Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

'The Princess Who Saved Herself' photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Riverwalk Theatre will stage a new musical, “The Princess Who Saved Herself,” starting this weekend. Meet the author of this premiere production as well as the Chippewa Junior High Schooler who had to learn to play guitar so she could also play the princess.


The Blue Echoes photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Who recently celebrated a 50th anniversary tour, but that’s nothing. For Live Music Friday, we have a group that’s been together for 60 years! The Blue Echoes, Lansing’s first rock band, perform live in WKAR’s Studio S.


Lucas Holliday photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

We talk to the famous “singing cashier” of Lansing, Lucas Holliday, who was recorded singing at work in a YouTube video that went viral and brought him more attention than he could have imagined.


Iqbal Khan photo
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We speak with the English-Pakistani theater director Iqbal Khan, who has led productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Globe Theater, and recently at the Hollywood Bowl. He's in town this week talking about Shakespeare with students and faculty.


An extended conversation with English director Iqbal Khan, who has directed for The Globe Theater in London, as well as for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He speaks with WKAR's Jamie Paisley about why audiences have been drawn to his productions, and the salient points about contemporary casting in our seemingly contradictory post-Brexit, post-Trump-election world, which remains just as multicultural as it was a few months ago.

Art Garfunkel photo
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He has one of popular music’s most recognizable voices. Art Garfunkel sang memorable hits like “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” We talk with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ahead of a weekend concert in Jackson.

Jonathan Kirkland photo
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Current State’s Katie Cook speaks with MSU College of Music alum Jonathan Kirkland about what it’s like to play George Washington in the Chicago production of "Hamilton."


window within a door
Courtesy of Jack Bergstrom

Habitat for Humanity for the Capital Region has enlisted local artists to decorate doors for a fundraiser this week. We talk with event organizer Ben Rathbun and artist Jack Bergeron about the Door Jam.


Elixer of Love rehearsal photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Current State previews the MSU College of Music’s production of the comedic opera “The Elixir of Love.”


Live Music Friday
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Renowned clarinetist Dave Bennett is our Live Music Friday guest.

Dave is accompanied by a couple of local favorites: Jeff Kressler on the piano and Ed Fedewa on bass.  Dave Bennett performs Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lansing.

Billy Bell photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

We speak with choreographer, dancer and "So You Think You Can Dance" coach Billy Bell ahead of his appearance this Saturday at Happendance in Okemos, in partnership with MSU Friends of Theatre.


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.”


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