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Friday, February 15,2013

'Sister' superior

Movie makes seamless slide to stage in musical comedy

by ALLAN I. ROSS
This was the first time I can remember the curtain falling down at the end of Act I and thinking, "That's it?" As in, "Are we already halfway thr— oh yeah, I guess we did get a lot done there. Wow, that was fast!"
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

Slavery To Freedom: An American Odyssey, Part II

'The status quo does not mean democracy'

by ALLAN I. ROSS
"Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey" is an annual lecture series commemorating Black History Month featuring three speakers who have become icons of the African-American struggle for civil rights. Vincent Harding, 81, is the second speaker in the series. Harding is an historian, author and professor. He also wrote speeches for Martin Luther King Jr., including his famous "A Time to Break Silence" speech in 1967 that took a firm stand against the war in Vietnam.
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

New in town

EagleMonk Pub and Brewery

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Lansing is in the middle of a brewing renaissance — and the outlook is only getting sudsier. In the last year, we've seen an influx of homebrew supply stores, a flurry of craft beer taps pop up in restaurants all over town and the opening of two new microbreweries — with the promise of two more to come before 2014. So what's the deal — did Homer Simpson find a genie's lamp or something?
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

We olive a good burger

Food Fight tackles Michigan original

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Of the many things Michigan is famous for — the Great Lakes, Motown music, Madonna — some things tend to fly under the national radar and remain (mostly) local secrets — the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Mackinac Island, Bruce Campbell. You may be surprised to find out that the subject of this month's Food Fight is one of these Michigan originals: olive burgers.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

Endgame for 'art mecca'

Local mall's gallery project dissolves after three years

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Less than three years after it began, Meridian Mall's fledgling "art mecca" will soon be uninstalled, having never made it past its first phase. It's an inauspicious end to what was supposed have been a bold expansion of the thriving Lansing art gallery scene.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey, Part 1

Daughter of civil rights icons: 'We have a moral obligation to help others'

by ALLAN I. ROSS
"Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey" is an annual lecture series commemorating Black History Month. Three different speakers will be featured who have become icons of the African-American struggle for civil rights. Donzaleigh Abernathy, 55, is a playwright and actress, appearing in shows such as "The Walking Dead" and "Shameless."
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

What a world ...

Doc shows striking images of melting glaciers, but doesn't inspire change

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It's pretty much settled that humans are responsible for changing the world's climate. Unfortunately, we're submerged in the world of pop culture where loud-mouthed idiots like Rush Limbaugh dupe Americans into questioning the facts. It's sad that people even think climate change is still up for discussion.
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Wednesday, January 23,2013

A soaring success

by ALLAN I. ROSS
There's a scene near the beginning of Act II of "Billy Elliot the Musical" when the 12-year-old title character (played by Ben Cook) has a vision of himself as a grown-up ballet dancer. As the lights dim and the theme from "Swan Lake" begins, smoke pours across the stage and the two start to dance in unison.
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Wednesday, January 23,2013

$#*! William Shatner says

Legendary TV, movie personality brings one-man show to Wharton

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Scrolling through William Shatner's IMDb profile is like studying the pop culture fossil record — an assertion he all but confirms after I tell him, in a bold understatement, that he's had a long career.
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Wednesday, January 23,2013

New in town

Bulgogi Korean Cuisine

by ALLAN I. ROSS
By my count, more than three dozen Asian restaurants operate in greater Lansing. That includes a wide range of Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Thai places — not to mention restaurants specializing in creative sushi and pan-Asian fare. If there's a style of ethnic cuisine in town that's covered, Asian would seem to be it.
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