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Wednesday, June 4,2014

Fine dining

Jon Favreau returns to form with cutting comedy

by Allan I. Ross
Who pissed in Jon Favreau’s bisque? The writer/ director/ actor seethes through his role in “Chef” as a man whose life is thrown into turmoil after he abandons his integrity in a critcal career crossroads moment and pays for it. He’s so obsessed with work that he’s destroyed his marriage, he’s lost his girlish figure and he’s become an inattentive father. This guy’s got some serious angst.
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Wednesday, June 4,2014

New in town

TALLULAH´S FOLLY/MIDTOWN BREWING CO./THE STATE ROOM

by Allan I. Ross
A little less than four years after opening, eclectic Old Town flower and vintage shop Tallulah’s Folly will close for good in early July. Owner David Gregware made the decision last week, but didn’t make it official until Tuesday.
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Friday, May 30,2014

Decker’s Coffee closes

Owner claims downtown Lansing business will reopen, but no date set

by Allan I. Ross
Friday, May 30 — After a year under new ownership, Decker’s Coffee Co., also known as Cup of Dessert, closed for business today at 2 p.m. The closing was announced on the business’ Facebook page Thursday:
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Thursday, March 20,2014

‘I try to bring truth to the material’

INTERVIEW: Kingsley Leggs, co-star of ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, March 20 —Kingsley Leggs plays Sporting Life, the smooth-talking drug dealer in “The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess,” playing through Sunday at the Wharton Center. He played Curtis Anderson, a smooth-talking gangster (do we detect a pattern here?) in last year’s “Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy.”
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

REVIEW: “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”

Classic opera an inspiring, triumphant work of American art

by Allan I. Ross
Wednesday, March 19 — When “Porgy and Bess,” George and Ira Gershwin’s American opera debuted in 1935, Jim Crow still ruled the roost in America. Since then, laws have changed, ideals have shifted, but white people are still more likely to have lunch with white people and black people are still more likely to have lunch with black people. What hasn’t changed is the uniqueness of this show, which was just as singular then as it is now. Seriously: How many operas specifically set in the African-American community do you know of?
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

Love through the Plexiglas

Romantic comedy ‘Detroit Unleaded’ explores Michigan’s Lebanese culture

by Allan I. Ross
If downtrodden, demoralized Detroit needs representation to prove that it’s still alive, that its huge heart still pulses with the lifeblood of iron-willed, diverse ethnic groups, “Detroit Unleaded” is its perfect ambassador.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

Loving to hate

Valentine’s Day, the most dissed holiday of all, comes full circle

by Allan I. Ross
Over the last two years, the term “hate-watching” has defined the form of entertainment consumption described as following a TV show you know is bad for the express purpose of enjoying that badness.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

New In Town

Moriarty´s Bar/Marie´s Custom Decor/Elite Gamers

by Allan I. Ross
Last month, Michael Moriarty sold his downtown Lansing bar, Moriarty’s Pub, to two of his longtime employees: Joy Allswede and Carolyn Baron. From 5 p.m. to close this Sunday, the former owner will throw his own going away party to say goodbye to the business he owned for 34 years.
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Friday, January 24,2014

Metropolis now

Broad Art Museum scouted for upcoming “Batman vs. Superman” movie

by Allan I. Ross
Friday, Jan. 24 — When the “Batman vs. Superman” movie arrives in May 2016, certain parts of Metropolis may look a whole lot like East Lansing. On Wednesday, MSU athletic director Mark Hollis'tweeted a picture of himself with the film’s director, Zack Snyder (“Man of Steel,” “300”), inside MSU’s Broad Art Museum.
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Thursday, January 23,2014

REVIEW: Pan of action

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ hooks audiences with imagination, perpetual motion

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, Jan. 23 — You know that feeling you get when you’re running down a hill and gravity starts to take over and you’re afraid you’re going to fall because you’re going too fast but it’s so much fun that you just keep going and your feet are scrambling faster and faster and faster to keep you upright and then you start to get scared that you’re going to have a massive wipeout but the sensation of speed is too thrilling to stop and adrenaline takes over and your eyes start watering from the wind and your heart starts pounding from the fear and then all of a sudden you feel like — no, suddenly you are — honest-to-goodness flying?
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