arts http://wkar.org en Virginia Poet Laureate shares work with Michigan audience http://wkar.org/post/virginia-poet-laureate-shares-work-michigan-audience <p></p><p>Each year, in honor of National Poetry Month in April,&nbsp;MSU's&nbsp;<a href="http://poetry.rcah.msu.edu/">Residential College in the Arts and Humanities’ Center for Poetry</a> brings a series of poets to campus to conduct readings and workshops with the public. <em>Current State</em> spoke with Poetry Center Director Anita Skeen and Virginia Poet Laureate <a href="http://www.sofiamstarnes.com/page1.html">Sofia Starnes</a> about this year’s festival, and both read from their works.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:37:06 +0000 Current State 52258 at http://wkar.org Virginia Poet Laureate shares work with Michigan audience Spoken word artist Sarah Kay seeks human connections through words http://wkar.org/post/spoken-word-artist-sarah-kay-seeks-human-connections-through-words <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-147d21ab-4be0-cfbf-cb6b-e2e5e8f145f6" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"><a href="http://www.kaysarahsera.com/about">Sarah Kay</a> is a spoken word artist, teacher and author. She’s performed her poetry around the country, including at the Lincoln Center and the United Nations. Her <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Iv2nZnZOrM">TED Talk</a> has gathered hundreds of thousands of views. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:22:36 +0000 Current State 51981 at http://wkar.org Spoken word artist Sarah Kay seeks human connections through words Porgy and Bess leads on playing the iconic characters http://wkar.org/post/porgy-and-bess-leads-playing-iconic-characters <p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The Tony Award for best Broadway musical revival in 2012 went to “<a href="http://porgyandbessthemusical.com/">The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess</a>”. The company touring the country with “Porgy and Bess” is in East Lansing this week for eight performances at MSU’s <a href="http://www.whartoncenter.com/">Wharton Center</a>.</span> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:36:41 +0000 Current State 50892 at http://wkar.org Porgy and Bess leads on playing the iconic characters Indian filmmaker screens latest offering in E.L. http://wkar.org/post/indian-filmmaker-screens-latest-offering-el <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">A documentary filmmaker from India will be in East Lansing for a screening of his latest movie tonight. <em>Current State</em>’s Scott Pohl speaks with </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Sanjay Kak</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> about his latest film, “<a href="http://redantdream.com/">Red Ant Dream</a>”. It’s a reflection on modern-day revolution in India. The <a href="http://www.cal.msu.edu/">MSU College of Arts and Letters </a>will screen the film on campus tonight, and Kak will be there.</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> </span> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:10:10 +0000 Current State 50830 at http://wkar.org Indian filmmaker screens latest offering in E.L. Cello takes center stage at MSU music series http://wkar.org/post/cello-takes-center-stage-msu-music-series <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-0533ee55-d5bf-14bf-4b68-77f21bafff1a" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">MSU’s <a href="http://music.msu.edu/performance/performance-highlights/joanne-and-bill-church-west-circle-series/cello-plus-chamber-music-festival/">College of Music Cello Plus</a> series has grown into one of Michigan’s largest chamber festivals. <em>Current State's</em> Peter Whorf speaks with Cello Plus founder <a href="http://music.msu.edu/faculty/profile/suren">Suren Bagratuni</a> and visiting composer <a href="http://sharafyan.tripod.com/">Vache Sharafyan</a> about this Wednesday’s concert at <a href="http://music.msu.edu/spring-2013/fairchild-theatre">Fairchild Theatre.</a></span> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:01:37 +0000 Current State 50831 at http://wkar.org Cello takes center stage at MSU music series Local project to use selfies to redefine beauty http://wkar.org/post/local-project-use-selfies-redefine-beauty <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-586157d2-d560-c4bb-8525-37fa2171666a" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Starting next week, a new project will encourage girls to redefine their understanding of beauty and boost self-esteem, through Selfie. The workshop titled “<a href="http://rcah.msu.edu/news-events/events/art-selfie-how-selfies-create-confidence-gallery-opening">The Art of the Selfie: How Selfies Create Confidence</a>” is &nbsp;a collaboration between the <a href="http://rcah.msu.edu/">Residential College in the Arts and Humanities</a>, <a href="http://inclusion.msu.edu/Project6050/">the 60/50 Project</a>, and the <a href="http://www.elpl.org/">East Lansing Public Library</a>. </span> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:53:12 +0000 Current State 50832 at http://wkar.org Local project to use selfies to redefine beauty Old Town welcomes noted glass artist http://wkar.org/post/old-town-welcomes-noted-glass-artist <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lansing’s </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Old Town</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has become a haven for the city’s artistic community over the years. This week, the Old Town arts and business communities welcome a big catch. One of the area’s most prominent artists, </span><a href="http://www.craigmitchellsmith.com/index.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Craig Mitchell Smith</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, has moved his glass works gallery from a prime spot in the Meridian Mall in </span>Okemos<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to a new spot in Old Town Lansing.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:44:09 +0000 Current State 49266 at http://wkar.org Old Town welcomes noted glass artist New Lansing theater company explores ancient myths http://wkar.org/post/new-lansing-theater-company-explores-ancient-myths <p>A Lansing theater veteran is starting up a new theater company. Jeff Croff was the founder of the former Icarus Falling Theatre Company. Tonight, he launches <a href="http://www.icarusfalling.com/">Ixion Theatre</a> with the first of three staged readings of “The Four Disgracers."</p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:38:32 +0000 Current State 49160 at http://wkar.org New Lansing theater company explores ancient myths Current State #200 | November 12, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-200-november-12-2013 <p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State:&nbsp;</em>medical&nbsp;<span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5;">marijuana</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">; American perceptions of climate change; new Lansing Arts Council director, and an MSU documentary on cross-cultural exchanges.</span></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:19:47 +0000 Current State 45174 at http://wkar.org Business, education are priorities for new Arts Council director http://wkar.org/post/business-education-are-priorities-new-arts-council-director <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">The </span><a href="http://www.lansingarts.org/" style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Arts Council of Greater Lansing</a><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;"> has a new executive director. </span><a href="http://www.lansingarts.org/About/DeborahEMikulaExecutiveDirector.aspx" style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Debbie Mikula </a><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">has replaced the departed Leslie Donaldson.</span></p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:52:33 +0000 Current State 45168 at http://wkar.org Business, education are priorities for new Arts Council director MSU grad directs documentary on income inequality http://wkar.org/post/msu-grad-directs-documentary-income-inequality <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The 16th <a href="http://elff.com/">East Lansing Film Festival</a> begins tonight with the documentary <a href="http://inequalityforall.com/">“Inequality For All”</a>. The movie features former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich, as he seeks to address the widening American income gap. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:16:52 +0000 Current State 44888 at http://wkar.org MSU grad directs documentary on income inequality Offerings by Coen Bros, Stiller are highlights of holiday movie season http://wkar.org/post/offerings-coen-bros-stiller-are-highlights-holiday-movie-season <p></p><p></p><p>Folk singers, hustlers and Samurai are all part of this year’s Holiday film lineup. <a href="http://connect.mlive.com/staff/jserba/comments.html">John Serba</a>, entertainment reporter and film critic for Mlive and the Grand Rapids Press, gave <em>Current State’s</em> Emanuele Berry the rundown of this season upcoming films. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:12:22 +0000 Current State 44773 at http://wkar.org Offerings by Coen Bros, Stiller are highlights of holiday movie season Comic innovator makes superheroes more human http://wkar.org/post/comic-innovator-makes-superheroes-more-human <p>Comic book writer <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/talent/geoff-johns">Geoff Johns</a> did what many thought impossible. He made Aquaman cool, a feat that only a Spartan could achieve. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:04:35 +0000 Current State 43644 at http://wkar.org Comic innovator makes superheroes more human Local arts orgs seek return of certified teachers in Lansing schools http://wkar.org/post/local-arts-orgs-seek-return-certified-teachers-lansing-schools <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Last spring, in response to a budget deficit, the <a href="http://www.lansingschools.net/pages/Lansing_SD">Lansing Public School District</a> laid off 87 teachers who were certified to teach art, music and physical education in its elementary schools. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:17:59 +0000 Current State 43305 at http://wkar.org Local arts orgs seek return of certified teachers in Lansing schools One-man play deals with campus censorship http://wkar.org/post/one-man-play-deals-campus-censorship <p><a href="http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/beethoven-and-the-misfortune-cookies">“Beethoven and Misfortune Cookies”</a> by playwright Joni Ravenna is a one-man show about Kabin Thomas, a University of Arkansas music professor who was fired in 2006 for using profanity in the classroom. The play is in Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre Thursday for a single performance. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:51:06 +0000 Current State 42846 at http://wkar.org One-man play deals with campus censorship Rapper Coolio coming to Lansing http://wkar.org/post/rapper-coolio-coming-lansing <p>Coolio got his start in the Los Angeles rap music scene in the late 80s and early 90s, and he hit it big when the producers of the movie “Dangerous Minds” chose his song “Gangsta’s Paradise” for the soundtrack.</p><p></p><p>It went to the top of the charts and win the Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1996. In all, he’s sold 30-million records worldwide. He’ll be in Lansing for a concert at The Loft Thursday night. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 19:33:39 +0000 Current State 40412 at http://wkar.org Rapper Coolio coming to Lansing Broad exhibit features Michigan artist http://wkar.org/post/broad-exhibit-features-michigan-artist <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:.5in">Another new exhibition has opened at Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum. It features two works by Michigan-based artist Lisa Walcott.</p><p></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:.5in"> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:21:17 +0000 Current State 39863 at http://wkar.org Broad exhibit features Michigan artist The BLAT! Pack brings local hip hop to Common Gound on Sunday http://wkar.org/post/blat-pack-brings-local-hip-hop-common-gound-sunday <div>The BLAT! Pack was founded in the late Summer of 2008 and has seven artists and vocalists. The group will perform on Sunday at the GM Pavillion Stage. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 00:13:17 +0000 Current State 39051 at http://wkar.org The BLAT! Pack brings local hip hop to Common Gound on Sunday The Soil And The Sun brings 'New Mexican Space Music' to Common Ground Friday http://wkar.org/post/soil-and-sun-brings-new-mexican-space-music-common-ground-friday <p></p><p></p><p>The band <a href="http://thesoilandthesun.com/">The Soil And The Sun</a> identifies itself as “corn-fed, Michigan-made.”&nbsp; They describe their music as "Experiential Spiritual Orchestral Rock."</p><p> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 00:10:45 +0000 Current State 39068 at http://wkar.org The Soil And The Sun brings 'New Mexican Space Music' to Common Ground Friday Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers bring folk/funk mix to Common Ground http://wkar.org/post/joe-hertler-rainbow-seekers-bring-folkfunk-mix-common-ground <p></p><p><a href="http://joehertler.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Joe Hertler &amp; the Rainbow Seekers</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are known for their folk sound, which is fused with a hint of funk, Motown and pop.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Current State 39018 at http://wkar.org Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers bring folk/funk mix to Common Ground BOP (harvey) at Common Ground Tuesday http://wkar.org/post/bop-harvey-common-ground-tuesday <p>BOP (harvey) is one of the Lansing area’s most popular bands ever. After a decade and a half apart, they’re playing together again and will appear at the Common Ground Music Festival on Tuesday. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Current State 38762 at http://wkar.org BOP (harvey) at Common Ground Tuesday Arts Council of Greater Lansing boosts local entertainment options http://wkar.org/post/arts-council-greater-lansing-boosts-local-entertainment-options <p></p><p>As a week-long event including nationally-known acts, <a href="http://www.commongroundfest.com/">Lansing’s Common Ground</a> festival occupies a key place on the Lansing area festival calendar. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Current State 38760 at http://wkar.org Verdehr Trio celebrates 40th anniversary http://wkar.org/post/verdehr-trio-celebrates-40th-anniversary <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For 40 years, Walter and Elsa </span>Verdehr<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> have made up two-thirds of the </span><a href="http://verdehr.com/about.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;">Verdehr Trio</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. They’ve been joined by a number of pianists over the years. Silvia </span>Roederer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been the third member for the last 15 years. During that time, their repertoire has included hundreds of pieces that were specially commissioned for violin, clarinet and piano.</span></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:18:58 +0000 Current State 38079 at http://wkar.org Verdehr Trio celebrates 40th anniversary Ann Arbor Summer Festival features live music, outdoor movies and more http://wkar.org/post/ann-arbor-summer-festival-features-live-music-outdoor-movies-and-more <p></p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:44:00 +0000 Current State 37577 at http://wkar.org Ann Arbor Summer Festival features live music, outdoor movies and more Ann Arbor Film Festival features documentary 'Central Park Five' http://wkar.org/post/ann-arbor-film-festival-features-documentary-central-park-five <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he </span><a href="http://aafilmfest.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor Film Festival</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is underway. Most of the events are at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now into its fifty-first year, the festival has long been a showcase for makers of independent and experimental films.</span></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:00:20 +0000 Current State 33045 at http://wkar.org Ann Arbor Film Festival features documentary 'Central Park Five' Renee Fleming Sings At MSU's Wharton Center http://wkar.org/post/renee-fleming-sings-msus-wharton-center <p>Concerts, Grammys, performing all over the world...opera star <a href="http://knowledgenetwork.alumni.msu.edu/wkar/reneefleming.html">Renee Fleming</a> has done it all. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Scott Pohl 31765 at http://wkar.org Renee Fleming Sings At MSU's Wharton Center Motown Museum Exhibition Features Girl Groups http://wkar.org/post/motown-museum-exhibition-features-girl-groups <p>At the iconic Motown Museum in Detroit, a new exhibit honors the "girl groups" of the 1960's. It's called "Girl Groups: The Grit, The Glamour, The Glory".</p><p>Included are records, photos and memorabilia from all of the groups you remember…and one you probably never heard of.</p><p>The exhibition remembers The Supremes, The Marvelettes, the Vandellas, and a proficient group of background singers known as The Andantes.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Scott Pohl 31399 at http://wkar.org Motown Museum Exhibition Features Girl Groups Public Poetry Announcement: Introduction and poet Robert Hayden http://wkar.org/post/public-poetry-announcement-introduction-and-poet-robert-hayden <p></p><p></p><p>Today we’re starting a new recurring segment on <em>Current State</em>. It’s called <em>Public Poetry Announcement</em>.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 16:49:55 +0000 Current State 30757 at http://wkar.org Public Poetry Announcement: Introduction and poet Robert Hayden The history behind the murals at Shanora's Beauty and Barber Supply http://wkar.org/post/history-behind-murals-shanoras-beauty-and-barber-supply <p></p><p></p><p></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt">Just a few blocks northwest of the Capitol building is Shanora’s Beauty and Barber Supply at 829 West Saginaw Street. Shanora’s was established by its owner Ora Fuller 29 years ago today.<span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.2in; line-height: 15.75pt;"> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 16:36:52 +0000 Current State 30756 at http://wkar.org The history behind the murals at Shanora's Beauty and Barber Supply New report shows economic impact of arts in Michigan http://wkar.org/post/new-report-shows-economic-impact-arts-michigan <p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.9861012643936348" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">When people think of &nbsp;Michigan's economy, their minds likely don't turn to art. </span><br><br><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">However, a new <a href="http://news.artservemichigan.org/2013/01/michigan-a-creative-state-you-can-take-that-to-the-bank/">report</a> may get Michigan's creative sector a second look. The non-profit organization ArtServe released its second annual “Creative State Michigan” study last week. The report suggests that creative and cultural enterprises have a positive effect on the state’s economy.</span></p><p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 22:30:16 +0000 Current State 30726 at http://wkar.org