Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Geng Xue, Mr. Sea, 2014 photo
Courtesy photo / Geng Xue and Klein Sun Gallery, New York

After the United States, China has the second largest art market in the world. A new exhibit at MSU’s Broad Art Museum explores how Chinese women have navigated the contemporary art explosion in their homeland. We speak with Dr. Wang Chunchen, curator of the new Broad exhibit, “Fire Within.”


Lord of the Flies cast photo
Anna Szabo / Peppermint Creek Theatre Company

Lansing’s Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is staging a unique production of “Lord of the Flies,” the story of abandoned boys who turn on each other when stranded by a plane crash. The cast is all female. We talk about what that means to the William Golding classic.


Josh Lown photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

We have a story today from Josh Lown, who appeared at our most recent Pop-Up Stories event in East Lansing. The theme was "The Call of the Wild."


Paint ball photo
Marissa Gawel

Marissa Gawel is a young Detroit-based photographer whose latest effort is a National Geographic magazine project to document roadside attractions. She talks with Current State’s Scott Pohl about her work.


Ralphie May photo
Courtesy photo / Ralphie May

He took second place on the NBC reality show “Last Comic Standing” and this week, he’s making four various stops across Michigan. Share a laugh with stand-up comedian Ralphie May.


Michael Dease photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is Michael Dease, a world-class trombone player who teaches in the MSU College of Music’s Jazz Studies program. His most recent album is “Father Figure.”

Jay Wagar photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

Jay Wagar tells a story at our most recent Pop-Up Stories event on the theme "The Call of the Wild."


A new recording project features Lansing artists working in the realm of spoken word music. Scott Pohl talks with Tyler Jenson, the musician responsible for “Speak Life: The Spoken Word Collection Vol. 1,” and one of the artists, Twyla Birdsong.


Rodney Lontine photo
Courtesy photo / Flint Institute of Music

The Flint Institute of Music has a new CEO. We speak with Rodney Lontine about his plans for the venerated institution, as well as the Flint Symphony.


Prince photo
Scott Penner / flickr creative commons

The Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame is coming to Dearborn next weekend to induct some big names in the industry. Its founder hopes to build his shrine in the hometown of Motown. Current State’s Kevin Lavery takes us on a tour through the history of R & B.


Missy Lilje photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Missy Lilje was a storyteller at our most recent Pop-Up Stories event on the theme of "Putting Down Roots."

Rodney Page photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is one of the most versatile musicians we’ve ever had on Current State. Rodney Page plays violin and piano, he DJ’s, and he raps. He’s also a music educator who has worked extensively with local school districts.

Brass Tacks Ensemble photo
Isaac Ellis / Brass Tacks Ensemble

How do you keep a 120 year old play fresh? That’s the aim of the Brass Tacks Ensemble of Ann Arbor this weekend at the Kerrytown Concert House. We speak with the troupe’s artistic director about their upcoming production of Oscar Wilde’s classic “The Importance of Being Earnest.”


Some of Michigan’s most notorious murders took place nearby. Current State’s Brooke Allen speaks to local author Tom Carr about his most recent book, "Blood on the Mitten."


Happendance photo
Kevin Fowler

The DANCE Lansing project is currently underway. We speak with the artistic director and a guest choreographer who has combined her experiences as a Michigan migrant worker to craft a dance coming to MSU’s Pasant Theater.


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