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Thursday, January 3,2013

And in this corner…

The opening bell rings on 5th annual top of the town slugfest

by Lawrence Cosentino
Scene: the refrigerated dressing room of Kid California, a fighting piece of sushi past his prime. It's after midnight. Kid's trainer, Salm Salmon, is rubbing him down.
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Wednesday, January 2,2013

Of movies and monuments

'Red Violin,' Brahms anchor first LSO concert of 2013

by Lawrence Cosentino
The birches are bare and solace is scarce in mid-Michigan, but the Lansing Symphony's first concert of 2013 promises a pore-clearing steam bath of epic proportions.
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Wednesday, January 2,2013

Pieces of Marta

Cellist's CD project has global spin

by Lawrence Cosentino
When 24-year-old Okemos cellist Marta Bagratuni thought about making a debut CD, she dreaded soldiering through a "normal" recital of well-worn classics. Instead, she came up with "Pieces of the World," an adventurous array of music by composers from Italy, Estonia, Armenia, Poland, Austria, China, Ukraine, and the United States.
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Wednesday, December 26,2012

Ten Who Died in 2012

by Lawrence Cosentino
It wasn't hard to gather 10 Lansing-area people who died in 2012 into this year-end bouquet. Only three rules were needed.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

'The Gift,' exchanged

Broad Museum kickoff project ends with an exchange of big faces and big ideas

by Lawrence Cosentino
On a wet Sunday afternoon in mid-December, while kids waited in shopping malls to issue their squeaky capitalist manifestos to Santa Claus, an alternative gift exchange was under way at Michigan State University's Eli and Edythe Broad Museum.
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Wednesday, December 12,2012

Consolidation petition

Petition opposes merger of Cristo Rey Community Center with St. Vincent Catholic Charities; two Council members concerned

by Lawrence Cosentino
A group of citizens opposed to a proposed consolidation of Cristo Rey Community Center with St. Vincent Catholic Charities is circulating a petition against the merger and pondering further action.
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Wednesday, December 5,2012

Eye sore of the week

by Lawrence Cosentino
Early last month, a 75-foot-tall, infundibuliform mass appeared in front of Michigan's state Capitol. The alarmed populace was told that it was merely the state's official Christmas tree, an extra large Concolor Fir from Jackson. But when the tree lights went on, people began to wonder.
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Wednesday, November 14,2012

'Now we have nothing'

The future is murky for Cristo Rey Community Center

by Lawrence Cosentino
Eustacio Lozano's workload has gotten lighter in the last few years, but he doesn't sound happy about it. "Tacho," the custodian since 1989 at Lansing's Cristo Rey Community Center, at 1717 N. High St., loves his work.
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Wednesday, November 14,2012

Sanity and comfort

Lansing Symphony, soloists, choirs apply the balm of Brahms

by Lawrence Cosentino
After two drama-drenched performances in a row, the Lansing Symphony opted to soothe rather than rile at Saturday's MasterWorks concert.
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Wednesday, November 7,2012

Gliding over the crags

Choral forces join Lansing Symphony for Brahms' 'German Requiem'

by Lawrence Cosentino
There are pious requiems, stormy requiems, raging requiems, imploring requiems. In the end, they all start to mix in your mind, however magnificent, like sunsets.
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