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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.
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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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Radio Made in Michigan
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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Radio Made in Michigan
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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Radio Made in Michigan
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.
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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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Radio Made in Michigan
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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Radio Made in Michigan
2:44 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Old Town welcomes noted glass artist

Craig Mitchell Smith at Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Virginia during his 2012 show. Craig is in the process of installing "The Hydrangea" floral sculpture.
Credit Courtesy of Craig Mitchell Smith and Sheri Ten Ecyk.

Lansing’s Old Town 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, Craig Mitchell Smith, has moved his glass works gallery from a prime spot in the Meridian Mall in Okemos to a new spot in Old Town Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:38 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

New Lansing theater company explores ancient myths

Credit Courtesy of Ixion Theatre Company

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 Ixion Theatre with the first of three staged readings of “The Four Disgracers."

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:19 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Current State #200 | November 12, 2013

Today on Current State: medical marijuana; American perceptions of climate change; new Lansing Arts Council director, and an MSU documentary on cross-cultural exchanges.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:52 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Business, education are priorities for new Arts Council director

Debbie Mikula took over at the Arts Council of Greater Lansing last week.
Credit http://www.lansingarts.org/

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing has a new executive director. Debbie Mikula has replaced the departed Leslie Donaldson.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:16 am
Wed November 6, 2013

MSU grad directs documentary on income inequality

Jacob Kornbluth directed the film 'Inequality For All', opening the East Lansing Film Festival tonight.
Credit http://jacobkornbluth.com/

The 16th East Lansing Film Festival begins tonight with the documentary “Inequality For All”. The movie features former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich, as he seeks to address the widening American income gap.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:12 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Offerings by Coen Bros, Stiller are highlights of holiday movie season

Credit Flickr - watersbtwak

Folk singers, hustlers and Samurai are all part of this year’s Holiday film lineup. John Serba, entertainment reporter and film critic for Mlive and the Grand Rapids Press, gave Current State’s Emanuele Berry the rundown of this season upcoming films.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:04 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Comic innovator makes superheroes more human

Comic book writer Geoff Johns graduated from MSU. He's known for revamping the image of the Aquaman character.
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Comic book writer Geoff Johns did what many thought impossible. He made Aquaman cool, a feat that only a Spartan could achieve.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:17 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Local arts orgs seek return of certified teachers in Lansing schools

Teacher layoffs in the Lansing public schools have raised concerns among arts educators across the country.
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Last spring, in response to a budget deficit, the Lansing Public School District laid off 87 teachers who were certified to teach art, music and physical education in its elementary schools.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:51 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

One-man play deals with campus censorship

Ernest Harden Jr. stars in 'Beethoven and Misfortune Cookies' at the Pasant Theatre Thursday evening.
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“Beethoven and Misfortune Cookies” 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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:33 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Rapper Coolio coming to Lansing

Coolio performs at The Loft in Lansing on Thursday.
Credit Courtesy/coolioworld.com

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.

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:21 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Broad exhibit features Michigan artist

The Lisa Walcott piece 'Vice Versa' is a series of red balls suspended on elastics that continually bounce.
Credit Courtesy/Broad Art Museum

Another new exhibition has opened at Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum. It features two works by Michigan-based artist Lisa Walcott.

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:13 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

The BLAT! Pack brings local hip hop to Common Gound on Sunday

The BLAT! Pack was founded in the late Summer of 2008, and has seven artists and vocalists now. The band will perform on Sunday at the GM Pavillion Stage.
Credit Courtesy of Common Ground Music Festival

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
8:10 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

The Soil And The Sun brings 'New Mexican Space Music' to Common Ground Friday

The Soil And The Sun are on the Friday night schedule at Common Ground.
Credit Courtesy/Common Ground Music Festival

The band The Soil And The Sun identifies itself as “corn-fed, Michigan-made.”  They describe their music as "Experiential Spiritual Orchestral Rock."

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers bring folk/funk mix to Common Ground

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers appear at Common Ground Friday night.
Credit courtesy/Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers are known for their folk sound, which is fused with a hint of funk, Motown and pop.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

BOP (harvey) at Common Ground Tuesday

Credit Courtesy of Common Ground Music Festival

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Arts Council of Greater Lansing boosts local entertainment options

As a week-long event including nationally-known acts, Lansing’s Common Ground festival occupies a key place on the Lansing area festival calendar.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:18 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Verdehr Trio celebrates 40th anniversary

The Verdehr trio’s 40th anniversary concert will be played at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Wharton Center's Cobb Great Hall.
Credit WKAR file photo

For 40 years, Walter and Elsa Verdehr have made up two-thirds of the Verdehr Trio. They’ve been joined by a number of pianists over the years. Silvia Roederer 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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:44 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Ann Arbor Summer Festival features live music, outdoor movies and more

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival runs from June 14 to July 7.
Credit Flickr / Jeremy Peters

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival bills itself as "an international arts gathering." Events are indoors and outdoors over the next three weeks. It will be a good time for everybody -- kids, music lovers, film buffs and even public radio fans. Current State’s Scott Pohl spoke with Robb Woulfe about the 30th Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Woulfe has been the festival’s executive and artistic director for nine years. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Ann Arbor Film Festival features documentary 'Central Park Five'

Ken Burns latest film examines the Central Park 5. In 1989, five minority teenagers were convicted of raping a white female. Years later, someone else confessed to the crime.
Credit Courtesy of IFC Films

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is underway. Most of the events are at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.

Now into its fifty-first year, the festival has long been a showcase for makers of independent and experimental films.

Current State’s Scott Pohl spoke with program director David Dinnell about the festival’s history and a couple of this year’s highlights.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Renee Fleming Sings At MSU's Wharton Center

Renee Fleming performs at MSU's Wharton Center Wednesday evening.
Credit Andrew Eccles / Courtesy/Decca Records

Concerts, Grammys, performing all over the world...opera star Renee Fleming has done it all.

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