Tag Archives: arts & humanities

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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Finland or bust

by Jackie Stark Marquette City Band and Marquette Choral Society to perform abroad Come July, a number of local musicians and singers will trade in the familiar Marquette lakeshore for the scenic vistas offered by Kajaani, Finland. They’ll do so as part of the Marquette Choral Society and Marquette City Band, as the groups are […]

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A sense of place

by Dan Roblee With the exception of one winter as a teenager, Eric Iversen has never been a Copper Country resident. But it’s the home of his Finnish-Norwegian family’s roots as Americans, the setting for the black-and-white family photographs he treasures, and the site of childhood family vacations on the shores of Portage Lake that […]

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Porkies music festival a labor of love

The 12th Annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival will take place August 26 to 28 at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park’s winter recreation area (ski hill) in Ontonagon County. The festival is presented by the Friends of The Porkies, a 501 ( c ) 3  non-profit organization which represents all users of the Porcupine Mountains […]

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Let Lake Superior Theatre propel your summer production

We often remark at how our casts and crews bring the boathouse alive with magic, and it seemed that this year it did not just come alive, it burst into our 18th season with a vibrancy that brought down the house! In our hearts we all want to be producers—producers of the best summer ever […]

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Imagine more with LST

by Peggy Frazier The arts entertain, inspire, educate and enlighten—and at Lake Superior Theatre, we are doing all those things this summer with a phenomenal line-up of shows, actors as well as camps being facilitated by the Superior Arts Youth Theatre. In 1978—almost 40 years ago—the American Wind Symphony, traveling on a specially-equipped vessel between Great […]

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Grant bolsters arts education in Marquette

by Amy Gawry When entering the Peter White Public Library from the Ridge Street parking lot, most people notice the slope of glass panels that seem to come out of the ground next to the sidewalk. What many don’t realize is that under that glass is a space that people can use for a wide […]

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NMU’s Beaumier, alumni center relocate

by Emma Finkbeiner While one wing of Gries Hall at Northern Michigan University is repainted and resurfaced, another will eventually be demolished. As a result, the new Beaumier Alumni Welcome and U.P. Heritage Center will open and round off a cultural center to campus.  Derek Hall, assistant vice president of university marketing and communications, said […]

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Big plans in store for historic Vista Theatre

by Katri-Ann Bruce After almost 90 years in the heart of downtown Negaunee, The Historic Vista Theater is showing new signs of life. The Vista is in the midst of revitalization, bringing a wide range of activities to downtown Negaunee in recent months. Those continuing activities in 2016 will include something extra special in…. To […]

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Holiday celebrations begin Marquette County home to family-friendly seasonal events

by Amy Gawry Christmas is a great time to do special activities together with family. If you’re looking to try something different, or to start a new family tradition, the Marquette area has lots to offer. Here are a few things to check out this year which are open to all ages and won’t dip […]

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First lady of choral launches season

The Marquette Choral Society, a longtime fixture of the area’s cultural scene, is rehearsing for its annual and highly anticipated “Carols of Christmas” performances under a new musical director. Erin Colwitz is the fifth person and first woman to fill the dual role of leading the mixed community choir while also serving on the Northern […]

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PAAC honors Rocky’s fifteenth year

This year marks the fifteenth year that Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show has been produced in the past sixteen years at the Historic Vista Theatre in Negaunee. With that, the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council (PAAC) has decided that this will be the last year for an annual production of the cult classic. But PAAC isn’t […]

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LSSU stable of writers comes into its own

It goes without saying that university English departments the world over are composed of scholars and teachers. But LSSU’s English department has come to combine its intellectual credentials with the good old-fashioned mettle of getting published by peer and popular presses. Poet Eric Gadzinski is the longest-tenured faculty member in LSSU’s English department, coming on […]

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Symphony begins with Sibelius Jubilee

The Marquette Symphony 2015-16 season will begin with its Sibelius Jubilee Concert on October 3. The year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, and events around the world will celebrate this Jubilee year. For Finlandia Foundation National (FFN), it’s an especially significant celebration, as Jean Sibelius served as […]

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Tackling the impossible: Library series offers hope in uncertain times

by Pam Christensen The Peter White Public Library will launch the “Building Hope in Uncertain Times” series to run September 2015 to May 2016. Based on the book The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Perseverance and Hope in Troubled Times, edited by Paul Rogat Loeb, this series will offer a variety of programs to […]

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