Tag Archives: arts and humanities

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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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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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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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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Reel therapy

by Daniel Rydholm A movie list for people whose candidates lost the 2016 election As a film geek and social worker, I have lectured on the use of film in clinical settings, particularly in the context of aging. A major premise for me is that a great movie presents us with a window to another […]

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If it’s January, it’s Heikinpäivä

by Erin Gaura In 1999, when James Kurtti organized a midwinter Finnish festival to help soothe the bitter cold of Hancock’s January, it was supposed to be a one-time event. It wasn’t expected to become the annual culture fest of Keweenaw Finns for almost the next two decades—this year’s festival celebrates its 18th year and […]

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Beaumier to offer Folk Music School in July

by Dan Truckey Folk music has been a driving rhythm of the Upper Peninsula for as long as there have been people in the Upper Peninsula to sing and play music. Folk music is traditional music which is, and in its contemporary form harkens back to, songs passed orally from one generation to another. As part […]

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Local musicians find friendly home at Gitchee Gumee Records

by Neal Simons The City of Marquette is known for many things in the U.P. Over the years, it has become a hub for learning, academia and recreational activity. With all the changes it has gone through, however, Marquette has always had a legacy for local music. Record store and coffee-shop Gitchee Gumee Café and Records […]

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Cinema above the 41st

By Neal Simons The 12th Annual 41 North Film Festival takes place at Michigan Technological University’s Rozsa Center from Thursday, November 3 to Sunday, November 6. What started out as a small MTU student session by MTU Humanities Professor Erin Smith has now become a community-wide event, hosting some of the newest independent films which […]

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Keeping the tradition alive

by Pine Mountain Music Festival For the past 25 years, the Pine Mountain Music Festival has brought local, national and international artists on a traveling concert across the U.P. with an array of nationally recognized high-quality musical performances and educational arts programs. Now in its 26th year, the festival will carry on that tradition from […]

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Doing it themselves

article and photos by Lucy Hough Do-it-yourself projects are more than just a trend. They’re a way to add character to one’s home and create meaningful furniture or decorations. People in the Upper Peninsula are creating DIY projects from objects in nature, from their past or even from the trash. These are stories of people […]

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Matherne draws from Cajun heritage in poetry

by Erik Lennartson Now an avid poet by passion and profession, Beverly Matherne was not always the poet she is today. “It wasn’t my specialty when I went to university,” Matherne said. An award-winning Cajun-American poet, Matherne writes blues poetry, which has a rhythm worthy of musical accompaniment. As she performs it, the sound of […]

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100 days of art keeps creativity alive

by Taylor Johnson For Elizabeth Bates, the 100DayProject is all about the mulligan. “The most valuable thing this project has taught me is the permission to make mistakes,” Bates said. Bates, along with over 200 other people, has been participating in the third annual 100DayProject, which invites people to create art for 100 days straight. […]

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Bluegrass group keeps toes tapping at Ore Dock

by Erik Lennartson On a chilly February evening, visitors to the Ore Dock Brewing Company in downtown Marquette warmed up with a pint of cold beer and the picking, wailing and crooning of the Yooper Bluegrass society. Started by Sarah Mittlefehldt and husband John Gillette in September, the group consists of roughly 10 to 12 […]

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