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Wednesday, July 31,2013

The mainstay stays

Bassist David Rosin and the joys of sticking around

by Lawrence Cosentino
Some faces pop up a lot in old movies, like Walter Brennan, Michael Caine or that blustery cop Edgar Buchanan who’s in all the Three Stooges shorts.
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Wednesday, July 31,2013

The ultimate high

Terell Stafford is one with the music

by Lawrence Cosentino
Jazz and classical musicians have a lot in common these days. Beleaguered by arts budget cuts in schools, pushed further to the margins of the culture, both are clinging to life almost exclusively in universities, hanging together lest they hang separately.
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Wednesday, July 31,2013

Follow the bouncing balls

Artist Lisa Walcott explores 'the space between' at the Broad

by Lawrence Cosentino
You find a closet door open. One hanger is wobbling back and forth. Who was just here? Why did she leave? And why is a wobbly hanger so weirdly fascinating?
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Wednesday, July 31,2013

How to smoke like a dolphin

Fred Newman and the art of the sound effect

by Lawrence Cosentino
Sound effects man Fred Newman ends a lot of sentences with “AH-WOOGA,” but he’s dead serious when he tells you that he learned his “low and dark art” under the Spanish moss and in the shadows of old slave cabins in the Deep South.
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Wednesday, July 24,2013

Occupy Main Street

Garrison Keillor talks the Broad Art Museum, student debt, and, oh yes, 'A Prairie Home Companion'

by Lawrence Cosentino
When Garrison Keillor takes his long-running radio show, 'A Prairie Home Companion,' on the road, he likes to insert references to local spots, but he keeps them gentle.
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Wednesday, July 24,2013

'Whoever's doing it, they're crazy'

After 20 years, Snake Rodeo slithers from Old Town to the east side

by Lawrence Cosentino
After 20 years in the underbrush, Lansing´s Snake Rodeo has re-emerged like a well-camouflaged Asian vine snake. A leaderless, nameless group of artists and musicians is out to revive the anything-goes, no-rules art scene crowded out of North Lansing - now Old Town - by pear-scented boutiques and gifty galleries .
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Wednesday, July 10,2013

Water versus stone

Persistent passion earns Dave Dempsey top award for Great Lakes advocacy

by Lawrence Cosentino
Quietly, slowly, water erodes the strongest rock. Dave Dempsey's lifelong push against the despoilers, exploiters and developers that pressure the Great Lakes operates on that scale.
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Wednesday, July 10,2013

The tale of Terry Terry

MessageMakers founder looks back on 35th anniversary

by Lawrence Cosentino
MessageMakers, a Lansing-based media, event planning and PR firm with clients from Old Town to Africa, has taken its founder and president, Terry Terry, on a wild ride through four decades, five continents, one elephant charge (in Lusaka, Zambia) and umpteen revolutions in technology.
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Wednesday, July 3,2013

Gushing over Reutter Park

Meet Me at the Fountain’ concerts highlight downtown gem

by Lawrence Cosentino
Early last spring, a woman borrowed some books from downtown Lansing's Capital Area District Library branch and crossed Capitol Avenue for a stroll through shady Reutter Park. It was the perfect coda to any library visit. She almost tripped over Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing, who was bent over a flowerbed, all by himself in the dirt.
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Wednesday, June 26,2013

The good, the bad and the efficient

Cogenerating the pros and cons of the BWL's new REO Town power plant

by Lawrence Cosentino
Efficient is the word for the Lansing Board of Water and Light's new $182 million, 100-megawatt power plant in south Lansing's REO Town, set to go online Monday. Inside its shiny bowels, combined cycle technology will rile up steam and electricity with the same gas flame.
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