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Wednesday, August 6,2014

Pulsar X

Who will take home the gold at City Pulse’s 10th annual theater award show?

by Allan I. Ross
It was a year of boys who didn’t grow up, musical murder sprees and the most famous song about snow, as if the Lansing area didn’t get enough of that stuff last winter. On Aug. 18, the Pulsar Awards will be given to local actors for the 10th time, directors and tech crews, celebrating the best in Lansing-area community theater.
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

Train in vain

Why the critically acclaimed ‘Snowpiercer’ probably won’t make a stop in Lansing

by Allan I. Ross
Maybe you’ve heard of “Snowpiercer,” the sci fi action thriller starring Chris Evans (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) set on a futuristic supertrain. According to the buzz, it’s a visionary twist on the postapocalyptic epic, where the remnants of humanity have fallen into a rigid caste system after the world has been devastated by a new Ice Age. Sort of like last winter here in mid-Michigan — so hey, it’s relatable.
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

New in town

PAUL REVERE´S/EDMUND´S PASTIME/FLAT, BLACK AND CIRCULAR

by Allan I. Ross
After weeks of denying widespread rumors that his bar, Paul Revere’s Tavern, was closing, owner/operator Jim Driscoll closed the 66-year-old watering hole last Saturday with no fanfare.
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

‘Dark Horse’ rising

Mid-Michigan brewery gets national attention with History Channel reality show

by Allan I. Ross
Spirits were high last Sunday at Dark Horse Brewing Co. in Marshall. Beneath a ceiling full of dangling beer mugs, families ate lunch at the high-top tables and couples sat at the bar quaffing craft beer. Owner/brewer Aaron Morse was nowhere to be seen — he had just wrapped up an appearance at the 17th annual Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti the day before. Otherwise, though, it was business as usual, with one little proviso: In about 48 hours the little brewpub 45 minutes southwest of Lansing would have its national television debut — and with it, lots of curiosity seekers.
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Wednesday, July 23,2014

New in town

FOR CREPE SAKE/HORROCKS FARM MARKET TAVERN

by Allan I. Ross
With the grand opening this week of the new Lansing City Market lunch spot For Crêpe Sake, downtown diners can now get a fast, light lunch with upscale European sensibilities. Leave it to an American — the store’s owner, Mark Owen — to give a crêperie a name that takes all the pretense out of Continental dining.
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

New in town

DEFYE/SMITH FLORAL & GREENHOUSES

by Allan I. Ross
Last month, Lansing-based fashion line DEFYE moved its headquarters from inside the Meridian Mall into the John Bean building, south of downtown Lansing. Owner/ designer Michael Doherty, 35, said he made the move in order to focus more on production and distribution of his clothing than retail.
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Wednesday, June 25,2014

Welcome to East Town

Eastside businesses transform neighborhood into cultural hub

by Allan I. Ross
Twenty years ago, Old Town wasn’t Old Town. It was North Town, a Bohemian neighborhood that even the people who lived there called “seedy.” Today, the quaint boutique district is home to art galleries, home decor stores, hair salons and a yoga studio. The New York Times even gave it a shout-out last year in an article about the Broad Art Museum. Old Town represent!
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Dropping the gallery, keeping the Creole

by Allan I. Ross
For 15 years, the Creole Gallery was a combination art exhibition space, community theater stage and music venue. But things are about to get a little spicier at 1218 Turner St. Al Hooper, husband of the building’s new owner, Jamie Schriner-Hooper, will work with his partners Sam Short and Aaron Matthews — the team behind last year’s Zoobie’s Old Town Tavern renovation — and transform the space into a restaurant with a familiar-sounding name: The Creole.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Déjà vu

Rom-drama trumps sci fi as love blooms in the foxholes

by Allan I. Ross
I will always hate “The Fault in Our Stars.” In the future, the romantic dramedy about dying teenagers falling in love will be heralded by the sentimental and loathed by the cynical as classic American heartbreak porn. The success of “Fault,” which exploded at the box office this weekend, will make a brand name out of author John Green, make stars out of its young leads, and its quotes will infect every corner of pop culture, providing handy new passwords for bleeding hearts from here to eternity. OK? OK.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

New in town

CRAVING´S GOURMET POPCORN - OKEMOS/MICHAEL O´S FOOD TRUCK

by Allan I. Ross
Food specialists in Lansing range from cupcake engineers to loaded hot dog vendors to wood-fired pizza chefs, but Chad Jordan lays claim to the city’s most lighthearted food title: He’s the No. 1 “popcorn connoisseur” (and owner/ operator) of Cravings Gourmet Popcorn.
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