankie’s Wood Fired Brick Oven on the corner of Oakland Avenue and Cedar Street. Tignanelli envisioned an assembly of up to a dozen vendors that would create a destination for lunch diners on the go looking for an alternative to fast food.
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