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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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Wednesday, February 19,2014

REVIEW: “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” at Wharton

Disney fairytale paints by numbers for audience-pleasing spectacle

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Wednesday, Feb. 19 — Not much has changed to “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” — playing through Sunday at the Wharton Center — since it debuted 20 years ago and inspired the resurgence of film-to-stage adaptations. Despite some clever illusions and overpowering musical numbers, the paint-by-numbers production never feels truly magical, and with nothing new to offer, it feels as trapped in the past as the denizens of the story’s enchanted castle.
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Wednesday, February 19,2014

New In Town

Michigan Mart/Whipped/Artie´s Filling Station

by ALLAN I. ROSS
This week, Michigan Mart in Lansing’s East Side neighborhood moved into its new home with a vastly expanded 10,000-squarefoot floor plan and a slightly expanded name: Michigan Market. Since 1973 the building, 1908 E. Michigan intown Ave., was home to H.C.
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Wednesday, February 5,2014

New rodeo in town

Organizers will promote river activities with Lansing summer fest

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The Grand River flows north and west from Hillsdale just south of Jackson, through Lansing and out to Grand Haven, where it dumps into Lake Michigan. It’s about 250 miles long, but it’s only the milelong stretch running through downtown Lansing we’re focusing on here.
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Wednesday, February 5,2014

100 shows and counting

‘Leaving Iowa’ director celebrates milestone with Riverwalk comedy

by ALLAN I. ROSS
A typical community theater show usually takes about two months of work from first rehearsal through closing night. If you take that as your average, actor/ director Michael Schacherbauer has spent 200 months — just under 20 years of his life — pounding the boards or calling “action” for one show or another.
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