Cover story: The logistics of going local

The national trend of “food hubs” linking local farmers with local stomachs is finally wriggling down the gullet of greater Lansing, writes Lawrence Cosentino. So far, it’s a tale of two gulps. In the heart of Lansing’s east side, a warehouse turned into a community kitchen and an exchange that links local farmers and buyers. Meanwhile, distributors have launched a “Food Innovation District” in an industrial-ish park near Okemos High School.

Private sector benefits

Nationally, a growing tide of private sector employers have started offering same-sex partner benefits to its employees. City Pulse surveys the greater Lansing area to see who does and who doesn’t. You might recognize some familiar companies that, as LGBT advocates say, are on the wrong side of history on this issue.

Miller: Weird and wrong on public records

Columnist Steve Miller takes aim at the city of Lansing in his transparency column this month, taking on the city’s handling of open records requests related to automated license plate readers and, as an internal matter, getting contractor information to the internal auditor.

Measuring up

For 16 years, East Lansing Film Festival founder Susan Woods has introduced mid-Michigan audiences to films that are mind-bendingly philosophical, heartbreakingly beautiful and infuriatingly confrontational. The tradition continues when ELFF opens Wednesday and lasts through Nov. 14.

Curtain Call

City Pulse theater writers Tom Helma and Mary Cusack review Lansing Community College’s “The Graduate” and Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.’s “Other Desert Cities,” respectively.