Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Courtesy Williamston Theatre

George Orwell’s 1984 was first published in 1949, but it still resonates with many today. We'll go to the Williamston Theatre and learn about the Michigan premiere performance of a stage adaptation of Orwell’s famed book.


Jamie Paisley

It is currently ranked as the 8th most performed opera in the world, according to operabase.com and this week, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro walks down the aisle of MSU’s Fairchild Theater.


Bob Baldori and Chuck Berry
Courtesy photo / Bob Baldori

Rock and Roll pioneer Chuck Berry died on Saturday at the age of 90. Okemos-based musician “Boogie” Bob Baldori was a close friend and collaborator for many years.


Idomeneo | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 19, 2017
Met Opera's main character on stage
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Mar. 25 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Like many stories from Greek myth, Idomeneo explores the motivations and emotions of humans whose fates seem beyond their own control. 

It’s all in the name: The Social Justice Arts Festival.
This weekend, members of the University of Michigan’s School Of Social Work are putting that event on this Saturday, March 18th, which among nearly 40 other presentations, discusses the legalities of protesting.


Joshua Davis photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR-TV is working on an upcoming season of “Backstage Pass” programs. Top musicians perform live before an audience in the WKAR studios for the show.

A few days ago, Joshua Davis was here with his band.


Guillaume Tell | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 12, 2017
Met Opera's main charcter on stage
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Mar. 18 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Rossini’s epic telling of the William Tell fable returns to the Met stage after an absence of more than 80 years, in a new production by Pierre Audi.

La Traviata | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 9, 2017
Met Opera' main charcters on stage
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Mar. 11 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Did you know that Verdi’s La Traviata survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire?! 

A romance novelist from Belleville, Michigan, will be in Lansing on Thursday to talk about her stories. Beverly Jenkins has published almost three dozen historical romances aimed at African-American readers.


There’s nothing new about cover versions of Beatles songs, but the local band Organissimo has decided to create jazzy renditions of some of your favorite Beatles tunes. It's called "B3tles: A Soulful Tribute to the Fab Four."


Russians Rock LSO

Mar 2, 2017
Courtesy / Timothy Muffitt

The Lansing Symphony presents an evening of Russian Music this weekend. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with the LSO’s Maestro Timothy Muffitt about the program which welcomes guest violinist and faculty member of the MSU College of Music, Dmitri Berlinsky.


Terry Johnston | Grand Rapids Symphony

This weekend marks the final concert of the season where the Grand Rapids Symphony will be led by incoming Music Director Marcelo Lehninger. WKAR’s afternoon classical host has more with the Maestro.


W. Kamau Bell photo
Courtesy photo

Stand-up comic W. Kamau Bell has long made his mark by making people laugh while addressing serious matters of race. His most recent TV project is “United Shades of America” on CNN.


Is Oscar Racist?

Feb 24, 2017

The 2016 Academy Awards were marred by the accusation that Hollywood was filled with racism and the lack of diversity. 

The 2017 Academy Awards have an entirely different look.

Bill Mechanic is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters and the producer of Hacksaw Ridge, which has 6 nominations.

Jeff Wray is a professor in the college of Arts and Letters and a film maker. 

Ozay Moore, Mikeyy Austin, and Sareem Poems standing together
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Some new things are happening in Reo Town.

Lansing rapper Mikeyy Austin is one of the minds behind Reo Town Sessions, a monthly event that highlights local artists and connects them to the community.


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