March 18 2015
Radio DJs seldom know when it’s their last day behind the mic. Even the most popular personality in town could have the plug pulled at any time and for no reason. In the broadcasting industry, this...
March 18 2015
A new roller skating rink opened this week in South Lansing. Skate City Rink is built into a nearly 10,000-square-foot former office plaza near the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Holmes...
March 4 2015
Last week I promised you an update on American Fifth Spirits, the smallbatch liquor distillery across from the Cooley Law School Stadium in downtown Lansing. I mentioned that although it had started production...
Dec. 23 2014
In 1958, Alvin, Simon and Theodore harmonized on “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late),” the novelty holiday tune that introduced the immortal Christmas plea, “Me, I want...
Nov. 26 2014
The shuffle between Kris Elliot’s downtown Lansing Urban Feast restaurants seems to have settled down … for now, at least. The Black Rose, formerly connected to the defunct Edmund’s...
Nov. 14 2014
Butcher paper obscures the view into downtown Lansing’s P Squared Wine Bar, and a sheet of paper declares, “We are temporarily closed for renovations.” But there’s nothing temporary...
Nov. 12 2014
TUESDAY, NOV. 11 — Butcher paper obscures the view into downtown Lansing’s P Squared Wine Bar, and a sheet of paper declares, “We are temporarily closed for renovations.” But there’s...
Nov. 12 2014
Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter is considered one of the most influential modern British dramatists, but he is probably most famous for something he didn’t write. Or rather, a style...
Nov. 12 2014
Bob Eubanks has laid claim to many titles in his 70-plus years in the entertainment business. Top 40 DJ. Concert promoter. And, most famously, game show host. But before all that, he was just a Michigan...
Nov. 5 2014
If you thought last winter’s ice storm did a number on you, be happy you’re not 159 years old — the cold gets tougher the older you get. For Old Town’s historic Turner-Dodge House,...
Nov. 5 2014
It was good news/bad news this week for two former food trucks. Good Truckin’ Food, a food truck formerly situated at Capital City Food Court, spun off into the brickand-mortar breakfast/ lunch spot...
Oct. 29 2014
Bill Murray doesn’t have an agent. If you want to reach him about a movie project, you have to leave a message at his personal 1-800-number. It’s true. If he likes your spiel, he calls you...
Oct. 29 2014
Last week, REO Town gained a new business that will anchor its southern edge: Vintage Junkies, a vintage clothing, furniture, home décor and jewelry store, moved into the former Kwast American Bakeries...
Oct. 22 2014
One of my first jobs out of high school was working in a factory. I was young, dumb and had no idea how to manage my income. After furtively sharing a plate with my roommate at an all-you-can-eat buffet...
Oct. 22 2014
Everything’s better in the movies: The people are hotter, the explosions are bigger and dragons, aliens and robots from the future happily co-exist. Even the bars are better, and it’s not like...
Oct. 22 2014
It’s a baby for Old Town! Earlier this month, Mother & Earth Baby Boutique, moved into 1212 Turner St., former home of Gallery 1212. The baby supply store carries cloth diapers, specialty baby clothing,...
Oct. 15 2014
In Van Halen’s 1992 music video “Right Now,” two animated figures commit a cruel bit of bullying on a third figure above the words “Right now, our government is doing things we...
Oct. 15 2014
Lansing’s specialty coffee scene continues to grow with the addition of another business. Paul and Emily Nicholls are the owners of the new Rust Belt Roastery in Old Town. They roast small batches...
Oct. 15 2014
In the universe of “Once,” music is both the lubricant that keeps souls from chafing and the fuel that keeps hearts pounding. Several times in the script, a character turns to another after...
Oct. 8 2014
My son, Sagan, is set to be either a well-adjusted world citizen or a case study in identity crisis. He is a blend of European and Afro-Caribbean ethnicities, has dual U.S./French citizenship and, if his...

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