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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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Wednesday, April 3,2013

The gallery that isn't

Neighborhood Empowerment Center raises ghost of Kresge Art Museum

by Lawrence Cosentino
Art is supposed to stir deep questions. Here's one that comes to mind the minute you walk into the Neighborhood Empowerment Center in northwest Lansing: "What is this — a gallery or something?"
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Wednesday, March 27,2013

Thumbs on the scale

Coalition says taxpayer money props up animal factory farms

by Lawrence Cosentino
Michigan's large-scale factory farms belly up to the federal Farm Bill for tens of millions of dollars in environmental funds better spent on sustainable farming, according to a report issued Wednesday by the advocacy group Less = More.
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Wednesday, March 27,2013

From pennywhistle to gold flute

'Galvanizing' James Galway brings 'Legacy Tour' to Wharton Center

by Lawrence Cosentino
If intergalactic aliens ever demand to hear one of our "musicians" before deciding whether to blow us up, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon could do a lot worse than send Sir James Galway.
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Monday, March 25,2013

From pennywhistle to gold flute

‘Galvanizing’ James Galway brings ‘Legacy Tour’ to Wharton Center

by Lawrence Cosentino
Monday, March 25 — If intergalactic aliens ever demand to hear one of our “musicians” before deciding whether to blow us up or not, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon could do a lot worse than send Sir James Galway.
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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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