Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Airmen of Note
Staff Sgt. Mike Fariss / U.S. Air Force

Did you know the U.S. Air Force has a jazz band? They’re called the Airmen of Note, and they’re spending a couple of days in Michigan this weekend. We speak with a Senior Master Sergeant from the band.


Hal Gould photo of Willie Dixon
Courtesy photo / Hal Gould/MICA Gallery

"Seeing Rectangular" is an exhibit at the MICA Gallery in Old Town opening this weekend. It explores the durability of non-digital images by photographer and journalist Hal Gould.


FIA Theater photo
Courtesy photo / Flint Institute of Arts

The Flint Institute of Arts is kicking off its 2016-2017 Friends of Modern Art Film series. We find out more about the series and get a preview of some of the selected films with associate curator of film Ed Bradley.


Mark Sundermann story
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

The theme of our last Pop-Up Stories event was "The Call of the Wild." Mark Sundermann told a story about a nasty mishap.


Brendan Doherty photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is Brendan Doherty, an Irish singer-guitarist songwriter now living in East Lansing. His new album is called “Feels Like Home.”

Geng Xue, Mr. Sea, 2014 photo
Courtesy photo / Geng Xue and Klein Sun Gallery, New York

After the United States, China has the second largest art market in the world. A new exhibit at MSU’s Broad Art Museum explores how Chinese women have navigated the contemporary art explosion in their homeland. We speak with Dr. Wang Chunchen, curator of the new Broad exhibit, “Fire Within.”


Lord of the Flies cast photo
Anna Szabo / Peppermint Creek Theatre Company

Lansing’s Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is staging a unique production of “Lord of the Flies,” the story of abandoned boys who turn on each other when stranded by a plane crash. The cast is all female. We talk about what that means to the William Golding classic.


Josh Lown photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

We have a story today from Josh Lown, who appeared at our most recent Pop-Up Stories event in East Lansing. The theme was "The Call of the Wild."


Paint ball photo
Marissa Gawel

Marissa Gawel is a young Detroit-based photographer whose latest effort is a National Geographic magazine project to document roadside attractions. She talks with Current State’s Scott Pohl about her work.


Ralphie May photo
Courtesy photo / Ralphie May

He took second place on the NBC reality show “Last Comic Standing” and this week, he’s making four various stops across Michigan. Share a laugh with stand-up comedian Ralphie May.


Michael Dease photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is Michael Dease, a world-class trombone player who teaches in the MSU College of Music’s Jazz Studies program. His most recent album is “Father Figure.”

Jay Wagar photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

Jay Wagar tells a story at our most recent Pop-Up Stories event on the theme "The Call of the Wild."


A new recording project features Lansing artists working in the realm of spoken word music. Scott Pohl talks with Tyler Jenson, the musician responsible for “Speak Life: The Spoken Word Collection Vol. 1,” and one of the artists, Twyla Birdsong.


Rodney Lontine photo
Courtesy photo / Flint Institute of Music

The Flint Institute of Music has a new CEO. We speak with Rodney Lontine about his plans for the venerated institution, as well as the Flint Symphony.


Prince photo
Scott Penner / flickr creative commons

The Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame is coming to Dearborn next weekend to induct some big names in the industry. Its founder hopes to build his shrine in the hometown of Motown. Current State’s Kevin Lavery takes us on a tour through the history of R & B.


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