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Wednesday, August 21,2013

Taking a bite out of blight

North Washington Avenue building to be renovated into mixed use as Old Town creeps outward

by Lawrence Cosentino
Wednesday, Aug. 21 — Slowly but surely, Old Town is engulfing its environs like a giant amoeba with seven hair salons. By this time next year, another chunk of neighboring blight will get the now-familiar mixed-use rehab treatment.
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Wednesday, August 7,2013

'GMageddon'

New film on Lansing's drive to keep GM revs up the spin

by Lawrence Cosentino
In the late 1990s, greater Lansing faced what many regarded as an existential threat: GM’s decision to pull out of Lansing after the demise of Oldsmobile. It was time for a team of rivals to unite in the face of doom. From “The Seven Samurai” to “The Avengers,” that makes for a rousing movie plot, but reality is usually messier.
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Thursday, August 1,2013

Drowning in fear

Alina Poroshina's art backstrokes through disaster

by Lawrence Cosentino
Uneasy immersion into a dangerous world: That's the theme of a deeply personal exhibition of oil paintings on display at the Lansing Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame through July 27.
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Wednesday, July 31,2013

'We're all going through something'

Mardra Thomas brings out the story in a song

by Lawrence Cosentino
Mardra Thomas isn’t out to kill you with mad skills, although she’s got them. Deep healing is more her style. When she sings Duke Ellington’s “Solitude,” you don’t notice how smoothly she handles that crazy high-to-low interval on the words “You haunt me.” You just know she’s haunted.
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Wednesday, July 31,2013

The mainstay stays

Bassist David Rosin and the joys of sticking around

by Lawrence Cosentino
Some faces pop up a lot in old movies, like Walter Brennan, Michael Caine or that blustery cop Edgar Buchanan who’s in all the Three Stooges shorts.
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Wednesday, July 31,2013

The ultimate high

Terell Stafford is one with the music

by Lawrence Cosentino
Jazz and classical musicians have a lot in common these days. Beleaguered by arts budget cuts in schools, pushed further to the margins of the culture, both are clinging to life almost exclusively in universities, hanging together lest they hang separately.
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Wednesday, July 31,2013

Follow the bouncing balls

Artist Lisa Walcott explores 'the space between' at the Broad

by Lawrence Cosentino
You find a closet door open. One hanger is wobbling back and forth. Who was just here? Why did she leave? And why is a wobbly hanger so weirdly fascinating?
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Wednesday, July 31,2013

How to smoke like a dolphin

Fred Newman and the art of the sound effect

by Lawrence Cosentino
Sound effects man Fred Newman ends a lot of sentences with “AH-WOOGA,” but he’s dead serious when he tells you that he learned his “low and dark art” under the Spanish moss and in the shadows of old slave cabins in the Deep South.
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Wednesday, July 24,2013

Occupy Main Street

Garrison Keillor talks the Broad Art Museum, student debt, and, oh yes, 'A Prairie Home Companion'

by Lawrence Cosentino
When Garrison Keillor takes his long-running radio show, 'A Prairie Home Companion,' on the road, he likes to insert references to local spots, but he keeps them gentle.
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Wednesday, July 24,2013

'Whoever's doing it, they're crazy'

After 20 years, Snake Rodeo slithers from Old Town to the east side

by Lawrence Cosentino
After 20 years in the underbrush, Lansing´s Snake Rodeo has re-emerged like a well-camouflaged Asian vine snake. A leaderless, nameless group of artists and musicians is out to revive the anything-goes, no-rules art scene crowded out of North Lansing - now Old Town - by pear-scented boutiques and gifty galleries .
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