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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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Wednesday, February 26,2014

‘You’re coming to my house’

Etienne Charles brings MSU jazz students, profs to Trinidad

by Lawrence Cosentino
Anyone who spent Michigan’s sub-zero week from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2 in the green hills of Trinidad is bound to get envious looks.
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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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