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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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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Splashes of dialogue

Broad guest artist gets East Lansing talking

by ALLAN I. ROSS
“Can I go here?” A young woman walking through East Lansing’s Ann Street Plaza earlier this week stopped short of a maroon blotch splattered across the pavement. It looked like a giant splash of blood, about 12 feet long and 3 feet wide. She looked around. A man nearby waved her forward. “It’s OK, you can walk on it,” he said. “It’s art.”
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

New in town

Tipsy by Design

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Old Town gained a new art gallery last week, bringing the number of art-related businesses within a threeblock radius to roughly 800. But Tipsy by Design has a few things going on to differentiate it from the others. Notably, the retail side of the business is focused on a particular type of work: Hand-painted wine glasses.
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

Dis-Connxted

After 29 years, Lansing comedy club kills the spotlight

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Wednesday, April 30 — Last weekend, stand-up comic Carlos Mencia took the stage at Connxtions Comedy Club, 2900 N. East St. on Lansing’s north side. Since the club opened in 1985, thousands of aspiring and professional comedians had stood in that exact spot under the club’s spotlight — pre-“Home Improvement” Tim Allen, pre-“Tonight Show” Jay Leno, post-“Tom Green Show” Tom Green — but Mencia has a singular distinction among them: He was the last act that will ever perform there.
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