Arts and Culture

Heather Vaughn-Southard photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The Happendance School in Lansing has a newly named director. We meet Heather Vaughan-Southard to find out what challenges she anticipates tackling with the mid-Michigan dance troupe in the years ahead.


Orpheus Fountain photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The mid-20th century was an incredibly transformative time in American society. A depression followed by a world war followed by a consumerism boom drove cultural changes that were reflected in art and architecture. Michigan was a hotspot for the modernist movement. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports from Cranbrook, the famous educational enclave in suburban Detroit.


Don Henry and Craig Carothers photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guests this week are top Nashville artists Don Henry and Craig Carothers. They’re in town for an acoustic lunch performance at the Broad Art Museum and a Pump House concert.


Maestro Enrique Diemecke photo
Courtesy photo / Enrique Diemecke

The Flint Symphony Orchestra begins their landmark 100th season this weekend. We speak with Maestro Enrique Diemecke about kicking the celebration off by playing music that appeared on that very first concert a century ago.


'Invasive Species' photo
Courtesy photo / Shiny Seed

Michigan artists Casey Dixon and Gene Foulk, under the name Shiny Seed, are finalists in the three-dimensional category of the public Grand Rapids Art Prize vote finals and will learn their fate this weekend. Their work is called “Invasive Species.”


Rachel Brandwein photo
Courtesy photo / Rachel Brandwein

We speak with a harpist who has synesthesia. When Dr. Rachel Brandwein hears music, she sees colors as well.


Cookie Johnson has written a book about life with her husband, basketball legend Magic Johnson. Current State's Scott Pohl talks with her about “Believing in Magic.”


Zach Pohl photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Live Music Friday this week, our guest is Zach Pohl. He’s a singer-guitarist-songwriter who blends folk music with a touch of soul, based in Austin, Texas.


Looking ahead with WKAR general manager Susi Elkins

Sep 29, 2016
Susi Elkins photo
WKAR File Photo

Current State talks with WKAR interim director of broadcasting and general manager Susi Elkins about public radio and television at MSU.


Ash vs Evil Dead cast photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Cast members from the Starz horror comedy “Ash vs. Evil Dead” are hosting a Season 2 advanced screening and panel discussion tonight on MSU’s campus. Actors Ray Santiago, Ted Raimi and Dana DeLorenzo and talk about why Michigan plays such an important role in the new season.


Pop-Up Story: ‘On the Wrong Track’

Sep 29, 2016
Nancy DeJoy photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

We have another Pop- Up story from our August event at Red Cedar Spirits, where the theme was “The Heat is On.” Our Storyteller is Nancy DeJoy.
 


Capitol Steps photo
Courtesy photo / Capitol Steps

They’ve been a staple on PBS for years, and this weekend the politically-skewering satire group The Capitol Steps will be at The Whiting Theater in Flint. Hear from the man who co-authored this year’s comedy revue.


MSU turns felled campus trees into furniture, art

Sep 28, 2016
MSU Shadows furniture photo
Courtesy photo

“MSU Shadows” isn’t just the alma mater of the mighty Green and White. It’s also a Michigan State University program that turns downed trees into beautiful and functional works of art. We learn more from Current State contributor Kirk Heinze.


RoosevElvis photo
Sue Kessler

What happens when Elvis Aaron Presley meets President Teddy Roosevelt? That’s the premise of a play coming to Ann Arbor this weekend. We speak to the two actresses portraying Elvis and Teddy in the play "RoosevElvis."


MSU Symphony conductor Kevin Noe previews this Friday’s lineup of 20th century masterworks at the Wharton Center.


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