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Wednesday, April 9,2014

Already read that

Author Lingg Brewer says ‘quibble,’ experts say ‘plagiarism’

by Lawrence Cosentino
An odd thing happened on the way to reviewing “Dreams Gone Wrong,” former State Rep. Lingg Brewer’s book about gamblers and campus unrest at MSU in the 1960s.
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

The hammer and the brush

Drummer Jeff Hamilton knows how to play well with others

by Lawrence Cosentino
They call him “The Hammer,” but veteran jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton is more versatile than that. And nicer.
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Wednesday, April 2,2014

Erb-encrusted Bernstein

Ava Ordman gets elemental in Lansing Symphony shocker

by Lawrence Cosentino
The most seasoned Lansing Symphony subscriber would have had trouble copping a snooze at Saturday´s concert. Damn that barking trombonist!
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Wednesday, March 26,2014

Do not erase

Why was a proposal for re-using Eastern High School wiped off the board?

by Lawrence Cosentino
A group of East Side residents and Eastern High School alumni want to know why the Lansing School Board hastily erased a proposal to keep the historic building alive as a limited-use specialty high school.
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Wednesday, March 26,2014

All about Ava

Lansing Symphony unleashes principal trombonist in explosive concerto

by Lawrence Cosentino
Ava Ordman will get more than a spotlight at Saturday’s MasterWorks concert. The Lansing Symphony’s principal trombonist is about to straddle a bomb like Slim Pickens in “Dr. Strangelove” and ride it to a climax no listener is likely to forget.
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Wednesday, March 26,2014

Multi-grain jazz

Newport tour kneads diverse group of stars into one hot loaf

by Lawrence Cosentino
Detroit-born jazzman Clarence Penn savored an afternoon of solitary bread baking last week. Drummers don’t often get to cook alone. “If you could smell my house right now, it’s killing,” he said. “I know what’s in it. No weird chemicals. Three or four simple ingredients.”
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Wednesday, March 19,2014

Talk to the hands

Kathy Holcomb takes statewide stage to promote ‘handmade in Michigan’

by Lawrence Cosentino
Few people know better than Kathy Holcomb how creative Michigan hands can be, but the owner of Lansing’s Absolute Gallery wants it known across the state — and beyond.
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

‘This porous rubber O’

MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre moves to a new site for 2014

by Lawrence Cosentino
Shakespeare had his “wooden O,” the Globe. This summer, MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre will clamber out of the Red Cedar floodplain to a spiffy new outdoor venue that will be — cue Sir Anthony Hopkins — “wired for sound and ringed with seats of porous rubber.”
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

Plussier and plussier

Cello Plus festival brings banquet of diverse chamber music to MSU

by Lawrence Cosentino
Cello Plus is an unpretentious name for an ambitious series of chamber music concerts, but that’s just part of its Spartan appeal. For the past 14 years, MSU cello professor Suren Bagratuni has quietly built a top-drawer local music festival where musicians play airs but don’t put them on.
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Wednesday, March 5,2014

Sun setting on Eastern

Exploring the possibilities for repurposing an East-Side gem

by Lawrence Cosentino
The arched windows of Lansing’s Eastern High School are webbed with fine tracery that reads like cursive script on a ruled tablet of limestone and brick.
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