culture http://wkar.org en Tilted Axes to shred Detroit http://wkar.org/post/tilted-axes-shred-detroit <p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:53:37 +0000 Peter Whorf 56916 at http://wkar.org Tilted Axes to shred Detroit Detroit mass mobs look to fill pews, coffers http://wkar.org/post/detroit-mass-mobs-look-fill-pews-coffers <p></p><p>Starting this past spring, Detroiters and suburbanites have gathered in growing numbers at historic Detroit Churches. They’ve been named the ‘<a href="http://www.detroitmassmob.com/" target="_blank">Detroit Mass Mob</a>’ and have been imagining the past while building toward the future. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:14:28 +0000 Peter Whorf 56849 at http://wkar.org Detroit mass mobs look to fill pews, coffers 'City of the Arts' boasts Musee du Towelette Humide http://wkar.org/post/city-arts-boasts-musee-du-towelette-humide <p></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Every year, thousands of people from around the state and elsewhere visit a museum in the Lansing area: the state of <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-54463_18595_18596-50965--,00.html">Michigan Historical Museum</a> downtown perhaps, or the dynamic new <a href="http://broadmuseum.msu.edu/">Broad Art Museum</a> in East Lansing are two that come to mind. </span> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:39:21 +0000 Emanuele Berry & Mark Bashore 51513 at http://wkar.org 'City of the Arts' boasts Musee du Towelette Humide MSU brings cathartic stories of failure to Wharton http://wkar.org/post/msu-brings-cathartic-stories-failure-wharton <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this year </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current State’s</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Emanuele<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Berry introduced listeners to </span><a href="http://failure-lab.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Failure:Lab</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The event asks presenters to share a story of failure with the world.</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:53:35 +0000 Emanuele Berry 51458 at http://wkar.org MSU brings cathartic stories of failure to Wharton MSU prof recaptures iconic African images http://wkar.org/post/msu-prof-recaptures-iconic-african-images <p>The exhibit <a href="http://museum.msu.edu/?q=node/1086"><em>Revisiting Verger’s Dahomey</em>: <em>A Photographic Contrast</em></a> is currently on display at the Michigan State University Museum. The show presents a comparison of the images of Pierre Verger, the French photojournalist who immersed himself in the lives, customs, and beliefs of the people of Dahomey, now Benin, West Africa. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:54:39 +0000 Peter Whorf 51228 at http://wkar.org MSU prof recaptures iconic African images Feminist musician Near reflects on activism, career http://wkar.org/post/feminist-musician-near-reflects-activism-career <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-9c59af68-df8d-1a4c-52de-81ef5f5e07f1" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">March is <a href="http://womenshistorymonth.gov/">Women’s History Month</a>, and a pioneer of the women’s movement will be here on Friday. <a href="http://www.hollynear.com/">Holly Near </a>has been combining music and activism since the 1960s.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:32:45 +0000 Current State 50940 at http://wkar.org Feminist musician Near reflects on activism, career 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 Scott Pohl & Mark Bashore 50892 at http://wkar.org Porgy and Bess leads on playing the iconic characters 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 Emanuele Berry 50832 at http://wkar.org Local project to use selfies to redefine beauty Lights, camera, pie: film documents town devoted to pie http://wkar.org/post/lights-camera-pie-film-documents-town-devoted-pie <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Art, like life, goes through phases and changes. A longtime mid-Michigan artist who relocated to New Mexico a few years ago is exploring the inspirations there and has just come out with her first short </span><a href="http://vimeo.com/87525403" style="line-height: 1.5;">film</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Many listeners will be familiar with Jane and Dick Rosemont. He was one of the forces behind Flat Black and Circular, an East Lansing record shop, and she was a fine arts photographer.</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:56:06 +0000 Melissa Benmark 50771 at http://wkar.org Lights, camera, pie: film documents town devoted to pie Book review: Donald Lystra’s “Something That Feels Like Truth” http://wkar.org/post/book-review-donald-lystra-s-something-feels-truth <p></p><p></p><p>Traditionally, short stories are birthed out of what-ifs.</p><p>What if you go to Mars and find dead relatives? What if a sea monster confuses a fog horn with a mating call? Both of those examples, by the way, are from master short story writer Ray Bradbury.</p><p>In Donald Lystra’s latest story collection “Something that Feels Like Truth,” he does&nbsp; something very different from Bradbury. In many ways, his Michigan short stories are not what-ifs but episodes. They are brief glimpses into the lives of real people, and each is at a turning point or a moment of self-realization. These are character studies focused more on the emotional impact of a moment than on a surprising plot twist. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:35:32 +0000 Scott Southard 50654 at http://wkar.org Book review: Donald Lystra’s “Something That Feels Like Truth” Statewide poetry event features creativity competition http://wkar.org/post/statewide-poetry-event-features-creativity-competition <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;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;">High Schoolers from across the state will convene in East Lansing on Friday for the annual <a href="http://michiganhumanities.org/programs/poetry/">Michigan Poetry Out Loud</a> Championship. At the event, students will recite famous works from memory. </span> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:27:14 +0000 Emanuele Berry 50602 at http://wkar.org Statewide poetry event features creativity competition Exploring the magic of the Great Lakes through personal stories http://wkar.org/post/exploring-magic-great-lakes-through-personal-stories <p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#373737;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Most people who live in the Mitten State have fond memories of time spent at one of the Great Lakes. Those memories are what fuel <a href="http://www.thegreatlakesbookproject.com/">The Great Lakes Book Project</a>. The book captures over 20 personal stories about life along the shoreline, exploring&nbsp;the</span><span style="color: rgb(55, 55, 55); font-family: Georgia; font-size: 16.363636016845703px; line-height: 29.09090805053711px;">&nbsp;powerful bond people across the region and the world have with the Great Lakes.&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current State's</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Emanuele<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Berry speaks with </span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(55, 55, 55); vertical-align: baseline;">the books publisher and editor <a href="http://www.walterblakeknoblock.com/">Walter Blake Knoblock</a>.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 18:39:17 +0000 Emanuele Berry 50158 at http://wkar.org Exploring the magic of the Great Lakes through personal stories 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 MSU documentary explores cross-cultural challenges http://wkar.org/post/msu-documentary-explores-cross-cultural-challenges <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">http://vimeo.com/75602634</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-71c12937-4d38-bdc9-ab13-91e6748c52b1"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Travel adventures, culture shock and honest conversations are all topics brought up in a new documentary that follows four American students, one from MSU, and four Chinese students as they travel through China. </span></span></p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:45:42 +0000 Current State 45173 at http://wkar.org Exploring U.S. culture and identity through hair http://wkar.org/post/exploring-us-culture-and-identity-through-hair <p></p><p></p><p>Each year Americans spend billions on hair: curling it, dying it, and adding extensions. To achieve our ideal look, we turn to the sacred space that is the salon. <a href="http://taylormadeculture.com/resume/">Candacy Taylor</a>, Archie Green award recipient at the American Folklife center, has traveled to salons around the U.S. since 2006. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:14:03 +0000 Current State 45009 at http://wkar.org Exploring U.S. culture and identity through hair Hope Gangloff's portraits featured in Broad Art Museum http://wkar.org/post/hope-gangloffs-portraits-featured-broad-art-museum <p><a href="http://broadmuseum.msu.edu/">The Broad Art Museum</a> at Michigan State University will open four new <a href="http://broadmuseum.msu.edu/exhibitions">exhibitions</a> this month, with artist <a href="http://www.hopegangloff.com/drawings.html">Hope Gangloff</a> launching the first on Friday. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 17:26:54 +0000 Current State 41832 at http://wkar.org Hope Gangloff's portraits featured in Broad Art Museum Understanding China's investments in Michigan http://wkar.org/post/understanding-chinas-investments-michigan <div><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">his <a href="http://domemagazine.com/tomwatkins/tw061413">column</a> appearing in <em>Dome Magazine</em></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Michigan-based China expert Tom Watkins argues that China has noticeably stepped up investment in Michigan. Watkins joins </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current State</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to discuss how&nbsp;Chinese business and governmental leaders see opportunities to grow by linking with Michigan enterprises. &nbsp;</span></p></div><p></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 17:15:17 +0000 Current State 37915 at http://wkar.org Understanding China's investments in Michigan Current State #75 | April 26, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-75-april-26-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today on </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current State</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: Lansing native Maureen Abood explores her Lebanese culture through writing and food; a researcher penetrates the murky world of &nbsp;organ trafficking; and </span>MSU<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Library's world renowned comic book collection.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:31:38 +0000 Current State 34899 at http://wkar.org Current State #75 | April 26, 2013 Writer Maureen Abood explores Lebanese heritage through food http://wkar.org/post/writer-maureen-abood-explores-lebanese-heritage-through-food <p></p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:16:24 +0000 Current State 34895 at http://wkar.org Writer Maureen Abood explores Lebanese heritage through food MSU Wind Symphony performs as part of Latin IS America festival http://wkar.org/post/msu-wind-symphony-performs-part-latin-america-festival <p><a href="http://www.music.msu.edu/latin-is-america">Latin IS America</a> is a a celebration of the intersections between Latin American and U.S. culture. The festival started on April 15 and will close on April 27.</p><p>This Thursday, the event will feature the MSU Wind Symphony at <a href="http://whartoncenter.com/default.aspx">Wharton Center</a>. <em>WKAR</em>’s Peter Whorf previews the concert with MSU Director of Bands <a href="http://music.msu.edu/faculty/profile/kevin1">Kevin Sedatole</a>. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:21:03 +0000 Current State 34775 at http://wkar.org MSU Wind Symphony performs as part of Latin IS America festival Current State #64 | April 11, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-64-april-11-2013 <p></p><p>Today on&nbsp;<em>Current State</em>: Michigan Treasury reacts to tax collection criticism; preview of Latin IS America festival; and MSU and Lansing come together to cover Monteverdi's&nbsp;"Vespers of 1610."&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:03:03 +0000 Current State 34118 at http://wkar.org 'Latin IS America' festival weaves together cultures http://wkar.org/post/latin-america-festival-weaves-together-cultures <p></p><p></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:11:14 +0000 Current State 34116 at http://wkar.org Stepdancer Nic Gareiss on percussive dance, sexual identity and culture http://wkar.org/post/stepdancer-nic-gareiss-percussive-dance-sexual-identity-and-culture <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nicgareiss.com/Welcome.html">Nic&nbsp;Gareiss</a> has performed traditional Irish dance and the dances of its Diaspora around the world. But for Nic, his performances are not just visual expressions, but audible ones. He understands the body in motion as a form of music.</p><p>Nic holds degrees in both anthropology and music from Central Michigan University and recently completed his Masters' in ethnochoreology at the University of Limerick in Ireland. &nbsp;</p><p>Nic discusses his research interests including percussive dances, cultural identity in relation to traditional dance and music, and sexual identity within traditional dance.</p><p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:33:50 +0000 Current State 33047 at http://wkar.org Stepdancer Nic Gareiss on percussive dance, sexual identity and culture Elected Leaders Stand Against Gay, Transgendered Discrimination http://wkar.org/post/elected-leaders-stand-against-gay-transgendered-discrimination <p>More than 65 elected officials from all over Michigan are supporting proposed state legislation to give gay and transgendered stronger legal protections.&nbsp; Tue, 03 Apr 2012 18:58:27 +0000 Kevin Lavery 15202 at http://wkar.org Elected Leaders Stand Against Gay, Transgendered Discrimination Museum Curator's Private Collection on Display in "The Art of Christmas" http://wkar.org/post/museum-curators-private-collection-display-art-christmas <p>An exhibit by Val Berryman, called &ldquo;The Art of Christmas,&quot; is on display at the Williamston Depot Museum.&nbsp; Berryman is curator of history at the Michigan State University Museum.&nbsp; He&rsquo;s been collecting vintage Christmas decorations, figurines and illustrations since 1984.&nbsp; Berryman tells WKAR&rsquo;s Gretchen Millich that for this exhibit, he chose some favorites from his personal collection. Tue, 20 Dec 2011 16:02:27 +0000 Gretchen Millich 3109 at http://wkar.org Museum Curator's Private Collection on Display in "The Art of Christmas"