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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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Thursday, December 26,2013

2013: A&C ya later

Ranking the top five(ish) in arts and culture

by ALLAN I. ROSS
It was a good year to be part of the arts and culture scene in the Lansing area. Visual arts, performance arts, culinary arts — they were all there for the consuming, and there was plenty to feast on.
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Thursday, December 26,2013

Best of 2013: Movies

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Lansing saw a bump in art house films, thanks in large part to two film festivals (tip o’ the hat to ye, Capital City Film Festival and East Lansing Film Festival) and the opening of Studio C! in Okemos. Here are the five that rose to the top in 2013.
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Thursday, December 26,2013

New in town year in review

by ALLAN I. ROSS
A rush of new grocery stores, restaurants, bars and specialty shops confirmed Lansing’s economic upswing this year. Thirteen may be perceived as an unlucky number, but for these businesses, 2013 was full of promise.
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