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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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Wednesday, January 16,2013

The Screening Room

The best parts are made up

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Extraordinary real-life events can make for some great movies. Change a few names, insert a love interest, cut, print and call it a day. Take "Argo," for example — with its combination of political intrigue, Hollywood insider-ism and armchair-gripping suspense, it's a textbook case of a true story that goes great with a little butter and salt.
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Wednesday, January 16,2013

New in town

Secrets Nightclub & The House of Eden Rock

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Over the last couple months, downtown Lansing bars J's Pub (formerly Brannigan Brothers), Secrets Nightclub (formerly Club X-Cel) and The House of Eden Rock (formerly the Wild Beaver Saloon) have made changes ranging from complete internal renovations to a simple change of signage. I told you about J's Club’s transformation last month; now let's take a look at those other two.
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Wednesday, January 16,2013

Lasagna mark, get set …

Food Fight team focuses on Italian favorite

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Well that didn't take long: Barely two weeks into the new year and already the folks making up this month's Food Fight team have reverted to our gluttonous selves. But with the title of Best Lasagna in Lansing at stake, could we really be expected to stick to our diets?
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Wednesday, January 9,2013

'Current' talk

WKAR launches bold new daily radio show focusing on local content

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When 90.5 WKAR-FM debuted in October 1948, it was Lansing's first FM radio station. For most of its 64 years, it has been content to broadcast public radio fare like "All Things Considered" and classical music while the rest of the dial slowly filled up with whipper-snapper commercial stations.
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Wednesday, January 9,2013

Staying on her toes

Actress draws on a lifetime of theater for role in 'Billy Elliot'

by ALLAN I. ROSS
For eight years, "Billy Elliot the Musical" has been racking up awards and knocking audiences out on both sides of the Atlantic. Whether it's Elton John's rousing music or the story's believe-in-yourself-no-matter-what-others-say sensibilities, the show seems to be that rare adaptation that's every bit as good as its source material. Local audiences will find out for themselves on Tuesday when the Tony Award-winner for Best Musical pirouettes across the Wharton Center's stage.
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Wednesday, January 9,2013

New in town

Jerry's Hairport & Modern Barbers

by ALLAN I. ROSS
On Dec. 28, the ownership of two longstanding Lansing barbershops — Jerry's Hairport and Modern Barbers — changed hands. The common date was nothing more than a coincidence, but both situations are strikingly similar.
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