Arts and Culture

Monte Pride and Benjy Joung photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Monte Pride is our Live Music Friday artist this week. “Hawthorne Morning Sound” is his first full-length album.


The area around the Frandor shopping center is the site of one of mid-Michigan’s most ambitious redevelopment projects. Part of the Red Cedar Renaissance plan would place public art in a re-vamped section of a stormwater drain. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with two organizers of the “Art In the Wild” project.


We talk with Edward McClelland about his book examining the way we talk, “How to Speak Midwestern."

Emily Sutton-Smith and Angela Dawe
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Have you ever listened to an audiobook? Have you wondered who reads them and what it takes to become successful in that field? Current State talks with Emily Sutton-Smith and Angela Dawe, two audiobook readers from mid-Michigan.


Michelle Obama with Perfect Fourth String Quartet photo
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The Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, which teaches underprivileged youths, recently sent four students to perform at the White House for Michelle Obama. We speak to their director about that performance opportunity of a lifetime.


'The Princess Who Saved Herself' photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Riverwalk Theatre will stage a new musical, “The Princess Who Saved Herself,” starting this weekend. Meet the author of this premiere production as well as the Chippewa Junior High Schooler who had to learn to play guitar so she could also play the princess.


The Blue Echoes photo
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The Who recently celebrated a 50th anniversary tour, but that’s nothing. For Live Music Friday, we have a group that’s been together for 60 years! The Blue Echoes, Lansing’s first rock band, perform live in WKAR’s Studio S.


Lucas Holliday photo
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We talk to the famous “singing cashier” of Lansing, Lucas Holliday, who was recorded singing at work in a YouTube video that went viral and brought him more attention than he could have imagined.


Iqbal Khan photo
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We speak with the English-Pakistani theater director Iqbal Khan, who has led productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Globe Theater, and recently at the Hollywood Bowl. He's in town this week talking about Shakespeare with students and faculty.


Art Garfunkel photo
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He has one of popular music’s most recognizable voices. Art Garfunkel sang memorable hits like “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” We talk with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ahead of a weekend concert in Jackson.

Jonathan Kirkland photo
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Current State’s Katie Cook speaks with MSU College of Music alum Jonathan Kirkland about what it’s like to play George Washington in the Chicago production of "Hamilton."


window within a door
Courtesy of Jack Bergstrom

Habitat for Humanity for the Capital Region has enlisted local artists to decorate doors for a fundraiser this week. We talk with event organizer Ben Rathbun and artist Jack Bergeron about the Door Jam.


Elixer of Love rehearsal photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Current State previews the MSU College of Music’s production of the comedic opera “The Elixir of Love.”


Billy Bell photo
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We speak with choreographer, dancer and "So You Think You Can Dance" coach Billy Bell ahead of his appearance this Saturday at Happendance in Okemos, in partnership with MSU Friends of Theatre.


Dr. Matthew Aubin photo
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We speak with Dr. Matthew Aubin ahead of his performance with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra this weekend with music from Spain. It’s also the second time he’ll be leading the JSO since being named their music director designate.


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