Arts & Culture Interviews

Hosts Hans Ahlstrom and Kurt Hauswirth discuss what is happening in the area regarding arts, music and cultural events in and around the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Karen Dionne

Hans Ahlstrom speaks with Karen Dionne, the author of "The Marsh King's Daughter" and John Smolens about the novel and tonight's Booknotes event at the Peter White Public Library

The Booknotes author-to-author talk begins at 7pm in the Shiras room of the library. 

for more about Karen Dionne and The Marsh King's Daughter click here

Mackinac Arts Council

Kurt Hauswirth spoke by phone with Pasqua Warstler, artistic director of the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba, MI, and Brian Kakas, associate professor of Art and Design at Northern Michigan University and ArtPrize artist, about "Crossing the Straits," a Mackinac Island ArtPrize 2018 Preview.  The preview includes an exhibition and opening reception beginning Sunday August 12 on the island.

UP Poet Laureate

Martin Achatz, the Poet Laureate of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, stopped by our studios to talk about "Word in Action," an evening of poetry readings to help raise funds for flood relief in the Keweenaw.

The event takes place Wednesday, August 8, at 7pm at the Joy Center in Ishpeming.

The Copper Country Associated Artists are holding the 58th annual Eagle Harbor Art Fair the weekend of August 11th, 2018 in the Copper Country.  We spoke with Chairperson Linda Dodge about the event:

Marquette City Band

The Marquette City Band is holding its annual Upper Peninsula Community Band Festival in Marquette, bringing together community band instrumentalists from across the U.S. for fun, education, concerts and more.  We spoke to Dr. Stephen Grugin, Director of the Marquette City Band and Director of Bands/Professor of Low Brass at Northern Michigan University:

Summertime in the Upper Peninsula means art for all.  Art opportunities abound in Escanaba and the surrounding areas, and the Bonifas Arts Center helps in coordinating these events.  We spoke with the artistic director of the Bonifas, Pasqua Warstler, about the summer art events.

The play "Anatomy of a Murder" will be presented by the Vista Theater in Negaunee, directed by Sophie Sam.  We spoke with Sophie about the production thus far and what the audience can expect.

The production runs from August 2-4 & 9-11 at 7pm, and August 5 & 12 at 2pm.  More information and tickets available at


UP Poet Laureate Martin Achatz stopped by our studios to talk about this week's reading at the Carnegie Library in Ishpeming and his appearance on The Red Jacket Jamboree this Saturday.

Thursday's event - Libraries Rock - takes place @5:30pm at the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library

The Red Jacket Jamboree is Saturday @ 7:30pm at the Calumet Theatre

Blueberry Dance Festival

Hans Ahlstrom speaks with Camilla Mingay, Director of the 11th Annual Blueberry Dance Festival

The festival is next Wednesday and Thursday, July 25 & 26, at Kaufmann Auditorium in Marquette.

For more information, call the Second Skin Shop at 226-2263, email or visit the Blueberry Dance Festival page on Facebook

SAIL Disability Network of the Upper Peninsula

The Superior Alliance for Independent Living (SAIL) celebrates its 20th anniversary the week of July 23rd with a week of events titled "Access for All."  Sarah Peurakoski is the Executive Director of SAIL, the Disability Network of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and she stopped by our studios to tell our listeners about SAIL and the free events for all community members.