Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Violist Paul Neubauer photo
Bernard Mindich

Some of the world’s greatest musicians are bringing the best of Johann Sebastian Bach to the Wharton Center. We speak with a member of New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center about Thursday’s concert.


Spartan Agate photo
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Have you thought about what to buy the jewelry-lover in your life this holiday season? Consider the lovely Spartan Agate, a man-made “gemstone” made from the thick layers of paint applied over many decades to The Rock on MSU’s campus. We talk to the jeweler who makes them to find out how she does it.


L'Amour de Loin | Metropolitan Opera

Dec 5, 2016
Met Opera's main charcters on stage
Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Sat. Dec. 10 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | One of the most discussed, praised, and successful of recent operas, L’Amour de Loin is a seductively beautiful tale of love’s unfathomable nature. 

Monte Pride and Benjy Joung photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Monte Pride is our Live Music Friday artist this week. “Hawthorne Morning Sound” is his first full-length album.


The area around the Frandor shopping center is the site of one of mid-Michigan’s most ambitious redevelopment projects. Part of the Red Cedar Renaissance plan would place public art in a re-vamped section of a stormwater drain. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with two organizers of the “Art In the Wild” project.


AIDS quilt photo
Courtesy photo / MSU Museum

The entire 48,000-plus panels of the AIDS quilt were last displayed nearly 20 years ago in Washington D.C. On this World AIDS day, the MSU Museum has been loaned a portion of them to display for the next 10 days. We speak with a curator of the Museum about how quilts capture the emotions of an underrepresented population.


Met Opera
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Sat. Dec. 3 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Matinee broadcast returns to the air on this Saturday afternoon!

Musicians in studio
Peter Whorf / WKAR-MSU

The acclaimed quartet visited WKAR  to record some music and talk with WKAR's Peter Whorf about their upcoming East Lansing appearance.


Emily Sutton-Smith and Angela Dawe
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Have you ever listened to an audiobook? Have you wondered who reads them and what it takes to become successful in that field? Current State talks with Emily Sutton-Smith and Angela Dawe, two audiobook readers from mid-Michigan.


Michelle Obama with Perfect Fourth String Quartet photo
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The Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, which teaches underprivileged youths, recently sent four students to perform at the White House for Michelle Obama. We speak to their director about that performance opportunity of a lifetime.


'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.

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