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11:40 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Remembering Bill Bonds

Longtime WXYZ-TV anchor Bill Bonds played a TV newsman in 'Escape from the Planet of the Apes'. Bonds died of a heart attack over the weekend at the age of 82.

Legendary Detroit TV news anchor Bill Bonds died over the weekend. He led the WXYZ-TV newscast from 1963 to 1968 and again from 1971 to 1995.

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Arts & Culture
11:28 am
Tue December 16, 2014

PROFILES: LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt's music career

Timothy Muffitt leads the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.
Credit WKAR file photo

Timothy Muffitt has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Lansing Symphony since 2006. Muffitt has filled those same roles with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra since 1999.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Cranbrook exhibits works by women behind the cameras at National Geographic

'Women of Vision' can be seen at the Cranbrook Institute of Science through December 30, 2014.
Credit Flickr - Cranbrook Science

For 125 years, National Geographic has documented the world and all that is in it with stunning photography and images that capture the soul of a story. Some of the most powerful and impactful stories of the past decade have been produced by a new generation of female photojournalists. "Women of Vision", currently on exhibit at the Cranbrook Institute of Science features the work of eleven photographers.

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Arts & Culture
11:31 am
Mon December 15, 2014

"Symphony in D" to feature the sounds of the Motor City

Composer Tod Macover is writing 'Symphony in D' for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Credit http://www.dso.org/

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has launched an ambitious project with composer Tod Machover. He’s been commissioned to write a piece inspired by, and including, the sounds of the Motor City. “Symphony in D” will debut late next year.

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Arts & Culture
12:10 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: John Dale Smith | WKAR

John Dale Smith is director of music at Plymouth Congregational Church in Lansing.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s Friday, and here at Current State, that means live music. Today, we’ve invited noted local pianist John Dale Smith to join us for some music marking the approaching Christmas holidays.

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Arts & Culture
11:28 am
Thu December 11, 2014

MI MUSIC SCENE: LSJ's Anne Erickson on December concerts

Flatfoot will headline the Punks vs. Pokes concert Friday at Mac's Bar in Lansing.
Credit http://www.macsbar.com/

It’s time for another look at the local music scene. Current State’s Scott Pohl is here with some concert and gift-giving ideas for December. He talked with Anne Erickson, the Lansing State Journal’s Things to Do reporter.

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Arts & Culture
10:51 am
Tue December 9, 2014

"William Tell": an opera, not just an overture

Teatre Reggio Turin Orchestra will perform 'William Tell' tonight in Ann Arbor.
Credit Courtesy Teatre Reggio Turin Orchestra

Tonight at 7:30 at Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium, artists from Teatro Regio Torino perform a concert version of Rossini’s famed opera "William Tell". Music Director Gianandrea Noseda leads the performance, which makes stops in Chicago, Toronto and New York City.

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Arts & Culture
11:06 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Arts Chorale holiday concert features Dvořák, Rutter

The Arts Chorale of Greater Lansing’s holiday concert is tonight. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. at River Terrace Church on River Terrace Drive in East Lansing.

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Arts & Culture
11:10 am
Fri December 5, 2014

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Phil Denny | WKAR

Phil Denny's annual holiday concert is Saturday night. He performed live from WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest today is Lansing-based saxophonist Phil Denny. On Saturday night, the Phil Denny and Friends Christmas Collective will present his third annual holiday concert in the Pattengill Auditorium on Marshall Street in Lansing, starting at 7:30.

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Arts & Culture
11:50 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Book Review: "We Are Not Ourselves" by Matthew Thomas | WKAR

What makes a story engrossing? Is it a surprising plot? A new twist? Or is it about the characters? Maybe a little quirk in their personalities that we find amusing? Is it an ability to see a bit of ourselves in the pages? These are some of the questions I’ve been asking myself since reading "We Are Not Ourselves" by Matthew Thomas.

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Arts & Culture
11:24 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Williamston Theatre: Four founders, fifty shows

Emily Sutton-Smith, John Leppard, Tony Caselli, and Chris Purchis of Williamston Theatre.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

On Friday night, the Williamston Theatre will stage the first preview performance of their 50th show. “Miracle on South Division Street” runs through December 28th.

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Arts & Culture
11:01 am
Fri November 21, 2014

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Singer-songwriter Melissa Greener at the Pump House

Melissa Greener in WKAR's Studio S. Her Pump House concert tonight starts at 7 p.m.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest today is Melissa Greener. Melissa is in East Lansing to perform at tonight’s Pump House concert. She’s a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who grew up in the Detroit area before moving on to music Meccas like Austin, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, which has been her base for about five years now.

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11:45 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Stevie Wonder back in MI to perform legendary album

'Songs in the Key of Life' is one of Stevie Wonder's best-loved albums. He performs music from the album tonight at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Tonight, a Michigan-born superstar returns home to perform a legendary album. Tonight at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Stevie Wonder will perform all the tracks on the album “Songs In The Key of Life.”

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11:31 am
Wed November 19, 2014

MSU Opera presents Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte"

MSU professor and opera director Melanie Helton
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

Romance, intrigue, deception, and great music. All the ingredients for memorable opera are in the mix in Mozart’s classic,  "Cosi Fan Tutte".

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11:24 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Sundance winner at MSU explores "The Heart of Cambodia"

'A River Changes Course' will be shown Thursday night in room B115 of Wells Hall at MSU. Filmmaker Kalayanee Mam will take questions after the movie.
Credit http://ariverchangescourse.com/

Michigan State University celebrates Geography Awareness Week with multiple campus-wide educational and entertainment opportunities through this Sunday. One event includes a screening of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary "A River Changes Course".

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Arts & Culture
11:39 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Moviemaking in Michigan: Flooding causes a setback

Rich Goteri of the Michigan Actor's Studio in Ferndale wrote 'Eastern Market' and plans to star in the independent film.
Credit http://michiganactorsstudio.com/

This year, we’ve been following a project by a team of filmmakers hoping to make a movie called “Eastern Market” in Detroit. We’ve met the writer, co-writer, producer and director, with hopes of being a part of the action from start to finish.

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Arts & Culture
10:52 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Book Review: Gregory Maguire's 'Egg and Spoon' | WKAR

Have you heard the story of Dorothy Gale from Kansas? Either you know her as the spirited young lady who is swept off to a magical land where she has to face a wicked witch; or you know her as a governmental tool used to attack a revolutionary leader with a green face. The first example is from the pen of Frank L Baum, the genius behind Oz; the second is by Gregory Maguire, author of the very popular "Wicked" series, which is arguably the most successful fan fiction ever.

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1:01 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Actor Julian Sands brings Pinter poetry to Wharton

Julian Sands appears in 'A Celebration of Harold Pinter' at MSU's Wharton Center on Sunday.
Credit http://www.whartoncenter.com

British actor Julian Sands is known for films like “A Room With a View” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. On Sunday, he’ll bring his one-man show “A Celebration of Harold Pinter” to MSU’s Wharton Center.

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11:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

LSO Jazz Band takes flight with "Homage" to Charlie Parker, others

Ron Newman
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

Ron Newman leads the Lansing Symphony Jazz Band Sunday night at 7 p.m. at the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre, in classic tunes by Horace Silver, Thad Jones and Sy Oliver, his own composition entitled Homage, and more.

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11:29 am
Thu November 6, 2014

LCC actor brings rich pedigree to "A Room With A View"

Michael Boxleitner stars in the LCC production of "A Room With A View" at Dart Auditorium.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

A young actor with deep theatrical roots is starting to get noticed in Lansing. Michael Boxleitner has only been a student at Lansing Community College for a few months, but he’s already had one lead role at LCC, and he has another this weekend and next in "A Room With A View".

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Violin virtuoso joins Russian symphony for Wharton concert

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Credit http://www.nadjasalernosonnenberg.com/

This Sunday night at the Wharton Center, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joins the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring works by Peter Tchaikovsky and Max Bruch. The multi-talented Salerno-Sonnenberg has performed with just about every major symphony orchestra on the planet.

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11:31 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Andromeda Community Theatre part of Charlotte's "arts revival"

In December, a new theatre company will stage its first show at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. It’s called Andromeda Community Theatre, and they’ll put on a production of “It’s A Wonderful Life”.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Mon November 3, 2014

DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOAD: NEO Center's Tom Stewart

Andrew McMahon of Jack's Mannequin
Credit www.andrewmcmahon.com

Today, we’re launching a new segment on Current State. “Desert Island Downloads” gives people a chance to talk about music they consider indispensable, what they’d want with them on the proverbial desert island.

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Arts & Culture
11:27 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Broad Art Museum features contemporary Chinese Art

Shanghai artist Jin Yangping has two works in the Broad Art Museum's 'Future Returns' exhibition. They're called 'Mirror of the City No. 1' and 'No. 2'.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

A major exhibition of Chinese art is opening at MSU’s Broad Art Museum. “Future Returns: Contemporary Art From China” includes works from 21 Chinese artists in a variety of media.

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11:08 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Book Review: Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" | WKAR

“It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, collected the instruments of life around me that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.”

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1:13 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

EL Film Festival director discusses must-see movies

'Pie Lady of Pie Town' is a short documentary on this year's East Lansing Film Festival schedule. It was made by Michigan native Jane Rosemont.
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The East Lansing Film Festival starts Thursday and runs through November 6th. This marks the 17th year of the East Lansing Film Festival, with lots of feature-length movies, documentaries, and shorts. The Thursday night opening film is a documentary about legendary jazzman Clark Terry, and his work counseling a young musician.

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2:26 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

New documentary explores sexualization of youth

Credit http://www.americathebeautifuldoc.com/

A documentary filmmaker will bring his latest movie to East Lansing tonight. It’s the third installment of Darryl Roberts series called “America the Beautiful”.

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12:12 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

MSU Wind Symphony performs Pulitzer winner

Kevin Sedatole conducts the MSU Wind Symphony.
Credit Courtesy Michigan State University

The Michigan State University Wind Symphony Orchestra performs Thursday night at the Wharton Center.  Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with MSU director of bands Kevin Sedatole about the concert.

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12:59 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

A thousand (more) places to see before you die

Travelers across the country and around the world have been using the book “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” as a guidebook for more than a decade now. The book is author Patricia Schultz’s effort to encourage people to get out there and see the great big world around us. Now, there’s a second edition of the book, and she will talk about the new edition of her book on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Schuler book store in the Meridian Mall.

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11:14 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Local artist's provocative work in ArtPrize finals

Henry Brimmer's ArtPrize entry this year is called 'there’s something happening here…'
Courtesy - Henry Brimmer

ArtPrize is probably Michigan’s top arts event. It began in 2009 in Grand Rapids as what organizers describe as a “radically open international art competition”. The event takes over three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids for 19 days each year and draws hundreds of entries and thousands of visitors.

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