Jan. 23 2013
Scrolling through William Shatner's IMDb profile is like studying the pop culture fossil record — an assertion he all but confirms after I tell him, in a bold understatement, that he's had a long...
Jan. 16 2013
Over the last couple months, downtown Lansing bars J's Pub (formerly Brannigan Brothers), Secrets Nightclub (formerly Club X-Cel) and The House of Eden Rock (formerly the Wild Beaver Saloon) have made...
Jan. 16 2013
Extraordinary real-life events can make for some great movies. Change a few names, insert a love interest, cut, print and call it a day. Take "Argo," for example — with its combination of political...
Jan. 16 2013
Well that didn't take long: Barely two weeks into the new year and already the folks making up this month's Food Fight team have reverted to our gluttonous selves. But with the title of Best Lasagna in...
Jan. 9 2013
On Dec. 28, the ownership of two longstanding Lansing barbershops — Jerry's Hairport and Modern Barbers — changed hands. The common date was nothing more than a coincidence, but both situations...
Jan. 9 2013
When 90.5 WKAR-FM debuted in October 1948, it was Lansing's first FM radio station. For most of its 64 years, it has been content to broadcast public radio fare like "All Things Considered" and classical...
Jan. 9 2013
For eight years, "Billy Elliot the Musical" has been racking up awards and knocking audiences out on both sides of the Atlantic. Whether it's Elton John's rousing music or the story's believe-in-yourself-no-matter-what-others-say...
Jan. 2 2013
"Les Misérables" is quite possibly the most perfect movie ever committed to film: A visionary adaptation of the powerful Broadway musical starring some of modern film's most exciting actors —...
Jan. 2 2013
Don't panic now, but there's a bomb in a park on the campus of Michigan State University. However, the woman who put it there, Lynn Hershberger, isn't crazy about that word so she's changed it —...
Dec. 19 2012
In the world of fashion, the seasons are all messed up. It's the beginning of winter, but for high schoolers, it's almost time to start looking for prom dresses. If you're a spring bride-to-be, well, if...
Dec. 19 2012
Next week, J's Pub opens at 208 S. Washington Square in downtown Lansing. If you're wondering where in the world they found room to fit another bar on the 200 block, well, they didn't — J's Pub is...
Dec. 19 2012
When Peter Jackson wrapped up his ambitious "Lord of the Rings" saga in 2003 with the triumphant "The Return of the King," it was assumed that was the end of Middle-earth as we knew it — and that...
Dec. 19 2012
Ah, December in Michigan: the nights are long, the temps are low, and it's socially acceptable to eat dessert three meals a day. No matter what kind of healthy diets we try to maintain the rest of the...
Dec. 12 2012
If you've ever lost a day's work slinging ornery-looking cardinals at grimacing green pigs, you should probably stop reading right now — this story could cost you several hours of productivity. But...
Dec. 5 2012
It's a heartbreaking story, made all the more touching because it's based on actual events. In the early days of World War I, a British family has to sell their beloved horse to the frontline cavalry....
Dec. 5 2012
Fourteen years ago, a poverty-stricken demolition worker from Detroit took the stage of a South African arena. He stood there, guitar in hand, while the thousands in attendance drowned out his attempt...
Nov. 28 2012
When the Tin Can opened in Lansing two years ago, everything you needed to know about the place was scrawled in chalk in all caps right there on the wall: "WORLD CLASS DIVE BAR."
Nov. 28 2012
The Egyptians used it to stylize their mummy cases. The Romans picked it up from the Greeks, who used it to waterproof boats. And Sue Winkler? She uses it to make pretty, colorful paintings. Who says there's...
Nov. 21 2012
Sometime in 2015, "Star Wars: Episode VII" will come out and you can already picture the midnight premiere: middle-aged fanboys and fangirls dressed like Vader, Fett and Slave Leia, swinging plastic lightsabers...
Nov. 21 2012
Biopics, lately, have been wasted on the eccentric. But if ever there was a man who deserved one, it's the 16th president of the United States — and who better to deliver than the one-two punch of...

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