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Wednesday, February 8,2012

Keeper of the flame

Simone — daughter of the legendary Nina Simone — honors her mother´s musical legacy

by Lawrence Cosentino
People with no filial relation felt the same way. Nina Simone recast the Dylan song as a fragile ballad, dusted with harp and strings, suspended over a gritty gospel groove. She sealed the steal by changing Dylan’s third-person “she” to “I” in the last verse.
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Wednesday, February 1,2012

Going to Plan B

MSU students say they will draw up alternative energy transition plan

by Lawrence Cosentino
A coalition of Michigan State University students, frustrated with the university’s newly minted energy transition plan, announced Friday it will submit an alternative plan to MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon by Feb. 28.
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Wednesday, January 25,2012

Cutting to bedrock

Photographer Curtis Miller brings his spare vision of the Great Lakes to Lansing Art Gallery

by Lawrence Cosentino
Many of the pictures, on display at Lansing Art Gallery through February, record Miller’s solo backcountry trips to the shores of Lake Superior in the off-season. With no human in sight, sheets of ice build into massive crags, push colorful beach rocks into black walls and scour the casual footprints of summer to a blank slate of bedrock.
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Wednesday, January 18,2012

Lookin' good

530 Pacific Ave. gets its big makeover

by Lawrence Cosentino
Usually, it’s a bad sign when a house makes noise, but the modest two-story home at 530 Pacific Ave. in south Lansing can be forgiven for squealing. It’s just had a spiffy three-week makeover, courtesy of the Ingham County Land Bank, that would do Oprah proud.
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Wednesday, January 18,2012

'Find things that are red'

Alison Gass is the Broad Museum’s first curator

by Lawrence Cosentino
As assistant curator for painting and sculpture at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, Gass curated a New Work series that juggled politically charged images (Luc Tuyman’s stark Sept. 11 paintings) with grand aesthetic epiphanies (Allyson Schotz’s room-filling webs of prismatic beads) and wild installations (Nikka Rothenburg’s bizarre contorting-body videos).
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

No Hamlets here

A Lansing actor, his longtime partner and six others take arms against the Michigan law barring same-sex benefits

by Lawrence Cosentino
Sunday evening at 6, Gerardo Ascheri hustled a lingering piano student out of the living room of his Lansing home to answer a reporter’s knock at the front door. Ascheri’s partner of 18 years, Doak Bloss, threw some vegetables in a Ziploc bag and put dinner prep on hold.
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Wednesday, January 11,2012

Soothing and bruising

LSO delivers sweet Saint-Saens, bipolar Beethoven

by Lawrence Cosentino
If we had known we’d be banging our heads into the wall with Beethoven by night’s end, we may not have embarked on the journey with such good cheer, but maestro Timothy Muffitt has a knack for avoiding cliché overtures and respectfully opening your ears. It was a pleasure to wake up and smell “Rounds for String Orchestra,” an intricate, caffeinated romp by American composer David Diamond.
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Wednesday, January 4,2012

Primary season

The race is on for the 2012 top of the town awards

by Lawrence Cosentino
So you welcomed Baby New Year with a toast and a cheer, did you? Think again, deluded one. Throw that devil spawn back on the street and call Old Man 2011 for one more bow. It’s time for the City Pulse/WLNS annual Top of the Town Awards, celebrating the best of the past year.
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Wednesday, January 4,2012

When 'Eroica' was new

Lansing Symphony Orchestra strips away the varnish from Beethoven’s breakthrough masterpiece

by Lawrence Cosentino
There comes a time when the voice deepens, strange new emotions stir and hair grows in interesting places. Adolescence? No — there’s something even hairier, deeper and more emotional than that. Nothing surges through a culture more powerfully than a major change in music.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

‘Like wind I go’

Remembering 10 Lansing-area people who died in 2011

by Lawrence Cosentino
To write this story about 10 people who died in greater Lansing this year, I looked at every daily obituary for 2011. Why? Shawn Riley, father of Aaron Riley, the 21-year-old MSU student who drowned in July, said it perfectly: "It's a shame we don't know more about our fellow people."
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