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Wednesday, May 21,2014

Art, dreams and jazz

Michael Stratton brings broader perspective to new series of Broad Museum tours

by Lawrence Cosentino
Your eyes can get a real workout at the Broad Art Museum — from rolling to the back of your head. I’m not talking about the art, but the people you run into: Self-styled experts who can´t shut up, wise-guys who ask where the “real” art is, preening hipsters, outraged moralists, “this reminds-me-of” reductionists — they all show up sooner or later, usually right next to you.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

Crime and treatment

Ingham County´s Mental Health Court aims to keep sick offenders out of jail

by Lawrence Cosentino
Thomas Boyd has seen a lot of defendants, but the chief judge of 55th District Court in Ingham County can still picture one young man he sentenced a few years ago. "He was only 17, hadn´t even grown into his full adult male body, and he was already a big, gangly kid," Boyd said. The man heard voices others didn´t hear. He had already been in and out of mental hospitals, including Kalamazoo Psychiatric.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

Fresh taste, stealthy wallop

New music, symphonic sleepers fill 2014-‘15 LSO season

by Lawrence Cosentino
“Fresh, but not raw” should be the label for the 2014-‘15 Lansing Symphony season. Maestro Timothy Muffitt will disperse a generous portion of 21st century music along with classics from long deceased souls such as Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Elgar. But the new stuff is all on the gentle side.
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Sonic boom

East Lansing Jazz Festival pushes the envelope

by Lawrence Cosentino
From the U.S. Air Force’s crack big band to the far-out signals of avant-garde spaceman Sun Ra, East Lansing´s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival has announced a stellar lineup that thrusts the 18-year-old event into new layers of the stratosphere.
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Blissed out

Pianist Andrew Hsu had the audience belly up and purring at symphony closer

by Lawrence Cosentino
A chic-looking young woman drags her working-class dad to the symphony. Squinting at all the musicians and instruments on the stage, he squirms in his seat and demands, “Who am I supposed to root for?”
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

Blue material

Williamston artist’s sculpture sparks orgy of debate in sleepy college town

by Lawrence Cosentino
Williamston sculptor Mark Chatterley´s primordial, rough-skinned ceramic figures inhabit private homes, galleries and public squares, from New York to South Korea. Last week, a cozy clinch of Chatterley´s “blue people” fired up a small revolution closer to home, in the mid-size town of Adrian, about 60 miles southeast of Lansing.
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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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