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.

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Edgar Allan Poe is a well-known poet, but he did more than write "The Raven."  He was a writer, an editor, and a literary critic, but he also inspired generations of writers and creatives with imaginative tales filled with darkness, mystery and macabre nature.

2019 is the year of his 210th birthday, and a special event celebrating the life and work of Poe will happen at the Peter White Public Library, Wed. January 16th at 7pm.

Former Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate Russell Thorburn, along with a variety of other speakers and musicians, will hold a concert of Poe readings and creativity inspired by his works in the Community Room of the Peter White Library.

Russell Thorburn, Christopher Scott Leith and Becca McAllister came to Public Radio 90 to tell us more about what can be expected:

The Bonifas Arts Center continues their arts & culture programming into 2019.  We spoke with Sue Roll, the Executive Director of the Bonifas, about what is offered in the new year:

UP Poet Laureate

Hans Ahlstrom speaks with UP Poet Laureate Martin Achatz about "Word in Action," a holiday poetry event taking place Saturday to benefit the Room at the Inn and the Warming Center

The event takes place at 7pm at the Joy Center in Ishpeming

St. Peter Cathedral of Marquette, MI Facebook event page

December in Marquette means getting ready for the holidays, and this year's Marquette Choral Society concert in St. Peter Cathedral will do just that.  The Cathedral Concert Series continues along with Bachfest Marquette, with the choral society performing works of Johann Sebastian Bach.  Dr. Erin Colwitz came to our Public Radio 90 studios to give us more information:

Forest Roberts Theatre

The Charles Dickens classic tale "A Christmas Carol" is well-beloved by many, and this December, the Forest Roberts Theatre at Northern Michigan University is producing their 2018 take on the story.  With book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, an adaptation of the Dickens novella will take the FRT stage beginning Wednesday, December 12th, and run to Sunday, December 16th.  Associate Professor and Director of Theatre, Bill Digneit, came to our studios to talk about the production, and the exciting things happening to enhance the experience:

Jason Hagen, Writer/Producer "Northbound" / Lullskull Ltd. / "A" Street Films, LLC.

The Upper Peninsula, Michigan-made survivalist digital series NORTHBOUND is holding an ongoing Series Tour to re-connect regional residents with Seasons 1 and 2, and introduce supporters to a new Season 3 Sneak Preview and series sponsors.

The series, co-created by U.P. Michigan natives Seth & Nathan Anderson and producer Jason Hagen, began in 2014 as a proof-of-concept for the forthcoming feature film NORTHSTAR, which will also be filmed entirely in the Upper Peninsula at locations in Houghton, Gwinn, Norway, Iron Mountain, and Sagola to start, with other U.P. locations to be added.  The story follows the early days of lone father, Alex (played by U.P. actor Nate Alwine) as he travels a rugged post-Cataclysmic North American landscape with his comatose daughter, Crystal.  Along the way, Alex gives his all to protect Crystal as they come into contact with other survivalist groups challenging each other for control over the North Woods.

Kurt Hauswirth had an opportunity to speak to Co-Creator, Seth Anderson, and Coordinating Producer, Fay Mannon Rahoi; they discussed what can be expected at the Ore Dock screening event:

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We're nearing the end of the year of 2018, and as we do, we check in with the Bonifas Arts Center to see what is on the calendar for the end of the year.  Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Pasqua Warstler from the Bonifas by phone to catch up and see what kinds of events are available.


The annual presentation of 'The Nutcracker' comes to Marquette's Kaufman Auditorium December 1st, and production director Camilla Mingay spoke with Hans Ahlstrom about this year's ballet.

The Nutcracker takes place Saturday at 1pm and again at 7pm at Kaufman Auditorium

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It's time once again for an Ore Dock Record Sale; vinyl, CDs, cassettes, books, posters and more will be available in the upstairs Community Space of the Ore Dock Brewing Company.  Live musical acts will also be featured throughout the sale, which starts Wednesday, November 14th at 5pm.  The sale and shows continue through the 14th to the 17th.

Jon Teichman from the NMU Vinyl Club has partnered with Geoff Walker from Detroit, MI for their 19th record sale and show, and they joined us in our studios to tell us what to expect for this last record sale of the year.


One would be hard pressed to find someone who didn't know something about the story of "Alice in Wonderland," by Lewis Carroll.  In this case, the Superior Arts Youth Theater will present a reinvigorated production of the Disney version.  Hear about the production from director, Jalina McClain:

Fun fact about this production: there are over 75 kids involved, on and off stage!