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Wednesday, May 8,2013

Burn after reading

All-star '8' brings gay marriage debate to Lansing, hoping to end it

by Lawrence Cosentino
A timeless saga of the human spirit that will inspire generations to come? Screw that. “Our hope is that this play will be obsolete in two years,” Chad Badgero declared. On Friday, Badgero directs a star-studded, one-time-only staged reading of “8,” a mult...
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Wednesday, May 1,2013

Get on my lawn!

Front-yard gardeners kill the turf and woo the world with food and flowers

by Lawrence Cosentino
Everybody wants to brag about his garden, right? Maybe get it into the newspaper? "I'm not interested," an 80-ish woman in her bathrobe said curtly at the curb. "Not interested."
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Wednesday, April 24,2013

Blue-sky run

Pain, politeness and pride at the 2013 Lansing Marathon

by Lawrence Cosentino
The quick hustled past the dead at Mile 9 of the 2013 Lansing Marathon early Sunday morning, as hundreds of runners streamed down the slope of northbound Aurelius Road and rounded the hills of Mt. Hope Cemetery, dotted with headstones and mausoleums, for the return loop downtown.
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Wednesday, April 24,2013

Growing the pie

Big lineup announced for East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
While other jazz festivals shrivel, a three-way alliance among the City of East Lansing, the Wharton Center and the Michigan State University College of Music has led to more depth and breadth than ever for Greater Lansing's early summer jazz fix, June 21-22.
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Wednesday, April 17,2013

Uvulas, Yuri, Yo-Yo and you

Wharton Center's classical and jazz lineup bring big names, big orchestras, top singers

by Lawrence Cosentino
There aren't a lot of classical and jazz dates on the Wharton Center's 2013-14 schedule, but what's there is "cherce," as Tracy once said of Hepburn. Marquee names like Russia's St. Petersburg Philharmonic, star cellist Yo-Yo Ma and top-selling jazz singer Diana Krall head the lineup for 2013-14, announced Monday night.
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Wednesday, April 17,2013

Ditch the limo, Jeeves

MFA student show revs up the buzz at MSU's Broad Museum

by Lawrence Cosentino
A tricked-out 1973 Mercedes, hand-detailed with wicked silver worms and refitted to run on restaurant grease, was parked outside the Broad Art Museum last week. In the sculpture garden. Move your limo out of the way, Mr. Broad, the kids are here.
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Monday, April 15,2013

Uvulas, Yuri, Yo-Yo and you

Wharton Center’s classical and jazz lineup bring big names, big orchestras, top singers

by Lawrence Cosentino
Monday, April 15 — There aren’t a lot of classical and jazz dates on the Wharton Center’s 2013-14 schedule, but what’s there is “cherce,” as Tracy once said of Hepburn.
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Wednesday, April 10,2013

The Abigail waits for a mission

Michigan School for the Blind property on cusp of change

by Lawrence Cosentino
Apart but not isolated, dignified but not imposing, there's no place in Lansing like the old Michigan School for the Blind campus.
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Wednesday, April 10,2013

Being good in spring

Poetry Attack 2013 turns Harrison Meadows into a walk-through chapbook

by Lawrence Cosentino
"It is hard to be good in spring," read the fluorescent green card tied to a bush in the park. The woman in the gorilla mask and the man with a box on his head moved on. It was 6 p.m., Thursday, and a massive poetry attack on Harrison Meadows Park in East Lansing was under way.
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Wednesday, April 3,2013

Sloshing toward justice

Inside and outside the U.S. Supreme Court's gay marriage plunge

by Lawrence Cosentino
WASHINGTON — Last Tuesday morning, while the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on California's anti-gay-marriage Proposition 8, a quiet contingent from a South Carolina Baptist church, about 50 strong, made its way to the roiling press area at the center of the steps. A forest of signs went up: "Kids do best with a mom and dad."
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