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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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Wednesday, October 6,2010

Stealth health

Sparrow Hospital sneaks healthy food through the back door

by Lawrence Cosentino
On a recent Wednesday, shiny tomatoes and cheery flowers perked up a yellowish, institutional-looking hallway in the basement of Sparrow Hospital’s gigantic Lansing campus.Misha Keenan, an O.R. nurse, stumbled upon a strategically placed stand of locally grown fruits and veggies from Lansing’s Urbandale Farms on her way to the cafeteria.
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Tuesday, October 5,2010

The sound of muzhik

Gurt, Lansing Symphony roll out Russian revelry

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Russians have a proverb: The only tool you really need is an ax. Michael Gurt, a brilliant pianist with a bearish frame, untucked shirt and savage glee in his eyes, kicked through classical decorum to hew, hack and finesse his way through Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto Friday night with maestro Timothy Muffitt and the Lansing Symphony.
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Tuesday, October 5,2010

Staying power

Sarah Chang continues a lifelong journey at Wharton

by Lawrence Cosentino
To get into Sarah Chang, you have to get over Sarah Chang. It seems she has. Chang, 29, can’t believe her 20th anniversary disc is due next year. “That’s kind of shocking, actually,” the violinist said when reached by phone at a gig in Hong Kong. At first, people marveled at her, as if she came to Earth from Alpha Centauri’s accelerated conservatory of music. Since then, amazement had turned into involvement. The prodigy of prodigies has taken her listeners on a passionate, lifelong exploration of sound.
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Thursday, September 30,2010

‘It’s a profession that rotates in your brain’

Uncensored talk from Hollywood legend Tony Curtis

by Lawrence Cosentino
The diction of a thug, the soul of a poet and a complete lack of inhibition were three of the most charming things about actor Tony Curtis, who died Thursday. Back in 2002, Curtis came to East Lansing to perform in a musical version of his classic film, “Some Like it Hot.” The extrovert’s extrovert, Curtis said way more than we could fit into the story at the time, but now his passing Thursday at age 85 seems like a good time to uncork some heady Hollywood hooch.
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