Arts & Culture Center offers music, workshops and stroll, by Nikke Nason

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center will offer several fall workshops. For youth, classes include Dance for Musical Theatre, children’s Spanish, Harry Potter Halloween costume making, piano and voice lessons and more.
For adults and young adults, MACC offers belly dance for beginners, drawing and animation, fused glass ornaments, gentle self-care yoga, Make Your Own Accessories and more. Registration deadline is one week before the workshop begins. For details, call 228-0472.

Youth theatre auditions set
The Marquette Arts and Culture Center will hold auditions for the fall production of Kids Sing Broadway from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on September 10 and from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on September 11. All auditions will take place in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of Peter White Public Library.
Youth in preschool to ninth grade are eligible to audition. Those auditioning will be asked to read from a script, dance and sing a song or sing “Happy Birthday.” A pianist will be provided. There is no cost to audition, but there is a registration fee to participate in the production. Special family rates and scholarships are available.
For details, call 228-0472 or e-mail nnason@mqtcty.org

First Thursday welcomes Celtic duo
Four Shillings Short will perform at 6:30 p.m. on September 6 in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center for the First Thursday of the Month festivities.
This Celtic, folk and world music duo brings the influences of Ireland, Europe and India on an ever-increasing array of musical instruments, including hammered dulcimer, mandolins, woodwinds, sitar, recorders, tin whistles, banjo, guitar, percussion and vocals. The husband and wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork (Ireland) and Californian Christy Martin have been touring since 1997.
In a single night, Four Shillings Short performs traditional Irish and Scottish songs, tunes and airs, Indian ragas, folk ballads, old-time songs, Medieval and Renaissance instrumentals and a cappella numbers as well as contemporary folk and original compositions. Their sound has been described as “alternative neo-Celtic folk of the first order.”
Admission is free for youth eighteen and younger, and a $2 to $5 donation is asked of adults. Visit www.fourshillingsshort.com for details.

Costume donations sought for sale
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center Youth Theatre will hold a Halloween costume thrift sale on October 6. The youth theatre program is seeking donations of Halloween costumes or assorted thrift items of all sizes. Proceeds from the sale benefit the youth theatre program.
Donations can be brought to the MACC Gift Shop located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. For details, call 361-6454 or e-mail nnason@mqtcty.org

Annual Art Stroll set for October 4
The Marquette Arts and Culture Center is sponsoring the annual Art Stroll from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on October 4. This is the sixth year for the Art Stroll, a self-guided tour of the various art galleries and artist studios throughout Marquette.
Maps are available at the MACC or by calling 228-0472. Come out to see artists in their working studios and visit the unique galleries of Marquette. Free food, prizes and entertainment will be available at some locations.
That same evening, the Downtown Marquette Association will host its annual downtown Marquette October Stroll; local downtown restaurants and bars will have special food, entertainment and prizes for those who participate.
For details or to receive a map, call 228-0472 or e-mail arts@mqtcty.org

MACC accepting art sale applications
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is accepting applications for the seventh annual Holiday Art Sale through September 28. The sale will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on November 17 at the center.
Past sales included the following mediums: ceramics, fibers, wearable art, glass, painting, jewelry, wood, photography, holiday décor, metals, mixed media and much more. Artwork must be made by the artist in this juried show; no kits, imports, country crafts or resale items. There is a cost for participation, but not for application.
For details, call 228-0472 or e-mail arts@mqtcty.org

MSO announces Pops concert
The Marquette Symphony Orchestra will present its season-opening Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. on September 15 at Kaufman Auditorium.
The concert will be guest conducted by John Wilkinson. Wilkinson received his doctorate in music from the University of Michigan. He currently is a professor of music at Lake Superior State University and has been music director of the Sault Ste. Marie Symphony Orchestra since 1977. The concert will feature popular hits including: “Fanfare for the Common Man” and “Appalachian Spring” by Aaron Copland; “Auf der Jagd Polka” and “Emperor (Kaiser) Waltzer” by Johann Strauss Jr.; “Radetzky March” by Johann Strauss Sr.; “Bugler’s Holiday” by Leroy Anderson; selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” and more.
Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling 227-1032, visiting www.nmu.edu/tickets or at NMU EZ ticket outlets.
—Nikke Nason

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