Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Creative Commons — Dwight Burdette

For three years now, Shelly Smith has been herding cats. She is the Ann Arbor organizer of ‘50 First Jokes,’ which brings 50 fellow comedians onto one stage to tell their first jokes of the new year.

Nabucco | Metropolitan Opera

Jan 1, 2017
Met Opera's main character on stage
Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Jan. 7 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine.

The Espresso Book Machine
Jamie Paisley / WKAR-MSU

There is a café located on the first floor of the Michigan State University Library, it serves the usual goods you’d expect. Light snacks and a few beloved liquid forms of caffeine. But one floor above it, there is an Espresso Machine. It doesn’t make coffee, however. It makes books.


Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza performing
Courtesy / Bob Baldori

Veteran Lansing musician Bob Baldori talks with Mark Bashore about singing cashier Lucas Holliday, 'Boogie Stomp' at the Robin Theatre, and his career with Chuck Berry.

Jane Rose and historic church
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Meridian Historical Village's Jane Rose speaks with Kevin Lavery about the New Year's Eve kick-off of the township's 175th anniversary year.

Met Opera's main characters on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Dec. 31 at 1 pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM| James Levine conducts this comedy of a feisty Italian girl turning the tables on her bumbling captors via Rossini’s blend of madness and fun.

Hansel and Gretel | Metropolitan Opera

Dec 19, 2016
Met Opera's main characters on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Dec. 24 at 1pm on WKAR Radio 90.5 FM | Enjoy this deliciously dark take on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale, appealing to audiences of all ages, on The Metropolitan Opera

Phil Denny photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

For Live Music Friday this week, we’ve invited jazz saxophone star Phil Denny back to Current State for a touch of Christmas as the holiday approaches.


Classical Bells photo
Courtesy photo / Darlene Ebersole

We catch up with Classical Bells artistic director Darlene Ebersole about playing their bells.


Salome | Metropolitan Opera

Dec 14, 2016
Met Opera's main charcters on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Dec. 17 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Richard Strauss’s revolutionary score and scandalous Oscar Wilde–inspired drama took the world by storm at its premiere and continues to wow audiences today. 

Joe Newberry photo
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We talk with singer-guitarist-banjo playing songwriter Joe Newberry ahead of a Tuesday performance at Elderly Instruments in Lansing.


Photo of Jamie Paisley with his Butt-Numb-A-Thon 18 badge
Jamie Paisley / WKAR-MSU

He just finished watching movies for 24 hours in one movie theater. We get a rundown of the “Butt-Numb-A-Thon” film festival from Current State’s Jamie Paisley, including how he and his fellow marathoners will be part of next year's “Star Wars Episode 8.”


Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder photo
Joan Marcus

The first national tour of "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder" comes to the Wharton Center this week. Current State’s Katie Cook talks with Kevin Massey, who plays Monty Navarro in the Tony award-winning musical.


Twyla Birdsong photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest this week is Lansing singer Twyla Birdsong. She’s well known in blues music circles.


Matt Eldred & Zyle Zeuch photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Meet two of the people helping the Lansing Symphony Orchestra this Sunday during their annual Holiday Pops Concert at the Wharton Center, the MSU Youth Chorale’s Kyle Zeuch and singer Matt Eldred.


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