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Wednesday, April 30,2014

Afterimage

Open house pays tribute to beloved LCC photography professor

by Lawrence Cosentino
Longtime Lansing Community College photography Professor Steve Beck was famous for being easygoing, but there´s one thing he hated to hear: “I´ll fix that in post.” Beck´s directive, “do it in the camera now,” went beyond technical advice to become a life lesson for hundreds of students. Like a frosty spider web poised to melt at sunrise, life gives you one exposure at best.
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

Dropping the other Hsu

Young pianist brings mature skills to Lansing Symphony season finale

by Lawrence Cosentino
Andrew Hsu hasn´t touched Robert Schumann´s epic concerto since he performed it seven years ago with the Oakland Symphony, but the guest soloist at tonight’s Lansing Symphony season finale will revisit the piece with the mature soul of a man deep in his advanced teenage years. Did I mention that Hsu is only 19?
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Friday, April 11,2014

Yin and yang of Lingg

Brewer’s ‘Dreams Gone Wrong’ a mixed deck of MSU and Lansing history

by Lawrence Cosentino
More than 300 pages are packed into “Dreams Gone Wrong,” former State Rep. Lingg Brewer’s epic about gamblers and campus turmoil at Michigan State University and in Lansing during the 1960s. And each page is a fresh roll of the dice.
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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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