Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Fireworks over the state capitol dome and christmas tree
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A 61-foot spruce in Menominee County has been chosen as the official state Christmas tree.

Jamie Paisley

After 10 years as music director, Leonard Slatkin is in his final one with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. WKAR will be bringing you select live broadcasts throughout the year, part of a partnership with WRCJ in Detroit. But for this Friday’s 1st live broadcast of the season, WKAR’s Jamie Paisley went to Orchestra Hall to speak with the Maestro.


Joan Marcus, Courtesy The Bodyguard Musical

Take a much-loved romance film from the nineties, add-in several great hits by Whitney and you’ve got the makings of “The Bodyguard,” at the Wharton Center this week.


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How many times do you look on Twitter or Facebook and find out that it’s National Pizza Day or another day named after your favorite food? Or that your favorite celebrity is celebrating their birthday? Way before there was Google, a pair of brothers from Michigan compiled that information in a yearly calendar of events. 


Tyler Oakley
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Youtuber Tyler Oakley will be the grand marshal for Michigan State’s 2017 homecoming week.

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A concert preview of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Music of the Holocaust” from the MSU College of Music.


Courtesy, Opera GR / Jeff Roffman-Atlanta Opera

It’s Tuesday night at DeVos Performance Hall in downtown Grand Rapids. The orchestra is preparing to play music by Giuseppe Verdi, but taking the podium is Maestro James Meena, new artistic director of Opera Grand Rapids.


father and child
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This week, the Michigan Humanities Council kicks off the 2017 Great Michigan Read.  It’s a statewide literacy program that encourages people to learn more about our Michigan culture by reading a selected book. 

 

This year’s choice is “X: A Novel,” by Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of civil rights activist Malcolm X.

 


Courtesy / Rocío Quispe-Agnoli

Rocío Quispe-Agnoli is a professor at Michigan State University who specializes in topics including Colonial Latin American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies. WKAR’s Karel Vega spoke with Quispe-Agnoli about the evolution of Hispanic identity in modern times.


Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy: Timothy Muffitt / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Michigan classical fans may have noticed that the Lansing Symphony’s season is off to a late start. That’s because this past summer’s new roof project at the Wharton Center meant pushing back a few weeks. But WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with Maestro Timothy Muffitt about how the LSO used the October start to its advantage.


Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me! is NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program, hosted by Peter Sagal. Each week listeners test their knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what's real news and what's made up. Sagal talked with WKAR Station Manager Peter Whorf about what makes the show so much fun. 


File photo / WKAR

More than 200 people have attended the opening of a Michigan memorial dedicated to families who have lost a loved one in war.

lake trout photo
USFWSmidwest / flickr creative commons

A new exhibition at the Michigan History Museum showcases the founding of Trout Unlimited, a national champion of fish habitat protection.

Facebook page of Choose Marshall, Michigan

The newest residents in Marshall don't have anything to say.

The small town in Calhoun County is displaying 28 skeletons downtown as part of its inaugural Skeleton Fest, which runs through Halloween.

There are skeletons riding a bike, drinking coffee and even playing Twister. Jane Reid of the Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance says the goal is to attract people who don't mind something a little ghoulish. She says maybe they'll stick around and explore.

MSU Symphony Orchestra | MSU in Concert

Sep 28, 2017
orchestra
Courtesy / MSU College of Music

Friday at 3pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio | Take a break and enjoy the beautiful music from the Michigan State Symphony Orchestra!

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