August, 2009
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Three stories of love, and a tale of wine for dessert

by Leonard Heldreth The films this month provide three variations on love and a look at the way California wines beat French wines in the “Judgment of Paris” in 1976. Two Lovers Two Lovers offers a love triangle in which one side of the triangle is cracked, another side is at least dinged, and the […]

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A Superior view…

by Shelley Russell The first day I arrived in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, my host stopped for gas in Negaunee. Sparkling blue eyes dominated the kindly face that asked us if we wanted the car “filled to da brim?” Had I been transported to some Scandinavian port town or possibly the coast of Wales? The breeze […]

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Blues to grace Marquette shore

by April E. Lindala Could Chubby Checker ever have foreseen an arthropod shimmying its eight skinny legs to the famous swinging melody of the “The Twist?” We may never know. Yet a group of Detroit musicians had the clever intuition to combine two images to adopt the name the Twistin’ Tarantulas. This name may not click […]

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FRT announces 2009-10 line-up

by James Panowski The Forest Roberts Theatre at Northern Michigan University has announced its 2009-10 “New Directions” theatre season. According to a theatre spokesperson, the season will feature two Pulitzer Prize winners, a zany original work and the longest running play ever. The season opens with ACT-letes, created by director Paul Truckey and the acting […]

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U.P. authors recall unions, politics

by Tyler Tichelaar Living on Sisu: The 1913 Union Copper Strike Tragedy by Deborah K. Frontiera The story is well known. During a children’s Christmas party at the Italian Hall in Calumet, Michigan in 1913, someone shouted “Fire!” A panic ensued, and approximately fifty-eight children and fifteen adults were crushed to death in a staircase while trying […]

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Porcupine Mountains music lineup set

Organizers of the fifth annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, presented by the Friends of the Porkies, are busy getting ready for this year’s big event set for August 28 through 30. Don Kermeen, festival booking coordinator, announced that booking for this year’s event is complete and the festival’s fifth lineup promises to be exciting. “Our […]

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White Water plans summer reunion tour

On August 16, the White Water family band will present a Summer Reunion concert at 7:00 p.m. CT at the Crystal Theatre in Crystal Falls. These days, the longtime family band performs as a duet, trio, quartet or quintet, depending on which family members are available. The Summer Reunion Concert will include Bette, Dean, Evan […]

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City Notes – August 2009

Edited by Kristy Basolo Mailbox Dear editor Thank you for a wonderful article about our son, Michael Koenig (feature, July 2009 issue). In an age when we have made great progress in killing, it is reassuring to find people who dedicate themselves to improving life. The scholarship fund will hopefully grow and promote that end. We […]

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Star Date: August 2009

Moon & Planets—Saturn is very low in the west in the evening twilight and sets as darkness falls. During the first two weeks of August it is also just possible to glimpse even lower Mercury shortly after sunset. Jupiter is at opposition this month so it will be rising at sunset. The moon is full […]

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A word to the wise – August 2009

Verbum satis sapientibus: A word to the wise is sufficient Last month in this column, we looked at the origins of Upper Peninsula place names, particularly those named after people, and this month I hope you’ll enjoy more of that light summer fare. We’ll look at places named after landmarks or geography, but first, a […]

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