Arts and Culture

Some of Michigan’s most notorious murders took place nearby. Current State’s Brooke Allen speaks to local author Tom Carr about his most recent book, "Blood on the Mitten."


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Kevin Fowler

The DANCE Lansing project is currently underway. We speak with the artistic director and a guest choreographer who has combined her experiences as a Michigan migrant worker to craft a dance coming to MSU’s Pasant Theater.


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Courtesy photo / Renegade Theatre Festival

Lansing’s Renegade Theatre Festival returns this month, this time for two weekends of drama, musicals, comedy, staged readings and new original works. We talk with organizer Melissa Kaplan.


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Brooke Allen / WKAR

Current State’s Brooke Allen checks out the Wharton Center's "Take It from the Top" camp.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Matt Watroba is our Live Music Friday guest this week. He’s a folk singer-guitarist-songwriter out of Detroit who frequently works with another former Live Music Friday guest, the Rev. Robert Jones.

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Another Harry Potter book is coming out this weekend with midnight parties all across the world. However, rather than benefit Hogwarts, we learn how Schuler Books is using this newest expansion to the world of J.K. Rowling to help a girl’s school in Kenya.


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Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Ahead of tonight's Pop-Up Stories event in East Lansing, we have a story from last month's event from Esperanza Rubio Torres.


Peter Frampton will forever hold a place in the hearts of his fans. 13-million people bought “Frampton Comes Alive” in the 70’s. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with the guitar legend ahead of his return to Michigan this week.


WKAR at Michigan State University is excited to partner with the East Lansing Public Library to present Tim Busfield's 2nd Annual Performing Arts Warm Up.

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Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Most people roots are determined by family. We learned that at Current State’s most recent Pop-Up Stories event, but we also learned from a Lansing man that livelihood also plays a role.


If you were alive in 1946, you may have heard the classic radio version of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” But if you weren’t, don’t fret. You can experience a live reenactment of it at MICA Gallery in Old Town this Friday.


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Sophie Zhai / Courtesy Escher Quartet

Current State's Jamie Paisley speaks with the 1st violinist of the Escher String Quartet ahead of their upcoming Fontana Chamber Arts summer performance in Kalamazoo.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is Michelle Held, a singer-songwriter out of Detroit. She’ll be part of a show next week at the Old Town General Store in  Lansing with local favorite Jen Sygit and others.


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Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Roxanne Andrews told her story of putting down roots at WKAR's most recent Pop-Up Stories event.


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Courtesy photo / Ann Arbor Art Fair

Thousands of artists converge in Ann Arbor for the Ann Arbor Art Fair every year. Current State’s Brooke Allen fills us in on everything happening within the 29 city blocks of the event.


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