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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Diversity on stilts

LCC’s Caribbean Festival turns Lansing into Port-au-Prince for a day

by Lawrence Cosentino
With the biggest and most diverse music lineup yet and a sprawling marketplace and food bazaar, the 16th annual Caribbean Festival is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to the campus of Lansing Community College from noon to midnight Saturday.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

The sound of Mumbai

by Lawrence Cosentino
On an early August evening, a sinuous sitar melody drifted over the tandoori and samosas at Mumbai Indian Restaurant. You could almost smell the incense. And they call this Jazz Thursday? Ah, but this was only an interlude.
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Wednesday, August 18,2010

Curtain up!

Renegade Theatre Festival fills Old Town with comedy and drama

by Lawrence Cosentino
This weekend, the Renegade Theatre Festival will cram dozens of local theater groups and independents into legit venues and odd corners of Lansing’s oldest district to fuel a Big Bang of dramatic possibilities.
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Wednesday, August 11,2010

Confessions of a bicycle reporter

When it comes to getting the story in Lansing, our man Larry is always on a roll

by Lawrence Cosentino
Some people will see this story and think to themselves, “Slow news week.” Maybe, but I’ve wanted to say this for a while.I love being a bicycle reporter in Lansing.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Everybody dance now

Community Dance Project brings together professionals, students and energetic amateurs

by Lawrence Cosentino
“There’s an intrinsic impulse in every human to move to music, but you don’t always give yourself permission,” Newman said. “I want people in the audience to look at the dancers and say, ‘I could do that.’” The mass dance draws its energy from R
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

The therapist is way, way in

For Stanley Jordan, making music just comes naturally

by Lawrence Cosentino
Jordan isn’t turning his back on razzledazzle. “State of Nature” closes with a joyful, Grammy-nominated stomp through Joe Jackson’s “Steppin’ Out.” As headliner at Lansing’s JazzFest, he’ll treat the crowd to a solo set unleashing the famous “tapping” style that lets him play two melodies, even two guitars, at once.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Andrew Kratzat: Sit back and relax

by Lawrence Cosentino
You might not think “improvisation” and “dentistry” would go together. In fact, you might dread the slightest possibility. But you are not Andrew Kratzat.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Etienne Charles: Blue Note ' with bare feet

by Lawrence Cosentino
If there’s one character Charles identifies with, it’s Papa Bois, the serene protector of the woods. “He’s known to have a bullhorn,” Charles said. “That image of him goin’ up and blowing on the horn is what I imagined when I wrote it.”.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Derrick Gardner: Honoring an idol

by Lawrence Cosentino
The file of jazz goodies in Gardner’s head isn’t slim, but two of jazz’s most rhythm-a-licious hits are on top: pianist Ahmad Jamal’s deep bumpgroove on “Poinciana” and the sizzling swingon-bossa sandwich Art Blakey pressed together for “Pensativa.”.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Now they’re cooking with gas

How BWL’s proposed plant changes the game

by Lawrence Cosentino
The proposed $182 million plant would burn natural gas to turn a turbine, generating electricity ' about 100 megawatts for the proposed BWL plant, making up most of the 120 megawatts lost when the oldest Eckert units shut down in four to eight years.
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