Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Jamie Paisley | WKAR

With the outbreak and pandemic of the Coronavirus/COVID-19, many cultural organizations have been cancelling their performances out of concern for public health and safety. However, many arts organizations are using this opportunity to live stream their performances from otherwise empty venues. We will attempt to keep and update this list active for the next few weeks as a way to connect and enjoy performances while we continue to face this emergency situation.

ASMF - Benjamin Ealovega

Monday night, superstar violinist Joshua Bell will be in East Lansing at the Wharton Center, bringing his London-based ensemble, The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and his four-million-dollar Stradivarius. It’s part of a nationwide tour the group embarked upon this week starting in Florida. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley caught up with Joshua Bell on his way to the airport at the start of this tour.


Timothy Muffitt photo
Courtesy: Timothy Muffitt / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Maestro Timothy Muffitt of the Lansing Symphony came to the WKAR Studios to speak with classical host Jamie Paisley about this weekend's "Masterworks 4" concert with the LSO and how it aims to transport us during our usual mid-January doldrums in mid-Michigan.


Science on a Sphere, The Fantasticks, Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop, The Poetry Room Open Mic, Glassblowing Demonstrations, Cinelli Trio. WKAR Morning Edition Host Mary Ellen Pitney and Radio Program Director Jamie Paisley on events coming up across Michigan.


Alex Trebek and Robin Miner-Swartz photo
Courtesy photo / Jeopardy Productions, Inc.

Robin Miner-Swartz of Lansing was a contestant on Jeopardy during Christmas week, and she won two games before a Christmas Day defeat.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with her prior to the airing of those episodes. Scott asked Robin back to talk about the experience, and the ABC “Jeopardy, the Greatest of All Time” competition that starts tonight.


WKAR Morning Edition Host Mary Ellen Pitney and Radio Program Director Jamie Paisley on events coming up in the Greater Lansing area.


Alex Trebek and Robin Miner-Swartz photo
Courtesy photo / Jeopardy Productions, Inc.

Tonight’s episode of Jeopardy! features Robin Miner-Swartz of Lansing. She’s a second-generation contestant on the popular game show. Her mother, former WKAR staff member Carol Welch, played the game years ago.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with Robin Miner-Swartz about getting the chance to play the game she’s loved forever.


WKAR Morning Edition Host Mary Ellen Pitney and Radio Program Director Jamie Paisley on events coming up in the Greater Lansing area.


WKAR Morning Edition Host Mary Ellen Pitney and Radio Program Director Jamie Paisley on events coming up in the Greater Lansing area.

Ben Sharkey photo
Courtesy photo

Lansing kicks off the Christmas season tonight with the annual Silver Bells in the City celebration. The 35th Silver Bells will include a lighted float parade downtown at 6 p.m., fireworks over the capital building dome, the lighting of the official Christmas tree, and a community sing led by Detroit artist Ben Sharkey a little after 7:30.


Pages