Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Van Andel Arena
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New dates are being added as Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band prepare for what they say is their final tour.

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.


Concert Hall
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90.5 Classical celebrates great Michigan music with a live broadcast of the 2018-19 season opening concert by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra from the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium.

Man in radio studio
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Fairchild Fanfare shows off a wide array of musical styles from the MSU College of Music . It's this Saturday, September 15 at 8pm at MSU's Fairchild Theatre.


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If you’ve gone walking around Lansing over the past couple of weeks, you might have seen something on the sidewalk: Poetry. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley has more about this public art, the Lansing Sidewalk Poetry project.


MSU cattle
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If you or your family are not sure where hamburgers or steaks come from or why some cows graze on grass while others are corn-fed… come get answers and breakfast for free!


Aretha Franklin
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More than 30 dresses and accessories worn on stage by Aretha Franklin are going up for auction.

Burt Reynolds
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Actor and producer Burt Reynolds died Thursday at the age of 82. He was probably best known for his signature mustache and his roles in the films, Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandits, The Cannonball Run.

He was not well known for his time spent in Michigan. That fact was hidden for quite some time.


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Burt Reynolds
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Burt Reynolds, whose credits included acclaimed films such as "Deliverance" and commercial hits like "Smokey and the Bandit," has died. He was born in Lansing.

Former presidents and preachers joined a parade of music stars and other speakers Friday in a singing, hip-swaying, piano-pounding farewell to Aretha Franklin, remembering the Queen of Soul as a powerful force for musical and political change and a steadfast friend and family member.

Aretha Franklin
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Click here to watch a live stream from the invitation-only funeral at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple. Among those offering words will be former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson. Songs will be provided by Steve Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan and more.  

Public Viewing For Aretha Franklin Starts Today In Detroit

Aug 28, 2018
Aretha Franklin
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A public viewing begins today in Detroit for the late Aretha Franklin. It is part of a week-long celebration of the Queen of Soul that includes a tribute concert and a funeral packed with high-profile figures.

Detroit Begins Week-Long Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Aug 27, 2018
Aretha Franklin
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On Monday, the city of Detroit began a week-long celebration of the life of the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The series of events includes tributes from famed musicians and political figures who knew Franklin well. 


Jamie Paisley

August 25th, 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of composer, conductor, and great communicator of music, Leonard Bernstein. So, WKAR checked in with Leonard Slatkin, recently retired music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and asked what the most important works of his friend Leonard Bernstein were. His answers went much deeper than West Side Story or Candide.


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