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Thursday, December 5,2013

Passing the torte

Roma Bakery's owners are selling their business — but not to just anyone

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week, Mena Castriciano’s dining room table was covered with authentic Italian dishes. Breads, salads, finger foods, pasta dishes and piles — actual heaping piles — of desserts. Cakes on top of tortes on top of almond cookies. In all, Castriciano estimated there were about 200 items.
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

Pick of the Glitter

City Pulse recognized for local arts and culture coverage

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing presented City Pulse with the 2013 Business Arts Award at its 34th Annual Holiday Glitter gala Tuesday night at the University Club. The event honors contributors to the mid-Michigan arts and culture scene in two categories: for individuals, with the Applause Award, and for businesses, with the Business Arts Award.
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

Remembering Paul Walker

MSU grad worked with late action star on his first film

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In 1998, MSU graduate Steve van Wormer co-starred in the live-action Disney comedy, “Meet the Deedles.”
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

New In Town

Firehouse Sub´s/ Sawyer´s Pancakes

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Work is underway on a second local location for Firehouse Subs, which is set to open Jan. 6 at 200 S. Washington Square in downtown. The space was formerly used for state offices. The restaurant is part of a national chain that boasts “700 locations and counting,” but owner Sam Shango was simply intown taken with the product.
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Wednesday, November 27,2013

Sex and sensibility

Palme D’Or winner explores sex as basic human sustenance

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Come for the hot girl-on-girl action, stay for a philosophical examination of the transformative, transcendental power of sex. In “Blue is the Warmest Color,” sex isn’t an act you engage in; it’s a food that’s consumed wholly and voraciously by a starving generation no longer boxed in by conventional ideas of identity.
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Wednesday, November 27,2013

When you wish upon a store …

Land Bank launches unconventional tactic to fill empty Urbandale building

by ALLAN I. ROSS
When an unconventional brainstorm was initiated with Lansing’s Urbandale neighborhood in September, Jeff Burdick said he expected some “off the wall” answers.
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Wednesday, November 27,2013

New In Town

Michigan Mart/ Suits

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The term “superstore” sure had a different meaning 75 years ago. That’s what the State Journal called the 10,000-squarefoot building at 1908 E. Michigan intown Ave. in Lansing’s East Side neighborhood when it was built in 1938 as an A&P Store. Today, it’s barely bigger than Meijer’s snack food aisle.
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Friday, November 8,2013

Getting animated

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with filmmaker, Lansing native, Justin Leach

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Friday, Nov. 8 — The East Lansing Film Festival hosts a filmmakers forum Saturday at noon featuring the writers, directors and stars behind some of this year’s films. One of the guests will be Justin Leach, an animator whose credits include “The Ice Age” franchise and “Rio,” the sequel for which comes out next year.
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Wednesday, October 23,2013

Monster's ball

Halloween boat party will be Lansing’s largest electronic music event

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The 2003 cult classic film “Party Monster” is based on the true story of the Club Kids, a group of flamboyant young Manhattan ravers in the early ‘90s who made a living out of partying like crazy.
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Wednesday, October 23,2013

New in Town

Bordeaux-Wine Food Spirits

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Earlier this month, Bordeaux-Wine Food Spirits opened inside the recently renamed Crowne Plaza Lansing West. The upscale eatery takes over the spot previously occupied by in-town Christine’s Bistro, which served as the hotel’s restaurant for the last 17 years.
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