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Monday, March 18,2013

'Inspiration' installation

It took a lot of perspiration and patience to get Lansing's new sculpture in place

by Lawrence Cosentino
At 7 a.m. Thursday, a flatbed truck backed into the parking lot of the Lansing City Market and aimed a 24-foot-long wooden crate toward the riverbank. Two workers unbolted one end of the crate. The morning sun caught a gleaming curve. Something very large, sleek and silver was sleeping inside — something from California. Was the majestic humpback whale being returned to the Grand River at last?
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Monday, March 18,2013

Inside the Booth: Dana Bustamente and Becca Schlaff

Meet two of the artists at this weekend's East Lansing Art Festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
A college semester in Kenya brought East Lansing artist Dana Bustamante’s pen to life — along with her watercolors, oils and anything else that was lying around. One of seven Emerging Artists in the 2011 East Lansing Art Festival, Bustamante found the subject of everyday life in Kenya more important than the medium.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Inside the Booth: Dana Bustamante, Becca Schlaff and Satpreet Kahlon

Meet three of the artists at this weekend's East Lansing Art Festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
A college semester in Kenya brought East Lansing artist Dana Bustamante’s pen to life — along with her watercolors, oils and anything else that was lying around. One of seven Emerging Artists in the 2011 East Lansing Art Festival, Bustamante found the subject of everyday life in Kenya more important than the medium.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Igor, it's alive

Verdehrs stay plugged into new classical music

by Lawrence Cosentino
Monday, June 6 — Classical musicians are usually sneaky about playing new music. They might slip a teaspoon of it into an evening of Mozart, like a nurse sprinkling iron on an anemic widow’s porridge. Michigan State University’s Verdehr Trio (violinist Walter Verdehr, clarinetist Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and pianist Silvia Roederer) doesn’t play for anemic widows. In its 39 years, the trio has commissioned more than 200 new works for the unusual combination of violin, clarinet and piano, in about as many musical styles and flavors.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Who wants to be art?

Broad Art Museum needs your face for its first masterpiece

by Lawrence Cosentino
Friday, Oct. 26 — When the crew of a Hollywood blockbuster comes to town, locals clamor to get into the picture. Who wouldn’t want to be Scorched Bystander 43 in a firefight between aliens and superheroes? Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, set to open Nov. 10, is offering a more thoughtful way for ordinary people to get their faces into a colossal picture.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Broad Museum impact

Study sees $5.75 million a year in new spending; higher-end shopping needed

by Lawrence Cosentino
Monday, Nov. 5 — An economic impact study to be released this week by Michigan State University projects $5.75 million annually in new spending from 150,000 visitors a year to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

Healing and bad blood

LCC's 'Laramie Project: 10 Years Later' re-opens an old wound

by Lawrence Cosentino
It's been 10 years since we've checked in on Laramie, Wyo. Strip malls are spreading. The Wal-Mart is now a Super Wal-Mart. There’s a Chili's now. They're drilling new oil and gas wells. It's classic Everytown, USA stuff — right down to the untapped domestic reserves of bigotry and denial.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

'It wasn't just a big party'

'Garden of Joy' brings words and music of the Harlem Renaissance to Wharton Center

by Lawrence Cosentino
The poets and musicians of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance bottled enough of New York’s fabled "Negro Metropolis" to keep you high on Harlem for the rest of your life.
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Wednesday, March 6,2013

Cristo Rey merger on hold

Diocese meets with citizens' group; spokesman says 'all options are on table’'

by Lawrence Cosentino
After meeting with a group of citizens worried about the fate of North Lansing's Cristo Rey Community Center, the Catholic Diocese of Lansing has backed off its plan to merge the center with St. Vincent Catholic Charities.
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Wednesday, March 6,2013

Delicate infiltration

Jazz trio joins Lansing Symphony for powerful night of music

by Lawrence Cosentino
It felt like a security breach at a gated community when a man in the audience at the Wharton Center alerted his wife to an unfamiliar glint on the stage before a Lansing Symphony concert Saturday night.
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