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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Jahshua Smith & the Race Card at the Loft, Friday, Nov. 14 Detroit native Jahshua Smith, an emcee on the Blat! Pack imprint, headlines at the Loft. Smith’s latest disc, his full-length debut “The Final Season,” received acclaim and charted on the CMJ hip-hop chart...
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Taking the stage

Friday, Nov. 14-15

by Beth Waldon and Jonathan Griffith
For 29 years, the second weekend of November in East Lansing has been home to a celebration of regional women artists. With music, art and food, the Women in the Arts Festival supports women in their creative pursuits and the goal of creating space for women to showcase their talents.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

No restraint

Violinist pours fire on fire with the Moscow State Symphony

by Lawrence Cosentino
Should violinists hold a little something back when they play Max Bruch’s oh-so-romantic violin concerto? Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, star soloist in Sunday’s big Moscow State Symphony stop at the Wharton Center, is the wrong person to ask. “I suppose it can be restrained,” she admitted. “I very much doubt it will be for these performances.”
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

‘Future’ begins

Chinese art exhibit opens at Broad

by Lawrence Cosentino
Six of the artists featured in “Future Returns,” the large new exhibit of contemporary Chinese art at the Broad Art Museum, flew into town for the public opening last Thursday. Jizi, 74, explained with a twinkle that his 40-meter-long scroll, “The Epic of Nature,” ends with the ultimate mysteries of the universe. Alas, owing to lack of gallery space, that part remains rolled up, so viewers will have to finish the exquisite ink drawing with their imaginations.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Knapp's special section: Transform & restore

HOW THE KNAPPīS DEPARTMENT STORE BUILDING CAME BACK FOR ANOTHER LIFE

by Lawrence Cosentino
The gales of November 2012 lashed the rusting hull of Lansingīs biggest and most beautiful commercial downtown icon, the Knappīs Department Store building. A lifeline was on its way, but time was running out. The biggest example of Streamline Moderne architecture in the Midwest, moored like a massive ocean liner at the corner of Washtenaw Street and Washington Square, had been taking on water for decades.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Knapp's special section: Every 75 years, need it or not

by Lawrence Cosentino
Once upon a time, the Knappīs Department Store building in downtown Lansing was clad in gleaming porcelain from stem to stern. Porcelain, the translucent, glassy result of firing clay and assorted additives in a super-hot oven, was the zoot suit of choice for hundreds of Art Deco diners, bars and gas stations from the 1930 to the 1960s. The exterior of the Knappīs building is among the most powerful panoplies of porcelain ever placed before the public. Now the only porcelain bits left on the building are the KNAPPīS letters standing guard at the northeast corner.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Knapp's special section: Ordeal of a deal

PEELING BACK THE LAYERS OF THE KNAPPīS CENTRE

by Lawrence Cosentino
There are many layers to the renovation of the Knappīs Department Store building in downtown Lansing. Everything about the building is layered — layers of shiny metal and glass, layers of shiny financial incentives, and, now, layers of occupied housing, office and retail space. It also has layers of history, going back to the Hotel Downey, the fabled watering hole and politician hangout that stood on the same piece of land before Knappīs was built in 1937.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Knapp's special section: Running with the ball

HOW NICK EYDE RALLIED HIS FAMILYīS BUSINESS TO SAVE A NATIONAL ICON

by Lawrence Cosentino
Nick Eyde is a footballer and a philosopher, a cosmopolitan man and a hometown boy. He oscillates. He stirs the drink without half trying. "Nick is a very interesting fellow," his father, Lansing real estate mogul George Eyde, declared, as if they had just met over drinks. By most accounts, the 35-year-old prodigal scion of Lansingīs Eyde Co. real estate and development empire was the key catalyst for one of the cityīs most dramatic downtown development coups, the conversion of the Streamline Moderne Knappīs Department Store building into the multi-use Knappīs Centre.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Knapp's special section: Knappīs in the comics

by Lawrence Cosentino
On Dec. 6, 2007, the nationally syndicated comic strip "Zippy the Pinhead" prominently featured the Lansingīs Knappīs Department Store building. In the first panel. the curved northeast corner of the Knappīs building is clearly visible under the name Undico, an underwear manufacturer in the fictional town of Dingburg.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Knapp's special section: Monument to a bright future

AT KNAPP'S, STREAMLINE MODERNE IS YESTERDAY'S STYLE OF TOMORROW, TODAY

by Lawrence Cosentino
Dwarfed by the giant Knappīs Centre building last week, wrapped in a scarf, MSU art professor Susan Bandes looked like she was seeing off a relative departing on the S.S. Normandie, circa 1937. Gleaming slabs of yellow and blue telescoped into the sky above her head. "The structure is iconic, dynamic, the most interesting building downtown," Bandes said. "Thereīs nothing like it."
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