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.

*Link to submit arts & culture features via voice memos/recorders here*

Ore Dock Brewing Company

The final Pop-Up Vinyl Record Show of 2019 will happen at the Ore Dock Brewing Company, November 7 - 10.  Vinyl records, as well as compact discs, cassettes, stickers, posters and various assorted media will be available on the second floor Community Space starting at 4pm Thursday, November 7th.

We spoke with Jon Teichman, one of the curators of the event:

November at the Bonifas means Exhibits, Events, and Education.  The Northern Exposure exhibit runs from Nov. 7 - Dec. 19, and is the UP's longest running art competition.  Tracy Anderson will exhibit works in the Studio Gallery Nov. 6 - Dec. 18.

Sue Roll, Executive Director, spoke with Kurt Hauswirth on the phone about what patrons can expect in November:

Forest Roberts Theatre / Northern Michigan University

How do we change the conversation surrounding climate change? By examining and relating to the people and places we love. Forest Roberts Theatre & Dance at NMU presents a collaborative lecture, dance, multimedia, and live music performance with the new dance company, co/lab collective, the OM music group, and Professor Jessica Thompson in What We Leave Behind: Addressing Climate Change Through Dance.

Bill Digneit, Director of Forest Roberts Theatre & Dance, came to Public Radio 90 to talk about this collaborative effort:

As part of the 'Michigan Author Talk' series, Martha Bloomfield is appearing at the Escanaba Public Library tonight October 30th, at 6:30pm. Public Radio 90's Hans Ahlstrom spoke with Martha by phone about the book and her interests in oral histories or immigrants and minority groups.

For more information, visit the MSU Press webpage on Martha Bloomfield


 Public Radio 90's Hans Ahlstrom speaks with local author John Gubbins about his new book, "The American Fly Fishing Experience - Theodore Gordon: His Lost Flies and Last Sentiments.

The Ishpeming Public Library will be holding a reception for Gubbins on Wednesday, October 30th at 5pm. 

Camilla Mingay / Second Skin Shop

The Nutcracker Ballet has been a holiday staple in the Marquette community for years.  This year, a new event in support of both the Nutcracker Ballet and the U.P. Children's Museum is happening about a month ahead of the ballet performance.  Second Skin Shop & U.P. Children's Museum will present a Nutcracker Tea Party; at this event, attendees will have the opportunity to have Tea with the Nutcracker, take part in a Gift Basket Drawing, and decorate Pointe shoes.

Camilla Mingay (Second Skin Shop) came to Public Radio 90 to speak more about the event:

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burlesque entertainment is defined as a "theatrical entertainment of a broadly humorous, often earthy character consisting of short turns, comic skits, and sometimes striptease acts."  In essence, a way to make the serious become a little less serious.  In terms of a person's self-expression, it can be a powerful and positive force of self-esteem.

A special Burlesque Workshop will be presented Monday, Oct. 28th at Queen City Arts in Marquette, and special guest Vyxsin (of "The Amazing Race" and "Unfinished Business" fame) will help those who want a boost of self-esteem or want to express themselves differently.

In conversation at Public Radio 90, Vyxsin explains that burlesque is more than what it seems:

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Fantasia, Finlandia & Franck is the title of a unique performance from the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.  In a side-by-side concert, the MSO will join with members of the Marquette Senior High School Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.  The goal of this concert is not only to provide a wonderful evening of classic works for patrons of the orchestra, but also to further music education opportunities.

Octavio Mas-Arocas, the MSO's principal conductor, will lead the combined ensembles.  The MSHS Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Eric Marta, and the MSHS Wind Ensemble is conducted by Matt Ludwig (both teachers are members of the orchestra).  Octavio joined Kurt Hauswirth during Classiclectic to discuss the concert repertoire and the opportunities for performers and audience members:

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The musical Rocky Horror Show is being presented in its 21st production, starting Friday, October 25th 2019.  A theatrical institution in the Marquette area, both members of the community and students from Northern Michigan University have come together for years to put on the cult show.  In his 18th year as the lead role, Bobby Glenn Brown returns as Frank-N-Furter.

Bobby came to Public Radio 90 to speak further about this year's production, how things have evolved over the years in his perspective, and hinted at changes and surprises this time around:

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"Quills" by Doug Wright is a fictionalized tale of the Marquis de Sade during his real-life residency in the Charenton Insane Asylum, in 19th Century France.  The Wolf's Head Theatre Company (an offshoot of the U.P. Shakespeare Festival) presents performances of the play in an intimate setting, the Ore Dock Brewing Company, Wednesdays and Sundays in October 2019.

The play is a commentary on mental health, the arts, control and discipline; the entanglement between the Marquis and two officials at the Asylum (both with their ideas of how best to move forward with treatments) urge the audience to delve into both external and internal reflections on these issues.

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Jamie Weeder (director) and Jeff Spencer (actor) about the process of presenting a play that hopes to broaden the spectrum of awareness about mental health, while also challenging the audience in an intimate space: