Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Courtesy, Opera GR / Jeff Roffman-Atlanta Opera

It’s Tuesday night at DeVos Performance Hall in downtown Grand Rapids. The orchestra is preparing to play music by Giuseppe Verdi, but taking the podium is Maestro James Meena, new artistic director of Opera Grand Rapids.


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flickr/Tullio Saba / flickr creative commons

This week, the Michigan Humanities Council kicks off the 2017 Great Michigan Read.  It’s a statewide literacy program that encourages people to learn more about our Michigan culture by reading a selected book. 

 

This year’s choice is “X: A Novel,” by Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of civil rights activist Malcolm X.

 


Courtesy / Rocío Quispe-Agnoli

Rocío Quispe-Agnoli is a professor at Michigan State University who specializes in topics including Colonial Latin American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies. WKAR’s Karel Vega spoke with Quispe-Agnoli about the evolution of Hispanic identity in modern times.


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Courtesy: Timothy Muffitt / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Michigan classical fans may have noticed that the Lansing Symphony’s season is off to a late start. That’s because this past summer’s new roof project at the Wharton Center meant pushing back a few weeks. But WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with Maestro Timothy Muffitt about how the LSO used the October start to its advantage.


Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me! is NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program, hosted by Peter Sagal. Each week listeners test their knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what's real news and what's made up. Sagal talked with WKAR Station Manager Peter Whorf about what makes the show so much fun. 


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More than 200 people have attended the opening of a Michigan memorial dedicated to families who have lost a loved one in war.

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A new exhibition at the Michigan History Museum showcases the founding of Trout Unlimited, a national champion of fish habitat protection.

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The newest residents in Marshall don't have anything to say.

The small town in Calhoun County is displaying 28 skeletons downtown as part of its inaugural Skeleton Fest, which runs through Halloween.

There are skeletons riding a bike, drinking coffee and even playing Twister. Jane Reid of the Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance says the goal is to attract people who don't mind something a little ghoulish. She says maybe they'll stick around and explore.

MSU Symphony Orchestra | MSU in Concert

Sep 28, 2017
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Courtesy / MSU College of Music

Friday at 3pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Take a break and enjoy the beautiful music from the Michigan State Symphony Orchestra!

Lucas Holliday photo
Courtesy photo / Paul Drinkwater NBC

Lansing’s “singing cashier,” Lucas Holliday, appeared on NBC’s “The Voice” last night. His audition song was Maxwell’s “This Woman’s Work.”

Justin King standing behind the bar.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Wine and Spirits Magazine named six of the country’s best new sommeliers in their October issue, and one of them is right in our backyard. Justin King is the owner of Bridge Street Social in Dewitt. Katie Cook talks to him about wine and hospitality in Michigan.

 


Courtesy photo / Dr. Matthew Aubin

Dr. Matthew Aubin split last season the Jackson Symphony Orchestra with outgoing director Stephen Osmond. This year, however, it’s all him. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with Aubin about Saturday night’s season-opener at Jackson’s Potter Center, which starts with a toe-tapper by Leonard Bernstein.


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One of three new exhibitions at the Flint Institute of Arts highlights more than five decades of work by an area printmaker.

Joshua Davis photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Another slate of Friday night folk music concerts begins tonight with the first Ten Pound Fiddle show of the season.

Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony

The Grand Rapids Symphony kicks off their new season this weekend with some concert hall favorites, a superstar violinist, and a bold opening statement courtesy of a world premiere. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spent a few minutes with the new music director, Marcelo Lehninger to learn more about the program.


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