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Wednesday, February 19,2014

Zombies from the bayou

Knight Cap chef resurrects Jambalaya´s menu, recalls glory days

by Lawrence Cosentino
When I last talked with larger-than-life Chef Carl Davis, he was in no mood to swap stories about his most storied gig, at the Jambalaya’s on Round Lake in Laingsburg. It was 2006, Jambalaya’s had closed just two years earlier and Davis was busy with a new restaurant.
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Wednesday, February 19,2014

From Russia, with baggage

Yuri Temirkanov, St. Petersburg Philharmonic make local debut

by Lawrence Cosentino
Russia is big, bewitching and infuriating. Yuri Temirkanov, music director of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, brings the whole troika to the Wharton Center Monday.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

When the Olympics, human rights collide

Local LGBT community reacts to the Olympic games being held in a country known for its human rights violations

by Lawrence Cosentino
Sergei Kvitko claims to be “clueless” about sports — he can’t tell the Super Bowl from the Rose Bowl — but he has good reason to follow the politics of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

‘Maximus’ takes Manhattan

MSU Wind Symphony brings explosive, contemporary piece to Carnegie

by Lawrence Cosentino
Carnegie Hall has a big weekend coming up. On Friday, Feb. 21, the Philadelphia Orchestra plays Beethoven’s “Eroica” symphony; that Sunday, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax take the stage.
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Wednesday, February 5,2014

A jazzy love story

Tribute to married jazz team Sunny Wilkinson and Ron Newman strikes a major chord

by Lawrence Cosentino
She’s a jazz singer with a lemony voice and feathersharp control. He’s a composer, pianist and professor of music theory at Michigan State University. She struts to the sparkling sobriquet “Sunny”; he rolls with the rumpled rubric of “Ron.”
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Wednesday, January 29,2014

The chair, the babies and the mayor’s ties

‘Lansing Votes’ meanders through six moments in the city’s history

by Lawrence Cosentino
The most underhanded political ad in the history of the universe is quietly tucked into “Lansing Votes,” the new pop-up exhibit from the Historical Society of Greater Lansing.
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Wednesday, January 29,2014

‘Every note was important’

Influential MSU composition professor H. Owen Reed dies at 103

by Lawrence Cosentino
Montana composer David Maslanka, now a grey eminence in the music world at 70, was still searching for his musical voice in the 1970s when he came to Michigan State University. His life changed when he found a kindly but demanding teacher with a gentle Missouri accent, H. Owen Reed.
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

Soul attack

MLK ‘Women in Jazz’ concert was earthy, eminent and oh-so-stylish

by Lawrence Cosentino
MLK ‘Women in Jazz’ concert was earthy, eminent and oh-so-stylish It’s hard to believe that “Jazz: Spirituals, Prayers and Protest,” MSU’s annual Martin Luther King celebration, is in its 14th year. The mélange of gospel, soul and jazz, knit together with the spoken word, gets fresher and resonates deeper each year.
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Thursday, January 9,2014

Bracing for flight

Cellist David Requiro takes on Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky with the Lansing Symphony

by Lawrence Cosentino
Cellists are the corvids — the crows and ravens — of the classical aviary. They excel at thoughtful communication, don’t preen much and look good in black.
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Thursday, January 9,2014

‘He’s hanging in Heaven’

Regulars laugh and grieve at the loss of barber Jerry Doyle

by Lawrence Cosentino
Early Saturday afternoon, a shy but mischievous-looking lad walked into Jerry’s Hairport on Lansing’s north side sporting a fedora. He sat down and waited for a haircut. “Look out, it’s Charlie Boy,” shop owner Pat Zopf called out. Three barbers were busy, customers were waiting and more regulars than usual were milling around.
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