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Current State #200 | November 12, 2013

Nov 12, 2013

Today on Current State: medical marijuana; American perceptions of climate change; new Lansing Arts Council director, and an MSU documentary on cross-cultural exchanges.

http://www.lansingarts.org/

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing has a new executive director. Debbie Mikula has replaced the departed Leslie Donaldson.

MSU grad directs documentary on income inequality

Nov 6, 2013
http://jacobkornbluth.com/

The 16th East Lansing Film Festival begins tonight with the documentary “Inequality For All”. The movie features former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich, as he seeks to address the widening American income gap.

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Folk singers, hustlers and Samurai are all part of this year’s Holiday film lineup. John Serba, entertainment reporter and film critic for Mlive and the Grand Rapids Press, gave Current State’s Emanuele Berry the rundown of this season upcoming films.

Comic innovator makes superheroes more human

Oct 11, 2013
http://www.dccomics.com/

Comic book writer Geoff Johns did what many thought impossible. He made Aquaman cool, a feat that only a Spartan could achieve.

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Last spring, in response to a budget deficit, the Lansing Public School District laid off 87 teachers who were certified to teach art, music and physical education in its elementary schools.

One-man play deals with campus censorship

Sep 25, 2013
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“Beethoven and Misfortune Cookies” by playwright Joni Ravenna is a one-man show about Kabin Thomas, a University of Arkansas music professor who was fired in 2006 for using profanity in the classroom. The play is in Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre Thursday for a single performance.

Rapper Coolio coming to Lansing

Aug 7, 2013
Courtesy/coolioworld.com

Coolio got his start in the Los Angeles rap music scene in the late 80s and early 90s, and he hit it big when the producers of the movie “Dangerous Minds” chose his song “Gangsta’s Paradise” for the soundtrack.

It went to the top of the charts and win the Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1996. In all, he’s sold 30-million records worldwide. He’ll be in Lansing for a concert at The Loft Thursday night.

Broad exhibit features Michigan artist

Jul 29, 2013
Courtesy/Broad Art Museum

Another new exhibition has opened at Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum. It features two works by Michigan-based artist Lisa Walcott.

Courtesy of Common Ground Music Festival

The BLAT! Pack was founded in the late Summer of 2008 and has seven artists and vocalists. The group will perform on Sunday at the GM Pavillion Stage.

Courtesy/Common Ground Music Festival

The band The Soil And The Sun identifies itself as “corn-fed, Michigan-made.”  They describe their music as "Experiential Spiritual Orchestral Rock."

courtesy/Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers are known for their folk sound, which is fused with a hint of funk, Motown and pop.

As a week-long event including nationally-known acts, Lansing’s Common Ground festival occupies a key place on the Lansing area festival calendar.

BOP (harvey) at Common Ground Tuesday

Jul 9, 2013
Courtesy of Common Ground Music Festival

BOP (harvey) is one of the Lansing area’s most popular bands ever. After a decade and a half apart, they’re playing together again and will appear at the Common Ground Music Festival on Tuesday.

Verdehr Trio celebrates 40th anniversary

Jun 24, 2013
WKAR file photo

For 40 years, Walter and Elsa Verdehr have made up two-thirds of the Verdehr Trio. They’ve been joined by a number of pianists over the years. Silvia Roederer has been the third member for the last 15 years. During that time, their repertoire has included hundreds of pieces that were specially commissioned for violin, clarinet and piano.

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