Arts and Culture

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.


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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.


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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.


Taylor Taylor photo
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We welcome Taylor Taylor back for Live Music Friday. Now studying at Lansing Community College, Taylor has become a fixture on the local music scene. We catch up with her and hear songs from “Right Here,” her latest EP.


Temple Grandin photo
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She’s been the subject of an Emmy-award winning HBO film, and now the life of Dr. Temple Grandin is taking to the stage at the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theater. We learn more about the production about this autistic cattle scientist and author, including a sensory-friendly version for those audience members on the autistic spectrum.


This week, the Motown Museum in Detroit announced a $50-million dollar expansion project. We talk with the museum’s Chairwoman and CEO, Robin Terry, about their exciting plans.


Dan Nuñez photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

We hear from storyteller Dan Nuñez, who took part in Current State's most recent Pop-Up Stories event in Lansing.


The Springtails photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

“Rain or Shine” is the name of the new album from The Springtails. The husband-and-wife duo of Andy and Julianna Wilson are our Live Music Friday guests this week.

Maestro Jorge Parodi photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

We take a tango with Maestro Jorge Parodi and the Opera Grand Rapids production of "Maria de Buenos Aires."


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David James Swanson

Dominic Davis spent years in the Lansing-area performing with roots band Steppin’ In It. Now in Nashville, Davis talks about his appearance this Saturday with Jack White on the relaunch of Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion.


MSU Art History professor Susan Bandes has written a book on notable Lansing-area architecture called “Mid-Michigan Modern From Frank Lloyd Wright to Googie.” Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Bandes about this period in Michigan design.


Heather Vaughn-Southard photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Happendance School in Lansing has a newly named director. We meet Heather Vaughan-Southard to find out what challenges she anticipates tackling with the mid-Michigan dance troupe in the years ahead.


Orpheus Fountain photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The mid-20th century was an incredibly transformative time in American society. A depression followed by a world war followed by a consumerism boom drove cultural changes that were reflected in art and architecture. Michigan was a hotspot for the modernist movement. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports from Cranbrook, the famous educational enclave in suburban Detroit.


Don Henry and Craig Carothers photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guests this week are top Nashville artists Don Henry and Craig Carothers. They’re in town for an acoustic lunch performance at the Broad Art Museum and a Pump House concert.


Maestro Enrique Diemecke photo
Courtesy photo / Enrique Diemecke

The Flint Symphony Orchestra begins their landmark 100th season this weekend. We speak with Maestro Enrique Diemecke about kicking the celebration off by playing music that appeared on that very first concert a century ago.


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