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Thursday, July 21,2011

Friendly invasion

Touring German youth orchestra smuggles big guns into the Midwest

by Lawrence Cosentino
“It blasts you out of your seat,” Klaue said. The Ahresnburg Youth Orchestra was formed in 1968, and Klaue has been the conductor since 1993. The musicans are drawn from a school in the Ahrensburg area, north of Hamburg. Only half the students at the school, selected by audition, get to go on the American tour.
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Wednesday, July 20,2011

Secrets of the Old Town sisterhood

How women are remaking Lansing’s oldest district

by Lawrence Cosentino
Antiques and boutiques, yoga and flowers, hair and more hair. Stores with names like Love, Betti, October Moon, Grace and Polka Dots Bead-A-Full Boutique. Attorneys, non-profits and design firms bring a pinch of rough and tumble to the picture, but it’s pretty much official by now: Old Town has turned into a woman cave.
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Wednesday, July 13,2011

'Noble and complex'

Accident Fund project gets national steel award; Lansing shares the prestige with New York and San Francisco

by Lawrence Cosentino
Structural steel awards are no joke to the people who design and build amazing things in the United States. This year, the industry’s top award, the Presidential Award of Excellence, bypassed spectacular new buildings from New York to L.A. to settle on Lansing and its signature redevelopment project.
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Wednesday, July 13,2011

Upon this rock

MSU prof David Stowe plugs into Christian pop

by Lawrence Cosentino
In the 1970s, Jesus made his own big move into the secular world, backed by infectious tunes, electric guitars and drum kits. My new friend across the street, George, couldn’t stop talking about “Jesus Christ Superstar.” (He played it for me when his disapproving parents were gone.
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Wednesday, July 6,2011

Cold but not forgotten

Bernita White murder case, 10 years later

by Lawrence Cosentino
A little girl spotted us and slid her bike to a stop. “Did something happen here?” she asked. Where do you start? On Saturday, June 23, 2001, Lansing resident Bernita White was killed by a bullet from a highpowered rifle while walking from the picnic pavilion to the zoo entrance.
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Wednesday, June 29,2011

Plane that funky lumber

Kelvin Potter rescues urban wood from the shredder

by Lawrence Cosentino
Kelvin Potter has bagged two-ton game and bigger, but he’s not the macho type. His straw hat is only shredded on top because his 3-year-old son sat on it. But when he stood in the lumber yard of his workshop in Bath Township last week, he looked like Teddy Roosevelt posing next to a fallen elephant.
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Wednesday, June 29,2011

Quiet disruption

Video art of Hiraki Sawa is a curtain-raiser for Broad Museum

by Lawrence Cosentino
Say you live in a typical apartment with a kitchen, a hallway, a bathroom and gray Midwestern blah outside the window. You wake up feeling different one day ' not sick, just different. Instead of going to work, you sit at home and stare at your walls and floors, watch your toothbrush and toaster.
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Wednesday, June 22,2011

School lets out, worry sets in

Beleaguered Lansing teachers talk about their highs and lows

by Lawrence Cosentino
The school year is over, but with contract negotiations under way amid talk of salary and benefit cuts, Lansing teachers aren’t exactly unwinding. This spring, 150 of the Lansing School District’s 965 teachers got layoff notices. The teachers’ union expects about 90 of those to be actually laid off.
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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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