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Wednesday, September 29,2010

Body and soul

Tierney Sutton Band pleases flesh, spirit

by Lawrence Cosentino
“Here I am, I’m a performer, I go out there and sing. I try to get on the treadmill so I look OK. Why doesn’t anybody hit on me?” But that’s how the sultry, silken-tressed singer wants it. Oh, it’s OK to lust after Sutton, but try to keep your libido metaphorical, in accordance with the writings of 13th-century Muslim Sufi mystic Rumi.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

Taking a classic to court

Taking a classic to court Mark Twain testifies at ’Trial of Tom Sawyer’

by Lawrence Cosentino
Would modern DNA forensics have saved Tom from being smacked upside the head by Aunt Polly for the sugar bowl broken by his brother, Sid? Aunt Polly, though well-meaning, has a disturbing penchant for corporal punishment, leaving her open to several serious battery charges.
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Wednesday, September 22,2010

’Door’ to discovery

’Door’ to discovery Williamston drama examines racial identity

by Lawrence Cosentino
Williamston Theatre 122 S. Putnam Rd., Williamston Sept. 23-Oct. 17 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; 3 p.m. matinees Sat., Oct. 2 and Thurs., Oct. 16 Pay-What-You-Can Thursday, Sept. 23 Preview performances $15 (through Sept. 30); beginning Oct.
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Wednesday, September 15,2010

Two for the history books

Ralph Votapek and Walter Verdehr renew a 42-year-old partnership

by Lawrence Cosentino
The two stalwart “V”s of MSU instrumental music will carry on a 42-year tradition of annual duo concerts when they take the stage together at the MSU Music Building Auditorium. They’ll wade into a typically hefty program of Brahms, Beethoven, Schumann and Bartok, with a cinnamon swirl of Spanish composer Joaquin Turina for dessert.
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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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