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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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Wednesday, March 14,2012

Brahms away

Symphony unleashes two juggernauts and a fawn

by Lawrence Cosentino
Saturday’s Lansing Symphony concert featured the most highly anticipated orchestra-and-soloist tandem of the 2011-12 season, French pianist Philippe Bianconi’s energetic go at Johannes Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto. Would the collision of a top pianist and a mighty music make for a memorable night?
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Wednesday, March 14,2012

Garden dreams

A bouquet of gardeners share their styles, hopes and delights

by Lawrence Cosentino
Last week, Dan Crow picked his way through the wind-blasted garden that surrounds his home in Perry. "It looks like a disaster," Crow said. "This is the ugliest time of year. Everything’s beat up. Yesterday there were two trees down — a Serbian spruce and a pine."
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Lawrence Cosentino
Property: 500 S. Fairview Ave., Lansing Owners: Bobbie and Claudia Pelfery Assessed: $38,100 Owner says: Unable to be reached for comment Some houses flake away quietly at the edges, tucked among better cared for neighbors, without drawing a second glance.
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Wednesday, March 7,2012

A gay rights first

East Lansing led the nation in local legislation that protected gay employees against discrimination. Forty years later, the city celebrates.

by Lawrence Cosentino
Two score years ago, after hearing from an angry resident who didn’t want to pay the city $11 for mowing his vacant lot and before taking up the matter of an abandoned easement, the East Lansing City Council made national human rights history.
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