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Wednesday, September 22,2010

From deadlines to dead people

From deadlines to dead people Pulitzer-winning journalist becomes best-selling author

by Bill Castanier
Sandford is especially known for his 20 “Prey” novels featuring Minneapolis detective Lucas Davenport, but he is on the road promoting his relatively new series that features police detective Virgil Flowers. He has written four novels in that series, which grew out of the “Prey” franchise.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

Eyes on ArtPrize

Local talents enter annual G.R. competition

by Mary C. Cusack
The grand prize is greater than Bravo’s “Top Chef," but less than “Survivor” or “Big Brother.” It’s a competition for world’s largest prize awarded for the creation of art, but it’s not on television, and it doesn’t take place in New York, London or Los Angeles.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

TURN IT DOWN: A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
For those looking for a night of original bluesy music ' with a touch of saxophone ' Big Willy might be worth checking out at the Green Door this Thursday. The Lansing band, led by Will Rideoutt (guitar/vocals), is heavily rooted in blues, with a solid dose of old-school rock and soul elements.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

What makes her run

What makes her run From asthmatic childhood to Capital City River Run

by Jessica Carreras
I’m not alone in this thinking. Race codirector Dick Miles says the route itself is much of what draws runners to the River Run. The half marathon takes in the beauty of Michigan State University, the Lansing River Trail, Scott Woods, Hawk Island Park and Potter Park.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

Disaster to dazzler

Two home tours showcase dramatic renovations

by Meghan Spork
One house holds an extended family of 20 with room to spare; the other snugly fits a family of four. One is in East Lansing; the other is on Lansing’s west side. Both owners have great renovation stories, and both are opening their homes for a good cause.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

Nighthawk with a day job

Trumpeter McWilliams debuts ‘noir’ sounds

by Kritika Bharadwaj
In high school, McWilliams came under the wing of trumpeter Kris Johnson, a stellar graduate of the MSU jazz studies area. McWilliams started to get hooked on jazz when Johnson turned him on to classic recordings of Count Basie, Miles Davis, and other jazz giants.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

Two for the history books

Ralph Votapek and Walter Verdehr renew a 42-year-old partnership

by Lawrence Cosentino
The two stalwart “V”s of MSU instrumental music will carry on a 42-year tradition of annual duo concerts when they take the stage together at the MSU Music Building Auditorium. They’ll wade into a typically hefty program of Brahms, Beethoven, Schumann and Bartok, with a cinnamon swirl of Spanish composer Joaquin Turina for dessert.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

The road to ’Inspiration’

With sesquicentennial gift, public sculpture returns to Lansing

by Lawrence Cosentino
“What do you think it means?” Bob Trezise, CEO of the Lansing Economic Development Corp., had me on the spot. I was supposed to be interviewing him.When things get sticky, stick to the facts. “It” is a gateway-like arch 20 feet tall, made of polished stainless steel, cleverly curved so it changes shape from various angles.In nine months, if all goes as planned, “Inspiration,” by California sculptor James T. Russell, will stand alongside the Grand River near the City Market as Lansing’s first major foray into public sculpture since the early 1980s.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

Working through the B's

Lansing Symphony powers through a heavy opening night

by Lawrence Cosentino
There must be remote villages, far from Western symphony halls, where the whole idea of a scheduled “concert” is absurd. How could I know whether I’d feel like hearing music at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, let alone two massive works by Beethoven and Brahms?.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

The day the Spartans helped ’Spartacus’

Film’s 50th anniversary stirs Roman thoughts

by Lawrence Cosentino
Hail, Spartacus! No, that can’t be right. Spartacus was a humble slave who broke out of gladiator school, gathered a slave army and fought the fat cats of imperial Rome. He wore burlap, probably was a socialist, and never pulled rank on his ‘brothers.’ It wasn’t his style to hail or be hailed.
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