Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Dr. Matthew Aubin photo
Courtesy photo / Dr. Matthew Aubin

We speak with Dr. Matthew Aubin ahead of his performance with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra this weekend with music from Spain. It’s also the second time he’ll be leading the JSO since being named their music director designate.


Abby Wattenberg and Rachel Alexander photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Women in the Arts Festival will be back in East Lansing this weekend. The headlining music show with Dar Williams is already sold out, but there will be a lot more to do. We talk with organizer Abby Wattenberg and musician Rachel Alexander.


Peppermint Creek photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The play "Disgraced" addresses Islamophobia and challenges facing Muslim-Americans. We learn about the Lansing production of the Pulitzer Prize winner that runs through next week.


Ryan Shadbolt and The Weathermen
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Ryan Shadbolt and The Weathermen are here for Live Music Friday. They have a new EP being released tonight called “Michigandering.”


LSO, MSU musicians join forces for Beethoven’s 9th

Nov 3, 2016
Timothy Muffitt photo
Lansing Symphony

The Lansing Symphony brings one of the most famous pieces of music to the Wharton Center this weekend: Beethoven’s "9th Symphony." We speak with the Maestro ahead of Friday’s performance.


We talk with writer Christine Lasek. Now based in Athens, Georgia, the Michigan native has just published her first collection of short stories called “Love Letters to Michigan.”


Reports to an Academy photo
Courtesy photo / Ailbhe Ni Bhriain and Domobaal Gallery, London

The Broad Art Museum brings a forward-thinking display to its halls this weekend. We learn from the Broad’s Caitlín Doherty and a couple of the visiting artists how their art helps envision Ireland a hundred years from now in the exhibit “2116: Forecast of the Next Century.”


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It’s time again for the beloved East Lansing Film Festival.  Each year, the festival takes on a certain flavor, and this year’s is “Exceptional People.”

Current State talks with three actors involved in a revival of theatrical presentations of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."


Alex Mendenall photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Alex Mendenall is back to appear on Current State’s Live Music Friday. The singer-guitarist has a new CD called “Into the Hinterland” coming out at a release party in Lansing in November.


Audio Air Force photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Experience some old timey radio at the Robin Theater in Lansing this weekend as the Audio Air Force troupe brings the classic tale of “Dracula” and the not-so-classic tale of “The Chicken Heart” to life. We’ll sit in on the rehearsal and speak with the troupe’s founder, Dave Downing.


Dr. Martin Neary photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

He sang at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, was watched by billions when he music directed Princess Diana’s funeral, and this weekend, he leads the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys. Jamie Paisley talks with Dr. Martin Neary.


Ana Holguin photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

We hear a story from storyteller Ana Holguin at our most recent Pop-Up Stories event.


Taylor Taylor photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

We welcome Taylor Taylor back for Live Music Friday. Now studying at Lansing Community College, Taylor has become a fixture on the local music scene. We catch up with her and hear songs from “Right Here,” her latest EP.


Temple Grandin photo
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She’s been the subject of an Emmy-award winning HBO film, and now the life of Dr. Temple Grandin is taking to the stage at the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theater. We learn more about the production about this autistic cattle scientist and author, including a sensory-friendly version for those audience members on the autistic spectrum.


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