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Wednesday, June 8,2011

Stepping out, coming out

Youth White Party offers LGBT teens a safe haven

by Lawrence Cosentino
Youth White Party offers LGBT teens a safe haven Some people avoid dances for fear of being outed as a lousy dancer. When you’re in your teens, going to your first dance that’s for gays and' lesbians, a bit more support is in order.
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Wednesday, June 8,2011

Blue edge of the rainbow

Lansing police authorizes necessary force at Michigan Pride

by Lawrence Cosentino
“I have secured a float. I have secured a vehicle to tow it with. I have secured a male police officer who will be in uniform as the driver,” she announced in her column in the LGBT News, published by the Lansing Association for Human Rights, as if she were calling for backup.
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Wednesday, June 1,2011

More than just skin deep

Photographer Suellen Hozman’s ’Flesh Tones’ challenges the power of first impressions

by Lawrence Cosentino
Photography by Suellen Hozman Reception Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at Absolute Gallery, 307 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing; exhibit continues through June 30. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (517) 482-8845 www.
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Thursday, May 26,2011

So long, St. Anthony

Kresge Art Museum's collection will not have a permanent home at the Broad Art Museum

by Lawrence Cosentino
In a grouping of diverse cultural rock stars, a seventh-century pope (Gregory I), a 14th-century Spanish bishop and a wooden Yoruba warrior from west Africa hold a time-traveling, cross-cultural summit with a video of Pope John Paul II addressing his flock.
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Wednesday, May 25,2011

First sparkle of summer

Knapp’s building restoration work will soon poke into daylight

by Lawrence Cosentino
This story was updated May 25—In the next two weeks, eagle-eyed downtown lunch eaters will be able to spot the first visible sign of work on Lansing’s next big renovation project, the conversion of the historic Knapp’s building into a mixed-use business, retail and residential slab.
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Wednesday, May 18,2011

This weekend’s forecast: Festive and arty in East Lansing

by Lawrence Cosentino
The program, started in 2005, is building up a track record of success. Two of last year’s emerging artists ' Becca Schlaff (see related story) and Katie Chichester ' launched successful art festival careers and were juried back into the festival this year.
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Wednesday, May 18,2011

Creating 'instant nostalgia'

Emerging Artist embraces digital photography

by Lawrence Cosentino
“With digital cameras, you take a picture and show it to your friends,” Kahlon said. “‘Oh, you were so funny when you were doing that.’ That was about two seconds ago!” Born in India, Kahlon grew up in the suburbs of Chicago with strict parents that didn’t think much of art as a vocation, and still don’t.
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Wednesday, May 18,2011

Wanda Degen's song continues

Music coordinator marks her 25th festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
The festival has a national reach, but it’s also a prime venue for local talent. Some of Degen’s most memorable moments were performances by local favorites like the Chenille Sisters, Three Men and a Tenor, and (bop) Harvey..
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Wednesday, May 18,2011

'Inspiration': From installation to dedication

by Lawrence Cosentino
Although the dedication ceremony was held Sunday afternoon (it had to be moved into the Lansing Center because of the chilly weather), funds are still being collected to cover the cost of the sculpture’s pedestal; see the infobox for details on how to contribute.
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

Baptism of fire

For these ceramicists, a Grand Ledge kiln is a ‘primal experience’

by Lawrence Cosentino
Monday afternoon, just before 3, a crowd of people gathered in front of an ancient-looking tunnel of bricks and mud behind the Clayworks pottery shop on Wacousta Road in Grand Ledge, craning their necks for a better look. Wabi-sabi-gama, the 12-foot-long beast with a belly of fire, had finally cooled.
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