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Wednesday, March 19,2014

New In Town

ZOOBIE´S OLD TOWN TAVERN/THE COSMOS WOOD-FIRED PIZZA

by ALLAN I. ROSS
This week, the owners of Zoobie’s Old Town Bar announced that the north Lansing hotspot plans a massive exterior renovation that will more than double the size of the building’s footprint.
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

Food court of appeals

Reality show contest will give new local eatery free space in Lansing Mall

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It’s been a few years since Hugh Jackman and his boxing robot thrust mid-Michigan into the national spotlight — yes, that was Mason City Hall playing a bit part in “Real Steel.” Now it’s Lansing chance to get in the ring. This week the Food Network will tape an episode of its reality show contest “Food Court Wars” in two capital city locations: Lansing City Market and the Lansing Mall. The show will pit two local teams of aspiring restaurateurs, whose identities are being kept secret, against each other for a year of free rent for their fledgling business in the Lansing Mall’s food court.
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

Tech ambassadors

LEAP representatives promote Lansing at SXSW, look for ideas

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last weekend, three members of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership flew to Austin, Texas, to attend the annual music, film and technology showcase South by Southwest. Steve Willobee, director of business development, Sara Graham, director of talent and communications, and Jeff Smith, director of the new economy division, joined over 24,000 people from 73 countries for three days of networking, new gadget ogling and riding on Miley Cyrus’ wrecking ball. Seriously.
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

Jiro dreams of flying

Anime feature captures the joy of imagination, the rush of true love

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The power of animation comes from its ability to create dreamlike pocket universes where the real and the fantastic coexist in harmony. Want your everyman character to take flight? Just have him push off the ground, flap his arms and up he goes — no strings or green screen required. The rise of CGI has blurred this line, but its use in live action is still very much you-got-your-giant-robot-in-my-comic-book-movie, not a seamless blend.
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

New In Town

Steakhouse Philly Bar & Grill

by ALLAN I. ROSS
After 20 months and a $200,000 interior/exterior overhaul, Steakhouse Philly Bar & Grill opened this week on Lansing’s east side. Since 1967, the building was home to the Best Steak House, a diner that intown closed in summer 2012 for the massive revamp, which includes a full bar and a new menu.
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Wednesday, March 5,2014

Commission accomplished ... almost

Lansing City Council considering new board to oversee public art policy

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last November, a 17-foot-tall stainless steel art sculpture was unveiled on a plot of unused green space in DeWitt Township’s commercial district.
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Wednesday, March 5,2014

New In Town

Hannah´s Koney Island

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It was bound to happen sooner or later. I’ve lived in Lansing for 13 years, and for the last five I’ve written about Lansingarea businesses that are either new or under new ownership.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

No place like Rome

Italian Best Foreign Language nominee could win the Oscar on Sunday

by ALLAN I. ROSS
What could be better than living as a celebrity intellectual playboy in the cultural mecca of Rome? You would be surrounded by great minds with whom you could have an unending string of ethical and logical debates.
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Wednesday, February 26,2014

New In Town

Grace Boutique/Bradly´s Home & Garden/Cravings Gourmet Popcorn

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Several Old Town denizens have cast Horace Greeley’s advice to the wind, making plans to boldly go east across the apparent Cedar Street divide. The big news this week was Grace Boutique of Old Town’s upcoming move to Young’s Landing, the building across the street to the north from the neighborhood’s landmark Temple Club building.
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Wednesday, February 19,2014

Curatin Call: Wife swap

LCC gets romantic with metaphysical body switch comedy

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In “Prelude to a Kiss,” the souls of a confused young woman and a desperate old man magically switch bodies, giving him a second chance at youth and her a virtual death sentence.
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