Coming this week in City Pulse:

Cover story: Top of the Town 2016 kickoff

This year’s installment of our best in Greater Lansing contest kicks off this week. Pick up this week’s paper to check out this year’s categories and learn how to cast your vote for your favorite local businesses, places and people.

Unease with charges

The arrest last week of Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III has left leaders in the African American community confused and angry. “I thought how he was portrayed in the LSJ and how gloating the state attorney general and sheriff were seems overboard,” said the Rev. Melvin Jones, pastor of Union Missionary Baptist Church. He referred the coverage as “convicted in the media,” and “forgive this, a public lynching.” Todd Heywood speaks with leaders in the African American community about the charges against Dunnings in this week’s issue.

Hirten: Misplaced priorities

Where are the outcry, the petitions, the citizen rallies to preserve a unique slice of East Lansing's architectural history? While forces in Lansing are agitating to save Eastern High School, railing about BWL’s plans for a substation on the site of the “historic” Scott house and bemoaning the loss of the now closed Emil’s, East Lansing is woefully silent on the potential loss of its landmark Taco Bell in the heart of the downtown business district. In this week’s issue, Mickey Hirten weighs in on Lansing’s latest preservation projects.

Gotham, Metropolis and East Lansing

One of Greater Lansing’s most recognizable buildings makes its big-screen debut this weekend. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which opens nationwide this weekend, features at least one scene filmed at East Lansing’s Broad Art Museum. Ty Forquer talks with some of the behind-the-scenes players who made the East Lansing filming possible.

East and west side story

This year, a ten-year-old program that brings together singers from MSU and Beijing’s China Conservatory of Music has reached its apotheosis: two full-on operas, one from each country. The opera doubleheader, featuring Jin Xiang’s “The Savage Land” and a Leonard Bernstein revue named “Bernstein Sings America,” opens at MSU this week. Lawrence Cosentino talks with MSU opera faculty and students about the program and its cultural crossover.

New in Town

The Lou & Harry’s mini-chain returns to downtown East Lansing with Lou & Harry’s Bar & Grill, which opened last week in the former home of Woody’s Oasis. Allan I. Ross talks to the owners about the new location and what’s next for the Lou & Harry’s franchise.

Check out these stories and more in Wednesday’s issue of City Pulse.