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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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Wednesday, April 30,2014

New In Town

NAING MYANMAR FAMILY RESTAURANT

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Add “Malaysian” and “Burmese” to the list of Asian cuisine offerings in the Lansing area. The two styles are joined by Thai food to make a triad of Asian intown dish options on the menu at Naing Myanmar Family Restaurant.
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

Court marshal

Pizza entrepreneur wants to mobilize food carts in north Lansing

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Mobile food carts are the ronin of the dining world: Rootless, solitary creatures, easily transportable to “hot” locations, good at getting a job done and then disappearing when the mission’s complete. Each has a dedicated discipline (tacos, hot dogs, skewered kebabs) and uses that specialty to fill a particular need in society. Occasion ally they must set aside their differences and band together to keep the peace — a hungry crowd is a dangerous crowd.
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Wednesday, April 23,2014

Free love

Lansing Symphony launches outdoor concert series with trip to the ‘60s

by ALLAN I. ROSS
This spring, the Lansing Symphony reached out to local orchestra fans to choose a theme for its second free Summer Pops Concert and the people answered: Take us back the ‘60s, man.
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Wednesday, April 23,2014

New In Town

THE POWER OF WATER

by ALLAN I. ROSS
A new Lansing business opens this week dedicated to the city’s central natural feature: The Grand River. Trey Rouss, owner of The Power of Water, opened the watercraft sales/rental/ education shop within throwing distance of the river. He thinks the waterway gets a bad rap.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

The Blake effect

Williamston native steps into new role at Peppermint Creek

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Blake Bowen realized Hollywood wasn’t for him at an audition for a fast food commercial in 2010. The Williamston native had been living in Los Angeles pursuing an acting career when he had an epiphany.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

New In Town

Grand Art Supply/Hack´s Key Shop

by ALLAN I. ROSS
A longtime Lansing business recently had a change of ownership while another will be quietly hanging up its paintbrushes later this year. Diane Engman has some big plans for Hack’s Key Shop, which she bought from retiring owner Gordon Sparks in December. Greg Limmer, owner/operator of Grand Art Supply, announced this week he’ll close his store on Nov. 30.
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

Digital healing

4th Annual Capital City Film Festival demonstrates mass media’s therapeutic power

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When people talk about the effects of entertainment on society, it’s usually not in high regard. Movies and video games are blamed for desensitizing people to violence, while each new wave of pop music is summarily dismissed as mindless dreck. Decades before people were dissing the wup-wup-wup-WHOMP of dubstep, they were scandalized by anything with an accentuated back-beat. Today’s old guard is always yesterday’s vanguard, where controversy plus time equals quaint.
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