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Tuesday, October 28,2014

Swap, meet, sample

New group unites mid-Michigan foodies

by Katy Barth
If you’ve been eager to share your treasured peanut butter brownies with a wider audience, you’ll have the opportunity to do so at the Mid-Mitten Homemade Food Swap, an event debuting Saturday.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Brew switcheroo

Lansing’s second music and beer festival this month settles on Adado Park

by Katy Barth
A few months ago, professional event organizer Sam Porter spotted a pile of empty beer cans after an event in East Lansing. Poking out from among the PBRs and Busch Lights, something caught his eye: a bottle from Grand Rapids-based microbrewery Founders Brewing Co. Most people wouldn’t give it a second thought, but for Porter, it was a sign of positive change in the way craft beer — and Michigan craft beer, at that — has gone mainstream.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Katy Barth
This week’s Turn It Down is dedicated to the Microbrew & Musical Festival lineup. The two-day event is part craft beer festival and part concert event. Two main stages and the separate Silent Disco tent, featuring DJ Dominate from 6-11 p.m. both nights, will spotlight an array of...
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Friday, April 4,2014

‘It’s “Mamma Mia!”’ for dudes’

Q&A with Andrew Sklar, star of Wharton Center’s ‘Rock of Ages’

by Katy Barth
Friday, April 4 — The Wharton Center will have its sound system cranked up to 11 this weekend when “Rock of Ages” rolls into East Lansing for a one-night performance. The Tony Award-nominated jukebox musical incorporates ’80s hair metal classics “Nothing But a Good Time,” “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “The Final Countdown.”
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Wednesday, April 2,2014

Ales in the outfield

‘Beer hounds’ take over downtown ballpark for first-time event

by Katy Barth
As opening day fever sweeps across the country this week, it’s officially OK to start using the word “summer” again in regular conversation — as in baseball’s boys of summer, who took to the field after the bitterest winter in recent memory. But who’s to say America’s pastime is the game itself and not the forum for open-air, public socializing … and, you know, all that beer drinking.
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Wednesday, March 26,2014

Eyesore of the Week

by Katy Barth
Architecture critic Daniel E. Bollman says: In case passersby are uncertain of the function of this utilitarian building, the operators have thoughtfully stapled a cardboard “car wash” sign to a utility pole near the street.
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Wednesday, March 26,2014

Take the test (w/video)

Progress Michigan delivers urine-sample cups to Senate offices, asks those who voted for suspicion-based drug-testing of welfare recipients if they would do the same

by Katy Barth
Wednesday, March 26 — Progress Michigan delivered urine-sample cups to state senators today and asked if they would take a drug test. The cups were delivered to senators who voted for a proposed suspicion-based drug-testing program for certain recipients of state aid.
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Wednesday, March 5,2014

Java men

New Lansing ‘micro-roastery’ keeps the focus on coffee beans

by Katy Barth
Thursday, Mar. 5 — For some people, enjoying a fresh cup of joe is more than pressing the brew button on a coffeemaker — it’s a daily sacrament. For those who take their coffee seriously, the Lansing-based “micro-roastery” business Craft & Mason Roasting Co., which produces locally roasted coffee beans, was launched late last year.
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Wednesday, January 29,2014

Brewing BAD

Mason craft brewery finds success in experimentation — just don’t come hungry

by Katy Barth
Giving your business an off-kilter name could turn out to a mark of ironic genius — Hooters and Fuddruckers laughed all the way to the bank with tongue-in-cheek monikers — but to call your business “bad” seems like a recipe for trouble.
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Monday, December 30,2013

New Year’s events

Where to ring in 2014 in Lansing and East Lansing

by Katy Barth
Monday, Dec. 30 — All dressed up, but not sure where to go? Don’t drop the ball before midnight. Here’s a listing of New Year’s Eve celebrations around the Lansing area.
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