Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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Fire is one of mankind’s earliest tools. Not just for warmth, light, and cooking, however. This weekend in downtown Charlotte at the famed Windwalker Underground Gallery, it’s being used for a more creative endeavor: Fire spinning.


A portrait of Inna Phelps with a doll.
Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

A museum space dedicated to the appreciation of Russian culture exists in a place you probably wouldn’t expect: Charlotte, Michigan.

 

It’s called The Russian Room, and we paid it a visit.

 

Courtesy Rina Risper

Thursday night, a crowd will gather at the steps of the Michigan State Capitol Building. They won’t be there to hear a political stump speech though, it is poetry that brings these people together.


Courtesy / Shock and Awww

When you think fashion, you think New York, Paris, Milan and Lansing. Yeah, that's right — Lansing. There are designers from Grand Ledge who are revamping the fashion scene. Twins Shawn and Claire Buitendorp wanted to do something big.


Mark Hansen

The Spartan Marching Band has a new director. Meet the new guy behind the baton who will lead 300 Spartan musicians: David Thornton during what has turned out to be a very busy summer for a variety of reasons.


Courtesy Janice L. Blixt

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival gets underway later this week and while the headliner features a 20-year reunion, another play has been bringing out the online trolls to the Festival's social media outlets.


Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

The Grand Traverse Pie Company combines fresh cherries grown in northern Michigan with Detroit born Vernors Ginger Ale soda to create a special treat just in time for the July 4th.

Over the 4th of July holiday weekend, the evening sky over many parts of the U.S. will be filled with color. But who makes sure that show runs smoothly? Learn from one MI company about some of the safety precautions and the economical reasons why most fireworks are not made in the U.S.

July Episodes | MSU in Concert

Jun 27, 2017
Kevin Noe with Orchestra
courtesy / MSU College of Music

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

man with mural
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

What was once a dark highway overpass will soon be awash in colorful light.

On Tuesday night, civic leaders will formally turn on the lights at the U.S. 127 bridge over Michigan Avenue.  That’s the spot many people in mid-Michigan view as a symbolic gateway linking Lansing and East Lansing.

 

A portrait of Omar and Katy
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

As the month of Ramadan comes to a close, we talk with local Muslim couple Katy Hollobaugh and Omar Elsherif to learn what this time of year means to them.

 


Karel Vega / WKAR

East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival is this weekend. The festival begins today in downtown East Lansing and runs through Saturday night. Entry is free. The Zach Adleman Quartet stopped by the studio to give WKAR's Karel Vega a sneak preview of what to expect at their performance on Saturday.

 


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.


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