April 24 2013
How do you make a documentary film about a person who spent his life diligently avoiding the camera, denying even Time magazine so much as a shot of the back of his head? Filmmakers Kevin Hanlon and Dan...
April 24 2013
On Monday, HopCat-East Lansing held a ceremonial groundbreaking — and fittingly, it was a hop bine planting. (Hops are the aromatic plants used to flavor some beers.) The restaurant/brewpub opens...
April 17 2013
The first time we see Jackie Robinson in the biopic "42," he's in silhouette, crouched like a tiger, leading off about 10 feet from first base at a Negro League night game. The pitcher winds up, throws...
April 17 2013
Maru Sushi & Grill opened in its new East Lansing location this week. This is the third restaurant for owner/operator Robert Song's 4-year-old enterprise, following Maru's expansion in Grand Rapids last...
April 17 2013
In 1993, Canadian pop rockers Barenaked Ladies released their signature song, "If I Had $1000000 Dollars," which included the cute (but bizarre) segment: "If I had a million dollars/we wouldn't have to...
April 17 2013
The two best things about Steven Spielberg's 2002 film, "Catch Me If You Can," featuring a slippery counterfeiter and his relentless pursuer, were the Saul Bass-inspired opening credits and Tom Hanks'...
April 10 2013
A post-ironic pop-punk opera about the futility of rebellion, "American Idiot" is challenging. It's exciting. It's inciting. It's triumphant
April 10 2013
After last year's particularly nasty presidential campaign, Lansing voters got about a two-month reprieve before being thrust back into the heart of another election season. Sorry about that, but also,...
April 10 2013
It's not always about who won or lost, but who got the most votes. Not so fast — winning and getting the most votes are not necessarily the same thing, smart guy. At least not in the new Top of the...
April 10 2013
Old Town's going old school in a few weeks when the Old Town General Store gets up and running. Owner/operator Maria Van Atta will soon launch her debut solo enterprise next to Preuss Pets, near the corner...
April 3 2013
Nazis are easy narrative villains — the systematic slaughter of 11 million people really puts them in their own class of evil. Consequently, in literature and film, it's a bold move to depict them...
April 3 2013
The "gateway to East Lansing" is getting a little more welcoming this week with the opening of Jonna's 2 Go, the western-most location for a series of southeast Michigan-based convenience stores
March 27 2013
Last week, the Lansing Board of Education approved a five-year teachers' contract that will get the Lansing School District about $7 million closer to closing the next school year's projected $9 million...
March 27 2013
Spring is off to a relatively chilly start, but in Williamston business is in full bloom. Three new businesses celebrated grand openings last week, while a fourth moved into a space nearly six times the...
March 22 2013
In a perfect world, a visionary filmmaker such as Sam Raimi could make a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz" without having it compared to its 1939 predecessor, inarguably one of the greatest motion pictures...
March 20 2013
The brutal 1998 murder of Matthew Wayne Shepard in Laramie, Wyo., is one of the country's most high-profile hate crimes, and is considered a watershed for the gay rights movement. In 2000, "The Laramie...
March 20 2013
Next week, the lights go down for the East Lansing Film Society Film Series' final month of programming before taking the summer off. So long, Werner Herzog; hey there, Iron Man — gotta give those...
March 20 2013
Last weekend, the festively named Arty Party Studio celebrated its grand opening in Okemos, and co-owner/operator Susan Brewster said the response was overwhelming — about 200 folks turned out, mostly...
March 18 2013
Somewhere between a Penthouse Forum story and a Swiftian journal entry (Taylor, not Jonathan) lies “My First Time,” a staged reading of stories culled from the aptly named website, MyFirstTime.com
March 13 2013
Jan.18, 2013 — For moviegoers, January is either seen as an opportunity to catch up on non-widely released gems that are finally making it to town (such as last summer’s “Beasts of the...

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