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Wednesday, November 7,2012

'The Stuff of Life'

Art at the Broad Museum will question everything, including the Broad Museum

by Lawrence Cosentino
Anyone who walks into the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum expecting to see a sterile array of pricey, incomprehensible status objects is in for a surprise.
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Wednesday, November 7,2012

For now, the 'Broad Effect' is still in the crate

by Lawrence Cosentino
In July 2007, weary MSU development officer Mark Terman got into the elevator at the Wharton Center after the all-day competition to pick an architect for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. He was collared by one of the jurors.
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Wednesday, November 7,2012

The Art Around The Art

Public sculpture thrives in MSU and East Lansing

by Lawrence Cosentino
Had enough art for a while? Take a break. Step out of the Broad Museum onto the MSU campus, stroll past the ancient trees and ivy-curtained walls, and — uh-oh.
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Wednesday, October 31,2012

Roll call of humanity

Broad Museum project assembles photo mosaic of Lansing faces

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Mona Lisa wouldn't qualify — too smiley. But you might. Michigan State University's Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, set to open Nov. 10, is pre-infiltrating the city again, this time with a project that's part Andy Warhol and part P.T. Barnum.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

At long last love

Saginaw Street bike lane is a happy ending for area cyclists

by Lawrence Cosentino
Inside every Lansing bicyclist's helmet-covered skull is an invisible map full of hate pins. Here's where a van made a right turn into my left leg (Kalamazoo and South Cedar). That's where a frat boy threw a Slurpee from a car and hit my girlfriend (Grand River Avenue and Harrison Road). Here's where an irate man yelled "Get off the road," jumped out of his car and ran after me. (Michigan and Clemens avenues). Where is the love?
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

Life, death and extra percussion

Lansing Symphony cuts to the heart of Shostakovich's 10th

by Lawrence Cosentino
The anesthetic was plummy with a finish of unconsciousness, the surgeon made the incision with brio, the nurse slipped in the IV with a poignant air, the next day's salmon en croute was surprisingly tasty and I'm not dead. Bravo.
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

Decimal D-day

LSO tackles Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony

by Lawrence Cosentino
Orchestras love to tie neat little titles around subscription concerts, like "The Power and the Passion" or "From Russia, with Love." They're usually cheesy and easy to ignore, except when they're not there. The Lansing Symphony’s second MasterWorks concert of the season, on Oct. 6, is baldly billed as "Shostakovich Symphony No. 10." The subtext: You can’t put a bowtie on this bear.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

This is a good headline

Lansing's Eric Dennis invents the icon you can't refuse

by Lawrence Cosentino
Last week, a lady in an ankle cast stopped me at the grocery store. "Why don’t you write more about the good things people are doing?" Journalists are often asked this question. Sorry I stepped on your wrist, lady. I was having a bad day. Here's my real answer.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Apotheosis of Ralph

Votapek wows hometown crowd with two concertos plus encore

by Lawrence Cosentino
There is no elevator to the top of Ralph Votapek. You have to take the stairs to get to the summit. But once you get there, the view is panoramic, the air is clean, and you feel like you're on top of the world. Friday night, the Lansing Symphony teamed up with MSU's piano monument and artist-in-residence for 36 years to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Votapek's win in the first Van Cliburn competition in 1962.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

Heart of the barrio

César Chávez and North Lansing's Latino history

by Lawrence Cosentino
On July 30, 1973, labor leader César Chávez visited Lansing as part of a four-day swing through Michigan to gather support for a grape and lettuce boycott. In a speech at Cristo Rey Community Center on the north side of town, he broke the crowd up with a story about an elderly woman he met in Flint.
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