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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

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
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
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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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Motown Museum Exhibition Features Girl Groups

Allen Rawls is President and CEO of the Motown Museum
Scott Pohl WKAR

At the iconic Motown Museum in Detroit, a new exhibit honors the "girl groups" of the 1960's. It's called "Girl Groups: The Grit, The Glamour, The Glory".

Included are records, photos and memorabilia from all of the groups you remember…and one you probably never heard of.

The exhibition remembers The Supremes, The Marvelettes, the Vandellas, and a proficient group of background singers known as The Andantes.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

New report shows economic impact of arts in Michigan

When people think of  Michigan's economy, their minds likely don't turn to art.

However, a new report may get Michigan's creative sector a second look. The non-profit organization ArtServe released its second annual “Creative State Michigan” study last week. The report suggests that creative and cultural enterprises have a positive effect on the state’s economy.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

MSU Presents Play About Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Adam Sutherland (center) stars in "U.P." Also pictured: Michelle Serje and Andrew Buck.
Credit Courtesy: MSU Department of Theatre

The Michigan State University Department of Theatre will stage eight performances of a new play called "U.P." starting tonight.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:01 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Current State #6 | January 21, 2013

Congressman Mike Rogers says U.S. foreign policy in Africa must be stronger in the face of rising terrorist activity. Above, two farmers from Mali, where Islamist insurgents control vast swaths in the North.
Credit CGIAR Climate/flickr

On today's Current State:  Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers discusses U.S. foreign policy in Africa and gun legislation, artist Eto Otitigbe's exhibit "Loss Prevention," Michigan military wives, sports with the Free-Press' Joe Rexrode and business with MLive's Angela Wittrock.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

MSU Community Music School Opens At New Location

MSU Community Music School Executive Director Rhonda Buckley in the school's new performance hall
Scott Pohl WKAR

The new location of the Michigan State University Community Music School will open for instruction today.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

War Horse: Puppets Bring Horses to Life

The Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa designed the lifelike puppets for War Horse.
Credit Courtesy / Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

To bring the story of "War Horse" to the stage, it was necessary to create convincing likenesses of horses.

The British company behind the play turned to the Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa for the job.

"War Horse" arrives at MSU’s Wharton Center tonight. There will be eight performances.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Broad Art Museum: Final Weeks of The Gift

The Gift, by Jochen Gerz, is on display at MSU's Broad Art Museum.
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

One of the first major installations at MSU’s new Broad Art Museum is called The Gift. People posed for portraits that are hung together at the museum.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Steve Martin Brings The Steep Canyon Rangers To Wharton Center

The Steep Canyon Rangers, with Steve Martin, bring bluegrass to MSU's Wharton Center Nov. 4
Credit Courtesy Photo/Steep Canyon Rangers
  • WKAR's Scott Pohl talked with Charles R. Humphrey III of The Steep Canyon Rangers

Actor-comedian Steve Martin also plays the banjo. He’ll play with the Steep Canyon Rangers Sunday night at MSU.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

MSU College Of Music Opens Cook Recital Hall

The Cook Recital Hall in the Michigan State University Music Building
Courtesy Photo/MSU College of Music

On Sunday, the Michigan State University College of Music lets the general public in on a huge project to improve the Music Building Auditorium.

Now known as the Cook Recital Hall in honor of benefactors Dee and Byron Cook, the performance space has been upgraded for both acoustics and comfort.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

MSU Assistant Professor Of Music Prepares For Carnegie Hall Concert

Minsoo Sohn will play Bach's Goldberg Variations at Carnegie Hall Oct. 6.
Chad Johnston Courtesy photo

Minsoo Sohn’s recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations has been described by Vivien Schweitzer of the New York Times as “poetic and radiant.”

On Saturday, the MSU College of Music assistant professor will play the Goldberg Variations in a concert at the Zankel Hall inside Carnegie Hall.           

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Pianist Ralph Votapek Remembers Van Cliburn Competition Win

Ralph Votapek, in his practice space at Michigan State University.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

Renowned pianist Ralph Votapek is in his rehearsal space in the Michigan State University Music Practice Building, working on Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #4. It’s one of the pieces that helped him win the gold medal in the first Van Cliburn international piano competition in 1962.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Emmy Winner Tim Busfield Stars In "Vigil" At LCC

Kemp (Tim Busfield) measures Grace (Carmen Decker) for a casket in LCC's production of "Vigil".
Kevin Fowler/LCC

East Lansing native Tim Busfield is starring in “Vigil” by Morris Panych, with local acting legend Carmen Decker, at Lansing Community College’s Black Box Theatre. The first of eight performances of "Vigil" is Friday. Busfield recently talked with WKAR’s Scott Pohl.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Meet "Wicked" Star Billy Tighe

Billy Tighe stars as Fiyero in the production of "Wicked," now at the Wharton Center.
Scott Pohl WKAR

The Broadway musical “Wicked” is in its second and final week of another run at the Wharton Center. Billy Tighe plays Fiyero, the male lead in "Wicked," the story of the witches Elpheba and Glinda. Fiyero is a key figure in how the others transform into the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of the North in the land of Oz. Tighe speaks with WKAR’s Scott Pohl about playing the role of the love interest in “Wicked.”

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

"Wicked" Returns To The Wharton Center

The stage at MSU's Wharton Center is being transformed into Oz for "Wicked".
Scott Pohl, WKAR

The musical “Wicked” is back in East Lansing.

For the next two weeks, the Wharton Center at Michigan State University will be transformed into the land of Oz for the Tony Award winning “untold story of the witches of Oz.”

WKAR's Scott Pohl went to the Wharton Center for load-in day.

When you’re touring the country with a big production like “Wicked,” there’s bound to be some confusion.

Assistant stage manager Matthew Leiner is responsible for the safety of the cast and crew. He says the first day in a new building is always a little nerve-wracking.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Broad Art Museum Opening A Pop-Up Museum In Old Town Lansing

Kristin Cammermeyer works on installing her piece "Painting #2" at her Old Town exhibition.
Scott Pohl WKAR

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University is opening another exhibition away from the MSU campus.

In Old Town Lansing, a show featuring the work of Kristin Cammermeyer, a recent graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, kicks off Friday.

The exhibit is at the former Chrome Cat bar on Grand River Avenue.

Broad Art Museum curator Alison Gass likes the notion of taking over a found space not designed to be a museum. That’s what they’re doing at this pop-up museum in Lansing.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Gregorian To Conduct Final MSU Symphony Concert

Retiring MSU Director of Orchestras, Leon Gregorian.
Melissa Benmark WKAR

MSU Director of Orchestras Leon Gregorian is retiring. He’s led the MSU Symphony for 28 years. He'll soon conduct his last concert with the orchestra at Wharton Center. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with him last week, and asked him what music he’d be leading at his farewell concert.

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