Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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Our Live Music Friday guests today are Brian Westrin and Peter Mowry. The Lansing-based singing-songwriting duo placed two songs from their album “The Past Rushes In” in the semifinals of the 2014 International Songwriting Competition.

In June, they opened a New York City program for the National Music Publishers Association honoring Billy Joel.

Ann Arbor group goes banzai for Bonsai this weekend

Aug 27, 2015
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Current State zens out while the Ann Arbor Bonsai Society gets ready for their 43rd Annual Bonsai Show at the Matthei Botanical Gardens this weekend.

This weekend in Ann Arbor, a group of Michiganders with a horticultural interest in miniature trees is setting up a rather big display. The Ann Arbor Bonsai Society will be meeting for their 43rd annual Bonsai Show at the Matthei Botanical Gardens.

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Hachette Book Group

Our book reviewer Scott Southard gives us his take on Saint Mazie, a historical fiction novel by author Jami Attenberg. 

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Every year, MSU and the city of East Lansing launch the new academic year with the “One Book, One Community” program. Incoming freshmen are assigned to read a book before they arrive on campus, and city residents are encouraged to read the same book.

There will be a series of events to discuss the themes of the book, and the author is invited to speak. This year’s book is “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. He’s the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative.

Tom Wopat photo
Courtesy The Barn Theater

Actor Tom Wopat is best known for his portrayal of Luke Duke in the old TV show “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Since then, Wopat has flourished as a Tony-nominated Broadway star in shows like Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, and Glengarry Glen Ross.

Tonight, and for the next two weeks at the Barn Theater in Augusta, he returns to Michigan as the lead role in “The Will Rogers Follies.”

Current State’s Jamie Paisley caught up with Wopat and the show’s director, Ann Cooley, ahead of their debut tonight.

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