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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Party politics

Nadir keeps funk grounded in reality

by Lawrence Cosentino
8 p.m. Saturday, May 22 MI.Funk Grand River Avenue Turner Street, Lansing Also performing Saturday: Sun Messengers 2 p.m.; Global Village 4 p,m.; Valerie Barrymore Foundation of Funk 6 p.m.; Soul Xpress 10 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at gate www.MiFunk.com.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Then came funk

Mi.Funk fest brings old-school to Old Town

by Lawrence Cosentino
Last summer, OTBADA director Sharen Lange was sitting in the audience at East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival when local funkmaster Jim Alfredson of organissimo opened up a greasy groove on his Hammond B-3 organ..
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

No glue needed

Muffitt happy to stay on LSO podium

by Lawrence Cosentino
It’s hard to hold a high note, but the Lansing Symphony is about to try. With attendance spiking improbably upward and performance levels at a widely recognized high, the organization announced last week that maestro Timothy Muffitt has signed a new three-year contract.
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Wednesday, May 12,2010

Take this badge off-a me

There’s no room for labels in ‘Blended People’ photo exhibit

by Lawrence Cosentino
Hozman is a Lansing resident and longtime civil rights activist whose last photo exhibit was a 2006 Creole Gallery show of specially enhanced images for the blind. For this project, she said she chose subjects whose mother and father “have origins from different parts of the globe.
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Wednesday, May 12,2010

Guitar yeoman

Laurence Juber carves out his own territory

by Lawrence Cosentino
The London-born, California-based guitarist Laurence Juber has toured the world with Paul McCartney and held his own on stage with The Who’s Pete Townshend and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant. Sunday, he’ll sit down at the one of the smallest venues on his busy schedule, Old Town’s Creole Gallery, to work the solo acoustic soil he loves best.
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

Inglorious baubles

Dicker & Deal Nazi display raises red flag for shopper

by Lawrence Cosentino
In the bottom half of the case, military items, mostly from World War II, predominate. The Allies seem to have secured the case’s eastern sector, but Germans clearly hold the west.
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

Taming of the flame

Lansing’s Ottawa Power Station refit nears completion

by Lawrence Cosentino
All nine floors of the 190,000-square-foot power plant are in place. Workers are routing computer cables, heating and cooling vents and assorted spaghetti into the floors. A glassy new 105,000-square-foot addition is almost finished and a parking deck to the north is going up fast.
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Wednesday, April 28,2010

Graceful uplift

Israeli singer Noa brings message of peace

by Lawrence Cosentino
Palestinian-Israeli singer Miri Awad, to the friendship and coexistence,” she said. Wharton Center Wednesday. The lyrics to “There Must Be Another It sometimes seems as if Israelis and Way” put it this way: “When I cry, I cry for Palestinians will never find common ground, both of us.
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Wednesday, April 28,2010

LSO takes the Fifth

Chopin, Beethoven finish symphony season

by Lawrence Cosentino
Before Beethoven, most symphonies were glorified dance cards ' ah, here’s the minuet, my dear. After Beethoven, those little dance movements ballooned into the Seven Ages of Man. Beethoven’s Fifth dives straight into the fire of inner struggle, beginning with that awesome opening shudder.
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Wednesday, April 21,2010

More sizzle for your Solstice

Lovano, Somi headline East Lansing jazz festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
Summer jazz forecast for East Lansing: Increased blue notes, with an upswing in swing. Bebop will also be boppier. National headliners Joe Lovano and Somi, quadrupled tent space and a third day of festivities will twist the ratchet another few notches for the 14th Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, set for June 18-20 in East Lansing.
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