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Wednesday, July 16,2014

State of the state: Weird

‘Oddball Michigan’ author serves up a seminar in roadside diversity

by Lawrence Cosentino
If you’re looking for a summer guide to Michigan’s storied waterfalls, wooded trails and crystal lakes, Jerome Pohlen’s “Oddball Michigan” is not it. But if you need to know where all the giant hot dogs and colossal cows are, or where to find the Watergate burglars’ tools or the last place Jimmy Hoffa was seen alive, he’s your man. The Chicago-based traveler/author is drawn to “really strange places,” and he’s found 450 of them in Michigan.
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Wednesday, July 2,2014

How to handle a flame

A dozen people give their take on patriotism

by Lawrence Cosentino
What is patriotism? After I asked a dozen mid- Michigan leaders and citizens, I´m no closer to a definitive answer, so I´ll open with a metaphor. Patriotism is a flame.
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Wednesday, July 2,2014

Goodbye Goodrich’s

After 76 years, grocery store closes later this month; customers scramble

by Lawrence Cosentino
Ask regular customers of Goodrich’s Shop-Rite what they’ll miss when the store closes in two weeks and you’ll get the expected answers: The friendly staff of committed lifers; the meat, the wine, Annette Aldrich, Goodrich’s produce department the deli, the international foods; coowner Steve Scheffel’s magnificent white hair and epic world-weariness; Dr. Beef’s tasty sausage and tasteless jokes.
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Thursday, June 19,2014

Passion for the lyric

INTERVIEW with singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, performer at the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
THURSDAY, June 19 — At 25, Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, headliner of this weekend’s East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, is one of jazz's most promising young artists. Her playfulness, intelligence and supreme musicality drew strong comparisons from the festival’s artistic director, Rodney Whitaker, who called Salvant “a breath of fresh air” in jazz.
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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 doesn´t 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 what´s 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. That´s 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. That´s why it´s the capital, after all.
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