Arts and Culture

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."


20th century music highlights MSU Symphony concert

Sep 27, 2016

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


Pop-Up Story: ‘Living in a Disney Movie’

Sep 26, 2016
Megan McMahon photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Megan McMahon has another Pop-Up Story from our August event, where the theme was “The Call of the Wild.”


Jackson Browne photo
Jim, the Photographer / flickr creative commons

This weekend, a Lansing church is joining some 350 other U.S. communities hosting concerts to promote awareness of gun violence. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with a local anti-gun activist and an MSU theater director about the “Concert Across America.”


Class & Jazz photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Is it classical? Is it jazz? It’s both! Our Live Music Friday guests this week are Oleg Bezuglov and Natalia Bezuglova. Together, they’re known as Class & Jazz.


Dia de los Muertos photo
pixabay / Talal Albagdadi

We attend a rehearsal of the Ixion Theater’s new production, “The Amazing Jesus,” a Latin-American fable from a Lansing playwright.


Keys to Creativity album art exhibit photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Album covers used to get almost as much attention as the music inside. The Keys to Creativity gallery in the Lansing Mall marks the “Golden Age of Album Art” from 1967 to ‘83 with an exhibit through October 6th. Current State’s Scott Pohl has a look.


'From Flint: Voices Of A Poisoned City' photo
Courtesy photo / Elise Conklin

MSU senior Elise Conklin has won a Student Academy Award. We talk with her about her documentary "From Flint: Voices Of A Poisoned City."


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