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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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Wednesday, September 15,2010

Advice Goddess

Wuss it something I said? & Pair pressure

by Amy Alkon
Q: I’m 23, and not unsuccessful with women, just in finding one who wants to stick with me. I approach women two ways: hook up, then part company, or, if I have strong feelings, I work the gentleman angle — ask the woman out, spend quality time with her, and hold off on making moves until we get to know each other. This approach always fails, and I get friendzoned. I used to tell myself they were afraid of commitment, but more than once, I’ve watched these women get a boyfriend shortly afterward.—Not A Player
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

Tolerance test

’Zeitoun’ couple comes to troubled East Lansing

by Bill Castanier
“Zeitoun” follows the nightmarish experience of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian- American, who stayed in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Abdul, as he is called by friends and neighbors, became a hero, navigating the flood waters in a canoe to evacuate trapped residents and comfort others who stayed behind.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

Ambitious 'Caroline' isn't small change

by Paul Wozniak
They couldn’t find one. The story of a Caroline, a poor black maid working for a Jewish family in 1963 Louisiana to support her precocious children, could easily have been sugar-coated by a score of radio-friendly hits about the struggles for equality.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

'Brigadoon' hits music, misses drama

by Paul Wozniak
What if thy built a condo on the plot of land where the magical town of Brigadoon appears from the mist for only one day every 100 years? Would the villagers wake up to urban sprawl? Thankfully, in a sense, “Brigadoon” creators Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe were not concerned with logical, real-world possibilities.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

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

by Rich Tupica
If there is anything consistent about Lansing rock shows, it’s their eclectic bills, with bands of various genres sharing the stage at the same show. Below are a few shows that mix and match sounds into one night of loud music.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

The Screening Room

’Conviction’ director credits Michigan's credits

by James Sanford
During an interview Sunday morning at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the film premiered this week, Goldwyn admitted it was "the incredible tax incentive" that first drew him to Michigan: The state offers a 40 percent refundable tax credit against Michigan Business Tax liability for qualified filmmakers.
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