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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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Wednesday, January 7,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
Lansing’s east side gained a new restaurant last week when China Flavor opened at 2033 E. Michigan Ave. It joins Asian Gourmet on that busy block, giving diners yet another cause for pause for Asian cuisine between Michigan State University and the Capitol.
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

A&C How it was

A look at the year in Lansingīs cultural scene

by Allan I. Ross
Trying to figure out the cultural highlight of 2014 in mid-Michigan boils down to a clash of clashes: Was it the Caped Crusader taking on the Man of Steel at the filming of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” at the Broad Art Museum in October, or was it the musical genre showdown that was presented to local music aficionados at Classical Meets Jazz at the Wharton Center last month? Seeing as how the film shoot was a closed set and local extras weren’t allowed to make a peep, it seems Ellington and Mozart slightly edge out Supes and Bats. Sorry, guys, but it all comes down to transparency.
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

Categorical imperatives

Some of 2014’s best films flew way under the radar

by Allan I. Ross
It’s easy to sing the praises of films like “Birdman,” “Boyhood” and “Whiplash” — fine films, all — but some of the year’s best films will likely languish unseen in your online streaming queue unless they get a little bump. Consider this that bump. By category, the best films I saw in 2014:
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
Coffee grounded It was a good year for local java junkies. Strange Matter Coffee Co., 2001 E. Michigan Ave., opened in Lansing’s newly (re)named East Town neighborhood. And two new “micro-roasters” started cranking out bags of beans to local restaurants and specialty retail shops: Bloom Coffee Roasters and Rust Belt Roastery, both in Old Town.
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Wednesday, December 17,2014

Book drop

Arts Council pays forward donation of mini-library from former MSU prof

by Allan I. Ross
Festivus isn’t the only December holiday “Seinfeld” gave us. In the 1995 episode “The Label Maker,” the all-too-common practice of giving someone a present that some one else had recently given you got a name: Regifting. The term caught on, and 13 years later, Dec. 18 was declared National Regifting Day by the State of Colorado.
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