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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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Thursday, January 9,2014

New In Town

LotusVoice Integrative Therapies/ Tom Chee / Firehouse Subs

by Allan I. Ross
Ginger Yang recently opened LotusVoice Integrative Therapies in East Lansing, which is dedicated to holistic healing. Yang, a certified music therapist and massage therapist, worked with patients and their families as a music therapist at McLaren Hospice since March 2010.
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Wednesday, December 18,2013

Variety revival

Local newsman showcases local talent with new variety show

by Allan I. Ross
Beachler has performed on stage with Pinsonnault several times, including last year’s “Follies” at Riverwalk Theatre. The two have developed a crackling rapport, both on stage and off. At the New Year’s Eve taping, Beachler will trade barbs with Pinsonnault and sing a few songs. Old school stuff.
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Wednesday, December 18,2013

New In Town

The Institution/FLEXcity

by Allan I. Ross
A new fitness studio opened last week in downtown Lansing, just in time to help folks looking to fight their urge to load up on carbs and hibernate. The Institution, a group exercise and training studio, held its grand opening at 216 S. Washington Square.
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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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