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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Knapp's special section: Knappīs in the comics

by Lawrence Cosentino
On Dec. 6, 2007, the nationally syndicated comic strip "Zippy the Pinhead" prominently featured the Lansingīs Knappīs Department Store building. In the first panel. the curved northeast corner of the Knappīs building is clearly visible under the name Undico, an underwear manufacturer in the fictional town of Dingburg.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Knapp's special section: Monument to a bright future

AT KNAPP'S, STREAMLINE MODERNE IS YESTERDAY'S STYLE OF TOMORROW, TODAY

by Lawrence Cosentino
Dwarfed by the giant Knappīs Centre building last week, wrapped in a scarf, MSU art professor Susan Bandes looked like she was seeing off a relative departing on the S.S. Normandie, circa 1937. Gleaming slabs of yellow and blue telescoped into the sky above her head. "The structure is iconic, dynamic, the most interesting building downtown," Bandes said. "Thereīs nothing like it."
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Knapp's special section: Re-opening the store

HISTORICAL SOCIETY AUCTION RECALLS THE BUSTLE OF KNAPPīS IN ITS HEYDAY

by Lawrence Cosentino
Designers and builders turned themselves inside out to re-create the streamlined shell of Knappīs Department Store and fit the building out for new uses, but there was nothing they could do to turn back the clock and bring back the bustle that once filled the store. "For one day, weīll try to put some of that life back into the building," said Valerie Marvin, president of the Historical Society of Greater Lansing.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Knapp's special section: Up and down the escalator

THE RISE AND FALL OF KNAPPīS DEPARTMENT STORE

by Lawrence Cosentino
Today, shoppers shamble, zombie-like, through harshly lit megastores with selfcheckouts and few flesh-and-blood points of contact. The sight of the refurbished Knappīs Centre in late October 2014, lit up and looking ready for another Christmas rush, left Auburn Hills-based architect Bruce Kopytek with one wish. Kopytek is the author of a book on Jacobsonīs Department Store and a Knappīs buff.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Vegan eagle

SYMPHONY REVIEW: Bruckner’s ‘Te Deum’ soars benignly at LSO choral blowout

by Lawrence Cosentino
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5 —'Conductor David Rayl had a grand design for Saturday’s Lansing Symphony Orchestra choral extravaganza. He wanted listeners to gear up for Bruckner’s towering “Te Deum,” rarely performed live in these parts, by hearing the music of three composers who influenced him. The climb was a little arduous but worthwhile, and the mountain view was glorious when we got there.
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

Adrenaline and High C

Symphony unleashes Bruckner’s ‘Te Deum’ in massive choral program

by Lawrence Cosentino
Nobody reads the arts section to find more things to worry about, but here’s one anyway. Let’s say you go to Saturday’s annual Lansing Symphony choral blowout. Overwhelmed by the sight of some 200 massed choristers and musicians from the MSU Choral Union, State Singers, University Chorale and the full orchestra, you drop your program under the seat. The lights go down.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

The art of absorption

‘Future Returns’ brings panorama of modern Chinese life to Broad Museum

by Lawrence Cosentino
Wang Chunchen knows how to roll with change. Quick and wrenching change in the world’s most populous nation is the theme of “Future Returns,” a dizzying, diverse exhibit of contemporary Chinese art, curated by Wang, set to take over the second floor of the Broad Art Museum Oct. 30.
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Making love to history

Preservation Lansing awards recognize projects large and small

by Lawrence Cosentino
The categories have always seemed clear-cut in the annual Preservation Lansing awards, given each year to outstanding historical preservation projects large and small. But one nominee blurred the lines a bit this year. The newly repaired and cleaned mausoleum where auto pioneer Ran...
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Wednesday, October 22,2014

Barguide: Bittersweet symphony

Classical tracks to bring on a drinking spree

by Lawrence Cosentino
City Pulse’s Lansing Symphony reviewer offers up a few selections to load up your iPod for a kicking’ bar crawl — old school.
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Wednesday, October 15,2014

Icarus falling — and rising

Lansing Symphony falters with Kernis, flies with Mendelssohn

by Lawrence Cosentino
The days begin with tender beams of light, but few evenings behave that way. Thanks to Lansing Symphony maestro Timothy Muffitt’s taste for substantial, unusual curtain-raisers, Saturday night’s opener felt like a celestial wake-up call.
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