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Wednesday, June 15,2011

Don’t trust a jazz musician over 30

East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival puts the accent on youth this time around

by Lawrence Cosentino
At 19, Grace Kelly has left the jazz prodigy bit behind her. But Kelly, who brings her quintet to the East Lansing Jazz Festival Friday, has aged in a selective way. Her alto sax sound has quickly matured into Black Label scotch, but her bubbly enthusiasm and stage moves are still Juicy Juice.
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Wednesday, June 8,2011

Habaneras and heartthrobs

Diego Rivera’s suite ‘Spanish Tinge’ heats up Creole Gallery Saturday

by Lawrence Cosentino
“How many times have you heard this rhythm?” Diego Rivera, home-grown East Lansing jazzman and tenor sax colossus of the Michigan State University Professors of Jazz, slapped the table in front of him and sang along: “Dump, dahhh-dat, dump, dahh-dat.”.
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Wednesday, June 8,2011

State of tarnished pride

Despite cultural and social gains, Proposal 2 makes Michigan a difficult place to live

by Lawrence Cosentino
In 2000, Michael Falk came to Ann Arbor with his partner, Matthew, to begin a promising career in materials science. He was 31 years old. By 2002, Falk’s teaching and research at the University of Michigan earned him an Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation.
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Wednesday, June 8,2011

'Radical hospitality'

Area churches beat back the brimstone at Michigan Pride

by Lawrence Cosentino
Cooper is a minister at Lansing’s Pilgrim Congregational Church, one of three United Church of Christ churches to team up for the first time and make a show of Christian counterforce at Michigan Pride 2011, with informational booths, moral support for the LGBT community and a place to take Holy Communion.
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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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