Arts and Culture

RoosevElvis photo
Sue Kessler

What happens when Elvis Aaron Presley meets President Teddy Roosevelt? That’s the premise of a play coming to Ann Arbor this weekend. We speak to the two actresses portraying Elvis and Teddy in the play "RoosevElvis."


MSU Symphony conductor Kevin Noe previews this Friday’s lineup of 20th century masterworks at the Wharton Center.


Megan McMahon photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Megan McMahon has another Pop-Up Story from our August event, where the theme was “The Call of the Wild.”


Jackson Browne photo
Jim, the Photographer / flickr creative commons

This weekend, a Lansing church is joining some 350 other U.S. communities hosting concerts to promote awareness of gun violence. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with a local anti-gun activist and an MSU theater director about the “Concert Across America.”


Class & Jazz photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Is it classical? Is it jazz? It’s both! Our Live Music Friday guests this week are Oleg Bezuglov and Natalia Bezuglova. Together, they’re known as Class & Jazz.


Dia de los Muertos photo
pixabay / Talal Albagdadi

We attend a rehearsal of the Ixion Theater’s new production, “The Amazing Jesus,” a Latin-American fable from a Lansing playwright.

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Keys to Creativity album art exhibit photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Album covers used to get almost as much attention as the music inside. The Keys to Creativity gallery in the Lansing Mall marks the “Golden Age of Album Art” from 1967 to ‘83 with an exhibit through October 6th. Current State’s Scott Pohl has a look.


'From Flint: Voices Of A Poisoned City' photo
Courtesy photo / Elise Conklin

MSU senior Elise Conklin has won a Student Academy Award. We talk with her about her documentary "From Flint: Voices Of A Poisoned City."


Williamston Theatre looks ahead to 2016-17 season

Sep 19, 2016
Emily Sutton-Smith and Tony Caselli photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Joseph Zettelmaier play "Pulp" opens the Williamston Theatre season this week. We talk with artistic director Tony Caselli and development director Emily Sutton-Smith.


Olayami Dabls' MBAD African Bead Museum photo
Marissa Gawel

The Dabl’s MBAD African Bead Museum is a Detroit institution. After 16 years in operation, it’s about to go through some expansion and renovation. Current State's Katie Cook visits founder Olayami Dabls.


Mary Flower photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Michigan BluesFest returns to Lansing this weekend, and our Live Music Friday guest is Mary Flower, in town from Portland, Oregon to perform tonight. We also talk with organizer Terry Terry about this year’s BluesFest.


Greg Proops photo
Courtesy photo / Whose Live Anyway

It’s run on three TV networks in two different countries. Now, a quartet of improv comedians is bringing the spontaneous madness of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” to mid-Michigan. This evening, the traveling stage show, “Whose Live Anyway” visits the Wharton Center in East Lansing. We talk with comic Greg Proops about the show and the art of improv.


Harpsichord photo
flickr creative commons

It’s an ancestor to the piano, and over the past few years it's been making a comeback. Meet the man from the Flint Institute of Music who teaches how to play the harpsichord.


Beaumont Brass photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

This Sunday night at MSU’s Fairchild Theatre, a new Spartan sound comes to the stage. The Beaumont Brass and friends unveil “Spartan Fanfare.” Current State's Peter Whorf has a preview.


Haimerl house exterior photo before
Amy Haimerl

Amy Haimerl and her husband wanted to move from Brooklyn to Detroit, so they bought an old house at a rock-bottom price. The fixer-upper has become the subject of her book “Detroit Hustle”. Current State's Scott Pohl went to see the house for himself and talk with the author.

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