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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Fiddler on the podium

Joshua Bell becomes conductor of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

by Lawrence Cosentino
There hasn’t been a player-manager in baseball since Pete Rose in the 1980s, but the breed is far from extinct. Classical violinist Joshua Bell, already destined for the Fiddle Hall of Fame, will both solo with and conduct the fabled Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in a meaty all-Beethoven program at the Wharton Center Saturday.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

Art farmers

Broad Museum infiltrates the soil with the launch of 'The Land Grant'

by Lawrence Cosentino
The culture shock of the ultramodern Eli and Edythe Broad Museum springing up at agricultural-rooted Michigan State University has already been compared to a spaceship landing in a cornfield. Little did we know the infiltration would start from the grass roots.
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

Beating the bushes

After seasonal cutbacks, city looks for help at Cooley Gardens

by Lawrence Cosentino
Unlike the downtown cubicle refugees who steal an hour of sanity in Cooley’s cool pines and flowerbeds, Lansing’s parks and recreation director was still working. In suit and tie, he started pulling weeds, picking up trash and tugging at storm-downed branches.
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

Two coups — beaucoup cool

Jazz legend Sonny Rollins and opera star Renee Fleming top Wharton Center's jazz and classics lineup in the new season

by Lawrence Cosentino
In the jazz world, it just doesn’t get any better than Rollins, one the most enduring and accomplished musicians America has produced. His career stretches back to historic stints with Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk in the 1950s, followed by influential piano-less trio work that opened the tenor sax to wider realms of expression.
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

For a night, and for keeps

CD party celebrates big year for Professors of Jazz

by Lawrence Cosentino
Saturday’s concert will reassemble the professors, backed by veteran drummer Randy Gelispie, with new faces Michael Dease on trombone, Perry Hughes on guitar and vocalist Mardra Thomas, all of whom perform on the CD as well.
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Wednesday, April 4,2012

Meet the design enforcer

Project Manager Craig Kiner keeps an eye on the Broad Art Museum

by Lawrence Cosentino
Kiner, the museum’s project manager, flew to Lansing from architect Zaha Hadid’s London offices for a few days in March to check on the small army of builders that is pulling Hadid’s dynamic design from the drawing board to the physical world.
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

Eat this book

It's time to belly up for the Edible Book Contest

by Lawrence Cosentino
Each year, on or around April 1, a global network of book nuts takes Bacon literally. Edible Book contests are hosted at schools and literary clubs from France to Russia to Brazil to Australia, with Michigan events at Michigan State University’s Center for Poetry Monday and the Kalamazoo Book Festival April 6.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Craft and catharsis

Visiting workshops transform military uniforms into paper

by Lawrence Cosentino
Lips zipped, jaw clenched, uniform in the attic — that’s still the way many veterans deal with their time in the military. Their stoicism suits civilians who’d rather not think about war.
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Wednesday, March 21,2012

Counting the cost

Theater of War takes long view of war trauma

by Lawrence Cosentino
The opening moments of "Ajax" ring eerily familiar after U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' alleged murder of 16 civilians in Afghanistan last week. In the age of laser-guided missiles and MRAPs, a 5th-century B.C. play by Sophocles is still helping soldiers, veterans and civilians work through war and its effects.
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

Michigan AARP President

PR man Bob Kolt takes on a new cause: the needs and wishes of the state’s seniors

by Lawrence Cosentino
Kolt, a longtime Lansing public relations man, has worked for some big clients, but now he speaks for the state’s demographic 800-pound gorilla. Last week, Kolt was named president of the Michigan chapter of AARP. Kolt has belonged since he became eligible at 50, when his wife gave him a membership as a birthday present. Now, after just three years, he is state president.
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