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Wednesday, December 15,2010

Frenzy in Dexter

Michigan printer rides Twain juggernaut

by Lawrence Cosentino
Until now, this mid-sized company has turned out high-quality, university-press obscurities like “Historical Atlas of West Virginia,” “Flowering Plants: Smart Weeds to Hazelnuts,” and a door-stopper called “Comprehensive Literature of the Reptilia, Vol.
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Wednesday, December 8,2010

Lansing Symphony journeys from Thomas Kinkade to Jehovah

Concert hits extreme highs and lows

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Lansing Symphony and massed choral legions from Michigan State University and the Choral Union moved a mountain Saturday with a noble reading of Ernst Bloch’s “Avodath Hakodesh,” a rarely performed, full-on concert piece based on the Jewish Sabbath morning service.
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

David Small tackles big role

LSO guest plays ‘conduit between man and God’

by Lawrence Cosentino
Backed by the symphony, the Choral Union and Michigan State University Chorale, Small will climb the crags of the Old Testament to assume the cantorlike solo role in “Avodath Hakodesh,” an epic 1933 setting of the Jewish morning Sabbath service by American composer Ernst Bloch.
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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Deco after dark

Ottawa Power Station tries on its new evening gown

by Lawrence Cosentino
Pointing and gaping at the emerging charms of the Ottawa Power Station, now nearing the end of its renovation into the world headquarters of the Accident Fund Insurance Co. of America, has been a favorite exercise in downtown Lansing for the past two years.
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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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