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Wednesday, September 15,2010

The road to ’Inspiration’

With sesquicentennial gift, public sculpture returns to Lansing

by Lawrence Cosentino
“What do you think it means?” Bob Trezise, CEO of the Lansing Economic Development Corp., had me on the spot. I was supposed to be interviewing him.When things get sticky, stick to the facts. “It” is a gateway-like arch 20 feet tall, made of polished stainless steel, cleverly curved so it changes shape from various angles.In nine months, if all goes as planned, “Inspiration,” by California sculptor James T. Russell, will stand alongside the Grand River near the City Market as Lansing’s first major foray into public sculpture since the early 1980s.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

Two shades of blue from Old Town’s Bluesfest 2010

by Lawrence Cosentino
While playing a high-energy tune, Lee stands his ground like a huge boulder under a hat, rocking the house without moving a muscle. On a heart-twisting slow blues like “The Sky is Crying,” he builds up a slow-rolling, oceanic swell only the great blues guitarists can muster.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

Working through the B's

Lansing Symphony powers through a heavy opening night

by Lawrence Cosentino
There must be remote villages, far from Western symphony halls, where the whole idea of a scheduled “concert” is absurd. How could I know whether I’d feel like hearing music at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, let alone two massive works by Beethoven and Brahms?.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

The day the Spartans helped ’Spartacus’

Film’s 50th anniversary stirs Roman thoughts

by Lawrence Cosentino
Hail, Spartacus! No, that can’t be right. Spartacus was a humble slave who broke out of gladiator school, gathered a slave army and fought the fat cats of imperial Rome. He wore burlap, probably was a socialist, and never pulled rank on his ‘brothers.’ It wasn’t his style to hail or be hailed.
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Wednesday, September 8,2010

A singular trio

Lansing Symphony starts 2010-11 season with lead-off triple

by Lawrence Cosentino
Ell made it sound even easier than that. “We just have to rely on all our previous concerto experiences and add some chamber music to it,” she said. “We’ve all played with orchestras a lot, so we’ll have the added pleasure of being on stage with each other.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

The ripening

Six months after a risky move, it’s harvest time at the Lansing City Market

by Lawrence Cosentino
But the plan to demolish the old market and build a smaller one next to the river as part of a larger development stirred doubts. Critics wondered whether the city wasn’t rolling the whole zucchini into the river, $50,000 annual subsidy and all, just to get rid of it.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

A seamstress’ swan song

Charlotte Deardorff, LCC’s costume queen, retires after 22 years

by Lawrence Cosentino
Charlotte Deardorff’s eyeballs have been red since the Reagan administration.Prized in local theater circles for her unerring sense of color and attention to detail, Deardorff, 60, will retire this month after 22 years as costume designer at Lansing Community College Theatre Department.She leaves a legacy of thousands of hours of close work — up to 13 or 14 hours a day when a show is about to open —hanging on the LCC costume shop’s racks.
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Wednesday, September 1,2010

American original

American original New Orleans’ Henry Butler hurls piano thunder with MSU Professors of Jazz

by Lawrence Cosentino
If the piano is the queen of instruments, Butler, 61, carries the crown proudly. His specialty is a grand, inclusive synthesis of jazz, boogie, gospel, RB, pop and even the art song tradition of Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf, which he studied in the early 1970s at MSU.
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Tuesday, August 31,2010

American original

Henry Butler conjures up piano thunder at MSU Wednesday

by Lawrence Cosentino
The cyclonic keyboard force of New Orleans piano legend Henry Butler could crack the Pasant Theater stage all by itself. But the structural concrete underneath may also buckle when Butler jams with Michigan State University’s Professors of Jazz Wednesday.
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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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