Arts and Culture

Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder photo
Joan Marcus

The first national tour of "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder" comes to the Wharton Center this week. Current State’s Katie Cook talks with Kevin Massey, who plays Monty Navarro in the Tony award-winning musical.


Twyla Birdsong photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest this week is Lansing singer Twyla Birdsong. She’s well known in blues music circles.


Matt Eldred & Zyle Zeuch photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Meet two of the people helping the Lansing Symphony Orchestra this Sunday during their annual Holiday Pops Concert at the Wharton Center, the MSU Youth Chorale’s Kyle Zeuch and singer Matt Eldred.


Violist Paul Neubauer photo
Bernard Mindich

Some of the world’s greatest musicians are bringing the best of Johann Sebastian Bach to the Wharton Center. We speak with a member of New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center about Thursday’s concert.


Spartan Agate photo
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Have you thought about what to buy the jewelry-lover in your life this holiday season? Consider the lovely Spartan Agate, a man-made “gemstone” made from the thick layers of paint applied over many decades to The Rock on MSU’s campus. We talk to the jeweler who makes them to find out how she does it.


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.


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
Scott Pohl / WKAR

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
Scott Pohl / WKAR

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."


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