Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy: Timothy Muffitt / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Summer will be over before we know it and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra has a season of goodies starting in the fall. Maestro Timothy Muffitt sat down with Jamie Paisley to talk about them.

Jamie Paisley

For the next 3 weeks, royalty arrives in East Lansing: Disney’s The Lion King ascends to the throne at the Wharton Center, where it's nice to get the first word in. For The Lion King, South African actress Mukelisiwe Goba gets to use her original language, Zulu, to announce that the Lion is on its way.

Janice Blixt photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Shakespeare Festival

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is back for its annual six-week run. As always, the first three weeks are staged at Jackson College.

Jamie Paisley

The Wharton Center in East Lansing is making way for the King this week… “The Lion King,” that is, the final show of their 2017-18 season. Disney’s Broadway classic also helps the Wharton Center prepare for some summertime improvements, as WKAR’s Jamie Paisley learned.

Ecstatic Songs is the new release from Mirabai Women's Choir led by MSU's Sandra Snow. Dr. Snow assembled the group of MSU women alumnae in their premiere recording. It's WKAR's July feature.

Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Kresge Arts in Detroit says 16 artists and two groups have received film and music fellowships and live arts fellowships.

Detroit skyline
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A summer exhibit that connects outdoor and indoor spaces while incorporating art and natural elements is kicking off in downtown Detroit.

Intersections photo
Courtesy photo / Grand Rapids ArtPrize

Organizers of the international ArtPrize competition in western Michigan are planning to hold the event every other year instead of annually.

Jamie Paisley

If you walk along Lansing River Trail over the next few months, you may see a few new objects along the way which catch your eye and maybe your ear. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley has more about Lansing’s new ARTpath.

This is the time of year when many of us pick out new books to read on summer vacation or visit the library with little ones home from school. In celebration of great books, WKAR invites you to take part in the Great American Read.


Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason  set social media abuzz immediately after his royal wedding performance last month. But many classical music lovers had already set eyes and ears on the talented English musician. WKAR’s Peter Whorf has more on Kanneh-Mason and his newest recording - 90.5 Classical’s New Release of the Month.


The popular event “Be a Tourist In Your Own Town” is back again this year. WKAR’s Katie Cook has more.



Roy Saper in 2016, with Hebron glass
Katie Cook / WKAR

For many businesses, hitting one full year can be a big milestone. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley sat down with one owner who just reached 4 decades of operating in East Lansing: Saper Galleries.

Detroit Institute of Arts / Facebook

Two collectors have donated a group of eight holograms created by artist Louise Bourgeois to the Detroit Institute of Arts.

East Lansing Art Festival 2018
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

A different location and a little bit of rain didn’t keep the crowds away from the East Lansing Art Festival this year.