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Wednesday, March 20,2013

Verrr-y interesting

Sizing up a swastika vase at the MSU Surplus Store

by Lawrence Cosentino
The cavernous MSU Surplus Store is a "Casablanca" for hard drives and file cabinets, a place of last resort for discarded things. From reel-to-reel tape recorders to Spartan-green street signs, a jumble of rejects sleep on the shelves like opium addicts, absorbing a slow rain of dust, waiting for another chance.
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Wednesday, March 20,2013

Patterns within patterns

Big new exhibit fills Broad Art Museum with brain food and eye candy

by Lawrence Cosentino
In the tug of war between art and architecture, Broad Art Museum curator Alison Gass has been sandbagging until now.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Titans and titillation

Wharton’s performing arts series blends flash and substance

by Lawrence Cosentino
Pull the modest levers within your reach and big things roll your way — with a little luck. That’s how Michigan State University’s Wharton Center pieced together a big-city performing arts series in a middle-sized market for 2011-2012, drawing big names like Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis and the Vienna Symphony to the capital area.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Organic sounds

Lansing Symphony Orchestra pulls out the stops in new season

by Lawrence Cosentino
Steady on the podium, gentle in person, Lansing Symphony maestro Timothy Muffitt is the last person you’d cast as a mad organist. But Muffitt and his legions are sounding mighty chords in next year’s season, which was announced Sunday.
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Monday, March 18,2013

'Inspiration' installation

It took a lot of perspiration and patience to get Lansing's new sculpture in place

by Lawrence Cosentino
At 7 a.m. Thursday, a flatbed truck backed into the parking lot of the Lansing City Market and aimed a 24-foot-long wooden crate toward the riverbank. Two workers unbolted one end of the crate. The morning sun caught a gleaming curve. Something very large, sleek and silver was sleeping inside — something from California. Was the majestic humpback whale being returned to the Grand River at last?
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Monday, March 18,2013

Inside the Booth: Dana Bustamente and Becca Schlaff

Meet two of the artists at this weekend's East Lansing Art Festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
A college semester in Kenya brought East Lansing artist Dana Bustamante’s pen to life — along with her watercolors, oils and anything else that was lying around. One of seven Emerging Artists in the 2011 East Lansing Art Festival, Bustamante found the subject of everyday life in Kenya more important than the medium.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Inside the Booth: Dana Bustamante, Becca Schlaff and Satpreet Kahlon

Meet three of the artists at this weekend's East Lansing Art Festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
A college semester in Kenya brought East Lansing artist Dana Bustamante’s pen to life — along with her watercolors, oils and anything else that was lying around. One of seven Emerging Artists in the 2011 East Lansing Art Festival, Bustamante found the subject of everyday life in Kenya more important than the medium.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Igor, it's alive

Verdehrs stay plugged into new classical music

by Lawrence Cosentino
Monday, June 6 — Classical musicians are usually sneaky about playing new music. They might slip a teaspoon of it into an evening of Mozart, like a nurse sprinkling iron on an anemic widow’s porridge. Michigan State University’s Verdehr Trio (violinist Walter Verdehr, clarinetist Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and pianist Silvia Roederer) doesn’t play for anemic widows. In its 39 years, the trio has commissioned more than 200 new works for the unusual combination of violin, clarinet and piano, in about as many musical styles and flavors.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Who wants to be art?

Broad Art Museum needs your face for its first masterpiece

by Lawrence Cosentino
Friday, Oct. 26 — When the crew of a Hollywood blockbuster comes to town, locals clamor to get into the picture. Who wouldn’t want to be Scorched Bystander 43 in a firefight between aliens and superheroes? Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, set to open Nov. 10, is offering a more thoughtful way for ordinary people to get their faces into a colossal picture.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Broad Museum impact

Study sees $5.75 million a year in new spending; higher-end shopping needed

by Lawrence Cosentino
Monday, Nov. 5 — An economic impact study to be released this week by Michigan State University projects $5.75 million annually in new spending from 150,000 visitors a year to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.
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