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Wednesday, September 10,2014

Original superstar

Michigan woman brings Bernhardt musical to East Lansing

by Allan I. Ross
If television had been around when Sarah Bernhardt was alive, she undoubtedly would have had an envelope-pushing reality show and been a fixture on “TMZ.” The 19th century French actress/artist sent tongues wagging worldwide with her risqué artistic endeavors and unconcealed sexual exploits, paving the way for Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna and Miley Cyrus to inherit her mantle of Most Scandalous Woman Alive. Not bad for a self-trained courtesan’s daughter who died before the 1920s could even get roaring.
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

Critic’s choice

‘Life Itself,’ ‘Snowpiercer’ lead Indie Film Series

by Allan I. Ross
In “Life Itself,” the documentary about late Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, one of his peers brags that the Pulitzer Prize-winner could crank out a well-thoughtout review in half an hour. This piece, dear reader, took significantly longer than that, but if Ebert had lived long enough to review the visionary thriller “Snowpiercer” — and been brazen enough to combine it with an analysis of his own film — I’d be willing to bet it wouldn’t have been one of his quickies. Both films play this month at Studio C! as part of the Indie Film Series.
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

New in town

KNAPP´S CENTRE GRAND OPENING/THE BEER GROTTO

by Allan I. Ross
The date for the grand opening of the newly renovated Knapp’s Center has been set for Nov. 13. The itinerary for the invitation-only affair hasn’t been confirmed yet, but a spokesperson for the Eyde Co., the building’s owners, confirmed the company is working with local public relations firm Truscott Rossman to create an event.
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Wednesday, September 3,2014

New in town

LOU & HARRY'S/JERSEY GIANT/CHANDLER TAP HOUSE

by Allan I. Ross
This year, downtown Lansing’s Washington Square lost two businesses with small but dedicated fan bases: Decker’s Coffee (aka Cup of Dessert) and Ted-Dee’s Sandwich Shop closed within months of each other — but those buildings didn’t stay empty for long. In July, the 21st location for the Lansingbased Jersey Giant sub shop opened in the former Decker’s location, and this week Lou & Harry’s took over Ted- Dee’s’ old digs.
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Wednesday, August 6,2014

Pulsar X

Who will take home the gold at City Pulse’s 10th annual theater award show?

by Allan I. Ross
It was a year of boys who didn’t grow up, musical murder sprees and the most famous song about snow, as if the Lansing area didn’t get enough of that stuff last winter. On Aug. 18, the Pulsar Awards will be given to local actors for the 10th time, directors and tech crews, celebrating the best in Lansing-area community theater.
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

Train in vain

Why the critically acclaimed ‘Snowpiercer’ probably won’t make a stop in Lansing

by Allan I. Ross
Maybe you’ve heard of “Snowpiercer,” the sci fi action thriller starring Chris Evans (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) set on a futuristic supertrain. According to the buzz, it’s a visionary twist on the postapocalyptic epic, where the remnants of humanity have fallen into a rigid caste system after the world has been devastated by a new Ice Age. Sort of like last winter here in mid-Michigan — so hey, it’s relatable.
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

New in town

PAUL REVERE´S/EDMUND´S PASTIME/FLAT, BLACK AND CIRCULAR

by Allan I. Ross
After weeks of denying widespread rumors that his bar, Paul Revere’s Tavern, was closing, owner/operator Jim Driscoll closed the 66-year-old watering hole last Saturday with no fanfare.
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

‘Dark Horse’ rising

Mid-Michigan brewery gets national attention with History Channel reality show

by Allan I. Ross
Spirits were high last Sunday at Dark Horse Brewing Co. in Marshall. Beneath a ceiling full of dangling beer mugs, families ate lunch at the high-top tables and couples sat at the bar quaffing craft beer. Owner/brewer Aaron Morse was nowhere to be seen — he had just wrapped up an appearance at the 17th annual Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti the day before. Otherwise, though, it was business as usual, with one little proviso: In about 48 hours the little brewpub 45 minutes southwest of Lansing would have its national television debut — and with it, lots of curiosity seekers.
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Wednesday, July 23,2014

New in town

FOR CREPE SAKE/HORROCKS FARM MARKET TAVERN

by Allan I. Ross
With the grand opening this week of the new Lansing City Market lunch spot For Crêpe Sake, downtown diners can now get a fast, light lunch with upscale European sensibilities. Leave it to an American — the store’s owner, Mark Owen — to give a crêperie a name that takes all the pretense out of Continental dining.
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

New in town

DEFYE/SMITH FLORAL & GREENHOUSES

by Allan I. Ross
Last month, Lansing-based fashion line DEFYE moved its headquarters from inside the Meridian Mall into the John Bean building, south of downtown Lansing. Owner/ designer Michael Doherty, 35, said he made the move in order to focus more on production and distribution of his clothing than retail.
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