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Wednesday, March 13,2013

'It wasn't just a big party'

'Garden of Joy' brings words and music of the Harlem Renaissance to Wharton Center

by Lawrence Cosentino
The poets and musicians of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance bottled enough of New York’s fabled "Negro Metropolis" to keep you high on Harlem for the rest of your life.
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Wednesday, March 6,2013

Cristo Rey merger on hold

Diocese meets with citizens' group; spokesman says 'all options are on table’'

by Lawrence Cosentino
After meeting with a group of citizens worried about the fate of North Lansing's Cristo Rey Community Center, the Catholic Diocese of Lansing has backed off its plan to merge the center with St. Vincent Catholic Charities.
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Wednesday, March 6,2013

Delicate infiltration

Jazz trio joins Lansing Symphony for powerful night of music

by Lawrence Cosentino
It felt like a security breach at a gated community when a man in the audience at the Wharton Center alerted his wife to an unfamiliar glint on the stage before a Lansing Symphony concert Saturday night.
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Wednesday, March 6,2013

GLONNGG!!

by Lawrence Cosentino
"Ahhh-TEN-shun, LAYYY-deez and gentlemen! For the first time ever, this year's City Pulse/WLNS Top of the Town Contest has TWO rounds. WELL-caaaahhhmm to the second and final round — the FINAL FIVE!!"
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

Night of confluence

Lansing Symphony chaperones a heavy classical-jazz date

by Lawrence Cosentino
After a while, you can tell when musicians are "excited to be doing X" because it's their default mode and when they really are a little bit on fire. Composer Brian Gaber, a professor at Florida State University, is the creator of "Ancestral Waters," a hybrid classical-jazz-African piece that weaves a soprano soloist, a jazz trio and a symphony orchestra into a multi-layered reverie on the African-American experience.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

Comics: The Thing With Three Brows!

Low, middle and high culture converge at the MSU Comics Forum

by Lawrence Cosentino
There are questions you both love and hate to hear. Ryan Claytor gets one often: "Where do I start reading comics?" You can't blame people for asking him. Claytor, 33 writes and draws comics, teaches comic art at Michigan State University and organizes the MSU Comics Forum, an annual gathering of creators, scholars and fans coming this weekend on campus, now in its sixth year and growing.
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Wednesday, February 27,2013

From 'The Salon' to the big sky

Nick Bertozzi unpacks a bottomless bag of comic tricks

by Lawrence Cosentino
From French-ified sound effects like "knoque" to carefully beaded Lakota Sioux word balloons, comic artist Nick Bertozzi carries a loose bag of storytelling tricks — some stolen, some adapted, some invented.
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Wednesday, February 20,2013

Meaty, mighty diva

Renée Fleming to give rare recital at Wharton Center

by Lawrence Cosentino
The voice of Renée Fleming inevitably causes music lovers to wheel out a pastry cart of adjectives like "creamy" and "honeyed." But don't reach for the dessert too fast. Last week, the music world got a reminder that Fleming is a meaty, mighty diva.
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Wednesday, February 13,2013

Biggest in their medium

After four decades, the Verdehr Trio 'tapering off' with concert series

by Lawrence Cosentino
After 40 years of music making, hundreds of world premieres, 20 CDs and seven spins around the globe, Sunday will be among the last chances for local audiences to soak in the bracing sonic vinaigrette of Walter Verdehr's violin, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr's clarinet and Silvia Roederer's piano.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

'All we got is the spirit'

A press roll through jazz history with drummer Randy Gelispie

by Lawrence Cosentino
Randy Gelispie folded his hands and gave thanks for his meal. Settling into a booth at the Lansing Mall Panera Bread, he began to dismantle his sandwich, like a jeweler taking a watch apart.
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