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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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Wednesday, October 16,2013

Shot in the mitten

Lansing-area filmmakers compete in annual statewide festival

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Michigan will be transformed into the home state of Gotham City and/or Metropolis in the upcoming Batman-vs.-Superman movie scheduled to shoot here next spring. The film will be budgeted at about a quarter of a billion dollars, will bring scores of film industry professionals working in the to the state and will create hundreds of temporary jobs, ranging from on-screen extras to Porta Potty technicians. As far as movies go, you don’t get much bigger than that.
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Wednesday, October 16,2013

New in Town

Monticello’s Market and Butcher Block/Tom and Chee

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week, Monticello’s Market and Butcher Block opened in Haslett. The location was a Sav A Lot store for 18 years, but in January, owners Doug and Margie Potter decided to transform the building into market focusing on specialty meats and produce.
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Saturday, October 12,2013

New in town

Salvation Army Thrift Store / Value World

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Earlier this year, Macklemore scored a No. 1 hit song with 'euro;'Thrift Shop,'euro;' a tongue-in-cheek ode to buying clothes in secondhand stores. So, has there been a rush of new costumers intown.
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Wednesday, October 9,2013

Period pieces

Historic Lansing costume shop reopens in time for Halloween

by ALLAN I. ROSS
A cardboard box filled with dismembered heads sits next to the cash register. It’s an appropriately ghoulish sight given that Halloween is right around the corner, but the effect is unintentional.
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