Arts and Culture

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11:25 am
Wed January 28, 2015

What do diners, bullfighting and hair salons have in common? Candacy Taylor.

Documentarian Candacy Taylor speaks in the RCAH Theatre in MSU’s Snyder-Phillips Hall, starting at 7 p.m.
Credit http://taylormadeculture.com/

MSU’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities continues its Wednesday Night Live series tonight. Candacy Taylor is an award-winning author, photographer and documentarian for the Library of Congress. She owns Taylor Made Culture, a company that produces multimedia projects that examine culture and identity in America.

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11:39 am
Tue January 27, 2015

"Master Harold" tackles racism and relationships

The three principal actors in "Master Harold and the Boys" rehearse at the Wharton Center. The show runs January 30 and 31. From left: Gavin Lawrence, Shawn Hamilton, and Justin Dietzel.
Credit http://www.whartoncenter.com

The Wharton Center at Michigan State University is preparing to host its next theatrical production this weekend. “Master Harold and the Boys” by Athol Fugard is a story of friendship, racism, and hope. The play will be performed Friday and Saturday at Wharton Center.

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11:28 am
Tue January 27, 2015

GRSO plays Wagner

David Lockington leads the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra.
Credit http://grsymphony.org/

David Lockington, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra music director, is passionate about the music of Richard Wagner. Wagner’s work is the focus of this weekend’s Grand Rapids Symphony performance, "Inspired By Wagner".

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11:32 am
Fri January 23, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Rev. Robert Jones | WKAR

Rev. Robert Jones performing live from WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s another Live Music Friday here on Current State, and all this hour we’ve been enjoying hearing from Rev. Robert Jones. Along with Josh White Jr., he'll perform at tonight's Ten Pound Fiddle concert. It’s called “Black Fathers of Folk Music: Josh White and Leadbelly”. The show includes the songs of these two pioneering artists, with Josh and Robert in character…Josh as his father.

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11:13 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Book Review: Elizabeth Dutton's 'Driftwood' | WKAR

Literature has always loved a good road trip. From Homer’s "Odyssey" to Tolkien’s adventures in Middle Earth to Kerouac’s "On The Road", the storyline has never left us. These road narratives often follow the same themes. The trip is usually a metaphor for growth and self-discovery. And when the hero returns home, he is a stronger person, more resolute, and ready to take on problems that would have vexed him before the trip.

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Voices of Experience: 57 year MSU professor Mordechai Kreinin | WKAR

Professor Mordechai Kreinin retires this week after 57 years on the MSU faculty.
Credit http://econ.msu.edu/

We all know Michiganians we feel are extraordinary for their memorable life experiences or their sacrifices. Maybe for their success, or their service, and for the insights that result from those experiences. Getting better acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of Current State’s ongoing series, Voices of Experience. This week, long-time Michigan State University economics professor Mordechai “Max” Kreinin officially retires, ending a 57-year career on the MSU faculty.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri January 16, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Ray Kamalay | WKAR

Ray Kamalay is our musical guest performing live from Studio S today.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It's Live Music Friday and today, Current State welcomes guitarist and bandleader Ray Kamalay. He performs “vintage music with style".

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Arts & Culture
11:56 am
Mon January 12, 2015

DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOAD: Lansing City Council Vice President Judi Brown Clark

Today, we’re feature another Current State “Desert Island Download.”  It’s a chance for music lovers in the Lansing area to talk about a piece of recorded music they consider indispensable, music they’d want with them on the proverbial "desert island".

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Arts & Culture
11:46 am
Fri January 9, 2015

A visit with "Downton Abbey" composer John Lunn

The 'Downton Abbey' cast. The music of John Lunn has become a key component of one of public television's all-time biggest hits.
Credit Courtesy NPR

For those who missed out on Sunday’s Downton Abbey season opener: It’s “advantage Tony” where Mary is concerned; the wily Barrow once again snatched victory from the jaws of defeat; and the surprise star of Season 5/Episode 1 was Moseley’s hair. The runaway PBS hit from England continues to captivate US TV audiences.

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Arts & Culture
11:41 am
Fri January 9, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Chris Rollins | WKAR

Chris Rollins (left) and Lauren Lancaster performing live in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s a Live Music Friday again here on Current State, and today, our guest is guitarist Chris Rollins. He’s one of many music instructors and music students who will be at an open house at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Marshall Music School of Music in Lansing.

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Arts & Culture
11:37 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Featured cellist Bion Tsang plays Tchaikovsky’s "Variations on a Rococo Theme" with LSO

LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt
Credit WKAR file photo

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s next Masterworks concert is this Saturday at Wharton Center in East Lansing. The program includes works by Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven.

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11:29 am
Thu January 8, 2015

MI MUSIC SCENE: LSJ's Anne Erickson on 2015 concerts

The Duhks will be in East Lansing on Friday, January 16th for the first Ten Pound Fiddle concert of the year.
Credit Flickr - Sooz

Some interesting concerts are coming to Michigan in 2015. Ten Pound Fiddle is starting 2015 with an award-winning group from Canada next week.

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10:59 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Comedy returns to Lansing's night club scene

Lansing has been without a comedy club since Connxtions closed last April. Over the weekend, a new comedy venue opened up for business at Tripper’s in Frandor. Touring comics will be performing in Lansing every week, bringing laughs to an audience that’s been starved for funny stuff for a while.

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12:09 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Critically acclaimed novel set in post-apocalyptic Michigan

'Station Eleven' author Emily St. John Mandel
Credit www.emilymandel.com

The novel “Station Eleven” is about a post-apocalyptic world set largely in Michigan. It's the story of a flu epidemic that wipes out almost all of the earth’s human population. The pre-pandemic story is set in Toronto and other places around the world. Michigan, mostly along the Lake Michigan shoreline, is where the story of survivors takes place.

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Arts & Culture
10:07 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Book Review: "My True Love Gave to Me" | WKAR

Every year we drown in new holiday movies, books, and TV specials. And yet it is so rare that any of them last more than one season. They all disappear in time, discarded like used wrapping paper after Christmas morning.

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Arts & Culture
11:22 am
Fri December 19, 2014

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Three Men and a Tenor preview holiday concert | WKAR

Three Men and a Tenor: L-R Mark Stiles, Chuck Colby, Glenn Williams and Paul Felch.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guests today, Three Men and a Tenor, brought us some holiday cheer throughout today's program. They sang live in WKAR's Studio S.

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Arts & Culture
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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