Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The 2017 Great Lakes Folk Festival gets underway at 6 pm Friday.  Stage crews are checking their wires and vendors their wares before it all begins.  WKAR’s Kevin Lavery strolled around downtown East Lansing to check it out.

 

 

Kids at Folk Festival
Courtesy MSU Museum

The 2017 Great Lakes Folk Festival is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in downtown East Lansing. In a world filled with smartphones and Social media, you're encouraged to come together and view your fellow Michigander's music, stories, food and artwork.  


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There’s a change happening along Grand River in East Lansing. Buildings are being prepped for renovation, which means some businesses are relocating. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley learned about one business that decided to add-on a little something.


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Courtesy / Lansing JazzFest

Sweet sounds of jazz will fill the air in Old Town this weekend. Thousands are expected to attend the 23rd Lansing JazzFest. 

Paige and her llama, Bo at the Clinton County Fair.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

It’s county fair season and WKAR’s Katie Cook went to see the animals and their young owners at the Clinton County 4H and Youth Fair.

 

Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

WKAR’s Katie Cook went for a stroll through the Ingham County fairgrounds to find out what the fair has to offer and what kids like best about it.


Concession stands at the fairgrounds.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Concession trucks are in place and workers are constructing rides at the Ingham County fairgrounds in preparation for this week’s fair.

 


Jamie Paisley

Head to the Detroit Institute of Arts for their artistic take on 50 years after the 1967 Uprising in Detroit.


Jamie Paisley

Inside the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, curator Patrina Chatman decided to take a different path when it came to addressing the 1967 Rebellion which shook the museum’s home city of Detroit.


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An exhibit on works by artists during the civil rights movement is opening at the Detroit Institute of Arts. 

Vincent Brady Photography

Fire is one of mankind’s earliest tools. Not just for warmth, light, and cooking, however. This weekend in downtown Charlotte at the famed Windwalker Underground Gallery, it’s being used for a more creative endeavor: Fire spinning.


A portrait of Inna Phelps with a doll.
Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

A museum space dedicated to the appreciation of Russian culture exists in a place you probably wouldn’t expect: Charlotte, Michigan.

 

It’s called The Russian Room, and we paid it a visit.

 

Courtesy Rina Risper

Thursday night, a crowd will gather at the steps of the Michigan State Capitol Building. They won’t be there to hear a political stump speech though, it is poetry that brings these people together.


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When you think fashion, you think New York, Paris, Milan and Lansing. Yeah, that's right — Lansing. There are designers from Grand Ledge who are revamping the fashion scene. Twins Shawn and Claire Buitendorp wanted to do something big.


Mark Hansen

The Spartan Marching Band has a new director. Meet the new guy behind the baton who will lead 300 Spartan musicians: David Thornton during what has turned out to be a very busy summer for a variety of reasons.


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