Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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.


The Fourth of July is just days away. Dozens of firework shows and parades will be hosted across the area. 

Attendee's of last year's Lansing Pride festival pose in front of the capitol. Organizers are expecting record crowds at this year's festival.
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

This Saturday marks the 30th year of the Michigan Pride Festival in Lansing. The festival will take place in Old Town and downtown Lansing.

UPDATE: A "Homecoming" celebration of the life of Lawrence Leathers has been scheduled for Saturday, June 29th at the New Mount Calvary Baptist Church on West Miller Road in Lansing. There will be a public viewing at 9 a.m. and a service at 10 a.m., followed by burial at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. A man and a woman are in custody, facing charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

A Lansing-born Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer was found murdered Sunday in New York City. Lawrence "Lo" Leathers was 37. A suspect is in custody. He was a prodigy, playing as a toddler and playing professionally at the age of 15, attending the Juilliard School and winning Grammys in recent years.

Leathers played on two of Cécile McLorin Salvant’s three Best Jazz Vocal Grammy-winning albums.

WKAR's Scott Pohl talks with Diego Rivera of the MSU College of Music about Leathers' life and career.


Flint sign over street
WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU

Artists from Michigan and around the world are painting 50 murals in Flint to refocus the city's image on art rather than the lead-tainted water crisis.

East Lansing Art Festival 2018
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

The East Lansing Art Festival returns to the streets of East Lansing this weekend. Julie Levy-Weston, the festival’s interim director, speaks with WKAR’s Scott Pohl about this year’s event.


Jeffrey Seller, Hamilton
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The musical 'Hamilton' begins its 3-week run at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing on May 14. The producer behind the mega-hit is a Michigan native, who spoke with WKAR about bringing his life's mission of inclusivity to the big stage.


Carlin Ma

Elliot Wuu is only a teenager and the Lansing Symphony has brought him to town to help close their concert season at the Wharton Center.


Aretha Franklin
Facebook fan page of Aretha Franklin

There's one more sign a Detroit riverfront concert venue has been renamed after Aretha Franklin.

Laura Apol photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

For two years, Dennis Hinrichsen has served as Lansing’s first Poet Laureate. As his term ends, a new poet laureate has been named. Laura Apol is an associate professor of literacy and curriculum in the Michigan State University College of Education. 


Jamie Paisley

This weekend, the Jackson Symphony rounds out their season with a concert of two B’s: Bernstein and Beethoven. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley went to Jackson to attend the first rehearsal, and while there, met a very honest 10 year-old boy soprano.
 


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