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Arts & Culture
11:04 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Premier string quartet comes to Ann Arbor

The Emerson String Quartet
Credit Courtesy - Lisa Mazzucco

It’s safe to say that the Emerson String Quartet is among the top such ensembles on the planet. In their more than three decades of existence, the Emerson’s  achievements include more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s "Ensemble of the Year" and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. The Emerson Quartet performs as part of the University Musical Society series at Ann Arbor’s Rackham Auditorium this Saturday night at 8 p.m.

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Arts & Culture
12:53 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Documentary focuses on 'Reel Bad Arabs'

Dr. Jack Shaheen
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“Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People” is a documentary film inspired by the book of the same title by Dr. Jack Shaheen. It chronicles the stereotypical depiction of Arabs in movies and on television. Next week, on the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, Shaheen will attend a screening of the film on the MSU campus.

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Arts & Culture
12:14 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Book Review: 'Andrew's Brain' by E.L. Doctorow

When your mind often swims in the written words of others, sometimes the water can get a bit muddy. You don’t mean for this to happen, but plots might intermingle in your head, characters might meet up even though they are in different stories and sometimes, honestly, you might point the finger at a possible murderer, not realizing right away that they are from another book and, of course, perfectly innocent. That is sometimes how my brain works.

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Arts & Culture
12:19 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Renegade Theatre Festival offers first glimpse of new works

Melissa Kaplan and Chad Badgero say spoken word artists and soap box performances are a small sample of what will be at the Renegade Theatre Festival this weekend in Old Town.
Credit Courtesy - Renegade Theatre Festival

The Renegade Theatre Festival will be back in Old Town Lansing for a ninth year this week. On Thursday through Saturday, there will be a variety of theatrical events in several Old Town locations, and a number of local theatre companies are again taking part.

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Arts & Culture
1:36 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Michigan wines getting better with age

Guest wine judge Courtney Casey samples a collection of local wines at the 37th annual Michigan Wine Competition at MSU.
Credit WKAR/Kevin Lavery

As the farmed cherry harvest in Michigan is finishing up, viticulturists are preparing to collect grapes in a couple of weeks. Michigan’s wine industry is in a state of steady growth. 

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Arts & Culture
12:34 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

EL considers special fee to foster public art

East Lansing boasts of abundant public art, like 'Cassiopeia' on Grand River Avenue.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

The city of East Lansing bills itself as the "City of the Arts." City officials are considering a measure that some say could strengthen that image. On Wednesday, the city council is expected to take up a proposal dubbed the "Percent for Art."

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Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Book Review: Christopher Moore's 'The Serpent of Venice'

Moore takes on rewriting Shakespeare in his new novel 'The Serpent of Venice.'
Credit www.chrismoore.com

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” While some would take this quote from Shakespeare as merely insightful into human nature, author Christopher Moore takes it as gospel. Moore’s character named Pocket turns out is the very same fool from the great Bard’s “King Lear.” And this fool is the wisest person in any throne room.

Pocket first appeared in Christopher Moore’s wonderful satire “Fool,” reinventing the classic Shakespeare tragedy from the perspective of this intrepid character. In that novel, Pocket is the mastermind for the undoing of King Lear and his two wicked daughters.

Now Pocket has returned in a new book, “The Serpent of Venice.” In this comedy adventure Pocket is stuck in Venice, and it begins with him trapped in a cellar preparing to experience a slow and horrible death. From there the story grows to include mermaids, a best friend named Othello, a merchant named Shylock and a villain named Iago, who really doesn’t have a chance against a brain like Pocket’s.

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Arts & Culture
2:24 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Novel: Murder on the MSU campus

McGiveron says the project took two years of diligent writing to complete.
Credit www.rafeeqmcgiveron.com

Rafeeq McGiveron is not just a counselor at Lansing Community College, he is also the author of new book about a murder set on the MSU campus titled "Student Body."

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Arts & Culture
12:36 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

RoadBelly offers colorful coverage of Michigan food and drink

The cover of RoadBelly Magazine's fourth edition.
Credit roadbelly.com

The passions of farming, cooking, brewing and much more are all a part of RoadBelly Magazine. The Grand Rapids based publication is about to enter its second year as it expands its scope beyond western Michigan.

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Arts & Culture
12:53 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Tilted Axes to shred Detroit

Credit Courtesy of Patrick Grant

Detroit-area native, composer and musician Patrick Grant has created seasonal musical celebrations in his adopted home of New York City. His event titled "Tilted Axes" rung in the winter equinox of 2012 with dozens of electric guitarists hooking portable amplifiers to their belts and walking the streets of Manhattan to observe winter's arrival.

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Events
12:44 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Hamlet 'to be' headliner at Shakespeare Festival

Shawn Pfautsch stars in the Michigan Shakespeare Festival production of 'Hamlet' at Jackson College through Aug. 17.
Credit Courtesy - Michigan Shakespeare Festival

The 20th Michigan Shakespeare Festival season includes what might be the biggest of all the Bard’s works: "Hamlet". Also on the schedule is one lesser-known Shakespeare play and one non-Shakespeare classic.

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Arts & Culture
12:33 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Summer Circle Theater building a permanent home

Lela Ivey and Mark Schenfisch star in the MSU Summer Circle Theatre production of 'What I Did Last Summer'.
MSU Department of Theatre

This week the Summer Circle Theatre at Michigan State University is entering its 54th season, putting on student productions of plays outdoors around the MSU Auditorium and Fairchild Theatre. This summer marks a change for the company as it will be the last season of its nomadic existence. Work has begun on a permanent home for Summer Circle.

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Local poet explores sights, sounds of Michigan

Jean Van Wieren is selling 'This Mitten Is Tightly Knit' primarily through her Facebook and Etsy websites.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Poetry, art, and Michigan. All have inspired local writer and artist Jeanne Van Wieren. The Williamston Enterprise columnist has published a book of her art and poetry called “This Mitten Is Tightly Knit”.

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Arts & Culture
1:39 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

'City of the Arts' boasts Musee du Towelette Humide

The oldest specimens in curator John French's Moist Towelette Museum are from 1963.
Credit WKAR/Joe Linstroth

Every year, thousands of people from around the state and elsewhere visit a museum in the Lansing area: the state of Michigan Historical Museum downtown perhaps, or the dynamic new Broad Art Museum in East Lansing are two that come to mind.

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Environment
12:03 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

National Geographic editor on photography, climate change

National Geographic editor Dennis Dimick will be speaking at MSU on Thursday, April 3.
Credit Flickr - poptech/John Santerre

While for some media outlets photography is taking a back seat, at National Geographic it continues to be a central part of the brand. The photos featured in the magazine not only take readers around the world, but they also help tell the story of our changing environment.

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Arts & Culture
11:53 am
Mon March 31, 2014

MSU brings cathartic stories of failure to Wharton

MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis will be one of the speakers at Failure: Lab.
Credit www.msuspartans.com

Earlier this year Current State’s Emanuele Berry introduced listeners to Failure:Lab. The event asks presenters to share a story of failure with the world.

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Arts & Culture
12:54 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

MSU prof recaptures iconic African images

Darcy Greene's photos were taken in 2012. The MSU Museum exhibition runs through April 27.
courtesy of Darcy Greene

The exhibit Revisiting Verger’s Dahomey: A Photographic Contrast 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.

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Arts & Culture
1:32 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Feminist musician Near reflects on activism, career

Holly Near encourages youth to take ownership of activism.
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March is Women’s History Month, and a pioneer of the women’s movement will be here on Friday. Holly Near has been combining music and activism since the 1960s.

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Arts & Culture
12:36 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Porgy and Bess leads on playing the iconic characters

'Porgy and Bess' was originally an opera that featured an entire cast of classically trained African American performers.
Credit courtesy of Michael J. Lutch

The Tony Award for best Broadway musical revival in 2012 went to “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”. The company touring the country with “Porgy and Bess” is in East Lansing this week for eight performances at MSU’s Wharton Center.

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Arts & Culture
1:10 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Indian filmmaker screens latest offering in E.L.

Sanjay Kak. He'll attend tonight's 7:30 p.m. screening of "Red Ant Dream" in B122 Wells Hall on the MSU campus.
Credit courtesy of redantdream.com


A documentary filmmaker from India will be in East Lansing for a screening of his latest movie tonight. Current State’s Scott Pohl speaks with Sanjay Kak about his latest film, “Red Ant Dream”. It’s a reflection on modern-day revolution in India. The MSU College of Arts and Letters will screen the film on campus tonight, and Kak will be there.

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Music
1:01 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Cello takes center stage at MSU music series

The Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival at MSU runs through Sunday.
Credit Flickr - red.sideburns

MSU’s College of Music Cello Plus series has grown into one of Michigan’s largest chamber festivals. Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with Cello Plus founder Suren Bagratuni and visiting composer Vache Sharafyan about this Wednesday’s concert at Fairchild Theatre.

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Arts & Culture
12:53 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Local project to use selfies to redefine beauty

At a workshop on March 25th, girls will discuss ideas of how beauty is perpetrated by the media, and how those standards are impossible to achieve.
Credit Flickr - Laurence Vagner

Starting next week, a new project will encourage girls to redefine their understanding of beauty and boost self-esteem, through Selfie. The workshop titled “The Art of the Selfie: How Selfies Create Confidence” is  a collaboration between the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, the 60/50 Project, and the East Lansing Public Library.

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Arts & Culture
12:56 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Lights, camera, pie: film documents town devoted to pie

Longtime mid-Michigan artist Jane Rosemont is making a documentary called, "The Pie Lady of Pie Town."
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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 film. 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.

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Arts & Culture
1:35 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Book review: Donald Lystra’s “Something That Feels Like Truth”

Scott Southard states that the collection of stories portrays relationships on the cusp of disaster, or just past it.
Credit Donald Lystra

Traditionally, short stories are birthed out of what-ifs.

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.

In Donald Lystra’s latest story collection “Something that Feels Like Truth,” he does  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.

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Arts & Culture
1:17 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Superheroes, Muppets, and Biblical tales part of spring movie mix

Today's discussion includes: 'Noah'; the first installment in the next book series turned film, 'Divergent'; and Tyler Perry's latest offering, 'Single Moms Club.'
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Each film season, Mlive’s John Serba offers his thoughts on soon to be released films. This week he shared his most and least anticipated movies of the Spring season with Current State’s Emanuele Berry.

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Arts & Culture
3:31 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Michigan paranormal researcher battles malevolent demons

Samantha Harris says she started looking into basic hauntings, but now has an interest in inhuman hauntings. She says they're typically more severe cases.
Credit Courtesy/Samantha Harris

While some people tend to disregard the paranormal as just shadows and creaky floorboards, others decide to dive further into the unknown. Samantha Harris decided to do just that.

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Arts & Culture
3:27 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Statewide poetry event features creativity competition

Eric Hammerstrom says for some students, Poetry Out Loud is their first time in the spotlight.
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High Schoolers from across the state will convene in East Lansing on Friday for the annual Michigan Poetry Out Loud Championship. At the event, students will recite famous works from memory.

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Arts & Culture
12:43 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Michigan artist stresses imagery as catalyst for communication

Ana Luisa Cardona says that the basic standards of art education should mimic the creative process, including create, perform, and respond.
Credit courtesy of Ana Luisa Cardona

MSU Global is featuring the photography of Ana Luisa Cardona, a Michigan-based artist. Part of the exhibit features an exploration in visual communication between her and the late Bay Area artist and photographer, Daniel del Solar.

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Arts & Culture
12:20 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Exhibit preserves artifacts of endangered places

A Pilgrim Monument Souvenir Plate, which is part of the "Sinking and Melting" collection. The plate was sent in by Steve Desroches, from Provincetown, Mass.
Credit Courtesy of sinkingandmelting.tumblr.com

Many scientists predict that as climate change becomes more extreme, dry and coastal regions around the globe will be heavily impacted by drought and rising sea levels.  Entire communities could disappear.

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Arts & Culture
1:23 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Author explores America's self-help culture

Lamb-Shapiro talks about the complexities of self-help at the individual level, as it is both empowering and a tremendous responsibility.
Credit Simon & Schuster

 

From the supermarket check-out, to any bookstore best-seller section, to TV seminars and your smart phone, Americans are deluged with opportunities for self-improvement. We spend in the tens of billions of dollars annually, hoping to end co-dependency, cultivate our spirituality, improve our sleep. The list is endless.

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