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Wednesday, February 25,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
The local craft beer scene continues to boom with the recent announcement that Ellison Brewery and Spirits, a proposed new microbrewery/ microdistillery, will open in East Lansing later this year. The production facility will open at 4903 Dawn Ave. in the industrial park behind the East La...
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Wednesday, February 18,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
Just to be clear: There’s nobody named Dan behind the scenes at Dan’s Coney Island — at least not now. The fledgling diner on Lansing’s south side may coincidentally hire an eponymous member to its crew someday, but no Dan yet. Instead, owner/ operator John Gjidoda came up with the name by taking the first initial from each of his three kids. Given that those three letters could have also formed an acronym for the molecule that carries the genetic instructions for life, a conjunction or a slang nickname for a very sensitive body part, “Dan” seems like a fine choice.
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Wednesday, February 11,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
Before Carl Lewis, Jeff Bezos and President Barack Obama made it to the top of their respective fields, they all worked in fast food — Olympic Gold medalist Lewis and Amazon founder Bezos worked at McDonald’s; the POTUS’ first job was scooping ice cream at Baskin-Robbins. “People like to make fun of fast workers, but it’s an extremely challenging profession if you apply yourself,” says Tim Ellis. Ellis is owner of WOW Hospitality, a consulting company specializing in launching new restaurants.
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
In the 1933 novel “Lost Horizon,” author James Hilton dreamed up Shangri- La, a utopian society populated with a citizenry that doesn’t age. Last fall, a new Lansing business opened that references Hilton’s utopia and provides personal pampering and skin-care services designed to slow the effects of weather and age.
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Wednesday, January 28,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
Downtown Lansing’s new bar is hot. Literally hot — it’s in the low- to mid- 90s inside. “It’s not even as hot as it could be,” said Patty Sutherland. “Hot yoga is normally (done) above 100 (degrees), so I actually call this ‘warming up to hot yoga.’” Sutherland is co-owner of Firefly Hot Yoga Bar. And no, despite the name, this is not that kind of bar — it’s a yoga bar, where you do poses, not shots, to unwind. Sutherland, who also owns the 3-year-old East Lansing Hot Yoga in Trowbridge Plaza, has enjoyed the new location.
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Wednesday, January 21,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
Lansing gets intergalactic Wednesday with the opening of Cosmos, a wood-fired pizzeria attached to intown Zoobie’s Old Town Tavern. Co-owner Sam Short said Zoobie’s, the 2-year-old craft beer, wine and cocktail hotspot, has been successful, but demand for food has been astronomical. “I think we’re going to make a lot of people happy with the Cosmos,” he said. “Zoobie’s only has light snacks right now, but when you’re out for the evening, sometimes you want something more (substantial).”
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Wednesday, January 14,2015

A history of nonviolence

MLK biopic gets a lot right at exactly the right time

by Allan I. Ross
“Selma” comes along at the right time and with precisely the right message to give hope for a nation that still needs to proclaim #blacklivesmatter. The Martin Luther King Jr. biopic has none of the sweeping grandeur that made Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi” (about King’s idol) pure Oscar bait or any of the deft filmmaking touches that gave Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” (about King’s political converse) a burning urgency. “Selma” is a quiet, contemplative film that grounds King’s nonviolent methods in the humdrum world of political red tape and systemic racism.
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Wednesday, January 14,2015

New in town

New Thai Kitchen

by Allan I. Ross
Two years ago, when Ying Xiong sold his East Lansing restaurant, Thai Kitchen, 2843 E. Grand River Ave., he thought he was done with the food business. “The (restaurant’s) new owner came in one day and asked how much I wanted for it,” Xiong says with a little smile. &...
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Thursday, January 8,2015

Pinsonn-OUT

WLNS anchor, man-about-town leaves Lansing for Los Angeles

by Allan I. Ross
In 1971, iconic Detroit news anchor Bill Bonds, who died last month, popped up briefly in “Escape from the Planet of the Apes.” Five years later, his station mate at WXYZ-TV, Diana Lewis, cameoed in “Rocky.” Neither strayed far from their field of expertise — they both played reporters — and they both returned to their real jobs when filming was complete. For them, apparently, showbiz was just a moonlighting gig.
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Wednesday, January 7,2015

‘Comedy is not for everybody’

J.J. Walker on Cosby, Ferguson and comedy’s role in race relations

by Allan I. Ross
Don’t ask Jimmie Walker to say “Dyno-MITE!” Even though it’s the catchphrase of his breakout character, J.J., which made him a star on the groundbreaking ‘70s TV show “Good Times”— not to mention itīs the name of his autobiography — he won’t do it. At least not over the phone.
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