Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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Officials in southwest Michigan are considering how to handle a controversial fountain that some say celebrates white supremacy.

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This weekend, the New York Philharmonic is again in residency in Ann Arbor brought about by the University Musical Society. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley has more with UMS President, Matthew VanBesien and Maestro Leonard Slatkin.


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Is it church music? Or is it an opera in disguise? This weekend, the Grand Rapids Symphony performs Verdi’s Requiem. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley sat down with the Symphony’s new music director, Marcelo Lehninger to talk about one of the maestro’s favorite pieces.


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Melissa Kaplan

Can the arts influence thinking on scientific debates like the discussion surround climate change? A program in Lansing this week aims to do exactly that. It's called “Hope Takes the Stage.”


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What's it like to be a film critic that has never actually seen a film? Meet Tommy Edison, the Blind Film Critic.


It’s a musical about baseball, bar mitzvahs, psychiatry, and a late-in-life coming out. Let’s attend a rehearsal of Peppermint Creek Theatre’s production of ‘Falsettos’ with WKAR’s Jamie Paisley.


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Dr. James Niblock turns 100 on November 1st, and WKAR celebrates with the composer, musical friends and host Jody Knol and the special program James Niblock: The First 100 Years.


Fireworks over the state capitol dome and christmas tree
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A 61-foot spruce in Menominee County has been chosen as the official state Christmas tree.

Jamie Paisley

After 10 years as music director, Leonard Slatkin is in his final one with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. WKAR will be bringing you select live broadcasts throughout the year, part of a partnership with WRCJ in Detroit. But for this Friday’s 1st live broadcast of the season, WKAR’s Jamie Paisley went to Orchestra Hall to speak with the Maestro.


Joan Marcus, Courtesy The Bodyguard Musical

Take a much-loved romance film from the nineties, add-in several great hits by Whitney and you’ve got the makings of “The Bodyguard,” at the Wharton Center this week.


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How many times do you look on Twitter or Facebook and find out that it’s National Pizza Day or another day named after your favorite food? Or that your favorite celebrity is celebrating their birthday? Way before there was Google, a pair of brothers from Michigan compiled that information in a yearly calendar of events. 


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Youtuber Tyler Oakley will be the grand marshal for Michigan State’s 2017 homecoming week.

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A concert preview of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Music of the Holocaust” from the MSU College of Music.


Courtesy, Opera GR / Jeff Roffman-Atlanta Opera

It’s Tuesday night at DeVos Performance Hall in downtown Grand Rapids. The orchestra is preparing to play music by Giuseppe Verdi, but taking the podium is Maestro James Meena, new artistic director of Opera Grand Rapids.


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This week, the Michigan Humanities Council kicks off the 2017 Great Michigan Read.  It’s a statewide literacy program that encourages people to learn more about our Michigan culture by reading a selected book. 

 

This year’s choice is “X: A Novel,” by Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of civil rights activist Malcolm X.

 


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