Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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.

May Erlewine photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Ten Pound Fiddle concert series has announced its 2019-20 schedule of folk music shows.


Matthew Desmond photo
Courtesy photo / MacArthur Foundation

Matthew Desmond’s book “Evicted” is being read by incoming MSU students and East Lansing residents as this year’s “One Book, One Community” selection. Desmond tells stories of how poor renters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin struggle to pay rent, how even one eviction can change their lives for years, and how landlords deal with tenants who fall behind. 


Michigan State University Museum
Michigan State University Museum

A 500-year-old mummy of an Incan girl has been returned to Bolivia some 129 years after it was donated to the Michigan State University Museum, marking what an official says is the first time human remains of archaeological importance have been repatriated to the Andean country.


Motown
WKAR file photo / WKAR

A copy of the original land contract for Motown Records' Hitsville U.S.A. in Detroit will be unveiled as part of the music company's 60th anniversary celebration.

Coast Guard Band
Courtesy / U.S. Coast Guard / PA2 Richard Brahm

The U.S. Coast Guard Band is touring the Great Lakes this summer.  On Wednesday, the ensemble co-founded by legendary march king John Phillip Sousa is giving a free concert at Okemos High School.

 

Editor’s Note: This is a free event, but tickets are required.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Okemos High School.  Register for tickets here.


Abrams Planetarium Pop-Up Stories crowd photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR/MSU

WKAR and the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University celebrated the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon with a weekend of activities July 19-21. Hundreds of people gathered at the planetarium to mark the occasion with events that included a return of WKAR's Pop-Up Stories.

In case you missed Pop-Up Stories on July 19, we've collected them here. Enjoy!

Tom Sampson photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR/MSU

Last week, WKAR hosted a Moonfest Pop-Up Stories event at MSU’s Abrams Planetarium, where people gathered to discuss Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.

One of our storytellers was Tom Sampson, who was serving in Vietnam on July 20th, 1969.


Jackie Payne photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR/MSU

WKAR’s Moonfest Pop-Stories event last week at the Abrams Planetarium included Jackie Payne’s story of planning a wedding, as the Apollo 11 mission was taking place 50 years ago.


Neil Armstrong photo
NASA

Last week, WKAR and MSU’s Abrams Planetarium celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first steps on the moon with MoonFest, a weekend of events including a return of WKAR’s Pop-Up Stories. One of those stories was told by the planetarium’s program assistant, John French.


snow leopard, Taza, Potter Park Zoo
Ash Seymour | Potter Park Zoo

The Potter Park Zoo in Lansing has a new addition: Taza the male snow leopard.


Tamia Boyd / WKAR-MSU

The Celebrating the Spectrum program is hosted by the Michigan State University College of Music. It allows teens on the autism spectrum to experience being a music major. 

John Lepard and David Blixt photos
Courtesy photo / Michigan Shakespeare Festival

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival opens tonight in Jackson. The festival’s Artistic Director, Janice Blixt, tells WKAR’s Scott Pohl that she took a “go big or go home” approach to picking the plays to mark their 25th year.


Mohiudeen Kareem and Fareed Kareem photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

If you’ve ever tried to memorize a lengthy passage like verses from the Bible, you’ll recognize what a daunting challenge it can be. Imagine, then, memorizing an entire book, in a language other than your native tongue.

Recent East Lansing High School graduate Fareed Kareem has done exactly that.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl has the story of a young man who has committed his holy book, The Quran, to memory.


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