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Wednesday, December 14,2011

Year-round market

East side warehouse will become Food Resource Center

by Lawrence Cosentino
It s sad to stand on bare asphalt where giant rutabagas once roamed, but this could be the last winter Lansing s east side will fend for fresh food without the Allen Street Farmers Market, on seasonal hiatus since Nov. 9.
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Wednesday, December 14,2011

'Jazzy Little Christmas ' gets a little bigger this year

Tenor Richard Fracker, soprano Melanie Helton and renowned jazz singer Marion Cowings are among the guest artists

by Lawrence Cosentino
Ding-dong! Now who could that be? With a casual mix of Michigan State University s top-drawer classical vocalists, New York jazz singer Marion Cowings and the MSU Professors of Jazz, this year s Jazzy Little Christmas harks back to radio and TV specials of yore.
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Wednesday, December 7,2011

‘She goes for it every day’

Selma Hollander’s life in the arts is still in full swing

by Lawrence Cosentino
Michael Rush, the founding director of MSU s new Eli and Edythe Broad art museum, came to East Lansing last year with the daunting mission of selling cutting-edge art and architecture in the heart of Michigan. He quickly discovered an invaluable ally, a kindred spirit and a personal hero.
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Wednesday, November 30,2011

A house gets its ‘before’ picture

Ingham County Land Bank gives 530 Pacific Ave. a second chance

by Lawrence Cosentino
Sure enough, the leaky, abandoned house on Lansing s south side is slated for a $50,000 renovation in the next three to four months. The Land Bank bought the two-story 1925 house across from the old John Bean factory in July for $6,371 in back taxes owed by the absent owner.
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Wednesday, November 23,2011

‘Radicals’ revisited

Michigan State University law professor looks at controversial characters throughout history

by Lawrence Cosentino
By LAWRENCE COSENTINO The Thanksgiving playbook calls for the whole family, from Tea Partiers to Occupiers, to sit down for an all-American truce, lubricated by gravy and minimal meaningful conversation. Michigan State University law Professor Michael Lawrence has a radically different feast in mind.
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Wednesday, November 16,2011

Back to the dulcimer

Wanda Degen ponders her future after 25 years as East Lansing Art Festival performance coordinator

by Lawrence Cosentino
In the summer of 1967, between eighth and ninth grade, young Wanda Degen decided to have a hippie party. She went to a head shop in her little hometown of Montague Whitehall, on the dunes of west Michigan, and fell in love with a trippy poster for a Jefferson Airplane show at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
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Thursday, November 10,2011

Brushfire over bullying

Michigan lawmakers take heat for religious ‘blueprint for bullying,’ go back to drawing board

by Lawrence Cosentino
After years of urging Michigan s legislature to pass a comprehensive law cracking down on bullying in the state s schools, Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer reconciled herself to the idea that something would be better than nothing until last week.
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Wednesday, November 9,2011

God and Godzilla

Lansing Symphony brass brings it for Bruckner

by Lawrence Cosentino
Saturday s big surprise wasn t the finely wrought, seamless, muscular performance of Bruckner s Fourth the symphony delivered. By now, we re used to seeing music director Timothy Muffitt and the LSO deliver big-city passion and polish on a small-town budget.
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Wednesday, November 2,2011

All aboard

Michigan Rail Summit throws diverse parties into transports of joy

by Lawrence Cosentino
Judging by the upbeat toots and chugs heard at Monday afternoon s Michigan Rail Summit in Lansing, there s one toy that inspires Republicans and Democrats, environmentalists and business leaders, Feds and locals and all the other boys and girls to play nicely together: a train.
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Wednesday, November 2,2011

Mass and massiveness

Lansing Symphony rolls out a pair of blockbusters

by Lawrence Cosentino
Saturday s slate is a sly sacred-secular switcheroo. Mozart s fizzy Coronation Mass, with the Michigan State University Choral Union and four guest vocalists, will open the evening with high spirits, and Anton Bruckner s colossal Fourth Symphony will shut it down in solemn awe.
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