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Wednesday, June 18,2014

Timelessness meets spaceiness

Worlds collide at Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival brings two raucous flavors of jazz into its tent this weekend — ecstatic “space mu sic” and jubilant New Orleans-style brass — in a venue only East Lansing can offer.
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Wednesday, June 18,2014

Ripped, soiled and battered

Summer events highlight for revitalized Lansing Sports Hall of Fame

by Lawrence Cosentino
Bob Every doesnīt let anything bug him for long. He picks up the phone and calls the bullpen, deploys the spread option offense, goes for the fast break, pulls the goalie, bowls the extra frame. He can do that — play all the sports at once — because he’s the director of the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

‘Heartbeat of Old Town’

Creole Gallery sale stirs vibrations of founder Robert Busby

by Lawrence Cosentino
Nobody feels the heavy vibrations pulsating from the Creole Gallery’s peeling walls more keenly than its new owner, Jamie Schriner-Hooper.
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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Natatorium magnificum

Among the last of its kind, 1922 Moores Park Pool opens for summer

by Lawrence Cosentino
Every city has its heartbreaking “used-to-be” jewels — Art Deco band shells, ornate theaters, towering elm groves that now draw wistful sighs in nursing homes. Praise Neptune! Lansing’s stone-ringed J.H. Moores Memorial Natatorium, the oldest public pool of its kind in the nation, is still alive with splashes, a turquoise oval oasis nestled into the wooded east slope of venerable Moores Park.
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Wednesday, June 4,2014

Empty space on the wall

Artists, gallery owners recall ‘gentleman’ Bill Hankins

by Lawrence Cosentino
Bill Hankins was behind the times, by nature, and that put him a little bit ahead. The death May 23 of the longtime East Lansing gallery owner has local artists musing about whatīs still missing in the local arts community. Hankins was 81.
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Wednesday, May 28,2014

Made in Lansing

Historical Society exhibit rolls through 150 years of innovation Every wheel partakes of poetry, plays with pi and pulls more than its weight in anything. Much more. Thatīs how Lansing rolls.

by Lawrence Cosentino
Made in Lansing, a new exhibit by the Historical Society of Greater Lansing, rolls through 150-plus years of manufacturing innovation in a city that sits in the center of Michigan like the hub of a wheel. Thatīs why itīs the capital, after all.
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Wednesday, May 21,2014

Art, dreams and jazz

Michael Stratton brings broader perspective to new series of Broad Museum tours

by Lawrence Cosentino
Your eyes can get a real workout at the Broad Art Museum — from rolling to the back of your head. I’m not talking about the art, but the people you run into: Self-styled experts who canīt shut up, wise-guys who ask where the “real” art is, preening hipsters, outraged moralists, “this reminds-me-of” reductionists — they all show up sooner or later, usually right next to you.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

Crime and treatment

Ingham Countyīs Mental Health Court aims to keep sick offenders out of jail

by Lawrence Cosentino
Thomas Boyd has seen a lot of defendants, but the chief judge of 55th District Court in Ingham County can still picture one young man he sentenced a few years ago. "He was only 17, hadnīt even grown into his full adult male body, and he was already a big, gangly kid," Boyd said. The man heard voices others didnīt hear. He had already been in and out of mental hospitals, including Kalamazoo Psychiatric.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

Fresh taste, stealthy wallop

New music, symphonic sleepers fill 2014-‘15 LSO season

by Lawrence Cosentino
“Fresh, but not raw” should be the label for the 2014-‘15 Lansing Symphony season. Maestro Timothy Muffitt will disperse a generous portion of 21st century music along with classics from long deceased souls such as Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Elgar. But the new stuff is all on the gentle side.
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Sonic boom

East Lansing Jazz Festival pushes the envelope

by Lawrence Cosentino
From the U.S. Air Force’s crack big band to the far-out signals of avant-garde spaceman Sun Ra, East Lansingīs Summer Solstice Jazz Festival has announced a stellar lineup that thrusts the 18-year-old event into new layers of the stratosphere.
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