Header-lansing_1.jpg
 
Home » Articles »   By Allan I. Ross
 
 
Wednesday, October 1,2014

Saving Halloween

Turning the holiday back over to its rightful celebrants — the kids

by Allan I. Ross
Once upon a time, Halloween meant two things: Candy and costumes. Oh, and also: It was for kids. But as America has become increasingly immaturized — where movies based on toys from the ‘80s rule the box office and video game systems have become basics of home entertainment — so too has the ultimate children’s holiday been usurped by grownups.
Read more   Read it in print
Wednesday, October 1,2014

Women in power

by Allan I. Ross
The Indie Film Series at Studio C! continues this weekend with six new titles, blazing an art-house movie trail that will lead into the 17th Annual East Lansing Film Festival at the end of the month. Series programmer Susan Woods once again cherry-picked the films from the buzziest international, independent and documentary fare making the festival circuit rounds. “These are some of the best movies out there, and if it weren’t for (the Indie Film Series), Lansing audiences would never get to see them on the big screen,” Woods said.
Read more   Read it in print
Wednesday, October 1,2014

New in town

O'REILLY AUTO PARTS/STOCKYARD COMEDY ZONE/JOKERS ARE WILD

by Allan I. Ross
Speculation and rumors have abounded about what would happen to the former Paul Revere’s building since it closed last summer, but this week I confirmed with Missouri-based O’Reily Auto Enterprises that the building will be leveled and an O’Reilly Auto Parts store will be built on the property.
Read more   Read it in print
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.
Read more   Read it in print
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.
Read more   Read it in print
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.
Read more   Read it in print
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.
Read more   Read it in print
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.
Read more   Read it in print
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.
Read more   Read it in print
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.
Read more   Read it in print
 
 
 
 
 
Search Archive
Search Archive:
 
 

© 2014 City Pulse

City Pulse. 2001 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48912.
Phone: (517)371-5600. Fax: (517) 999-6066.
E-mail: publisher@lansingcitypulse.com

 
Close