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In 2013, the Lansing School District made national headlines when it axed its art and music teachers as part of a deficit reduction plan despite significant opposition from the community. Now, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing is hoping to fill the arts gap in Lansing Schools. Current State’s April Van Buren reports on the organization’s new artist-in-residence program.


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The city of Lansing has announced its Sense of Place in the Arts grant recipients for the year, and this year they’ve also awarded a grant for a new Arts Impact Project. We speak with Debbie Mikula of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing and Eric Larson of Impression 5 Science Center to find out all about the project and the recipients.


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Organizers of the first ever Michigan Playwrights Festival say the state is enjoying an energized arts scene, driven in part by an influx of creatives to Detroit. Starting this week, young playwrights will have the chance to have new works read from the stage of Ann Arbor’s Yellow Barn. We talk with festival director Emilio Rodriguez.


The Art of Brewing series at MSU's Broad Art Museum is wrapping up with a session on coffee. Current State's Peter Whorf talks with Cara Nader of Strange Matter Coffee Company.


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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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“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.

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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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