Arts and Culture

Wayne Kramer photo
Jim Newberry

The leader of one of Detroit’s most influential rock bands has written an autobiography. Wayne Kramer led the MC5, a group that helped take hard rock music to the mainstream. Fifty years later, to promote his book “The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, The MC5 and My Life of Impossibilities,” he’s hitting the road with a band he’s calling MC50.


Motown
WKAR file photo / WKAR

The Motown Museum in Detroit is recognizing Aretha Franklin’s importance to her home town this weekend.


Brian Kirschensteiner photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

If you’ve ever visited an art museum, you’re familiar with the small information signs posted next to the works on display. There, you’ll find the name of the artist, the title of the piece, and other information. At Michigan State University, the Broad Art Museum hopes to use new technology to provide a lot more than the basics.


Janice Blixt photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Shakespeare Festival

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is back for its annual six-week run. As always, the first three weeks are staged at Jackson College.


Maceo Parker photo
Laurent Graffion

Saxophone player Maceo Parker may have the greatest résumé in funk music history. On Friday night, Parker brings a show paying tribute to Ray Charles to MSU’s Wharton Center.


Mark Auslander photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

There will not be a Great Lakes Folk Festival this summer in East Lansing. WKAR's Scott Pohl talks with  Museum Director Mark Auslander about the decision.


Wally Pleasant photo
Vincent Brady / Windwalker Underground Gallery

Wally Pleasant is a comedic singer-songwriter who’ll perform twice this weekend in Charlotte. Scott Pohl brought the long-time local favorite into WKAR’s Studio S for a little conversation and music.


Theresa Rosado and Diana Rivera photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The art world looks down on paintings on velvet. The images conjured by the phrase “velvet art” might be things like children with big eyes, or Elvis Presley. A Lansing art gallery is challenging the notion that this is low-brow art. Casa de Rosado is hosting an exhibition called “Black Velvet, a Rasquache Aesthetic” through February 3rd.


Warhol's Marilyn image
Courtesy Image

The most iconic name in modern art history might well be that of Andy Warhol. Even casual observers of the art world know about his works depicting soup cans or celebrities like Marilyn Monroe. Starting Saturday, the Broad Art Museum on the MSU campus will be the site of an exhibition of works by Warhol. “Andy Warhol: A Day in the Life” can be seen through May 6th.


Jim Nabors photo
Courtesy photo / Dave McClary

Actor and singer Jim Nabors died on Thursday at the age of 87. WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with a Traverse City man about a friendly encounter with the Gomer Pyle star.

Tian Zhou photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

An associate professor of composition at Michigan State University has become a Grammy nominee. Tian Zhou is one of the nominees in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category for his Concerto for Orchestra, as recorded by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Scott Crandall performance photo
Melissa Kaplan

Can the arts influence thinking on scientific debates like the discussion surround climate change? A program in Lansing this week aims to do exactly that. It's called “Hope Takes the Stage.”


Marina Csomor / WKAR

Eli Broad, the benefactor of Michigan State University’s College of Business and modern art museum, is retiring. The New York Times reports that the 84-year-old billionaire is stepping down from public life. Broad told the paper, quoting here, “I am retiring. Now. Right now.”

Lucas Holliday photo
Courtesy photo / Paul Drinkwater NBC

Lansing’s “singing cashier,” Lucas Holliday, appeared on NBC’s “The Voice” last night. His audition song was Maxwell’s “This Woman’s Work.”

Joshua Davis photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Another slate of Friday night folk music concerts begins tonight with the first Ten Pound Fiddle show of the season.

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