Jamie Paisley

Radio host and fine arts producer

Questionnaire:

Hometown(s)?
Lansing, MI; Los Angeles, CA; Brookline, MA; Ithaca, NY; Avondale, PA

To what faults do you find yourself most indulgent?
Cheesesteaks

How do you spend your free time?
Old movies & TV shows with a sprinkling of boardgames

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I'd like to instantly transport myself anywhere in the world. I love travel, but hate the traveling.

What sound or noise do you love?
An audience singing along impromptu with a performance.

What sound or noise do you hate?
The scraping of chalkboards... fortunately, chalkboards are on the way out.

Do you like sports?
No... but I like feigning ignorance about sports.

Who is your favorite composer?
NOOO! Too hard! Top 5 of the moment, at least: Stravinsky; Brahms; Dowland; John Adams; Stephen Sondheim
 

Room with a View set photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

You may know the 1985 Merchant-Ivory film “A Room with a View,” but later this week the MSU Opera Theater will open their season with an English-language opera based on the beloved E.M. Forster novel. We speak with the MSU opera’s director and cast.


WKAR says farewell Melissa Benmark...and thanks!

Nov 13, 2015
Melissa in Studio
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Today was "Morning Edition" host Melissa Benmark's last day at WKAR, and her friends and colleagues send her off with this retrospective.


Enrique Diemecke photo
Courtesy photo / Flint Symphony Orchestra

We chat with Maestro Enrique Diemecke about the Flint Symphony’s concert this weekend, where the maestro will break down Mahler’s superstitious "Ninth Symphony" into bite-size pieces.


woman posed as rosie the riveter
Courtesy of Wild Swan Theater

Current State speaks to the creators of a new musical about those women of World War Two who came from all over to work manufacturing jobs in Michigan. The iconic Rosie The Riveter gets her own musical at the Wild Swan Theater in Ann Arbor.

Depression glass photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Current State speaks with members of the Michigan Depression Glass Society on the eve of their annual show in Dearborn. It’s one of the oldest and largest glass showcases in the U.S.

Twyla Tharp Dance photo
Ruven Afanador / Twyla Tharp Dance

Current State talks with dance legend Twyla Tharp ahead of her 50th anniversary tour coming to the Wharton Center tonight.


Chris Thile photo
Courtesy photo / Chris Thile/Facebook

Mandolinist Chris Thile performs in Kalamazoo on Friday night. Thile talks with Current State’s Scott Pohl about his music and his next big project: replacing Garrison Keillor next year on “A Prairie Home Companion.”


Courtesy Michigan Theater

We sit behind the organ at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, where a screening of the 1922 classic silent horror film Nosferatu will be accompanied by the Michigan’s grand Barton organ.


Richard Sherman photo
Courtesy photo / Absolute Music Chamber Series

Old Town Lansing will host a classical music concert tomorrow, not in any kind of concert hall, but instead in an art gallery. We speak with the MSU Professor and founder of the Absolute Chamber Music Series about this concert series, bringing back the days when music concerts were much more casual.


Kerry Shadbolt photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

The Michigan Art Education Association has named the Michigan Art Teacher of the Year and she’s from right here in Mid-Michigan. Current State talks with Kerry Shadbolt of Williamston High School, who received the honor this weekend in Grand Rapids.


Video art image
Courtesy image / Marina Abramović Archives and LIMA, Amsterdam

We visit the Broad Art Museum for their next exhibit “Moving Time,” a video installation that will take up two floors of the museum and is one of the final exhibits conceived by founding director Michael Rush, who passed away earlier this year.


Jersey Boys cast photo
Jeremy Daniel / Jersey Boys National Tour

A night at the theater will become a time machine to the 60’s and 70’s as the Tony Award winning musical "Jersey Boys" comes to East Lansing. Current State's Jamie Paisley speaks with one of the actors coming to town for this week-long engagement at the Wharton Center.


Alan Gilbert photo
Chris Lee / The New York Philharmonic

Current State's Jamie Paisley speaks with the music director of the New York Philharmonic, Maestro Alan Gilbert, about the orchestra’s three day residency this weekend at the University of Michigan. That includes leading a performance at Michigan Stadium Saturday.


Andromeda Theatre Dracula photo
Courtesy photo / Andromeda Theatre/Vincent Brady

Watch your neck! We speak with Vlad himself as well as the resident director of the Andromeda Community Theater about their upcoming performance of "Dracula," which is taking place at The Country Mill.


Assisted Living photo
Courtesy photo / Redbud Productions

Each of us has to deal with the struggles of getting older, and a play coming to Ann Arbor explores one woman seemingly over her head dealing with her aging mother. We speak with the director and star of "Assisted Living."

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