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Wednesday, December 11,2013

Aesthetes in action

Lansing-area couple’s lifelong love of art carried over to their kids, with interesting results

by Allan I. Ross
Nearly every line of sight in the home of Jerry and Joan Mattson ends in a piece of art. Miniature statues of reclining nudes line a shelf; a bust of a young boy smiles proudly from the bay window; a cabinet filled with tiny figures hangs beside a portrait of a stern Russian-looking man.
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Wednesday, December 11,2013

The Roscrea redemption

Dench, Coogan anchor heartbreaking true story about a mother’s love

by Allan I. Ross
Where do you draw the line between soft and hard journalism in an age when Americans consider “The Daily Show” a bona fide news source even as “60 Minutes” offers an apology, but not a retraction, about its discredited eyewitness in Benghazi story?
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Wednesday, December 11,2013

New In Town

MUSIC STREET BREWING CO./CAPITAL CITY HOMEBREW SUPPLY/SOUL EMPOWERMENT

by Allan I. Ross
Roll out the barrel — Lansing’s Eastside neighborhood is getting a brewpub next summer. The Music Street Brewing Co., named for the prevalence of live band performances on Michigan Avenue, will take over the 400-square-foot space adjacent to Capital City Homebrew Supply, which recently moved two blocks over intown to the fast developing 2000 block.
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Wednesday, December 11,2013

Curtain call: Not ready for the kiln

“Ghost the Musical” falls short on chemistry

by Allan I. Ross
In “Ghost the Musical,” playing at the Wharton Center this week, the pottery wheel and “Unchained Melody” successfully make the leap from the 1990 film Review “Ghost” to the stage. So do a couple nifty visual effects.
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Tuesday, November 26,2013

New In Town

Central Pharmacy/ Chierie International Market

by Allan I. Ross
In the age of mega-chain drugstores, it’s unusual to hear about a locally owned pharmacy opening.
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Monday, November 18,2013

Meet the Makers

Lansing-based creative club unveils its new digs

by Allan I. Ross
Friday, Nov. 15 — The Lansing Makers Network celebrates its move into the Old Town Temple Club with a special grand opening event from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. At the Lansing Makers Network Open Party (LMNOP, very clever), visitors can take a tour, meet members of the group, see live demonstrations and see recent projects.
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Wednesday, November 13,2013

Charlotte’s web

Celebrating 10 seasons of world-class performing arts facility

by Allan I. Ross
Six years ago, Gino Federici was on stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas performing with acclaimed tenor Andrea Bocelli before an audience of more than 15,000.
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Wednesday, November 13,2013

Song of Solomon

Autobiographical slave narrative depicts appalling chapter of U.S. history

by Allan I. Ross
Other writers have called “12 Years a Slave” “revelatory,” “brutal,” and “necessary.” It’s been grouped with the Jackie Robinson biopic “42,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and the upcoming “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” as part of a wave of vibrant filmmaking featuring strong, positive portrayals of African Americans.
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Wednesday, November 13,2013

New In Town

Dicker and Deal/ Michaelīs Pub

by Allan I. Ross
Dicker and Deal owner Gary Potter said last week that he has purchased the building intown that was formerly home to Coscarelli’s Restaurant & Lounge, 2420 S. Cedar St. in Lansing. Potter said he intends to make the building his new headquarters after a massive renovation project. He won’t have far to go — his original location is 1701 S. Cedar St., about a mile up the street.
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Wednesday, November 6,2013

Measuring up

Class warfare, Dutch drama and penis sizes (hee hee) at the East Lansing Film Festival

by Allan I. Ross
For 16 years, East Lansing Film Festival founder Susan Woods has introduced mid-Michigan audiences to films that are mind-bendingly philosophical, heartbreakingly beautiful and infuriatingly confrontational.
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