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This weekend, the hosts of "Mythbusters" will make a stop at East Lansing's Wharton Center as part of their "Behind the Myths" tour. For ten years, the Discovery Channel show has entertained skeptics, science buffs and ordinary folk alike with a lighthearted and creative approach to science.

Red Haven to host Anthony Bourdain for VIP event

May 6, 2013
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Chef and author Anthony Bourdain has a new globetrotting TV show called “Parts Unknown” on CNN. On Tuesday, he brings his “Guts and Glory” speaking tour to MSU’s Wharton Center. After his talk, he’ll join 150 people for a VIP event at Red Haven, a new restaurant in Okemos.

Current State #67 | April 16, 2013

Apr 16, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing city budget; Red Cedar now open for fishing ; Wharton Center reveals new season; and a Public Poetry Announcement with Carl Phillips.

Preview of Wharton Center's 2013-14 season

Apr 16, 2013
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The Wharton Center for Performing Arts announced its 2013-14 season Monday evening.  Peter Whorf spoke with Wharton Executive Director Mike Brand about some of the highlights, including The Book of Mormon and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jazz singer Carolyn Leonhart riffs on music

Apr 3, 2013
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  Jazz singer Carolyn Leonhart  will turn Wharton Center’s Jackson Lounge into a jazz club next Wednesday. She’ll be putting on two performances that night to benefit East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival. WKAR’S Melissa Benmark caught up with her this week to ask what kinds of material she’ll be performing at her Wharton gig.

Kevin Lavery

A new production opening tonight at MSU’s Wharton Center pays homage to the Harlem Renaissance.  In the 1920’s, the arts in America, like just about every other industry, were dominated by whites. Most representations of African-American life were done in parody.  One of most popular programs of the day was “Amos and Andy.”  It debuted in 1928 with two white actors who would later appear on screen in blackface.

Current State #39 | March 7, 2013

Mar 7, 2013

Today on Current State: The iconic SS Badger's future; gender imbalance in medical research; summer road construction East Lansing; the Safe Patient Care Act; and a preview of the Wharton Center's remaining lineup.

Diverse lineup remains for Wharton Center's season

Mar 7, 2013

The stretch run begins next week for the remainder of the concert season at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts.  WKAR’s Peter Whorf chats with Wharton Center executive director Mike Brand about the breadth and depth of performances coming to East Lansing in the next few months.  

Ladysmith Black Mambazo still going strong after 50 years

Feb 20, 2013
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Ladysmith Black Mambazo is coming to Wharton Center to perform their signature South African Zulu-style choral music. They began singing in competitions in the 1970s, and rose to worldwide fame when they appeared on Paul Simon’s album “Graceland” in 1986. They’ve recorded over 50 albums, and their latest tour has a stop in East Lansing.

WKAR’s Melissa Benmark speaks with one of the longest-singing members, Albert Mazibuko, about the group's longevity.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Coming To Wharton Center

Feb 19, 2013
Luis Leal

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is coming to Wharton Center Wednesday to perform their signature South African Zulu-style choral music. They began singing in competitions in the 1970s, and rose to world-wide fame when they appeared on Paul Simon’s album “Graceland” in 1986. They’ve recorded over 50 albums, and their latest tour has a stop in East Lansing. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke to one of the longest-singing members, Albert Mazibuko, about the music his group performs.

With your gift to WKAR here, our thank-you puts you and a guest in the audience for Celtic Woman. 7:30p Thursday April 4 at Wharton Center - Cobb Great Hall | Give Now, Get Tickets Here

With your gift to WKAR here, our thank-you puts you in the audience for Experience the Beatles with RAIN and a meet-and-greet opportunity. 8p Friday March 29 at Wharton Center - Cobb Great Hall | Give Now, Get Tickets Here

Current State #8 | January 23, 2013

Jan 23, 2013
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On today's Current State:  The legendary William Shatner, former East Lansing mayor and newly elected Michigan Rep. Sam Singh, more from the Detroit auto show, and Neighbors in Action highlights the work of NAMI Lansing.

With your gift to WKAR here, our thank-you puts you in the audience for BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL. 7:30p Tuesday Jan. 15 at Wharton Center - Cobb Hall | Give Now, Get Tickets Here

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To bring the story of "War Horse" to the stage, it was necessary to create convincing likenesses of horses.

The British company behind the play turned to the Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa for the job.

"War Horse" arrives at MSU’s Wharton Center tonight. There will be eight performances.

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