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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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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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