Jamie Paisley

Radio host and fine arts producer

Questionnaire:

Hometown(s)?
Lansing, MI; Los Angeles, CA; Brookline, MA; Ithaca, NY; Avondale, PA

To what faults do you find yourself most indulgent?
Cheesesteaks

How do you spend your free time?
Old movies & TV shows with a sprinkling of boardgames

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I'd like to instantly transport myself anywhere in the world. I love travel, but hate the traveling.

What sound or noise do you love?
An audience singing along impromptu with a performance.

What sound or noise do you hate?
The scraping of chalkboards... fortunately, chalkboards are on the way out.

Do you like sports?
No... but I like feigning ignorance about sports.

Who is your favorite composer?
NOOO! Too hard! Top 5 of the moment, at least: Stravinsky; Brahms; Dowland; John Adams; Stephen Sondheim
 

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Courtesy image / Brian Fies

Brian Fees won an Eisner Award for his series "Mom’s Cancer." Current State's Jamie Paisley talks with the cartoonist.


Grand Rapids Art Gallery photo
Courtesy photo / Grand Rapids Art Gallery

We visit the Grand Rapids Art Museum for a preview of their Valentine’s Day tie-in Art + Chocolate.


Sound of Music photo
Courtesy photo / Matthew Murphy

The Wharton Center will be alive with "The Sound of Music" this week as the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical comes to East Lansing. We speak with two of the cast members of this North American tour, one of whom is Michigan’s former Miss Isabella County.


Melissa Eggleston photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

This Friday marks the grand opening of a new art gallery over in Bath, Michigan. We speak with entrepreneurs behind the Eggleston Gallery about creating their new venture and the Michigan art at the center of Friday’s opening.


Clayton Eshleman photo
Courtesy photo / Clayton Eshleman

Current State's Jamie Paisley speaks with a National Book Award winner and Guggenheim fellowship recipient, the Ypsilanti-based poet Clayton Eshleman, about his newly released ‘Sulfur Anthology.”


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Kent Philharmonic

We’ll head to Grand Rapids to visit a community-based orchestra, who’ll be performing a world premiere tomorrow night. Current State’s Jamie Paisley speaks with the Music Director of the Kent Philharmonic and the Florida-based composer of that world premiere: Trilogy for Organ & Orchestra.

Courtesy Vocalosity

The man who helped bring contemporary a cappella music into the mainstream brings his newest a cappella project to the Wharton Center.  Deke Sharon speaks with Current State’s Jamie Paisley -- a former a cappella head himself -- about tonight’s concert by Vocalosity.

The Flint Institute of the Arts welcomes a new exhibit "From Heart to Hand," which focuses on African-American contributions to the history of quiltmaking. We speak with FIA’s curator Tracee Glab, as well as a visiting quilter who’s had her work on display at the White House.


Rachel Barton Pine photo
Courtesy photo / Rachel Barton Pine

It’s time for the Lansing Symphony’s first concert of 2016, and Maestro Timothy Muffitt welcomes violinist Rachel Barton Pine to the Wharton Center. We talk with her about her violin that’s older than America, as well as find out what happens when a classical composer tries to assassinate someone.


Beaumont Tower winter photo
Michigan State University photo

We go to the top of MSU’s Beaumont Tower and explore the bells which have been chiming out both music & the time since 1928.


Valentijn Dhaenens photo
Courtesy photo / Valentijn Dhaenens/SKaGeN

Typically, being called a big mouth is an insult, but at the Wharton Center this Thursday, it is one man’s exploration of history. We speak with Belgian performance artist Valentijn Dhaenens about his one man-one mouth show, which pulls from famous speeches across history to tell the story of the world we live in.


Maestro Raymond Harvey photo
Courtesy photo / Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Maestro Raymond Harvey has led the Kalamazoo Symphony for 17 seasons. We talk with him about being a tour guide for this weekend’s Kalamazoo concert, where he takes the audience to Italy in a exploratory program about the life of Antonio Vivaldi.


All My Sons cast
Courtesy photo / Luke Pline Photography

Arthur Miller’s 100th birthday would have occurred a few months ago, and Lansing’s Riverwalk Theatre is about to stage his first hit play from 1947. We speak with the actors and director of the drama "All My Sons."


Creole restaurant photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Old Town Lansing’s freshly opened Creole restaurant has a new neighbor, the Creole Coffee Company. We speak with owner and CEO Sam Short about opening two restaurants at once.


Mick Gavin photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

For nearly two decades, The Ark, Ann Arbor’s folk music concert space, has celebrated Irish music with the post-Christmas Crossroads Ceili series. We speak with Mick Gavin, the fiddler and organizer of this two-night festival about the concerts.


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