Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

The "One Book, One Community" title for this year is "A Long Way Home" by Saroo Brierly and Larry Buttrose. Saroo's true story taking him from India to Australia and back again is a best-seller that was later made into the Oscar-nominated film "Lion."

Jamie Paisley

The Grand Rapids Symphony is prepraring a concert by two L.B.s: Leonard Bernstein & Ludwig van Beethoven. Attend a rehearsal and hear the "Ode to Joy, Version 1.0"


Jamie Paisley

Part two highlighting some of the visiting artists and lectures coming to East Lansing as part of the just-announced 2017-18 season of the Wharton Center.


Kalamazoo Gals vintage photo
Courtesy photo / John Thomas

As men went off to fight in World War Two, their places in America’s factories were often taken by women. That’s what happened at the Gibson guitar factory in Kalamazoo. Author John Thomas will discuss his book on those women, “Kalamazoo Gals,” at 1 p.m. Saturday at Elderly Instruments in Old Town Lansing.  

Courtesy Dennis Hinrichsen

Over the past few months, the search was on to locate the inaugural Lansing Poet Laureate. Today, Weds. April 19th, that individual was announced. Hear the Lansing Poet Laureate describe their craft and read a new poem.
 


Courtesy photo / Wharton Center - wikimedia

Go inside the 2017-18 Wharton Center season, which was publicly announced Weds., April 19th. In part one, WKAR's Jamie Paisley focuses on the ever-popular Broadway productions coming to mid-Michigan.


Eugene Onegin | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 17, 2017
Met Opera's main characters on stage
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. April 22 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Tchaikovsky’s many moods—tender, grand, melancholy—are all given free rein in Eugene Onegin. 

PBS

WKAR TV producer John J. Valadez is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed and produced many nationally broadcast documentary films. He speaks with WKAR's Brooke Allen about the film "The Chicano Wave" and its inspiration.


Jamie Paisley

The Wharton Center welcomes a rarity to its stage this week: A national tour, not of a musical, but of a play. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley explores this Curious Incident.


Creative Commons - Sadie Hernandez

Usually, when you go to a concert, the musicians want your eyes on them. But when you go to MSU’s Abrams Planetarium this Thursday, the members of Corna Forza brass ensemble want your eyes to go heavenward.


Aida | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 9, 2017
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.

Sat. Apr. 15 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | The Met’s monumental staging is a dazzling backdrop for the star-crossed love story set amid the clash of ancient empires. 

Jamie Paisley

Many times an orchestra stays together because a conductor is waving his or her baton and keeping everybody together. But what happens when the orchestra can’t see the conductor… or anything at all?
Learn more about the Korean Hearts of Vision Chamber Orchestra.


Tristan and Isolde | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 3, 2017
Met Opera's main characters on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Apr. 8 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Tristan und Isolde continues the Met season in a new production by Mariusz Treliński!

Allison Leotta photo
Tim Coburn

Novelist Allison Leotta is a Michigan State University grad and a former sex crimes prosecutor, so when she writes stories about sex crimes, she brings a wealth of experience to the task. Her latest book, “The Last Good Girl,” centers on a rape that takes place on a college campus in Michigan. It’s one of the Michigan Notable Books for 2016.


'Train Station' photo: actress Sharon Brooks
Lon Stratton / CollabFeature

Lansing Community College will host a screening of a world-record holding feature film on this week. “Train Station” has earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the film with the most directors ever: a total of 40, working around the world.


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