Musings

Tuesdays at 5:45 PM and Thursdays at 3:30 PM

Visual and performing arts, literature and the people that create them are the subject of Musings.  This is Kenn Michael.  Join Kenn Michael for an in-depth look at artists and their art forms.  Musings features local and visiting artists revealing the inner passion that sparks their artistic life.  Learn more about the Lehigh Valley’s vibrant cultural community on Musings, Tuesday at 5:45 PM during NPR’s All Things Considered and Thursdays at 3:30 PM during the Blend on WDIY.

Easton Summer Cinema on Musings

May 22, 2018
Lafayette College

Kenn Michael previews Easton Summer Cinema,  a new film series taking place on the Lafayette College campus in Landis Cinema in Buck Hall. Kenn talks with grant writer Carol Inman and film buff Peter Coyne who started the film series as a way to get Easton residents together and talking in new ways.

Easton Summer Cinema runs from May 22 through July 24, 2018. Films are shown every Tuesday between 7 and 9 PM in Landis Cinema and admission is free. The films span a variety of genres and time periods but all relate to a local interest. The full list of films being show are:

Kenn Michael speaks with Randall Forte, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council, about the council's upcoming Young at Art event, on March 10, 2018.

This annual family-friendly event allows kids to be immersed in the arts, giving them many chances to try out being a dancer, actor, musician, or visual artist—with games, activities, and performances designed to inspire their creativity and imagination.

(Original air-date: 2/27/2018)

Muhlenberg College will present Stephen Sondheim's musical, Sunday in the Park with George, from  Friday, October 27 to Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts. On this edition of Musings, host Kenn Michael talks with director James Peck who is also professor of theatre arts at Muhlenberg.

Sondheim's rarely-produced musical is based on a famous painting by Georges Seurat and centers on two artists who both strive to create masterpieces nearly a century apart.

Painter Will Harmuth on Musings

Jun 27, 2017

Max Foxx talks with painter Will Harmuth about a new exhibition of his work, "Square the Art of Will," on view now at Connexions Gallery in Easton.  A reception for the show is on Saturday, July 1  from 7-10 pm.

(Original air-date: 6/27/2017)

Adriano Farinella on Musings

May 17, 2017

Kenn Michael speaks with painter Adriano Farinella about his upcoming three-day workshop on the plein air style of painting  in Allentown's West Park .

The workshop will be held June 2-4, 2017 for the West Park Civic Association of Allentown. The proceeds raised will be used towards scholarships to the Baum School of Art.  More information on Adriano Farinella's plein air workshops can be found here.

(Original air-date: 5/16/17)

 

Host Kenn Michael welcomes Emma Ackerman, star of a new one-woman show entitled The Complete and Authoritative Tour of Holy Stuff, presented by Touchstone Theatre.

Part performance art, part post-modern ritual, part magical mystery tour, Holy Stuff originated in 2015 as a ten-minute workshop performance for Ackerman's Masters dissertation project.

(Original air-date: 2/28/17)

"In the Heights" Cast Interview on Musings

Jul 26, 2016

Kenn Michael talks with two members of the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre production of "In the Heights", Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning musical. Actress Wilma Rivera who plays Camila and actor Gabe Martinez who plays Usnavi talk with Kenn about their experiences in their roles.

"Casa Valentina" Director George Miller on Musings

May 3, 2016

Host Kenn Michael speaks with George Miller, director of the Selkie Theatre's production of "Casa Valentina." The show, based on real events, takes place at a bungalow resort in the Catskill Mountains in 1962 and follows a group of men who pursue their secret passions of dressing and acting like women.

(Original air-date: 05/03/16)

Muhlenberg Professor James Peck on Musings

Apr 22, 2016

Host Kenn Michael spoke with professor of theater James Peck, who directed Muhlenberg College's adaptation of "Ulysses," James Joyce's 1922 epic. Peck's adaption, called "Ulysses in Nighttown" plays April 27-30 to conclude the Muhlenberg Theatre Department's mainstage season.

(Original air-date: 04/19/16)

Author Neil Gaiman on Musings

Nov 11, 2015

Host Kenn Michael spoke with author Neil Gaiman before his appearance at Muhlenberg College as part of the college's Living Writers series.  Gaiman later gave a public reading of his work on November 16th at Muhlenberg's Empie Theatre, Center for the Arts.

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