Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Courtesy Dan Kofoed

A new film festival in downtown Charlotte gets underway this weekend. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley brings us more about this festival which doesn’t mind if a few seams are showing.


Jamie Paisley

Mark Colson has been a professor with the MSU Department of Theatre for 6 years and still visits stages like the Williamston Theatre, Chelsea’s Purple Rose Theatre, as well making TV appearances in 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Banshee,' and 'Mad Men.' But this summer, he’s taking MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre on the road, but without ever leaving campus.


Courtesy Divinity Roxx

Her name? R-O-X-X. Divinity Roxx. She’s a bassist who has played The Grammy’s, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Saturday Night Live, and even The White House. Divinity spoke with WKAR’s Jamie Paisley ahead of her performance in Lansing's REO Town on Wednesday.


June Episodes | MSU in Concert

Jun 7, 2017
Bagratuni on cello
Courtesy / MSU College of Music

Fridays at 3pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | This June, enjoy a weekly hour of classical concerts from Michigan State University hosted by WKAR's Peter Whorf!

Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy photo / Timothy Muffitt

Usually, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra season begins in September, but for the season premiere concert, Maestro Timothy Muffitt tells me that the recently announced 2017-18 season has to be pushed back thanks to a bit of construction at the Wharton Center.


Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy: Timothy Muffitt / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

There are 6 concerts in the Lansing Symphony Orchestra 2017-18 season. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley explored some of the highlights with the LSO’s Maestro Timothy Muffitt.


Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Light installation and painting along Michigan Avenue underneath US 127 is progressing.


Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR

The 2015 Tony for Best Musical, Score, and Book went to the show Fun Home, which opens at the Wharton Center next week. The show was also co-written by Lansing-native Lisa Kron, who sat down with our very own Jamie Paisley.


Google Honors Broad Museum Architect Zaha Hadid

May 31, 2017
Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

On Wednesday, the Google home page featured a tribute to Zaha Hadid, the late architect responsible for building the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.  


Andy Piper - Creative Commons, Unadjusted / https://www.flickr.com/photos/subraytan/6680555201/in/album-72157628827951593/

The 6th annual Cinetopia film festival gets underway this week in Ann Arbor and Detroit. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with one of the Cinetopia organizers which doesn’t take submissions. Instead, the staff scours film festivals across the world, and a few festivals closer to home.


A portrait of Amal outside
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Today is the first day of Ramadan, a holy time of fasting for Muslims. For the next few weeks, we’ll be spending time with local Muslims to learn what Ramadan means to them. We started with MSU student Amal Matovu.

 

Courtesy Alma Highlands Festival

It’s a weekend for haggis and kilts in Alma, Michigan as the 50th annual Alma Highland Festival gets underway, but as WKAR’s Jamie Paisley learned, even this year’s festival president doesn’t care for that infamous Scottish delicacy of meat encased in a sheep’s stomach.


Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Enjoy images from the 2017 East Lansing Art Festival in downtown East Lansing.

Rachel Santorelli, Lansing Symphony

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” However, WKAR’s Jamie Paisley learned that a percussion concerto from University of Michigan composer Paul Dooley which the Lansing Symphony is world premiering this Friday, didn’t have ANY name just a few weeks ago.


William Brohn photo
Kurt Stepnitz / Michigan State University

William Brohn, an MSU alumnus who went on the fame as a Tony Award-winning orchestrator, has died.

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