Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Mary Flower photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Michigan BluesFest returns to Lansing this weekend, and our Live Music Friday guest is Mary Flower, in town from Portland, Oregon to perform tonight. We also talk with organizer Terry Terry about this year’s BluesFest.


Greg Proops photo
Courtesy photo / Whose Live Anyway

It’s run on three TV networks in two different countries. Now, a quartet of improv comedians is bringing the spontaneous madness of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” to mid-Michigan. This evening, the traveling stage show, “Whose Live Anyway” visits the Wharton Center in East Lansing. We talk with comic Greg Proops about the show and the art of improv.


Harpsichord photo
flickr creative commons

It’s an ancestor to the piano, and over the past few years it's been making a comeback. Meet the man from the Flint Institute of Music who teaches how to play the harpsichord.


Beaumont Brass photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

This Sunday night at MSU’s Fairchild Theatre, a new Spartan sound comes to the stage. The Beaumont Brass and friends unveil “Spartan Fanfare.” Current State's Peter Whorf has a preview.


Haimerl house exterior photo before
Amy Haimerl

Amy Haimerl and her husband wanted to move from Brooklyn to Detroit, so they bought an old house at a rock-bottom price. The fixer-upper has become the subject of her book “Detroit Hustle”. Current State's Scott Pohl went to see the house for himself and talk with the author.

Yafim Bronfman photo
Dario Acosta

The great pianist Yefim Bronfman is making appearances this weekend in Michigan, first with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky on Friday, then on Sunday, a solo piano performance at the Wharton Center. We ask him about maneuvering that split personality.


Andy Irvine photo
Courtesy photo / Ten Pound Fiddle

The 42nd season of Ten Pound Fiddle concerts kicks off this weekend. We talk with Sally Potter about this year's lineup.


Timothy Muffitt photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra kicks off their concert season this weekend. We speak with Maestro Timothy Muffitt about the concert.


Derek Polischuk and Melanie Helton photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

The first of this year’s MSU College of Music faculty recitals happens on Wednesday. We learn why soprano Melanie Helton has called her performance “Lover’s Lullaby: A Evening of Excruciatingly Bad Songs.”


Airmen of Note
Staff Sgt. Mike Fariss / U.S. Air Force

Did you know the U.S. Air Force has a jazz band? They’re called the Airmen of Note, and they’re spending a couple of days in Michigan this weekend. We speak with a Senior Master Sergeant from the band.


Hal Gould photo of Willie Dixon
Courtesy photo / Hal Gould/MICA Gallery

"Seeing Rectangular" is an exhibit at the MICA Gallery in Old Town opening this weekend. It explores the durability of non-digital images by photographer and journalist Hal Gould.


FIA Theater photo
Courtesy photo / Flint Institute of Arts

The Flint Institute of Arts is kicking off its 2016-2017 Friends of Modern Art Film series. We find out more about the series and get a preview of some of the selected films with associate curator of film Ed Bradley.


Mark Sundermann story
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

The theme of our last Pop-Up Stories event was "The Call of the Wild." Mark Sundermann told a story about a nasty mishap.


Brendan Doherty photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is Brendan Doherty, an Irish singer-guitarist songwriter now living in East Lansing. His new album is called “Feels Like Home.”

Geng Xue, Mr. Sea, 2014 photo
Courtesy photo / Geng Xue and Klein Sun Gallery, New York

After the United States, China has the second largest art market in the world. A new exhibit at MSU’s Broad Art Museum explores how Chinese women have navigated the contemporary art explosion in their homeland. We speak with Dr. Wang Chunchen, curator of the new Broad exhibit, “Fire Within.”


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