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Lake Superior Theatre announces 2017 lineup

Story and photos by Peggy Frazier Winter seemed to hang on through much of May but here it is June—and a busy time for Lake Superior Theatre as we transition from boathouse to theatre. All of our peepers and people heading north, the snow is gone revealing green grass, and the trees are literally bursting […]

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Everything Under The Sun keeps set list varied

By Amy Gawry Everything Under the Sun mixes funk, blues, rock and reggae together to create music unlike any other. The Marquette-based band consists of five local men who joined together in 2012 to form a group that didn’t want to be labeled by one single genre of music. With musical influences like Stevie Ray […]

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Pine Mountain Music Festival returns for 27th year

Opening on Friday, June 16 and concluding on Saturday, July 1, the 27th Pine Mountain Music Festival will feature five performance groups, each playing in Marquette, Houghton and Iron Mountain. This season new friends, as well as old, will perform a wide variety of music in a variety of settings. The season opens in Marquette […]

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North of 45th celebrates 10 years

The North of the 45th Parallel exhibition began in 2008 as a way to showcase the diversity of artistic talent in the upper Midwest region. Since then, hundreds of artists from Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have exhibited artwork in a range of media from painting to performance. Each year, a different juror is involved in […]

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Summer clubs keep kids reading

By Pam Christensen, Superiorland Library Cooperative The “summer slide” is not a new amusement park ride, but something teachers know all too well—the loss of reading skills that occurs during summer vacation. This loss of achievement is especially difficult for struggling learners, who work so hard to gain reading achievements during the school year. To […]

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Let me to introduce to you Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Story by Jim Pennell Photos courtesy of Charles Shafer It was 50 years ago on June 1, 1967, when the world first heard those words. The release of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album by The Beatles ushered in the “Summer of Love” and forever changed the way popular music is recorded, presented […]

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Carnegie libraries key in U.P. communities

By Pam Christensen, executive director, Superiorland Library Cooperative Many of the 1,679 U.S. public libraries founded by Andrew Carnegie proudly display a stately portrait of their benefactor. The distinguished white-bearded man shown in the photograph is often identified as Santa Claus by today’s children. That perception is not too far from the truth. Andrew Carnegie […]

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Thank God it’s Wednesday

Story and photos by Noah Hausmann Far removed from the worries of the outside world, safe inside their creative space, a group of artists and friends meets to share their passion for art and life. Aptly named, the artist group “Thank God it’s Wednesday” (TGIW) rejoices when, craft supplies in hand, they gather from 1 […]

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New writing seminar coming to Marquette

From July 20 to 23, Northern Michigan University will host its inaugural Fresh Water Fresh Voices, a unique English conference that combines the beautiful outdoors with nature-inspired writing seminars. NMU English professor Rachel May has created the event. “This seemed like a great way to marry the work of our fantastic (Master of Fine Arts) […]

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Libraries remain relevant in Information Age

By Pam Christensen, executive director, Superiorland Library Cooperative One of today’s misconceptions about public libraries is that they are obsolete due to the Internet. Many people do not realize that technology and the Internet have made public libraries even stronger and more versatile. Once library users have a library card, they don’t even need to […]

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Closing the season in style

By Amy Gawry April is the last full month of the season for NMU’s Forest Roberts Theatre, but that doesn’t mean it’s a slow month. Besides putting on the season’s biggest musical, FRT has three other events—a dance recital, Battle of the Bands, and the Miss Upper Peninsula Pageant—filling the calendar four weekends in a […]

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Celebrating the U.P.

Mary Burns pauses from her work for a quick picture. Some of the weavings for her “Ancestral Women: 12 Tribes of Wisconsin” exhibit, are shown on the wall behind her Jacquard loom. A portion of this exhibit will be on display in Marquette during the 8th annual Celebrate the U.P.! event in March. Burns’ husband John […]

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On Parr

Can by Candace Prill Charlie Parr remembers being influenced by his father’s record collection as early as 4 years old. He refers to it as weird old blues and folk, music that crossed genre boundaries, music that feels weird now but didn’t then because he didn’t know any different. Parr recalls his first relationship with […]

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Drag show to benefit UP Rainbow Pride

by Neal Simons Upper Peninsula Rainbow Pride is hosting a couple of events in February to raise funds for its annual U.P. Pridefest, which takes place in Marquette in September. The events will be at Digs and the Recovery Room on Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25. Friday will have Drag Bingo Night at Digs […]

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One Book, One Community wraps up 2016

by Anne Donohue The “One Book, One Community” program encourages the Marquette County and Northern Michigan University community to read the same book and to come together to discuss it in a variety of settings. This year’s book, The Round House by Louise Erdrich, is a compelling coming of age tale that combines wisdom and wit […]

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