WKAR special events -- Preview screenings, big-screen theatre presentations, fun fundraisers, education workshops, and more.

Courtesy - Michigan Shakespeare Festival

The 20th Michigan Shakespeare Festival season includes what might be the biggest of all the Bard’s works: "Hamlet". Also on the schedule is one lesser-known Shakespeare play and one non-Shakespeare classic.

Courtesy - Michigan Antique Radio Club

The 29th annual Vintage Electronics Extravaganza gets underway this weekend in Lansing. The Michigan Antique Radio Club spearheads the gathering, which happens to be one of the largest of its kind in the country. Approximately 200 to 300 sellers will have a diverse mixture of vintage radio, telephone and other electronic items on display and for sale.

FREE – Sunday, Jan 19, at 4 p.m. | See it on the big screen at Studio C! 6 hours before the national broadcast premiere | RESERVE SEATS ARE FILLED | STANDBY TICKET SIGN-UP CLOSED

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WKAR's latest Community Cinema screening event featured an on-screen visit to Barefoot College in India, and in-person discussion with mid-Michigan women who are working to make a difference around the world.

Group at restaurant table
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On a recent Monday evening, WKAR classical music hosts Mark Schwitzgoebel and Jody Knol, along with radio station manager Peter Whorf, met up with WKAR listeners at an East Lansing pizzeria to talk about classical music on the air and in our community in mid-Michigan.

Nov. 15 Evening at WKAR: The Dust Bowl

Oct 31, 2012

FREE – Thursday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. | See a preview of the latest mini-series from Ken Burns. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

Ed Slott Visits WKAR

Oct 30, 2012
Ed Slott and Guests
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WKAR was pleased to welcome IRA expert Ed Slott, host of Ed Slott's Retirement Rescue and other public television specials, to the station on October 16.

Guests attending not only had quality time with Ed Slott but also had the opportunity to see a live taping of QuizBusters, tour the set of Off the Record and get a first-hand look at what a green screen is like in the studio and what it looks like after it is used to create a virtual set.

Nov. 8 | Raising Readers Workshop

Oct 15, 2012

WKAR hosts a Raising Readers Family Fun Workshop on Thursday, November 8, at Sycamore Elementary in Holt.

Families will learn new ways to build children's reading skills while interacting with their child. Although the workshop is targeted to families and children 4-6 years old, siblings are welcome to attend also. Each child will receive a free book to take home.

Fun for All at the Teddy Bear Picnic!

Oct 9, 2012
Susi Elkins with Kids
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WKAR was pleased to join in the fun at the Teddy Bear Hospital and Picnic, sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development on October 6.

Children came carrying their teddy bears and other stuffies to be stitched up by medical students. The idea behind the annual event is to make going to the doctor a little less scary for youngsters.

Jason with MSU Mascot Sparty
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Tuesday night (9/11) Sparty dropped by WKAR Studio A in the Communication Arts and Sciences building to help kick off the 24th season of QuizBusters. Two Special Edition episodes kick off the 24th season of QuizBusters in primetime on Wednesday, September 19, at 8 p.m. ET on WKAR-TV.

Evening at WKAR: Call the Midwife Sneak Preview

Sep 7, 2012

FREE – Thursday, September 20, at 7 p.m. | Get a preview of the new British series, Call the Midwife and view the first hour! | RESERVE SEATS HERE

Jeanie Croope, Tim Zeko, Kevin Lavery, Earle Robinson and the WKAR Street Team all had a great time at the 11th Annual Great Lakes Folk Festival this past weekend (August 10-12).

Did we see you there? Check out the photos on facebook, and be sure to tag yourself and your friends!

The WKAR Street Team met many fans of hot summer days, jazz and WKAR at the 2012 Lansing JazzFest in Old Town.

"Big Science" Intrigues WKAR Audience

Jul 31, 2012
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If the attendance at "An Evening at WKAR" was any indication, "big science" is a big interest for WKAR fans. More than 230 people, coming from as far as Novi, crowded the Communication Arts & Sciences auditorium on July 30 to get a sneak preview of The Small Matter of Big Science and hear remarks by Konrad Gelbke and Douglas Gage.

Gelbke, director of Michigan State University's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, is also featured in the documentary, which airs Wednesday, August 1, at 8 p.m., on WKAR-TV.

Save the Date - WKAR Fall Preview on September 6

Jul 30, 2012

Please save September 6 on your calendar for a very special Evening at WKAR. On that Thursday evening in September we'll be hosting our annual Fall Preview.

Molly Fillmore Delights WKAR Fans!

Jul 26, 2012

WKAR's July 25 "Evening at WKAR" with Molly Fillmore was a great success with lots of great feedback. Molly was here to preview the Great Performances at the Met production of Satyagraha, airing Sunday, July 29, at 3 p.m. on WKAR World's "Summer Sundays at the Opera."

The WKAR Street Team met many, many fans of WKAR at the 16th Annual Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in East Lansing. Did we see you there? Check out the photos on facebook, and be sure to tag yourself and your friends!

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WKAR celebrated International Migratory Bird Day at Potter Park Zoo on Saturday, June 2, as part of the annual Be a Tourist in Your Own Town event.

photo: Eric Fulton / WKAR Street Team

The WKAR Street Team met many, many fans of WKAR at the 49th Annual East Lansing Art Festival. Did we see you there? Check out the photos on facebook, and be sure to tag yourself and your friends! You can also view the  slideshow right here.

June 26 and 27 at East Lansing Hannah Community Center, in the Albert White Performing Arts Theater.  Two free shows per night, featuring Home Again, Domestic Problems, Howling Diablos and Silent Lapse. These concerts are being recorded for BackStage Pass, the television series featuring music made in Michigan.

Join WKAR as it reveals the line-up for the next Backstage Pass recording sessions, coming to East Lansing in June. The WKAR television series featuring music made in Michigan kicks off an all-new season of production at a brand new venue, with bands that have never been featured before by WKAR.

May 19-20. On the City Hall Main Stage, in the children's area, and all around, you'll find WKAR at the East Lansing Art Festival.

The third broadcast season of BackStage Pass just wrapped up, with TV featuring music made in Michigan from the Chenille Sisters, Larry McCray, Bowery, and many more great, original acts.  Those 10 shows will repeat on WKAR-TV beginning this week and continuing into the summer.

Fans are wondering: will there be a fourth season? and, how can I be in the TV audience for the next shows?  We are thrilled to announce that there WILL be a fourth season of BackStage Pass.


Apr 11, 2012

FREE - Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. | Join WKAR for an evening of mystery  on the MSU campus.  Communication Arts & Sciences Room 147 | RESERVE SEATS HERE

Around one hundred fans of science programming on WKAR joined us Tuesday night (April 3) for our Preview Event featuring NOVA: Hunting the Elements.

The evening kicked off with a sneak peek at the special 2-hour program airing Wednesday, April 4, at 9pm on WKAR TV-HD/23. Guests also had an opportunity to hear direct from some of the researchers who explore questions about how our world works.

Bruce Springsteen provides the 'keynote' presentation today from the South by Southwest Conference - Live from Austin. Watch it here at 1pm EDT.

Friday, March 16, 10:35am
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Classical Roots

FREE - Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. | Join WKAR,  the Cyclotron Lab, and FRIB for an evening of adventure and extreme chemistry on the MSU campus.  Communication Arts & Sciences Room 147 | RESERVE SEATS HERE

Storybook characters, performers, authors and storytelling are combined in a way to help kids learn to love reading at a free special event on Sunday, March 18, from 1-4 p.m. The event will take place at Hannah Community Center in East Lansing.

WKAR’s Ready To Learn Service will host a free Raising Readers Family Fun Workshop on Thursday, March 15, 5:30-7 p.m., at Gier Park Elementary School in Lansing.