Arts and Culture

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The Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame is coming to Dearborn next weekend to induct some big names in the industry. Its founder hopes to build his shrine in the hometown of Motown. Current State’s Kevin Lavery takes us on a tour through the history of R & B.


Pop-Up Story: ‘When Your Roots Call You’

Aug 5, 2016
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Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Missy Lilje was a storyteller at our most recent Pop-Up Stories event on the theme of "Putting Down Roots."

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is one of the most versatile musicians we’ve ever had on Current State. Rodney Page plays violin and piano, he DJ’s, and he raps. He’s also a music educator who has worked extensively with local school districts.

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Isaac Ellis / Brass Tacks Ensemble

How do you keep a 120 year old play fresh? That’s the aim of the Brass Tacks Ensemble of Ann Arbor this weekend at the Kerrytown Concert House. We speak with the troupe’s artistic director about their upcoming production of Oscar Wilde’s classic “The Importance of Being Earnest.”


Some of Michigan’s most notorious murders took place nearby. Current State’s Brooke Allen speaks to local author Tom Carr about his most recent book, "Blood on the Mitten."


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Kevin Fowler

The DANCE Lansing project is currently underway. We speak with the artistic director and a guest choreographer who has combined her experiences as a Michigan migrant worker to craft a dance coming to MSU’s Pasant Theater.


Old Town’s Renegade Theater Festival expands

Aug 1, 2016
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Courtesy photo / Renegade Theatre Festival

Lansing’s Renegade Theatre Festival returns this month, this time for two weekends of drama, musicals, comedy, staged readings and new original works. We talk with organizer Melissa Kaplan.


Paul Canaan photo
Brooke Allen / WKAR

Current State’s Brooke Allen checks out the Wharton Center's "Take It from the Top" camp.

Matt Watroba photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Matt Watroba is our Live Music Friday guest this week. He’s a folk singer-guitarist-songwriter out of Detroit who frequently works with another former Live Music Friday guest, the Rev. Robert Jones.

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Another Harry Potter book is coming out this weekend with midnight parties all across the world. However, rather than benefit Hogwarts, we learn how Schuler Books is using this newest expansion to the world of J.K. Rowling to help a girl’s school in Kenya.


Pop-Up Story: ‘Roots Two Countries Deep’

Jul 28, 2016
Esperanza Rubio Torres photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Ahead of tonight's Pop-Up Stories event in East Lansing, we have a story from last month's event from Esperanza Rubio Torres.


Peter Frampton will forever hold a place in the hearts of his fans. 13-million people bought “Frampton Comes Alive” in the 70’s. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with the guitar legend ahead of his return to Michigan this week.


WKAR at Michigan State University is excited to partner with the East Lansing Public Library to present Tim Busfield's 2nd Annual Performing Arts Warm Up.

Pop-Up Story: ‘Work Can Determine Your Roots’

Jul 26, 2016
Nick Neuveau Paul Schmittgall photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Most people roots are determined by family. We learned that at Current State’s most recent Pop-Up Stories event, but we also learned from a Lansing man that livelihood also plays a role.


If you were alive in 1946, you may have heard the classic radio version of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” But if you weren’t, don’t fret. You can experience a live reenactment of it at MICA Gallery in Old Town this Friday.


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