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Wednesday, August 6,2014

Crunch time

by Lawrence Cosentino
Mike Jenkins has had three heart attacks. He has diabetes. He has probably earned enough frequent siren miles for a free EMS ride to Saskatoon. Crunchy’s, MSU’s old-school beer, burger and fries joint, is the last place he should haunt.
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

Guardians of the intergalactic

JazzFest 2014 gets spacey with a supergroup, guest guitarists and dueling organs

by Lawrence Cosentino
The 2014 Lansing JazzFest continues the tradition of bouncing trumpet riffs, drum rhythms and skeet-skat-dadiddly vocals off the buildings of Old Town. But this year it gets a little otherworldly with the addition of a vintage instrument that would sound at home in a ‘60s sci fi movie. The amalgamated talents of some of Lansing’s premier jazz artists will join a battle of the organs and special guests like polystylistic guitar master Fareed Haque to make JazzFest 2014 one for the cosmos.
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Wednesday, July 23,2014

No Brainard

Public art by longtime MSU prof is destroyed, covered up

by Lawrence Cosentino
The push for new public art is well under way at Michigan State University and growing in Lansing and other mid-Michigan towns. But in the stampede to new art, gems from the past are sometimes trampled, or at least neglected.
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

Postponing King Coal’s retirement

Pressure is on for BWL to plan beyond aging coal plants

by Lawrence Cosentino
Fed up with delays by the Lansing Board of Water and Light to retire its coalfired Eckert Power Station, local activists are pressing the utility to set a date to close the 60-year-old facility.
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Wednesday, July 16,2014

State of the state: Weird

‘Oddball Michigan’ author serves up a seminar in roadside diversity

by Lawrence Cosentino
If you’re looking for a summer guide to Michigan’s storied waterfalls, wooded trails and crystal lakes, Jerome Pohlen’s “Oddball Michigan” is not it. But if you need to know where all the giant hot dogs and colossal cows are, or where to find the Watergate burglars’ tools or the last place Jimmy Hoffa was seen alive, he’s your man. The Chicago-based traveler/author is drawn to “really strange places,” and he’s found 450 of them in Michigan.
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Wednesday, July 2,2014

How to handle a flame

A dozen people give their take on patriotism

by Lawrence Cosentino
What is patriotism? After I asked a dozen mid- Michigan leaders and citizens, I´m no closer to a definitive answer, so I´ll open with a metaphor. Patriotism is a flame.
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Wednesday, July 2,2014

Goodbye Goodrich’s

After 76 years, grocery store closes later this month; customers scramble

by Lawrence Cosentino
Ask regular customers of Goodrich’s Shop-Rite what they’ll miss when the store closes in two weeks and you’ll get the expected answers: The friendly staff of committed lifers; the meat, the wine, Annette Aldrich, Goodrich’s produce department the deli, the international foods; coowner Steve Scheffel’s magnificent white hair and epic world-weariness; Dr. Beef’s tasty sausage and tasteless jokes.
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Thursday, June 19,2014

Passion for the lyric

INTERVIEW with singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, performer at the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
THURSDAY, June 19 — At 25, Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, headliner of this weekend’s East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, is one of jazz's most promising young artists. Her playfulness, intelligence and supreme musicality drew strong comparisons from the festival’s artistic director, Rodney Whitaker, who called Salvant “a breath of fresh air” in jazz.
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Wednesday, June 18,2014

Timelessness meets spaceiness

Worlds collide at Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival brings two raucous flavors of jazz into its tent this weekend — ecstatic “space mu sic” and jubilant New Orleans-style brass — in a venue only East Lansing can offer.
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Wednesday, June 18,2014

Ripped, soiled and battered

Summer events highlight for revitalized Lansing Sports Hall of Fame

by Lawrence Cosentino
Bob Every doesn´t let anything bug him for long. He picks up the phone and calls the bullpen, deploys the spread option offense, goes for the fast break, pulls the goalie, bowls the extra frame. He can do that — play all the sports at once — because he’s the director of the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame.
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