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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Rick Roe's dream

Shy pianist takes spotlight for tribute to Thelonious Monk

by Lawrence Cosentino
Pianist Rick Roe, right, was still a teenager when he began to appreciate legendary jazz giant Thelonious Monk, below. "He played certain things and I went, ‘Ow, it’s so damn good! You just cracked my back!’” Roe remembers.
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

The queen moves on

Former Liebermann's owner Betty Price leaves Lansing, leaving behind an indelible legacy

by Lawrence Cosentino
She bought the chair for Don in 1961, the year the Prices opened their East Lansing store. “He worked so hard that year, I thought, ‘He needs something special.’” But Price is not stuck in the past. “You do what you have to do,” she said. That’s right, Mrs.
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

Nomad for real

Creole gig is sendoff for Zambia-bound musician Thom Jayne

by Lawrence Cosentino
Jayne, a professor of agricultural economics at Michigan State University, helps small farmers in Africa hook up with local and global markets. He goes to Africa several times a year, but hasn’t had an extended stay there since a Peace Corps stint 18 years ago.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

Moving pictures

As Lansing Art Gallery moves, historic home is ‘up for grabs’

by Lawrence Cosentino
After a six-year fling, the gallery will forsake a sleek, chic but problematic storefront at 113 S. Washington Square and move a block north to the cheaper, bigger and more accessible 119 N. Washington Square, between the YMCA and Kositchek’s, the gallery’s board of directors announced last week.
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Wednesday, November 10,2010

'It's about everything'

Artist builds virtual gallery out of life and death

by Lawrence Cosentino
If you like lots of tomato, garlic and onion in your art, Kim Kauffman’s “Investigations” series, now on view at Mackerel Sky in East Lansing, might be just the spread for you. However, be warned ' you must also open yourself to acquired tastes like cracked turtle shell, dead finch and beaver skull.
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Wednesday, November 3,2010

Walls come crumbling down

Preservation was just not in the cards for MSU's historic Morrill Hall

by Lawrence Cosentino
When Morrill Hall was built in 1900, it was a huge house ' a women’s residential college ' and it still feels like one. The creaking floors, obsolete fireplaces and time-melted glass windows moan in the low frequency of memories.
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Wednesday, November 3,2010

Hook, lines and sinker

It’s Debussy night at Absolute Music

by Lawrence Cosentino
Velvet-voiced actor/director Ken Beachler and perfectionist piano man Sergei Kvitko have a strangely compelling musical partnership.Suave cop, intense cop? Honey and salt?Their chemistry is hard to pin down.
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Wednesday, October 20,2010

Shirt with soul

Benefit, T-shirt help Craig Oster fight for life

by Lawrence Cosentino
Oster’s speech is labored, but he’s patient as rock and persistent as water. With help from his girlfriend, Michelle Dengeldey, the thoughts from the probing analyst’s mind beamed from his tortured body..
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Wednesday, October 13,2010

Long arms of Orchestrion

Guitar virtuoso Pat Metheny extends his reach

by Lawrence Cosentino
There’s a good reason Pat Metheny will lug hundreds of pounds of acoustic instruments and state-of-the-art gadgetry to MSU’s Wharton Center Friday. He’s going back to the basics. Metheny, a lifelong plugger-in of exotic guitar enhancements, has turned his han- kering for tinkering to acoustic ends.
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Wednesday, October 13,2010

Movements and moves

Cirque de la Symphonie serves up flying bodies and soaring music

by Lawrence Cosentino
It sounds like a three-ring circus, but Allen stressed that the show doesn’t call for more than two artists to be on stage at a time. “They’re not there to be a distraction from the orchestra, but to enhance the whole concert experience,” Allen said..
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