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Wednesday, October 30,2013

Broad anniversary: Checking in on a 'game changer'

One year on, East Lansing is still waiting for economic ripples from the Broad

by Lawrence Cosentino
Can a 64,000-square-foot steel and concrete trapezoid drop into a sea of beer and refried beans without making a ripple? It would seem so.
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Wednesday, October 30,2013

Using the facilities

Stephanie Kribs helps people navigate the Broad — and use the washroom

by Lawrence Cosentino
Never mind the geometry of light, the relationship between memory and time or transitions in contemporary society. Among the most common queries heard at the Broad Museum is: How do you work the bathroom sink?
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Wednesday, October 23,2013

Healing through panic

Fighting cancer, Kristine Thatcher sets her priorities straight

by Lawrence Cosentino
Note to non-professionals: Do not try this. In spring 2013, director/actress/playwright Kristine Thatcher was invited to Chicago’s First Folio Theatre to perform in “Underneath the Lintel,” a demanding, 90-minute, one-woman play.
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Wednesday, October 16,2013

Work that never ends

Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame celebrates 30th year with six new members

by Lawrence Cosentino
Paula Cunningham, president and CEO of Capitol National Bank, wants to make it clear that she is still above ground, despite her induction into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame Thursday.
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Wednesday, October 16,2013

'You get triple back'

Antonio Hart passes the jazz torch as first of MSU´s guest artists

by Lawrence Cosentino
When the MSU Federal Credit Union gave $1 million to MSU’s College of Music for a jazz residency program last January, it was Christmas: Part II for jazz studies chief Rodney Whitaker. MSU has a stellar roster of jazz professors, but it’s a long way from East Lansing to New York´s Iridium Club.
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Wednesday, October 9,2013

Keeper of the brick forest

Neogen CEO James Herbert honored for 30 years of restoration work on east side

by Lawrence Cosentino
You can’t put a finger on Neogen CEO James Herbert’s contribution to Lansing’s urban fabric. You need all your fingers and approximately three toes.
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Wednesday, October 9,2013

Two for one, times two

Soloist Ilya Kaler takes command in double gig with Lansing Symphony

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Lansing Symphony and its fans got at least two twofers when Russian-born violinist Ilya Kaler took the stage as soloist for Saturday’s MasterWorks concert. The most obvious double deal was getting to hear both of Sergei Prokofiev’s violin concertos in one night.
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Wednesday, October 2,2013

Prodigious pro probes Prokofiev

Ilya Kaler takes on two concertos Saturday with the Lansing Symphony

by Lawrence Cosentino
Moscow-born violinist Ilya Kaler digs some heavy inspiration on his car CD player these days: Towering Wagner duets with legendary singers Lauritz Melchior and Kirsten Flagstad. Kaler is king of his own instrument, but that'euro;'s not enough for him. He has to ride it like a Valkyrie.
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Wednesday, September 18,2013

Percussion and purity

Symphony serves up spectacle, breaks bread

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Lansing Symphony Orchestra had a stiff creak in it, like a pair of new shoes, at the beginning of Friday’s season opener, but it’s amazing what a little sweat can do.
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Wednesday, September 11,2013

Permanent 'Buzz'

Long-awaited Old Town sculpture honors Robert Busby

by Lawrence Cosentino
It didn’t take long after Robert Busby’s death in 2007 for people to call for a sculpture honoring Old Town’s guiding spirit. It took a lot longer to make it happen.
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