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

Sunday is the biggest night of the year for movie lovers. Hollywood honors the best movies of 2012, with Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress, and more. Who deserves to win, and is that likely to be different from who will?

Susan Woods, the founder of the East Lansing Film Festival, offers her thoughts on the contenders.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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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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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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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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.