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12:23 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

MSU Library features Latino experimental art

DOC/UNDOC is an experimental art book on display at MSU's main library.
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When you think of sitting down to read a book, you probably aren’t expecting blinking lights, musical accompaniment, and Mexican wrestling masks. But that’s exactly what you’ll get with "DOC/UNDOC", a recent collaboration of book, performance, and sound artists, including renowned Latino performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña.

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12:45 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Summer Circle Theatre dedicates new performance space

Friends of Theatre president Jackie Babcock and MSU Department of Theatre chairman Kirk Domer
Scott Pohl, WKAR

Today, the MSU Department of Theatre will dedicate the new home of Summer Circle Theatre. If you've ever attended a Summer Circle Theatre performance at MSU, the experience wasn’t always pleasant. Being near the Red Cedar River next to the MSU Auditorium, Summer Circle was often plagued by water, mosquitoes, and traffic noise. The new space will be much more comfortable and will host events beyond these student productions.

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1:32 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Audiobook superstar comes to Okemos

George Guidall
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Tonight, an Audie-Award winning audiobook reader will visit Okemos to talk about his craft. George Guidall has read the audiobook versions of titles like John Irving’s “A Widow for One Year” and Wally Lamb’s “I Know This Much Is True”. He’ll be at the Okemos Public Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Guidall has narrated 1,200 unabridged books.

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11:36 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Ten Pound Fiddle's 40th season features Yarrow, Mabus

Peter Yarrow will play a Ten Pound Fiddle concert on March 6, 2015.
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The Ten Pound Fiddle concert series that starts this weekend is the 40th for the East Lansing acoustic music institution. Pretty much everybody who’s anybody in folk music has performed for Ten Pound Fiddle over the years, many of them coming to town numerous times.

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11:31 am
Fri September 12, 2014

LSO kicks off season with Tchaikovsky

Violinist Yevgeny Kutik performs with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra tonight.
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Tonight’s Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert launches their 85th season. The program includes works by Gandolfi, Bruch and Tchaikovsky.

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11:57 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Book Review: Lauren Owen's 'The Quick' | WKAR

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It’s not an easy thing to pull off a twist in a story. And there are two important ground rules that must be followed if an author wants to attempt this difficult literary feat. First, there has to be enough of a surprise so that the readers jump, but also enough hints so that the readers don’t feel the author is pulling a fast one. For readers will go back to see if they missed something in the telling if a twist works. You can’t just have aliens arrive on Main Street, unless there have been conversations about weird lights in the sky earlier.

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1:01 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

One-woman plays honors 'world's first superstar'

Carol Dunitz brings 'Bernhardt on Broadway: The Musical' to East Lansing on Saturday.
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Actress and writer Carol Dunitz calls Sarah Bernhardt “the world’s first superstar”. Dunitz brings her one-woman show inspired by the turn-of-the-last century stage and silent film star to East Lansing. “Bernhardt on Broadway: The Musical” will be at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing at 7:30 p-m Saturday.

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12:53 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Documentary focuses on 'Reel Bad Arabs'

Dr. Jack Shaheen
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“Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People” is a documentary film inspired by the book of the same title by Dr. Jack Shaheen. It chronicles the stereotypical depiction of Arabs in movies and on television. Next week, on the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, Shaheen will attend a screening of the film on the MSU campus.

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11:38 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Book Review: Francine Prose's 'Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932' | WKAR

Paris in the 1920's and 1930's is the stuff of literary legend. It is hard for book lovers not to get lost in the mythology of it, imagining Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald discussing books over drinks at a club, while couples dance to the greatest jazz music. Francine Prose is one such author captivated by this period and in her new book “Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932,” she takes us through the fall of this great city, from its decadent and free heyday to its occupation under Nazi Germany. The book makes you feel like you are breathing the air of that city, walking those same rain-swept and romantic streets.

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2:18 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

New Wharton season: From classics to contemporary ... 2CELLOS

Broadway performers prefer the Wharton Center's continental seating layout because it creates more intimacy, says Bob Hoffman, communications director.
Credit Courtesy of Wharton Center

Four weeks from tonight, East Lansing’s Wharton Center opens its new season.  It features a rich array of live music, theater, dance and speakers. Highlights include the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Roseanne Cash, Blue Man Group, Michelle Norris, 2CELLOS and many more.  Up first, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s traditional Masterworks opener featuring violinist Yevgeny Kutik.

Wharton Center is just about ready to offer single ticket sales.  Wharton’s Public Relations Manager Bob Hoffman joins us.

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12:14 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Book Review: 'Andrew's Brain' by E.L. Doctorow

When your mind often swims in the written words of others, sometimes the water can get a bit muddy. You don’t mean for this to happen, but plots might intermingle in your head, characters might meet up even though they are in different stories and sometimes, honestly, you might point the finger at a possible murderer, not realizing right away that they are from another book and, of course, perfectly innocent. That is sometimes how my brain works.

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12:19 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Renegade Theatre Festival offers first glimpse of new works

Melissa Kaplan and Chad Badgero say spoken word artists and soap box performances are a small sample of what will be at the Renegade Theatre Festival this weekend in Old Town.
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The Renegade Theatre Festival will be back in Old Town Lansing for a ninth year this week. On Thursday through Saturday, there will be a variety of theatrical events in several Old Town locations, and a number of local theatre companies are again taking part.

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1:36 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Michigan wines getting better with age

Guest wine judge Courtney Casey samples a collection of local wines at the 37th annual Michigan Wine Competition at MSU.
Credit WKAR/Kevin Lavery

As the farmed cherry harvest in Michigan is finishing up, viticulturists are preparing to collect grapes in a couple of weeks. Michigan’s wine industry is in a state of steady growth. 

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12:34 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

EL considers special fee to foster public art

East Lansing boasts of abundant public art, like 'Cassiopeia' on Grand River Avenue.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

The city of East Lansing bills itself as the "City of the Arts." City officials are considering a measure that some say could strengthen that image. On Wednesday, the city council is expected to take up a proposal dubbed the "Percent for Art."

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2:57 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Book Review: Christopher Moore's 'The Serpent of Venice'

Moore takes on rewriting Shakespeare in his new novel 'The Serpent of Venice.'
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“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” While some would take this quote from Shakespeare as merely insightful into human nature, author Christopher Moore takes it as gospel. Moore’s character named Pocket turns out is the very same fool from the great Bard’s “King Lear.” And this fool is the wisest person in any throne room.

Pocket first appeared in Christopher Moore’s wonderful satire “Fool,” reinventing the classic Shakespeare tragedy from the perspective of this intrepid character. In that novel, Pocket is the mastermind for the undoing of King Lear and his two wicked daughters.

Now Pocket has returned in a new book, “The Serpent of Venice.” In this comedy adventure Pocket is stuck in Venice, and it begins with him trapped in a cellar preparing to experience a slow and horrible death. From there the story grows to include mermaids, a best friend named Othello, a merchant named Shylock and a villain named Iago, who really doesn’t have a chance against a brain like Pocket’s.

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2:24 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Novel: Murder on the MSU campus

McGiveron says the project took two years of diligent writing to complete.
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Rafeeq McGiveron is not just a counselor at Lansing Community College, he is also the author of new book about a murder set on the MSU campus titled "Student Body."

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12:36 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

RoadBelly offers colorful coverage of Michigan food and drink

The cover of RoadBelly Magazine's fourth edition.
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The passions of farming, cooking, brewing and much more are all a part of RoadBelly Magazine. The Grand Rapids based publication is about to enter its second year as it expands its scope beyond western Michigan.

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12:53 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Tilted Axes to shred Detroit

Credit Courtesy of Patrick Grant

Detroit-area native, composer and musician Patrick Grant has created seasonal musical celebrations in his adopted home of New York City. His event titled "Tilted Axes" rung in the winter equinox of 2012 with dozens of electric guitarists hooking portable amplifiers to their belts and walking the streets of Manhattan to observe winter's arrival.

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1:17 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Public Poetry Announcement: Marion McCready

'Wild Poppies' by Marion McCready was published in 2014.
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It’s been awhile since we’ve paused for a Public Poetry Announcement here on Current State. With this polar vortex making the nights feel more like autumn, contributor Stephanie Glazier has a timely poem from Marion McCready to remind us that it is still, indeed, summertime. 

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1:14 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Detroit mass mobs look to fill pews, coffers

Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Detroit.
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Starting this past spring, Detroiters and suburbanites have gathered in growing numbers at historic Detroit Churches. They’ve been named the ‘Detroit Mass Mob’ and have been imagining the past while building toward the future.

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1:16 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Book Review: 'Forgiving the Angel'

We all leave a legacy after we shuffle off this mortal coil, but its size and influence isn’t decided by us. That power is in the hands of those we leave behind. Few writers have made as great an impact in literature as Franz Kafka.

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5:21 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Viewing love through Hollywood's lens

Lippman says those who view romantic media as close to reality have more romanticized ideas about love.
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Love. Is it destiny, something that conquers all, or something that requires work and compromise? Chances are your answer depends on what kinds of TV shows and movies you like to watch according to a new study. A group of University of Michigan researchers recently published a paper that examines the connection between romantic media and real-life perceptions of love and romance.

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1:08 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

A genocide survivor and MSU poet pursue healing through writing

In Rwanda, July 4 marks the end of the annual mourning period to remember victims of the 1994 genocide.
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While we’ll be celebrating Independence Day here in America tomorrow, halfway around the world the date also marks a national holiday in Rwanda, though it’s a much more somber occasion.

July 4 is Rwanda's Liberation Day and it marks the end of the country’s official mourning period for the more than one million people who were murdered during the genocide there in 1994. And this year, of course, is the 20th anniversary of those horrific 100 days.

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1:04 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Cranbrook exhibits decades of Warhol album covers

'Count Basie', 1955, was Andy Warhol's first celebrity portrait.
©2014 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / ARS, New York, NY. Reproduced by permission of Sony Music Entertainment

Andy Warhol is perhaps the most recognizable name in 20th century American art. One factor in his popularity is the many album covers he designed. As a graphic design artist, Warhol’s album works date back to the late 1940s.

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2:33 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Summer film preview: the good, the bad and Michael Bay

Earlier this year Current State’s Emanuele Berry previewed the first half of the summer film season with John Serba, M-live entertainment reporter and film critic. Emanuele found out what the rest of the summer films have to offer.

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1:31 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Book Review: 'Love in the Time of Cholera' by Gabriel García Márquez

“It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.” And with that poignant line, Gabriel Garcia Marquez begins his masterpiece “Love in the Time of Cholera.”

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2:21 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Hats off to Michigan-made Stormy Kromers

The Stormy Kromer draws a crowd of unique and devoted visitors to its store in Ironwood, Michigan.
Credit Courtesy of Stormy Kromer

While many of us are enjoying summer after this year’s long and harsh winter, others are using the season to prepare for the coming cold.

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1:53 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Symposium highlights Michigan's role in modern architecture

The Michigan State Medical Society building in East Lansing is a leading local example of modern architecture.
WKAR/Kevin Lavery

The history of 20th century design in Michigan isn’t just about automobiles. After World War II, Michigan was a hub for architects who broke away from the neo-classical shapes inspired by ancient Greece and Rome. The era of modern architecture lasted about 30 years and produced many structures still seen today.

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2:44 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Broad celebrates legacy of Sun Ra

Sun Ra at New England Conservatory, February 22nd, 1992
Credit Pandelis Karayorgis- Wikimedia Commons

The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival takes place in East Lansing this Friday and Saturday. There will be live jazz downtown from a variety of groups and the Broad Art Museum is participating as well with a unique event.

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11:45 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Kids Read Comics

Kids Read Comics is a free event and offers a variety of activities such as workshops and panels about reading and making comics.
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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature Kids Read Comics, a Michigan nonprofit that promotes comics for building youth engagement and creativity. This weekend marks their fifth annual Kids Read Comics celebration at the Ann Arbor district library.

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