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Wednesday, November 2,2011

Stormfield faces heavy weather

Theater company faces challenges ranging from budgeting concerns to fixing up its facilities

by Lawrence Cosentino
To help circle the wagons, Thatcher has enlisted rope-twirling humorist Will Rogers, played by Chicago theater luminary Kevin McKillip. The one-man show will replace David Mamet s Race as Stormfield s second production of the 2011- 2012 season. In the meantime, Thatcher said, the season will be scheduled from show to show, depending on finances.
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Monday, October 31,2011

Mass and massiveness

Lansing Symphony rolls out a pair of blockbusters Saturday

by Lawrence Cosentino
This symphony preview is so erudite you have to take an entry quiz. Match the adjectives in Line A with the nouns from Line B:A. Sacred/secular.B. Gothic cathedral/ Mentos and Diet Coke.If you drew diagonal lines instead of vertical ones, you’re either a compulsive contrarian, a subt...
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Wednesday, October 26,2011

Yes, we have bananas

Bob Trezise Jr. moves on, albeit just a few blocks from Washington Square to Michigan Avenue: An exit interview

by Lawrence Cosentino
A new cooperative landscape is already taking shape in Michigan. Earlier this month, the Collaborative Development Council, a group of senior development gurus, came to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Economic Development Council with a map that breaks the state into 10 development regions.
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Wednesday, October 26,2011

The sum of his parts

City Pulse editor scores with cancer memoir

by Lawrence Cosentino
No ' not “battle.” That noun isn’t Sanford’s style, nor are adjectives like “heroic” or “triumphant.” If you read Sanford’s sardonic City Pulse film reviews, you know his melodrama-whacking machete has been tempered by decades of disease-ofthe-day dreck from Hollywood.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Plugging the 'school-to-prison pipeline'

Forum will address state’s racial disparity in suspensions, expulsions

by Lawrence Cosentino
Monts, the field director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Michigan chapter, was peeking down the hatch of a big piece of infrastructure nobody wanted to build, but that has managed to snake across Michigan anyway.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

'A well-designed life'

Playwright Sandra Seaton talks with Lansing retail queen Betty Price

by Lawrence Cosentino
As a customer, as a friend and now as a historian, Seaton has tracked Price’s remarkable life for 40 years.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Riding the wave, again

Symphony opener brings back violinist Giora Schmidt

by Lawrence Cosentino
In March of last year, Lansing Symphony maestro Timothy Muffitt and 29-year-old violinist Giora Schmidt ladled out the purest, hottest alloy of symphony and soloist heard around here in years 'and that’s saying a lot in a drop forge town like Lansing.
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Wednesday, September 7,2011

Still looking for the fire escape

Reflections and repercussions, 10 years after 9/11

by Lawrence Cosentino
The approach of Sept. 11, 2011, has set off a plume of words and images reliving the horrors and heroes of Sept. 11, 2001, but the anniversary has also opened a quiet back door to reflection. David Hollister, mayor of Lansing 10 years ago, has a sobering take on the past decade.
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Wednesday, September 7,2011

New face, for a new museum

Andrew Kuo paintings are Broad Museum’s first art purchases

by Lawrence Cosentino
The diptych is dominated by two vivid sets of telescoping rectangles ' Kuo’s homage to the famous “Homage to the Square” series of paintings and prints by American artist and teacher Josef Albers.
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Wednesday, August 24,2011

Greater Lansing Housing Coalition, house thyself

The venerable organization has found a new home in Old Town, and it’s celebrating with an art exhibit

by Lawrence Cosentino
It makes sense that Katherine Draper is into steel drapes. The executive director of the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition cultivates a steel drape image: inviting, creative, transparent, tough.
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