Northern Arts & Culture

Hosts Hans Ahlström 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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There's another opportunity to come together for music shopping, conversation, live music and more at the next Vinyl Record Sale at the Ore Dock Brewing Company.

In the second edition of the sale at the Ore Dock since pandemic conditions have lessened enough to allow for community gathering events, the community space will once again be filled with boxes of vinyl records, CDs, cassette tapes and more for music and media lovers. Live music will also be featured at the other end of the upstairs community space during the sale.

As the event is sponsored through the NMU Vinyl Record Club, we spoke with Jon Teichman, adviser to the group (and one of two individuals heavily involved in planning and executing the events) about what it takes to put the event together.

Hear the conversation:

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The Local Spin is part of the new music discovery program The Shuffle with Kurt Hauswirth, where we feature local musicians on Public Radio 90!

On this edition of The Local Spin, we welcome All Strings Considered, a traditional old-time string band with a focus on instrumental and vocal music of the Southern Appalachian region.

The Hiawatha Music circle will be unbroken; this year's circle continues on the internet.

This year, the Annual Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival will be held online, the weekend of July 16th-July 18th 2021. The Co-op Board of Directors made the decision to postpone the in-person version of the festival until 2022, and move forward with a Virtual Festival.

We welcomed Susan Divine, Executive Director of the Hiawatha Music Co-op, to our studios to tell us more about how the festival works this year, how to participate, and more about the acts:

Peter White Public Library received some good news: they've been selected for the 2021 Big Read program from the National Endowment of the Arts, which includes a $20,000 grant.

The book selected is An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate of the United States.

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Marty Achatz, Adult Programming Coordinator at Peter White, about the grant and what it means for patrons of the library:

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The Local Spin is part of the new music discovery program The Shuffle with Kurt Hauswirth, where we feature local musicians on Public Radio 90!

On this edition of The Local Spin, we welcome Marty Gray, musician who currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI, but is originally from Marquette. He's released his own music since his 2017 debut album Eyeful, and returns with a new album called The Regular (a concept album of sorts), inspired by a night listening to a stranger unload all of his world-weary troubles. Our discussion ranges from Marty's roots and formative experiences in Marquette, his musical background of choir, band, opera and punk drumming, along with the story of how a night of karaoke at Marquette-staple Flanigan's turned into the experience that formed the album. Join us for a video interview and solo performance with Marty Gray, recorded in his home studio!

The Marquette County Habitat for Humanity's Women Build event is coming back this August.

People in Marquette County need places to live, especially during a housing crisis. The goal of the Women Build event is to help families into affordable homeownership in Marquette County, through volunteerism and skill-building.

We spoke with Cindy Noble, Affiliate Support Manager of the Marquette County Habitat for Humanity, about the event, what to expect, and what you need to do to register:

Zero Degrees Gallery is a cooperative of over forty established and emerging local artists, who exhibit and sell their work through the gallery in downtown Marquette. The gallery features a guest artist each month, and in June, it's John Hubbard.

John has a history of teaching art in various capacities at Northern Michigan University, while also helping to develop the Drawing, Painting and Printmaking concentrations in the Art and Design program.

He's also a professional artist, having displayed his works in over 200 juried exhibitions.

Since his retirement from teaching at NMU in 2014, he's continued his work as an artist, concentrating on painting. His works are now on display at Zero Degrees Gallery.

John joined us by phone, along with Marc Himes of the Zero Degrees Gallery, to speak about his art and the guest artist program:

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From Plein Air painting to Analog Photo Filters, there are events for every person at Art Week. As a part of the City of Marquette's 2021 Art Week events, we had two guests in our studios (Artist Marlene Wood and Artist/Educator Ben Pawlowski) to speak about special events and installations planned and spread throughout Marquette during Art Week.

Marlene is a seasoned artist in the Upper Great Lakes, who leads "Reuniting," a community art project at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. She also will be involved with plein air painting throughout the week.

Ben is one half of Shape and Sound Arts Academy (along with Patrick Booth), which provides art education to youth. They will host different interactive events, like Analog Photo Filters and the Animation Jam.

Hear more about the events and installations throughout the Art Week from Marlene and Ben:

The Pine Mountain Music Festival celebrates a return to live music along with its 30th Anniversary of bringing classical music to Marquette, Houghton, Iron Mountain and Crystal Falls. These two celebrations also bring 30th Anniversary performances, on Friday, June 25th at the Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette, and Saturday, June 26th at the Rozsa Center in Houghton.

Both dates bring the talent of promising youth performers in a free performance by the UPStarts at 4pm. After a break for dinner on both the Friday and Saturday performance dates, a variety of performers present the 30th Anniversary Show. This performance is a collaboration with members of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, the Keweenaw Orchestra, the Marquette City Band, Northern Michigan University's Dance Department, and tenor Miles Mykkanen (one of the original UPStarts).

We hear all about the 30th Anniversary performances in an interview with Diane Eshbach, Trustee and President of the Pine Mountain Music Festival board:

The City of Marquette is presenting the sixth annual City of Marquette Art Week, the week of June 21-26, 2021. It's a week of special events spread throughout town dedicated to celebrating the arts and culture community, with exhibits, concerts, workshops, installations, demonstrations, live performances and more.

We had Tiina Morin, manager of the City Office of Arts & Culture, join us in our studios to tell us more about the week, and how arts and culture can help us reconnect after a long period of social distancing.