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Wednesday, March 13,2013

‘The fat lady has sung’

After 14 years, 621 calls it quits for good

by Allan I. Ross
Friday, Aug. 31 — The owners of the upscale martini lounge, 621, located at 621 E. Michigan Ave., announced Thursday they will be closing the nightclub for good after 14 years.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Political song-and-dance

Capitol Steps mocks politics tonight at the Wharton Center

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, Oct. 4 —Before there was a “Daily Show” or a “Colbert Report” (or a Glenn Beck, for that matter), Capitol Steps was there to show us how ridiculous the political machine was. Part dueling piano sing-a-long, part sketch comedy troupe, the musical satire crew has been skewering politics for 30 years.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

After M*A*S*H

Actor Jamie Farr to speak at Lansing Town Hall series

by Allan I. Ross
Monday, Oct. 15 — “M*A*S*H” co-star and 1970s game show regular Jamie Farr will speak a week from today at the Lansing Town Hall speaker series, “Mondays with Meaning and Merriment.”
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Best seat in the house

Studio! C opens Monday, providing upscale theatergoing experience

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, Dec. 6 — Loeks Theatres officials unveiled the company’s latest movie theater experiment Wednesday night: a six-screen “grown up movie theater” in Okemos that includes a full menu and bar, reclining chairs and optional wait service.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Stirrup some emotions

Life-size equine puppets and a cinematic score make “War Horse” a hit

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, Dec. 6 — How do soldiers killing each other solve the world’s problems? Writers have spilled more ink on the topic than blood, looking at war from every conceivable angle. But in “War Horse,” playing through Sunday at the Wharton Center, the subject is seen through the eyes of a horse. This use of an animal protagonist allows you to see war from the perspective of nature — confusing, violent and absolutely pointless.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Funding Lansing’s arts

Eleven local groups recieve grants for 2013

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, Dec. 20 — The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs announced today that 11 Lansing-area nonprofits would receive nearly $35,000 in grants to further their mission.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

'Abbey' normal

City Pulse supports acclaimed British drama

by Allan I. Ross
Friday, Jan. 4 — Last week, the web erupted when “Downton Abbey” actor Rob James Collier made an outrageous claim about season 3 of the acclaimed series, which debuts Sunday on WKAR-TV.
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Friday, March 8,2013

Michael Moore to speak in Lansing

Award-winning filmmaker will be keynote speaker at Michigan author event

by Allan I. Ross
Thursday, March 7 — Polarizing documentary filmmaker Michael Moore will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Night for Notables event on April 27 at the Library of Michigan.
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Wednesday, March 6,2013

New in town

Lansing's Fire House No. 8

by Allan I. Ross
One of two things lay ahead for Jeff Brenner, who purchased Lansing's iconic Fire Station No. 8 in January: Either make it the new headquarters for his company, Brenner Heating and Cooling, or transform the 9,000-square-foot building into a theater and launch a performing arts school inside.
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Wednesday, November 14,2012

Silver Bells playbook

Annual holiday extravaganza takes over downtown on Friday

by Allan I. Ross
After last year's abbreviated winter (seen as a reprieve by many mid-Michigan cryophobes), the calendar has finally reset itself back to cold weather mode, whether we like it or not.
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