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*

"Third Coast Conversations: Dialogues about Water in Michigan" are grant-giving opportunities through the Michigan Humanities, and allow statewide public conversations to take place in 18 communities in Michigan.  The state of Michigan is often referred to as the nation's "third coast" because of its miles of shoreline in the US, bordering four of the five Great Lakes.  Michigan Humanities, through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, has announced awards of $5,000 for communities and organizations throughout Michigan to hold conversations and community events around water topics.  Northern Michigan University will be host to one of these conversations, focusing on tourism and sense of place.

Jennifer Rupp, the Director of Federal and State Grants with Michigan Humanities, visited our studios to talk more about Third Coast Conversations:

Art, theatre and more at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba, MI; hear the April update with the Bonifas, as Kurt Hauswirth speaks with Sue Roll, Executive Director by phone:

NMU Music Department

The Percussion Group Cincinnati will perform and make connections to social justice as a part of the Siril Concert Series, sponsored by the Siril Endowment for the Arts and NMU's Music Department.  One of the members of the trio, Allen Otte, joined Dr. Jim Strain of the NMU Music Dept. in conversation with Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth, to discuss all the percussive events this week:

NMU Vinyl Record Club

The Vinyl Record Shows at the Ore Dock Brewing Company have been a regular occurance for vinyl record and music lovers of all kinds, providing an opportunity to swap music, purchase and discuss all kinds of media for five years.  The 20th edition of the show will happen starting the afternoon of Thursday, March 28th; Jon Teichman of the NMU Vinyl Record Club came to our studios to tell us more:

The Crystal Theatre

TAKE3, a classical-pop crossover group, will perform at The Crystal Theatre on April 7, 2pm CT, and again in Sault Ste. Marie, MI at L.S.S.U.'s Cisler Center, April 9, 7pm ET.  Comprised of Lindsay Deutsch (violin), Lila Yang (cello), and Christopher O'Riley (piano), TAKE3 takes everything you thought you knew about a classical music concert and throws it out a window! 

Public Radio 90

The Jitterbug Jive returns to the Ore Dock Brewing Company, the second annual fundraising event for Public Radio 90!  This time, we are fortunate to have the Marquette music-making collective Adam Sawfox for musical entertainment.  To give a taste of what to expect, we had two members of the ensemble join us in studio for a mini-performance and interview, along with Kris Wierenga from the Ore Dock.

DeVos Art Museum

The DeVos Art Museum is holding a call for entries for the 12th annual "North of the 45th" Upper Midwest Juried Exhibition.  Emily Lanctot, Director, Curator, & Outreach at the DeVos, tells us how to register in this Arts and Culture Update:

March 2019 is around the corner, and the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba, Michigan has many events in store for those engaged in arts and culture in the Upper Great Lakes.  We spoke with Executive Director Sue Roll and Events Coordinator Staci Berg about upcoming events, starting with March:

NMU Archives

The Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives will be hosting another Evening at the Archives public presentation on February 28, 2019 from 6:30-9 pm. Negaunee High School Seniors Chaz Bluse and Lucas Lambertson will give a presentation on the history of the 1946 Iron Miners’ Strike on the Marquette Iron Range. The students are completing a documentary about the Strike as part of a class project in “Digital Writing” taught by Negaunee High School history teacher, Andy Skewis. University Archivist Marcus Robyns will also provide a brief summary of labor history on the Marquette Iron Range from 1900-1946. 

We spoke with the University Archivist, Marcus Robyns, about the iron mining industry and other aspects of local history: 

Public Radio 90

The Superior Arts Youth Theater will present Disney's "Newsies: The Broadway Musical," based on the 1992 motion picture which was inspired by a true story.  Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is a story of Jack Kelly, the leader of the newsboys who wade through difficult times. Classic music of Alan Meknen is highlighted, with songs like "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," and "Santa Fe."

Susan Candey, in her third directing position with the Superior Arts Youth Theater, came to our studios to tell us more: