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Wednesday, January 29,2014

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Old Town gets young in February with art, music, comedy exhibition

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Lansing’s Old Town district is a textbook example of transforming a formerly undesir able neighborhood into a thriving arts community, but that doesn’t mean it still couldn’t use some tweaking. And Henry Brimmer thinks he’s just the guy to do the tweaking.
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Wednesday, January 29,2014

The social network

‘Short Term 12’ follows the unsung heroes of social work

by ALLAN I. ROSS
You have to be tough as nails, both physically and emotionally, to be a social worker. On any given day, you could have to wrestle a frenzied teen to the ground or mop up the blood from a suicide attempt. The indie drama “Short Term 12,” part of the East Lansing Film Series at Studio C!, believably depicts the highs and the lows of a group of college-age workers helping emotionally damaged teens.
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Wednesday, January 29,2014

New In Town

ATHENA´S DINER/ OFILIA´S EL BURRITO

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Athenas Diner opened last week in the former home of Big Jon’s Country Burgers. Owner/operator Anton Prenaj renovated the former location for Jon’s Country Burgers, leaving the eatery’s signature tabletop telephones in place.
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

Fantasy career

East Lansing entrepreneur taps into global ‘Game of Thrones’ replica market

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The warehouse of Chris Beasley’s East Lansing business is stocked with replicate swords, shields, daggers and helmets from the hit HBO show “Game of Thrones.” Some of the blades have names: Ice, Longclaw, Catspaw. One shield bears a direwolf; one of the helmets is shaped like a snarling metallic dog.
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

‘Death’ at C!

Acclaimed documentary with Lansing ties gets local premiere tonight

by ALLAN I. ROSS
There doesn’t seem to be much of a cultural overlap between audiences that appreciate thoughtful foreign language documentaries and those who rock out to death metal.
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

New In Town

AGGIE MAE´S BAKERY/THE ENGLISH INN

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Aggie Mae’s Bakery, which got its start in the Lansing City Market, moved last week to its new location in Grand Ledge. At 2,100 square feet, it’s more than double the size it had in its previous space.
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Wednesday, January 15,2014

Tune in, space out

Ambient musician gets atmospheric at MSU's Abrams Planetarium

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Although John Boyle attended Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, he said he didn’t get much out of his classroom time when he was there.
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Wednesday, January 15,2014

Illusions of life

‘Her,’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ have some existential fun

by ALLAN I. ROSS
With full acknowledgement to Tyler Durden, the idea that everyone’s a beautiful and unique snowflake is classic, all-American hooey. But why would anybody choose to buy into a reality where the world is an unfair, arbitrary place when self-deception is infinitely more palatable?
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Wednesday, January 15,2014

New In Town

Kirabo Fair Trade/Old Town Businesses

by ALLAN I. ROSS
After six-and-a-half years of selling fair trade items at Kirabo, her store in East Lansing, owner/operator Gail Catron is selling the business. But it’s not for a lack of commerce.
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Thursday, January 2,2014

Fast frozen

‘Gemini’ not too different from past damaging ice storms

by ALLAN I. ROSS
For the better part of a week, Winter Storm Gemini made mid-Michigan look like a set piece in the hit Disney film “Frozen,” leaving between onefourth of an inch and three-fourths of an inch of heavy ice crust across the landscape.
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