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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 Lansing´s 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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Wednesday, December 10,2014

Last minute gift guide: The vinyl frontier

local entrepreneurs make art out of old record albums

by Allan I. Ross
Who knows why interest in vinyl records is waxing these days. Perhaps it’s the soothing crackles and pops of a needle sneaking through the grooves, or maybe it’s just nostalgia for dust jackets and liner notes. But for Records Redone, albums are both the message and the medium.
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Wednesday, December 10,2014

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
While yoga, spinning and boot camp classes will soon be filled to capacity by New Year’s resolution makers, local women have a new option that is bound to be a conversation starter: Pole dancing. Welcome to Stilettos & Steel Fitness on Lansing’s west side. “This isn’t training for the strip club,” said owner/ instructor Candice Tess. “Pole builds confidence and strength. A lot of women come thinking this would be fun, but say they’re really impressed how hard of a workout it is.”
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Lansing’s glitterati

Arts Council honors four leaders of local culture at annual awards presentation

by Allan I. Ross
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing honored four key contributors to the mid- Michigan arts and culture scene at the 35th Annual Holiday Glitter gala Tuesday night. The Applause Awards were given in three categories: the Individual Leadership Award, which was presented this year to Nancy and Gary McRay; the Business Leadership Award, presented to Lansing Community College and its president, Brent Knight; and the inaugural Civic Leadership Award, which was given to East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

On ego’s wings

Michael Keaton soars in the gravity-, genre-defying ‘Birdman’

by Allan I. Ross
The sooner you see “Birdman” the better. Like the latest episode of “South Park” or “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” it is utterly of the moment and its urgency, its insistent need to be consumed, is evident in every frame. Who knows how long it will be before this revolutionary style — an entire movie constructed as a single take! Meta commentaries of today’s marquees! — feels passé.
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
On Oct. 20, Uli´s Haus of Rock, 4519 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. on Lansing’s south side, announced on its Facebook page that it would be temporarily closed as the venue´s management dealt with “some legal issues.”
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