Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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.


Escher String Quartet photo
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.


Michelle Held photo
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.


Roxanne Andrews photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

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


Ann Arbor Art Fair photo
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.


portrait: Tim Busfield
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Emmy-winning actor and East Lansing native Timothy Busfield is now an artist-in-residence at the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University.

Courtesy Marek Radke

There’s always a great deal of window-watching that happens along Turner Street in Lansing's Old Town. However, for the next couple of months, you can’t easily do that with the MICA Gallery.


Courtesy Steve Purchase

Usually by the time things make it to the scrap yard, people don’t want them anymore.  But that’s not the case for the 16 teams of artists participating in Old Town’s Scrapfest this weekend in Lansing.

For the eighth year in a row, artists, welders and craftspeople from around Michigan have taken scrap materials and turned them into art- and they will unveil their recycled and upcycled creations this weekend in Old Town Lansing.

The event will also feature live music, family activities, a beer tent, an auction and more.

Shelby Ann-Marie band photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Fresh off a gig at the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, our Live Music Friday guest is country music singer Shelby Ann-Marie. She’s 18 years old and heading to Nashville this fall.

Peter Whorf / WKAR

Today, Current State opens another installment in our summer travel series.

Current State’s Peter Whorf takes us to a place where Michigan’s natural beauty meets books.

Courtesy Wharton Center

If you know a kid who just can’t stop dancing, singing, and being slightly over dramatic, the Wharton Center might have something to better channel that theatrical energy.

Kate DiCamillo photo
Courtesy photo / Catherine Smith Photography

Acclaimed children’s author Kate DiCamillo visits East Lansing on Saturday. We talk with her about "Flora and Ulysses," the Mercy Watson stories, and her latest book, "Raymie Nightingale."


Janice Blixt photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Shakespeare Festival

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival slate for this season includes “As You Like It” and “Richard II,” along with an adaptation of Michael Shaara’s “The Killer Angels.” Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with producing artistic director Janice Blixt about this year’s plans.


Pop-Up Stories
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Current State brings you a Pop-Up Story from our most recent event at the Allen Marketplace in Lansing, this time from Marissa Thaler.


Laura Ingalls Wilder was a prolific letter-writer. Those letters have been compiled in a new book from Lapeer-based author William Anderson. Current State talks with Anderson about his passion for the writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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