Arts and Culture

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
Scott Pohl / WKAR

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
Courtesy photo / Dr. Matthew Aubin

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.


Abby Wattenberg and Rachel Alexander photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Women in the Arts Festival will be back in East Lansing this weekend. The headlining music show with Dar Williams is already sold out, but there will be a lot more to do. We talk with organizer Abby Wattenberg and musician Rachel Alexander.


Lansing Art Gallery holiday display photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

We talk with Barb Whitney of the Lansing Art Gallery about making works by local artists available during the holiday shopping season.


Peppermint Creek photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The play "Disgraced" addresses Islamophobia and challenges facing Muslim-Americans. We learn about the Lansing production of the Pulitzer Prize winner that runs through next week.


Ryan Shadbolt and The Weathermen
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Ryan Shadbolt and The Weathermen are here for Live Music Friday. They have a new EP being released tonight called “Michigandering.”


LSO, MSU musicians join forces for Beethoven’s 9th

Nov 3, 2016
Timothy Muffitt photo
Lansing Symphony

The Lansing Symphony brings one of the most famous pieces of music to the Wharton Center this weekend: Beethoven’s "9th Symphony." We speak with the Maestro ahead of Friday’s performance.


We talk with writer Christine Lasek. Now based in Athens, Georgia, the Michigan native has just published her first collection of short stories called “Love Letters to Michigan.”


Reports to an Academy photo
Courtesy photo / Ailbhe Ni Bhriain and Domobaal Gallery, London

The Broad Art Museum brings a forward-thinking display to its halls this weekend. We learn from the Broad’s Caitlín Doherty and a couple of the visiting artists how their art helps envision Ireland a hundred years from now in the exhibit “2116: Forecast of the Next Century.”


Current State talks with three actors involved in a revival of theatrical presentations of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."


Alex Mendenall photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Alex Mendenall is back to appear on Current State’s Live Music Friday. The singer-guitarist has a new CD called “Into the Hinterland” coming out at a release party in Lansing in November.


Audio Air Force photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Experience some old timey radio at the Robin Theater in Lansing this weekend as the Audio Air Force troupe brings the classic tale of “Dracula” and the not-so-classic tale of “The Chicken Heart” to life. We’ll sit in on the rehearsal and speak with the troupe’s founder, Dave Downing.


Dr. Martin Neary photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

He sang at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, was watched by billions when he music directed Princess Diana’s funeral, and this weekend, he leads the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys. Jamie Paisley talks with Dr. Martin Neary.


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