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Wednesday, October 3,2012

New in town

Salon 1131 & Gibby's Grinders

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The owners of Old Town's newest business have picked a heck of a weekend to launch their grand opening. As Oktoberfest patrons slur their way through German folk songs backed up by the oompah-pah band down the street, Lindsay Jones and her partner, Roberto Cantu, are throwing a decidedly lower key event at the brand new Salon 1131.
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Wednesday, September 26,2012

New in town

Incu-BaKe kitchen

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Want to make your grandmother's sugar cookie recipe famous? You have a couple choices: 1.) sell the recipe to a commercial pastry chef, or 2.) mass-produce it yourself. Pfff, no one gets gram-gram's recipe, you say — slap some flour on the counter and let’s get baking. But wait just a second there, Mrs. Fields, you're forgetting a few things.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Evan almighty

Versatile TV-6 newsman has big plans for his next 3 years in Lansing

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Spending an afternoon on a bar patio with Evan Pinsonnault, you don’t so much get the feeling you're hanging out with a TV morning news anchor as you are being charmed by a consummate performer. As he knocks back a beer, he sweet talks the waitstaff and enthusiastically greets passing fans before casually running down the list of roles he's juggling.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

New in town

Capital City Homebrew Supply & Plush Consignments

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Things are brewing across the street from the City Pulse offices on Michigan Avenue. Well, maybe not actually brewing on-site, but a new business is certainly getting things started. On Thursday, owner/operator Todd Branstner opens his venture, Capital City Homebrew Supply, where he hopes to separate himself from similar beer- and wine-making supply stores around town.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

And that's the truth

Lily Tomlin brings her one-woman act to Wharton this weekend

by ALLAN I. ROSS
She squirmed. She fidgeted. She talked like a little kid. And she told weird stories in the seat of a ridiculously oversized rocking chair. As a kid, some part of me knew that this person I saw on TV was just an actor, but I was hypnotized nonetheless— I'd never seen anything like it. This was Edith Ann, the mischievous "5-and-a-half"-year old played by Lily Tomlin, and one of her most indelible alter egos. It was also my introduction — on "Sesame Street," no less — to character acting.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

New in town

Rizzi Designs & Perspective2

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Perspective2 in Old Town will change names as the building transfers ownership this week, but don’t expect too many differences.
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Wednesday, August 22,2012

What are they now?

n and now: What A Difference A Year Can Make

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last year's Court of Appeals decision in what's commonly known as the "McQueen case" effectively rid Michigan Avenue of nearly all 11 of its medical marijuana dispensaries. Today, only one remains. While the decision created a hole in the local economy, it also provided a few eyesores in the form of empty buildings — some of which still haven’t been filled.
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Wednesday, August 22,2012

New in town

Retail Therapy

by ALLAN I. ROSS
I've never seen a single episode of "Sex and the City," but I've always imagined there's a scene where all the women are sitting around depressed, crying into their cosmopolitans about something (not enough sex? too much city?), until someone perks up and suggests that they all go SHOPPING! Cue montage scene, and all problems are solved. But that's just (my highly subjective and borderline sexist take on) a TV show, right? Not anymore.
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Wednesday, August 15,2012

An unconventional truth

MSU prof raising funds for provocative new documentary on sexuality: 'This movie is going to be eye opening for people who don't understand progress.'

by ALLAN I. ROSS
A year after Al Gore famously mounted his scissor lift to stress the factual threats of climate change in "An Inconvenient Truth," Oxford University conducted an international survey of people who had seen the film.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

New in town

Penn Station East Coast Subs, Culber's and Los Tres Amigos

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Since Jared Fogle introduced the world to the Subway diet 12 years ago, the fast-food industry has been scrambling to duplicate the quick-and-healthy model without losing its core indulgers.
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