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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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Wednesday, May 4,2011

Get There First

Promotion, transportation and alliteration put First Fridays on every tongue

by Lawrence Cosentino
“Oh, Sidney, it’s all happening so fast!” Greater Lansing doesn’t have a Radio City Music Hall or a Stork Club.
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Wednesday, May 4,2011

Spiral into relaxation

City Pulse First Friday event lets you down easy after the workday

by Lawrence Cosentino
All of Canejo’s famous martini list will be available (with $4 specials), but the rare chance to see hot local singer Kim Sorter ' who played Rihanna at Spiral’s New Year’s Party and has also impersonated Britney Spears and Tina Turner ' “do” herself is a strongly competing draw.
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Wednesday, May 4,2011

Organic sounds

LSO pulls out the stops for the 2011-’12 season

by Lawrence Cosentino
For the first time in Muffitt’s 6-year tenure as music director, the orchestra will unleash a tower of sound from Austrian arch-Romantic Anton Bruckner (4th Symphony, Nov. 5) and a full blast of genius from Russian Igor Stravinsky (“Petrouchka,” May 10, 2012).
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Wednesday, April 27,2011

South side stench

GM Grand River Assembly Plant investigates moldy paint smell

by Lawrence Cosentino
With the return of warm weather, Turner and other residents of Lansing’s near south side are going outside for some fresh air, only to be slammed with a sour smell variously described as “paint,” “chemical,” “heavy exhaust,” “ammonia or cat pee,” “moldy” and “a weird mix of organic and synthetic.
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Wednesday, April 20,2011

Nel's Ravel gels well

Lansing Symphony brings down the curtain on season with triumphant double dip

by Lawrence Cosentino
Get too full of yourself on the concert stage and Bugs Bunny will bang the bandshell with a giant hammer until you vibrate, or make you hold a note until your face turns plaid. The Three Stooges will flick grapes down your throat, fill your piano with cats, sprinkle ants on your bosom and saw your cello in half.
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Wednesday, April 13,2011

Mad about Maurice

Pianist Nel lends three hands to Ravel at LSO closer

by Lawrence Cosentino
Guest soloists at symphony concerts often yawn through the same bromides: “I’m really looking forward to playing Nabob’s Ninth Nurdle ' I’ve played it since I was a zygote.”
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Wednesday, April 13,2011

Going out with a bop, not a whimper

Jazz Spectacular brings Jimmy Heath and a slate of stars to Michigan State University

by Lawrence Cosentino
Who doesn’t like to eat frosting? If you haven’t savored the layer cake of jazz events stacked up by Michigan State University’s world-class jazz studies department throughout the year, this weekend’s Jazz Spectacular is a chance to catch up ' and then some.
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

The party's over

Sifting through the scraps of a celebration on Grand Avenue

by Lawrence Cosentino
At 8 a.m. on a recent Saturday, a tall man in an orange vest walked in front of the new headquarters of the Accident Fund Insurance Co. of America, picking up bits of trash.
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

'Inspiration' lacks foundation

Riverfront sculpture needs more money for a pedestal

by Lawrence Cosentino
There’s a ton of sculpture coming to downtown Lansing ' literally ' but nowhere to put it.
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