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11:24 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Williamston Theatre: Four founders, fifty shows

Emily Sutton-Smith, John Leppard, Tony Caselli, and Chris Purchis of Williamston Theatre.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

On Friday night, the Williamston Theatre will stage the first preview performance of their 50th show. “Miracle on South Division Street” runs through December 28th.

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Arts & Culture
11:03 am
Fri November 21, 2014

MSU ensembles swing with Beethoven, Ellington

Credit http://music.msu.edu/

The MSU Symphony Orchestra and MSU Jazz Orchestra I are joining forces for a concert tonight at Wharton Center. It’s an Ellington and Beethoven concert, a meeting of the great composers.

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Arts & Culture
11:01 am
Fri November 21, 2014

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Singer-songwriter Melissa Greener at the Pump House

Melissa Greener in WKAR's Studio S. Her Pump House concert tonight starts at 7 p.m.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest today is Melissa Greener. Melissa is in East Lansing to perform at tonight’s Pump House concert. She’s a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who grew up in the Detroit area before moving on to music Meccas like Austin, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, which has been her base for about five years now.

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Stevie Wonder back in MI to perform legendary album

'Songs in the Key of Life' is one of Stevie Wonder's best-loved albums. He performs music from the album tonight at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Tonight, a Michigan-born superstar returns home to perform a legendary album. Tonight at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Stevie Wonder will perform all the tracks on the album “Songs In The Key of Life.”

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11:31 am
Wed November 19, 2014

MSU Opera presents Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte"

MSU professor and opera director Melanie Helton
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

Romance, intrigue, deception, and great music. All the ingredients for memorable opera are in the mix in Mozart’s classic,  "Cosi Fan Tutte".

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Arts & Culture
11:24 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Sundance winner at MSU explores "The Heart of Cambodia"

'A River Changes Course' will be shown Thursday night in room B115 of Wells Hall at MSU. Filmmaker Kalayanee Mam will take questions after the movie.
Credit http://ariverchangescourse.com/

Michigan State University celebrates Geography Awareness Week with multiple campus-wide educational and entertainment opportunities through this Sunday. One event includes a screening of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary "A River Changes Course".

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Arts & Culture
11:39 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Moviemaking in Michigan: Flooding causes a setback

Rich Goteri of the Michigan Actor's Studio in Ferndale wrote 'Eastern Market' and plans to star in the independent film.
Credit http://michiganactorsstudio.com/

This year, we’ve been following a project by a team of filmmakers hoping to make a movie called “Eastern Market” in Detroit. We’ve met the writer, co-writer, producer and director, with hopes of being a part of the action from start to finish.

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Fri November 14, 2014

GR Symphony accompanies classic Gene Kelly movie

Gene Kelly stars in the classic movie musical 'Singin' in the Rain'. The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra will accompany screenings of the film this weekend.
Credit http://grsymphony.org/

Tonight through Sunday, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor come to life on the big screen in the Hollywood classic "Singin' In The Rain". The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra will perform live accompaniment to the HD screening at Grand Rapids’ De Vos Theatre.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Fri November 14, 2014

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Folksinger Cris Williamson headlines EL Women in the Arts Festival

Singer-songwriter Cris Williamson performs live from WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Cris Williamson has enjoyed a remarkable career in music. Back in 1975, she recorded an album called “The Changer and The Changed”, and released it on her own label, Olivia Records. Olivia was the first woman-owned, woman-focused record company. To this day, “The Changer and The Changed” remains one of the best-selling independent records of all time.

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Arts & Culture
10:52 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Book Review: Gregory Maguire's 'Egg and Spoon' | WKAR

Have you heard the story of Dorothy Gale from Kansas? Either you know her as the spirited young lady who is swept off to a magical land where she has to face a wicked witch; or you know her as a governmental tool used to attack a revolutionary leader with a green face. The first example is from the pen of Frank L Baum, the genius behind Oz; the second is by Gregory Maguire, author of the very popular "Wicked" series, which is arguably the most successful fan fiction ever.

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Arts & Culture
1:01 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Actor Julian Sands brings Pinter poetry to Wharton

Julian Sands appears in 'A Celebration of Harold Pinter' at MSU's Wharton Center on Sunday.
Credit http://www.whartoncenter.com

British actor Julian Sands is known for films like “A Room With a View” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. On Sunday, he’ll bring his one-man show “A Celebration of Harold Pinter” to MSU’s Wharton Center.

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Arts & Culture
11:38 am
Fri November 7, 2014

MI MUSIC SCENE: LSJ's Anne Erickson on November concerts

The Flatliners will appear at Mac's Bar in Lansing November 29.
Credit http://www.theflatliners.com/

There’s always a lot of good music to consider in Lansing and elsewhere around the state. Some of the big names coming through Michigan in November are Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for music lovers.

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11:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

LSO Jazz Band takes flight with "Homage" to Charlie Parker, others

Ron Newman
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

Ron Newman leads the Lansing Symphony Jazz Band Sunday night at 7 p.m. at the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre, in classic tunes by Horace Silver, Thad Jones and Sy Oliver, his own composition entitled Homage, and more.

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Arts & Culture
11:29 am
Thu November 6, 2014

LCC actor brings rich pedigree to "A Room With A View"

Michael Boxleitner stars in the LCC production of "A Room With A View" at Dart Auditorium.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

A young actor with deep theatrical roots is starting to get noticed in Lansing. Michael Boxleitner has only been a student at Lansing Community College for a few months, but he’s already had one lead role at LCC, and he has another this weekend and next in "A Room With A View".

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Violin virtuoso joins Russian symphony for Wharton concert

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Credit http://www.nadjasalernosonnenberg.com/

This Sunday night at the Wharton Center, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joins the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring works by Peter Tchaikovsky and Max Bruch. The multi-talented Salerno-Sonnenberg has performed with just about every major symphony orchestra on the planet.

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Arts & Culture
11:31 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Andromeda Community Theatre part of Charlotte's "arts revival"

In December, a new theatre company will stage its first show at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. It’s called Andromeda Community Theatre, and they’ll put on a production of “It’s A Wonderful Life”.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Mon November 3, 2014

DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOAD: NEO Center's Tom Stewart

Andrew McMahon of Jack's Mannequin
Credit www.andrewmcmahon.com

Today, we’re launching a new segment on Current State. “Desert Island Downloads” gives people a chance to talk about music they consider indispensable, what they’d want with them on the proverbial desert island.

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11:27 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Broad Art Museum features contemporary Chinese Art

Shanghai artist Jin Yangping has two works in the Broad Art Museum's 'Future Returns' exhibition. They're called 'Mirror of the City No. 1' and 'No. 2'.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

A major exhibition of Chinese art is opening at MSU’s Broad Art Museum. “Future Returns: Contemporary Art From China” includes works from 21 Chinese artists in a variety of media.

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11:12 am
Thu October 30, 2014

LSO concert features dramatic choral music

MSU Director of Choral Programs David Rayl
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s next MasterWorks concert is Saturday at Wharton Center. The MSU State Singers, University Chorale and Choral Union get involved with this LSO concert.

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11:08 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Book Review: Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" | WKAR

“It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, collected the instruments of life around me that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.”

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Arts & Culture
1:13 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

EL Film Festival director discusses must-see movies

'Pie Lady of Pie Town' is a short documentary on this year's East Lansing Film Festival schedule. It was made by Michigan native Jane Rosemont.
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The East Lansing Film Festival starts Thursday and runs through November 6th. This marks the 17th year of the East Lansing Film Festival, with lots of feature-length movies, documentaries, and shorts. The Thursday night opening film is a documentary about legendary jazzman Clark Terry, and his work counseling a young musician.

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2:26 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

New documentary explores sexualization of youth

Credit http://www.americathebeautifuldoc.com/

A documentary filmmaker will bring his latest movie to East Lansing tonight. It’s the third installment of Darryl Roberts series called “America the Beautiful”.

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12:12 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

MSU Wind Symphony performs Pulitzer winner

Kevin Sedatole conducts the MSU Wind Symphony.
Credit Courtesy Michigan State University

The Michigan State University Wind Symphony Orchestra performs Thursday night at the Wharton Center.  Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with MSU director of bands Kevin Sedatole about the concert.

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1:11 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Book review: Marja Mills "The Mockingbird Next Door" | WKAR

After the enormous success of her book "To Kill a Mockingbird", the world belonged to Harper Lee. She could have done anything, the possibilities were endless. And yet, all she wanted to do was escape to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama and be left alone. For more than 40 years, the world could only speculate about this important and very silent American novelist. Was she writing? Was there maybe something more serious psychologically going on? Why did she hate the attention so much? It is because of Harper Lee’s long self-exile that makes "The Mockingbird Next Door", a new memoir by Marja Mills, so initially seductive.

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12:59 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

A thousand (more) places to see before you die

Travelers across the country and around the world have been using the book “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” as a guidebook for more than a decade now. The book is author Patricia Schultz’s effort to encourage people to get out there and see the great big world around us. Now, there’s a second edition of the book, and she will talk about the new edition of her book on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Schuler book store in the Meridian Mall.

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11:14 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Local artist's provocative work in ArtPrize finals

Henry Brimmer's ArtPrize entry this year is called 'there’s something happening here…'
Courtesy - Henry Brimmer

ArtPrize is probably Michigan’s top arts event. It began in 2009 in Grand Rapids as what organizers describe as a “radically open international art competition”. The event takes over three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids for 19 days each year and draws hundreds of entries and thousands of visitors.

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12:33 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

NOLA musical legend Toussaint visits East Lansing

Allen Toussaint
Credit Courtesy - Michael Wilson

Some legendary New Orleans musicians will be in East Lansing tonight. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint play at Wharton Center at 7:30. Allen Toussaint has pretty much done it all.

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11:16 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Visiting Ethiopian director on race, film in America

An image from the Haile Gerima film 'Teza'.
Credit http://www.tezathemovie.com

An Ethiopian filmmaker whose films deal with themes of displacement and powerlessness is in East Lansing this week. Haile Gerima is best known as the director of "Sankofa", and his most recent film, "Teza", will be shown along with an earlier work, "Bush Mama", over the next few days.

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10:54 am
Wed October 1, 2014

MSU students produce Bollywood film in India

MSU's 'Beyond Bollywood: Taste of Indian Media' study abroad program made a Bollywood film in India this summer.
Courtesy - Amol Pavangadkar

India has one of the most vibrant filmmaking communities in the world. The Indian movie industry is often referred to as Bollywood. Their movies are known for elaborate musical productions and eye-grabbing colors. What better place to send MSU students who want to learn about the craft of movie-making?

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11:16 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Michigan attorney defends Sherlock Holmes copyright

Benedict Cumberbatch (left) and Martin Freeman star in TV's 'Masterpiece Mystery!' series 'Sherlock'.

"The game is afoot". That's one of many recognizable phrases from the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. John Bursch is a Grand Rapids lawyer who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on eight occasions. Now, one of his most unusual clients is the Doyle estate.

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