Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

During tough times in your life, it’s helpful to keep a little bit of silliness around to cheer you up. This week’s Public Poetry Announcement is a good option for that.

MSU Center for Poetry Director Anita Skeen reads “Frivolous” by Irene McKinney.

Our Public Poetry Announcements are produced in partnership with the MSU Center for Poetry.

Gregory George photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

The Children’s Ballet Theater of Michigan is celebrating their 35th anniversary this year of productions here in Mid-Michigan. We speak with Artistic Director and choreographer Gregory George ahead of their annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s beloved "Nutcracker," which leaps onto the Wharton Center stage this weekend.

Adolf in Blunderland photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

A new exhibit at the MSU Libraries celebrates the 150th anniversary of "Alice in Wonderland." Current State's April Van Buren took a tour.

Twyla Birdsong photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest this week is Twyla Birdsong, the winner of this year’s Capital Area Blues Society competition. As a result, she’ll  perform in January at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

Rune Bergmann photo
Courtesy photo / Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra

After the difficult reporting from Europe and the Middle East this week, the Grand Rapids Symphony takes some time to heal in a performance of the Brahms "German Requiem." Current State's Jamie Paisley talks with Rune Bergmann, who will lead the program.