Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

New mural at Peckham Inc. the work of many hands

Feb 22, 2013
Becky Shink

An art installation three years in the making is being unveiled this weekend. Art@Work is a community based art project, constructed through collaboration between the nonprofit organization Peckham Inc., MSU's Residential College of Arts and Humanities and the College of Engineering. The installation features over 100 portraits made by Peckham clients and students. WKAR's Emanuele Berry reports.

Sunday is the biggest night of the year for movie lovers. Hollywood honors the best movies of 2012, with Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress, and more. Who deserves to win, and is that likely to be different from who will?

Susan Woods, the founder of the East Lansing Film Festival, offers her thoughts on the contenders.

The next edition of Peter Whorf's What's New on WKAR features one of the great pianists of our age - Emanuel Ax.  He plays music on his new Sony Classical disc by Haydn and Beethoven - and this week's What's New feature, Robert Schumann's Symphonic Etudes. Also, the Banff Competition award-winning Cecelia String Quartet and more...

What's New on WKAR/Friday, February 22 at 2pm:

Schumann/Symphonic Etudes/Emanuel Ax/Sony Classical

Bach/Brandenburg Concerto #1/Oregon Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra/Hanssler Classics

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At the iconic Motown Museum in Detroit, a new exhibit honors the female contribution to the 1960s era. It’s called “Girl Groups: The Grit, The Glamour,The Glory.” Included are records, photos and memorabilia from all of the groups you remember, and one you have probably never heard of.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl toured the exhibit with the president and CEO of the Motown Museum, Allen Rawls.

Now that it’s been open for a few months, it’s time for the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University to change things up. Some inaugural exhibits are departing, and three new exhibits go on display this Friday.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with the museum’s curator of contemporary art, Alison Gass, about what’s new at the Broad.

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For the first time since opening, MSU’s Broad Art Museum is closing exhibits to make way for new displays. Founding director Michael Rush discusses how things have gone at the Broad so far.

Courtesy of Spartans Will. 360

A team of video storytellers from Michigan State University is wrapping up a two-month journey around the world.  The crew is documenting the work of MSU researchers in countries such as China, Brazil and Malawi as they tackle challenges ranging from malnutrition and disease to human organ trafficking.  The project is called “Spartans Will. 360.”  

Current State’s Kevin Lavery catches up with team leader Jim Peck by phone in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Today at noon (Sat. 2/16), celebrated film composer John Lunn, the creator of the theme music for the award winning Downton Abbey television series welcomes WKAR listeners into his home. Join 90.5 for the encore presentation of At Home with John Lunn: Composer of the Downton Abbey Soundtrack.

Book recalls famous and forgotten Michigan authors

Feb 15, 2013
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Dave Dempsey is a widely respected environmentalist and writer; his attorney brother, Jack, is also a writer. Together, their love for Michigan and the written word are united in “Ink Trails: Michigan’s Famous and Forgotten Authors." The book has been chosen as a Michigan Notable Book for 2013. They join us to talk about Michigan’s rich literary history.

Jack and Dave Dempsey will appear at the Schuler Book Store in Okemos on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. to discuss the book.

This week at 2pm on What's New - MSU's Verdehr Trio celebrates 40 years, Lansing-based pianist Sergei Kvitko looks forward to Carnegie Hall as he releases the new disc, Ad Libitum...and we hear new releases from the Cecelia String Quartet and the Claremont Trio's new Beethoven Triple Concerto.

Beethoven/Triple Concerto op. 56/Claremont Trio, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Martin West

Haydn/Variations in F Minor/Sergei Kvitko

Granados/Escenas Romanticas excerpt/Sergei Kvitko

Bruch/Four Pieces, op. 83/Verdehr Trio

Public Poetry Announcement: Jack Gilbert

Feb 14, 2013
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Our Public Poetry Announcement for Valentine’s Day features Jack Gilbert’s “The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart.”  Current State producer Joe Linstroth and Stephanie Glazier, acting director of MSU’s Center for Poetry in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, discuss Gilbert’s richly detailed poem and the limits of language when it approaches such broad, ineffable emotions like love.

Current State’s Public Poetry Announcements are brought to you by the Center for Poetry at Michigan State University’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.

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Alabama in the 1960s was at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. The bus boycotts, the marches, the sit-ins, the snarling dogs and gushing fire hoses -- many of that era’s iconic moments happened in Alabama.

Under the leadership of Whitney Young, the National Urban League, which is one of our country’s oldest civil rights organizations, joined the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and others in the fight to end Jim Crow segregation in the Deep South.

Friday, February 15 at 7pm and Saturday the 16th at noon, celebrated film composer John Lunn, the creator of the theme music for the award winning Downton Abbey television series welcomes WKAR listeners into his home.  

What’s being billed as the nation’s largest gay college student conference will be held this weekend in Lansing.  The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference expects 2,000 people to attend at the Lansing Center. It was organized by students from Michigan State University, and is open to all college students. Erica Shekell, director of marketing and public relations for the conference, discusses the weekend's events.

Today we’re starting a new recurring segment on Current State. It’s called Public Poetry Announcement.

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