Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Wally Pleasant photo
Vincent Brady / Windwalker Underground Gallery

Wally Pleasant is a comedic singer-songwriter who’ll perform twice this weekend in Charlotte. Scott Pohl brought the long-time local favorite into WKAR’s Studio S for a little conversation and music.


Courtesy MSU College of Music

Last August, some MSU graduates assembled for a concert focusing on women-centric music and poetry. The group calls themselves MIrabai and today, International Women's Day, their Ecstatic Songs is released. WKAR's Jamie Paisley spoke to Dr. Sandra Snow about the project.
 


Rosemarie Aquilina and Scott Pohl photo
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Rosemarie Aquilina has been a judge on the Ingham County Circuit Court since her election in 2008, and she was a district court judge before that. She rose to national and international prominence when she presided over the Larry Nassar sex abuse case. In seven days of sentencing, she forced Nassar to face 156 women he had abused, and she allowed each of those women to speak as long as they wanted to. At the end, she sentenced Nassar to 40 to 175 years in prison.

What you may not know about Aquilina is that she writes novels.


WMUK public media

Officials in a southwestern Michigan city could decide whether a monument featuring a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American should be removed from a park.

Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

There are several counter-protests planned before and during Richard Spencer’s speech at Michigan State University on Monday. 


Public Domain - Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Trio

March is Women's History Month and March 8th marks International Women's Day. All month on WKAR's 90.5 Classical, you'll find information about the influential voices in classical music as well as some of the voices repressed because of their gender, from Haydn's downstairs neighbor, to the youngest winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music.

On this page throughout the month of March, we'll assemble the various musicians being highlighted, plus add links to both hear their music and in some cases purchase the sheet music of their works.

NPR

British violinist Daniel hope leads a grand tour through several eras of great music. WKAR's Peter Whorf takes us through Hope's newest release, Journey to Mozart. It's WKAR's March New Release Of The Month.


Storyteller Jean Bolley.
Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

WKAR’s Pop-Up Stories returns Thursday night at the Capital Region International Airport and the theme is “Around The World.”

At last October’s Pop-Up at the library, the theme was "transformations." Storyteller Jean Bolley shared a humorous story about a transformation she had as a sports fan.


Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

It’s time for another one of our Pop-Up Stories! This one was told by Bob Kirkby last October, where the theme was “transformations.”

 


Pop-Up Stories returns this Thursday, March 1st with an event at the Capital Region International Airport!


Skyler Ashley / WKAR-MSU

WKAR’s Pop-Up Stories returns this Thursday March 1. We’ll be at the Capital Region International Airport and the theme is “Around The World: Travel Stories.”

Motown
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Detroit's Motown Museum is organizing an event to celebrate the entrepreneurial legacy of the Gordy family and black family-owned businesses in honor of Black History Month.

La Bohème | Metropolitan Opera

Feb 18, 2018
Sonya Yonceva on set in La Bohème
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat., Feb. 24 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts.

Flickr / Ford Europe

A museum dedicated to the birthplace of the Model T is seeking descendants of people who worked in the first building operated by Ford Motor Co.

Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

WKAR's Reginald Hardwick talked with Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley about her new book The Burden African-Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery. During a recent visit to Michigan State University, Riley explained why the lack of discussion about slavery and its affects on African-Americans are still being felt today and hurting the United States' ability to move forward as a whole. 


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