Arts and Culture

Our Live Music Friday guests today are The Corey Kendrick Trio. Kendrick is a jazz pianist with a Master's Degree from MSU. The group’s debut album is called “Rootless.”

Flatt Lonesome photo
Courtesy photo / Flatt Lonesome

Current State gets that down home feeling, as the 21st annual JuneGrass Bluegrass Festival gets underway at the Kent County Fairgrounds this weekend in Lowell.


FIA Assistant Curator Sarah Kohn and “New Cycle” by Joseph Raffael photo
Emily Legleitner / Courtesy Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY

We get a preview of the Flint Institute of Arts exhibition called “Moving Toward the Light.” The display, opening this weekend, focuses on large-scale natural watercolor works of artist Joseph Raffael.


Pat Zalenka Project photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest today is Pat Zalenka and his band, the Pat Zalenka Project. Their summer appearances include a few stops at Champions in Holt. Their newest CD is called “The Elm Street Sessions.”

Baroque on Beaver photo
Courtesy photo / Baroque on Beaver

Michigan and the Great Lakes Region are rich in classical music and more this summer. Resident classical music guys Jamie Paisley and Peter Whorf take us on a preview tour.


Pop Up Art photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

We stroll down the Lansing street where newspaper kiosks have been turned into an art exhibition. Learn more about the Lansing Art Gallery's Pop Up Art: Special Edition installation.


Scott Pohl with painting
J.F. Weese / Paint Nite

Paint Nite merges art instruction with the social scene of local bars. Current State’s Scott Pohl went to Paint Nite a while back to see what’s going on.

Strike Percussion Ensemble photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

We attend a rehearsal of the Strike Percussion Ensemble of Caledonia. In addition to their performance this weekend, we’ll learn why the group is heading to New Orleans the day after the concert.


MSU flute professor and Lansing Symphony principal Richard Sherman talks with Current State about his recent CD for Lansing's Blue Griffin Recordings.


Love's Labour's Lost photo
Courtesy photo / Shakespeare in the Arb

We find out why the greatest enemy to William Shakespeare is poison ivy, as the company of Shakespeare in the Arb gets ready to perform at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.


Zahrah Resh artwork image
Courtesy image / Zahrah Resh

A Book Art Show will take place at the Turner Dodge House on Sunday, and all are welcome to come see, and even buy, some of the creative things made from books. We find out more from one of the show’s creators, Zahrah Resh.


Appleseed Collective photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Live Music Friday, we’ll welcome one of the groups in East Lansing for Saturday’s Pumpstock concert. The Appleseed Collective out of Ann Arbor has a new EP called “The Tour Tapes.”

Dedria Humphries Barker photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

Our latest Pop-Up Stories event was at the Robin Theatre last week. The theme was “The Birds and the Bees.”


Banjo camp photo
Courtesy photo / Stan Werbin

This weekend, people will explore dueling Banjo styles in Olivet. We learn about Bluegrass and Old-Time playing at the 12th Annual Midwest Banjo Camp with co-director, Stan Werbin.


RENT photo
Ariniko O'Meara / Courtesy Riverwalk Theatre

Before there was "Hamilton," there was "RENT." Current State's Jamie Paisley speaks with the cast and director of the Riverwalk Theatre’s production of this Pulitzer-winning musical set during the AIDS crisis of the mid-1990s.


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