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Wednesday, March 24,2010

Laughter, tears and pepperoni

MSU’s Artificial Language Lab celebrates 35 years.

by Lawrence Cosentino
Photos Lawrence Cosentino/City Pulse In 1974, Donald Sherman, disabled by a facial paralysis called Moebius syndrome, became the first person to use a computer voice to order a pizza. Last week he watched a tape of the event in the office of John Eulenberg, director of MSU’s Artificial Language Lab.
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Wednesday, March 24,2010

OMG, it’s in A minor

Violinist Schmidt is old-school, Web-savvy

by Lawrence Cosentino
It’s a digital life for a man with an analog soul. His parents played for the Philadelphia Opera Co., so he grew up in the Academy of Music’s Great Hall, home of the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra. The lush “Philadelphia sound,” nurtured by conductors Leopold Stokowski and Eugene Ormandy, pillowed his ears from youth.
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Wednesday, March 17,2010

Master P to masterpiece

Ella Joyce speaks for Rosa Parks in ’Rose’

by Lawrence Cosentino
“It’s the part I was born to play,” Joyce said. “I have actually felt her spirit right down inside of me on stage.” spur a court challenge to discrimina- Best known for her leading role in the tory seating practices on Montgomery socially conscious Fox sitcom “Roc,” which buses.
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Wednesday, March 17,2010

Gregarious guitars

L.A. Quartet finds strength in numbers

by Lawrence Cosentino
With arrangers like Kanengiser in the group, the entire universe of music is theirs to pillage, with one restriction: no electronics. In addition, all of the quartet’s material ' old, new, borrowed or blue ' has to make guitar sense. On Sunday’s slate, for example, is a crowdpleasing arrangement of six pieces from Bizet’s opera “Carmen.
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Wednesday, March 17,2010

Breaking new ground

by Lawrence Cosentino
On Tuesday morning, Kevin Waldman’s biggest headache was protecting big shots like architect Zaha Hadid, billionaire tycoon Eli Broad, Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon and Gov. Jennifer Granholm from stepping in the March mud at the groundbreaking of MSU’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.
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Wednesday, March 10,2010

Rainbows and monsters

Show spotlights artwork of autistic students

by Lawrence Cosentino
The show isn’t all rainbows. At Sunday’s reception, Ben Davis, a sophomore at Charlotte High School, stood proudly next to a display case of insectoid horrors made of ceramic, clay, wire and acrylic paint. Davis caught me looking into the blood-red mouth of a spidery thing with a lot of eyes.
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Wednesday, March 3,2010

Charrette it

Visiting speaker swears by hot development tool

by Lawrence Cosentino
“Then somebody comes along and picks and chooses, saying ‘This is what the public wanted.’” Hunt said the transit village lacks amenities promised to the community as “mitigation” of the increased traffic it would bring. He said a public meeting space “slowly disappeared,” free shuttle buses to reduce local car traffic were.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Higher than a kite

After a few bounces, LSO sends Mozart soaring into the sky

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Lansing Symphony has climbed crags, ridden rapids and moved mountains of major repertoire under maestro Timothy Muffitt, but Saturday night they faced a truly daunting task: lifting a beautiful, balanced box-kite of Mozart into the air and keeping it there the whole evening.
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