Arts & Culture

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WKAR TV producer John J. Valadez is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed and produced many nationally broadcast documentary films. He speaks with WKAR's Brooke Allen about the film "The Chicano Wave" and its inspiration.


Jamie Paisley

The Wharton Center welcomes a rarity to its stage this week: A national tour, not of a musical, but of a play. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley explores this Curious Incident.


Creative Commons - Sadie Hernandez

Usually, when you go to a concert, the musicians want your eyes on them. But when you go to MSU’s Abrams Planetarium this Thursday, the members of Corna Forza brass ensemble want your eyes to go heavenward.


Aida | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 9, 2017
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.

Sat. Apr. 15 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | The Met’s monumental staging is a dazzling backdrop for the star-crossed love story set amid the clash of ancient empires. 

Jamie Paisley

Many times an orchestra stays together because a conductor is waving his or her baton and keeping everybody together. But what happens when the orchestra can’t see the conductor… or anything at all?
Learn more about the Korean Hearts of Vision Chamber Orchestra.


Tristan and Isolde | Metropolitan Opera

Apr 3, 2017
Met Opera's main characters on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Apr. 8 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Tristan und Isolde continues the Met season in a new production by Mariusz Treliński!

Allison Leotta photo
Tim Coburn

Novelist Allison Leotta is a Michigan State University grad and a former sex crimes prosecutor, so when she writes stories about sex crimes, she brings a wealth of experience to the task. Her latest book, “The Last Good Girl,” centers on a rape that takes place on a college campus in Michigan. It’s one of the Michigan Notable Books for 2016.


'Train Station' photo: actress Sharon Brooks
Lon Stratton / CollabFeature

Lansing Community College will host a screening of a world-record holding feature film on this week. “Train Station” has earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the film with the most directors ever: a total of 40, working around the world.


Fidelio | Metropolitan Opera

Mar 27, 2017
Met Opera's main characters on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Apr. 1 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Beethoven’s only opera—an ode to freedom, justice, and the human spirit—returns to the Met with a fine cast. 

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.


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