Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

An underground film series, the Lansing Children's Choir,  the Peppermint Creek Theater Company, Ten Pound Fiddle, and the MSU College of Music's Spirituals Prayer and Protest Concert. Join Mary Ellen Pitney and Jamie Paisley to talk about events happening this week around Michigan.


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.


Quinn Kelly, Judy Allen and Reuben Kenyatta photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week begins on Saturday, and the performing arts department at Lansing Community College is staging a play based on the stories of local homeless people this weekend. WKAR’s Scott Pohl has the story of “I Have A Name.”


Monica Ellis and Mark Dover of Imani Winds photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

A Grammy Award-nominated chamber music group has spent the week in East Lansing, working with MSU College of Music students ahead of a Wharton Center concert tonight. WKAR’s Scott Pohl spent some time with two members of Imani Winds to discuss their work and their plans for tonight’s performance.


Susan Packard
SusanPackard.com

Susan Packard is the 2019 Michigan State University Homecoming Grand Marshal. The MSU alum told WKAR that she will be watching closely the actions of MSU's new president Samuel Stanley, Jr. She also shared some of her secrets to success featured in her books New Rules of the Game and Fully Human.


Motown
WKAR file photo / WKAR

The Motown mogul who launched the careers of numerous stars like Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson has announced his retirement.

Portrait: Ken Burns
Courtesy of Justin Altman / PBS

Legendary documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is back with another PBS series. Country Music debuts Sunday night on WKAR-TV.


Motown
WKAR file photo / WKAR

Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. is donating $4 million toward a project to expand a museum housed in the Detroit building where he built his music empire, officials announced Wednesday.

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