Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Flickr - terrydu

Most people who live in the Mitten State have fond memories of time spent at one of the Great Lakes. Those memories are what fuel The Great Lakes Book Project. The book captures over 20 personal stories about life along the shoreline, exploring the powerful bond people across the region and the world have with the Great Lakes. Current State's Emanuele Berry speaks with the books publisher and editor Walter Blake Knoblock.

Author explores America's self-help culture

Feb 28, 2014
Simon & Schuster

 

From the supermarket check-out, to any bookstore best-seller section, to TV seminars and your smart phone, Americans are deluged with opportunities for self-improvement. We spend in the tens of billions of dollars annually, hoping to end co-dependency, cultivate our spirituality, improve our sleep. The list is endless.

Grove Press

In Michigan one of the things we all accept are the supposed differences between the Upper Peninsula and the Lower Peninsula. The stereotypes haunt the residents of both regions: rural versus urban; those who are stressed versus those who are relaxed; those happy with money versus those happy in long underwear.

Flickr - Rocky Romero

We all know people in our community who we feel are extraordinary for their memorable life experiences or their sacrifices.  Maybe for their success or their service, and for the insights that result from those experiences.

Getting better acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of Current State’s ongoing series, Voices of Experience.

Rabbi Morton Hoffman was the head of Congregation Shaarey Zedek from 1983 until 2000, and then again for a few years until 2003 when he re-retired.

Courtesy of Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we feature the Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan (RSCCM). The Lansing-based non-profit offers peaceful conflict resolution services for businesses, individuals and schools in six Mid-Michigan counties.

1491s tap Native American heritage for laughs

Feb 25, 2014
1491s.com


The 1491s describe themselves as “a gaggle of Indians chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire.” The five Native American artists create work that will make you snicker, but will also make you think.

Norm Torp

Cinematographer Dan Kneece has had a long career in movie-making, commercials, and music videos. He learned how to handle a Steadicam from inventor Garrett Brown, and has a track record of nearly three decades that earned him the Steadicam Guild’s first ever lifetime achievement award.

MSU comics forum celebrates breadth of artform

Feb 20, 2014
Courtesy of MSU Comic Book Forum

Comic lovers from across the state will converge in East Lansing  this week for the annual MSU Comics Forum. This year’s event features an artist alleyway, panel discussions and keynote speaker Stan Sakai.

Rich Goteri and Patrick Moug photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Today, we have the second installment of our new series “Moviemaking in Michigan”. Current State’s Scott Pohl is following the process of making a movie, from start to finish.

Flickr - rockriver

In 1968, Michigan Governor George Romney signed an agreement with the governor of Shiga Prefecture, which is one of Japan’s 47 state-like territories, to create a sister state relationship. The cultural partnership between the two states is one of the longest-running in the country and is still going strong today.

Purplerosetheatre.org

Actor and musician Jeff Daniels is a busy man, but not too busy to come back to entertain folks in his home state of Michigan. Daniels is doing a one-man stage show in seven Michigan towns.

It's not often that the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra takes center stage to fully showcase its brilliance.  Last May, the James Levine-led ensemble performed at Carnegie Hall and the concert was recorded and released recently by DG

  .  This week's What's New features the Met with Schubert's epic 9th Symphony.

Schubert/Symphony #9/Met Opera, Levine/DG

Grainger/Lisbon/New Sydney Wind Quintet/NSWQ

Gershwin/Concerto in F/Wang, Royal Scottish/Chandos

Lussier/Impressions del'Lamameda/Group of Twenty Eight/MSR

Violinist Joshua Bell demonstrates his amazingly versatile music making in his new release Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends

Three German groups and one American ensemble are featured on this edition of What's New.  The South West Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart is exceeded in name only by the South West Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg.  Sounds like something out of P.D.Q Bach routine.  Anyway, they present new releases of Ravel and Richard Strauss, respectively.The second hour of What's New explores Samuel Barber with the Cypress Quartet and Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto from Nikolai Lugansky and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin.

We'll hear the flip side of Helene Grimaud's fantastic new Brahms piano concerto CD...this time it's No. 2 with the Vienna Philharmonic.  Also, a new take on Leopold Stokowski's famous Bach arrangements for the Philadelphia Orchestra, plus Gustavo Dudamel's Strauss and a tribute to the late John Tavener.

Brahms/Piano Concerto #2/Grimaud, Vienna, Nelsons/DG

Bach arr. Stokowski/Little Fugue in g min/Philadelphia Orch, Nezet-Segun/DG

Tavener/The Protecting Veil selections/Isserlis, BBC Sym, Rozhdestvensky/BBC

Strauss/Also Sprach Zarathustra/Berlin, Dudamel/DG

Pages