Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Muhammad Ali photo
Courtesy photo / GRAM permanent collection

Grand Rapids Art Museum chief curator Ron Platt gives Current State's Peter Whorf a look at historic photos and the evolution of the medium.


Sarah Kwilinski photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

Our next Pop-Up Stories event is Wednesday night at the Allen Marketplace. Last month, Sarah Kwilinski told the story of her talk with her three-year-old child about the birds and the bees.


Carolyn Sherrill photo
Mary Brown

We attend the retirement party of Maestro Carolyn Sherill. After 26 years with the Meridian Concert Band, she’ll be retiring next month after a few final Independence Day concerts across Mid-Michigan.


Haimerl house exterior photo before
Amy Haimerl

In Detroit neighborhoods, it’s common to demolish vacant houses. But author Amy Haimerl and her husband bought a house in the Motor City and fixed it up. She tells her story in “Detroit Hustle." Scott Pohl visits her at the house they call Matilda.


Our Live Music Friday guests today are The Corey Kendrick Trio. Kendrick is a jazz pianist with a Master's Degree from MSU. The group’s debut album is called “Rootless.”

Flatt Lonesome photo
Courtesy photo / Flatt Lonesome

Current State gets that down home feeling, as the 21st annual JuneGrass Bluegrass Festival gets underway at the Kent County Fairgrounds this weekend in Lowell.


Credit The Barn Theaters

The Barn Theater in Augusta, Michigan is celebrating its 70th season. One actor in the current production made his stage debut at The Barn when he was just one year old.

Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

Our most recent live storytelling event, “Pop-Up Stories,” took place at the Robin Theatre in REO Town in May. The theme was “The Birds and the Bees.”

Volunteer storytellers shared their true, first-person stories on that theme.

Today we hear Jay Wagar’s story about a high school sweetheart.

The theme of our most recent Pop-Up Stories event at the Robin Theater was "The Birds and the Bees."

FIA Assistant Curator Sarah Kohn and “New Cycle” by Joseph Raffael photo
Emily Legleitner / Courtesy Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY

We get a preview of the Flint Institute of Arts exhibition called “Moving Toward the Light.” The display, opening this weekend, focuses on large-scale natural watercolor works of artist Joseph Raffael.


Pat Zalenka Project photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest today is Pat Zalenka and his band, the Pat Zalenka Project. Their summer appearances include a few stops at Champions in Holt. Their newest CD is called “The Elm Street Sessions.”

Baroque on Beaver photo
Courtesy photo / Baroque on Beaver

Michigan and the Great Lakes Region are rich in classical music and more this summer. Resident classical music guys Jamie Paisley and Peter Whorf take us on a preview tour.


Courtesy National Cherry Festival

Thousands of people from across the country and even around the world flock to Traverse City each July to savor the National Cherry Festival.

Eat Pomegranate Photography

A new sculpture is gracing the Michigan State University campus. It’s called “The Bird.” Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with the artist, Will Ryman, and Broad Art Museum curator Caitlin Doherty.

Pop Up Art photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

We stroll down the Lansing street where newspaper kiosks have been turned into an art exhibition. Learn more about the Lansing Art Gallery's Pop Up Art: Special Edition installation.


Wally Pleasant photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is Wally Pleasant. Tonight at the Lansing City Pulse River Rock concert, he’ll perform his classic album “Songs About Stuff” in its entirety.

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