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Wednesday, August 1,2012

Something Old Town, something new

Etienne Charles and John Douglas trumpet this weekend's JazzFest

by Lawrence Cosentino
On June 5, U.S. Rep. Howard Berman of California recognized the Trinidad-born trumpeter and Michigan State University professor for his "musical contributions to nationals of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the world," as part of a resolution marking Caribbean American Heritage Month.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

How 'Spartacus' broke the blacklist

Kirk Douglas recalls a watershed epic

by Lawrence Cosentino
One morning in junior high school, I walked into class and saw a film-noir scene chalked in painful detail on the blackboard. I was stumbling down an alley, bleeding and clutching my stomach, with a huge smile on my face.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Fivesome on the fairway

Big talk boils down to a handful of options for the Red Cedar project

by Lawrence Cosentino
Last week, Lansing received five proposals to develop 12.5 acres of the former Red Cedar Golf Course on the city’s eastern fringe. With sky-high hopes for regional transformation riding on the project, the proposals plopped on the porch with a lighter thunk than expected.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Keri Litwiller swims with the big fish

by Lawrence Cosentino
There's no financing and no developer, but there is a lot of passion. Litwiller has been thinking about the idea for two years. She proposed it to the Lansing City Council earlier this summer, but got no reply to her letter.
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

Where are they bound?

The Black Child and Family Institute moves out of the old Genesee School; the Lansing School District hasn't yet decided what to do with the building

by Lawrence Cosentino
The movers sifted the traces of hundreds of childhood and adult education classes, recreational and cultural programs, town hall meetings and summer camps. There were ribbons from holiday food baskets, blank forms from Ingham County health programs and photos of smiling kids raking leaves around the old building.
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Thursday, July 5,2012

Urban Revelation

Lynn Orta creates a garden universe in a west side parking lot

by Lawrence Cosentino
Every morning, Griffith reads her Bible and watches Lynn from her window. "We thought it was a job she had, but we found out it was just something she likes to do. Everybody around here, they know it’s Lynn’s garden."
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Wednesday, June 27,2012

Drowning in stories

Greater Lansing Business Monthly marks 25 years of small business cheerleading

by Lawrence Cosentino
Thursday, the Greater Lansing Business Monthly celebrates its silver anniversary with a party on the riverfront from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lansing Center with live music, food and boat rides and guest speakers.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Jazz up your weekend

Meet the East Lansing Summer Solstice headliners

by Lawrence Cosentino
Staff sergeant, song stylist Light doesn’t always travel at the speed of light, no matter what Einstein said. Follow a shadow at dusk in mid-June.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Mill Supplies' mad makeover

Artist Tiffany Klein launches a gallery and workshop in a 102-year-old downtown Lansing building

by Lawrence Cosentino
Klein, a Lansing-based artist and interior designer, needs a laboratory more than she needs a gallery. In her hands, plaster becomes velvet, fiberboard turns into wood and PVC pipes aspire to the glory of Roman columns. Her wall-sized, multimedia art glimmers with gemstones and mirror shards, with frames made of textured cement.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Karp finds a bigger pond

Lansing developer picked for $85 million project in Detroit

by Lawrence Cosentino
Detroit’s Capitol Park is a quiet triangle of benches and planters surrounded by grand old buildings that are better described as sky-ticklers than skyscrapers. They shelter, rather than loom, as people chat and feed pigeons in the modest-sized park.
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