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Creating art from scratch

uette Story by Jackie Stark • Photos courtesy of Tracy L. Anderson For Rapid River artist Tracy L. Anderson, creating art isn’t a hobby—it’s a way of life. Creating in a multitude of mediums, Anderson doesn’t just dabble in different styles and techniques. A cursory glance through the online gallery on her webpage will show […]

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Raising the curtain

Story by Trinity Carey • Photos courtesy of Forest Roberts Theatre The spectacular theatrical performances of the Forest Roberts Theatre resume this year with Bill Digneit taking on the role of director of theatre. Co-owner of DIGS Gastropub and local entertainment service Double Trouble DJs, director of theatre is a new hat for Digneit, 32, […]

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Kardemimmit blends old with new in Finnish music

By Michael Murray Finnish immigrants first came to Marquette County just after the Civil War to work in the region’s iron mines. The ore was abundant, and the miners settled in the area whose lakes and trees reminded them of home. A-century-and-a-half later, the saunas, sisu bumper stickers, and abundance of Finnish surnames show  this […]

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Throwback theater

By Noah Hausmann The Red Jacket Jamboree, a live old-timey radio variety show, will feature stories, songs and humorous sketches about the Keweenaw Peninsula at its upcoming, premiere performance October 14 and 15 at the historic Calumet Theatre. The jamboree was inspired in part by the Red Metal Radio Show, which ran 2009 to 2013 […]

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Ghost stories

By Jackie Stark Live in Marquette long enough, and you’re sure to hear stories of hauntings around town. The eerie sound of children laughing inside the former Holy Family Orphanage, ghostly specters in the rooms at the Landmark Inn, apparitions inside the cemeteries in Marquette. Up until now, those stories were passed on through oral […]

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Welcome to the Spectacle

Story by MM staff • Photos courtesy of Emma Goebel With ghouls, goblins and ghosts (among other spooky things), the Halloween Spectacle will return to Marquette this fall, a one-of-a-kind performance that will begin with a procession down Washington Street, and end at its new location—Harlow Park “Being able to see all the performances was a […]

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Beethoven and Banjos

The Third Annual Beethoven and Banjos Music Festival will return to the U.P. this year during the last week of September. The event is all about mixing seemingly different things in an inspiring way—mixing genres, cultures and people. Beethoven and Banjos is a one-week musician’s residency retreat, ending in a series of public concerts and […]

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Singin’ the blues

  Beginning September 1, blues bands and artists from all over the nation will gather in Mattson Lower Harbor Park for a weekend of music, food and crafts, as part of the 14th annual Marquette Area Blues Fest Organized by the Marquette Area Blues Society, Blues Fest is for the education and the preservation of […]

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Hop aboard Lake Superior Theatre’s summer season

By Peggy Frazier Summers are much too short with all we have to cram into those two days, and knowing that the long winter lies ahead we savor every moment. Such is the great joy of life…not the special vacation, marriage ceremony, graduation or some other event but the special ordinary moments that come during […]

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Shindig on the shore

By Blair Tatrault Is time travel possible, as Albert Einstein suggested? For the past century, the finest minds in physics have fought over that hypothesis on chalkboard battlefields, using weapons of math construction. Well, ladies and gentlemen of MIT, Caltech, and Cambridge, you may officially take a break, for I have a revelation. Oh, one […]

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Keeping the arts alive

By Amy Gawry The Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock is celebrating 25 years of encouraging, teaching, and promoting the arts. As the center commemorates this milestone, it’s staff also thanks and celebrates the community that has shaped and supported the center throughout its history. The arts center was born out of a partnership […]

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Cooking by the book

By Katherine Larson Almost everyone enjoys eating, and many of us enjoy reading about eating. I don’t mean cookbooks, and I don’t mean those strange amalgams where chapters of narrative are interspersed with recipes. I mean books, real true good books, which happen to mention food along the way. The literary culinary experience starts early. […]

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Summer season begins at Lake Superior Theatre

By Peggy Frazier Someone once said that live theatre should make you forget you are sitting in a theatre. How lucky we are to live in Pure Michigan—a beautiful theatre of ever changing vistas as our long-awaited Lake Superior Theatre summer season finally arrives. With the late spring the boats waited much too long to […]

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Happy Hiawatha

Every year for one weekend in July the air at Tourist Park in Marquette resounds with music, laughter, woodsmoke and cries of “Happy Hiawatha!”  The Hiawatha Music Festival has become as much a part of the U.P summer as long sunsets, blueberries and mosquitos. To those that are unfamiliar with the festival, just take a […]

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The vinyl revolution

By Noah Hausmann Pull the record from its artful sleeve, see the glossy vinyl gleam and place it gently on the turntable. Lift the tonearm into place and hear the soft thump of the needle finding the groove. Then sit back and watch the disc spin, listening to the warm sounds—and occasional crackle—of analog music, […]

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