Tag Archives: arts and humanities

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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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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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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Winners announced in PWPL Young Writers Contest

Author Neil Gaiman refers to himself as “a feral child raised in libraries.” and Ray Bradbury once said, “Libraries raised me.” Libraries, of course, would not exist without writers like Bradbury and Gaiman to provide great literature for us to share with our patrons. In that spirit of mutual support, the Peter White Public Library […]

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Lake Superior Theatre announces 2017 lineup

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 with buds—all foretelling that summer is […]

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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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