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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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Wednesday, October 29,2014

Deus ex McKenna

Bill Murray gets a shot at redemption in ‘St. Vincent’

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Bill Murray doesn’t have an agent. If you want to reach him about a movie project, you have to leave a message at his personal 1-800-number. It’s true. If he likes your spiel, he calls you back. If not … well, that’s probably the reason “Ghostbusters 3” still hasn’t happened.
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

New in town

Vintage Junkies

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week, REO Town gained a new business that will anchor its southern edge: Vintage Junkies, a vintage clothing, furniture, home décor and jewelry store, moved into the former Kwast American Bakeries on South Washington Avenue. The store is the brainchild of friends Amy McMeeken and Aimée Macklin, who take the business’ name to heart. “I’ve loved vintage things since I was little,” said McMeeken, 35. “My grandmother took me to a garage sale and I bought a bracelet for 25 cents. I still have it.”
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Barguide: The journalist bartender

by ALLAN I. ROSS
One of my first jobs out of high school was working in a factory. I was young, dumb and had no idea how to manage my income. After furtively sharing a plate with my roommate at an all-you-can-eat buffet for the third time in a month, however, something clicked inside: If I got a restaurant job, I would never be hungry again. Even better, if I got a job in a bar, I could probably drink before I was 21.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Barguide: Bars on film

A look at the best watering holes in cinema

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Everything’s better in the movies: The people are hotter, the explosions are bigger and dragons, aliens and robots from the future happily co-exist. Even the bars are better, and it’s not like they need any help. Here are some of the best places to wet your whistle that Hollywood has ever conjured up — including two real ones.
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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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