Northern Arts & Culture

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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NMU Record Club

A return to form.

That is what we are all hopeful for, and one event returning to the Upper Great Lakes area is the Vinyl Record Show at the Ore Dock Brewing Company. The 8th edition of the show returns June 3rd to the community space of the brewery, in a slightly different format than in pre-Covid life.

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Jon Teichman and Geoff Walker, two people who have been instrumental in holding the record shows since 2013.

Hear the conversation:


bonifasarts.org

The Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba is gearing up for summer activities, including a rescheduled NMU Faculty Biennial Show, classes on plein air painting, cooking, watercolor art and more.

Staci Berg is the Education Coordinator at the Bonifas, and we spoke with her about upcoming events during summer 2021:


I Pray For My Enemies is the name of the first new recording in a decade from Joy Harjo, the first Native American to be named Poet Laureate of the United States. It's an album of singing, speaking and playing from Joy and a variety of top-notch musicians that seeks healing for a troubled world. It was released March 5th, 2021, and Kurt Hauswirth spoke with her about it. Hear the conversation below:


saytheater.org

Superior Arts Youth Theater is a year-round arts organization that seeks to empower young people by providing educational, performance, and technical theater opportunities. During the time of Covid-19 and social distancing, they've pivoted to alternative programming, one of which is an animation series, voiced by the young actors from SAY Theater. These animations premiere online; you can follow SAYT on Facebook for updates and visit saytheater.org for more information.  Kurt Hauswirth spoke about the animation series with  Superior Arts Youth Theater's Executive Director, Jalina McClain, as well as Esme, a student voice-actress from Houghton. 


zerodegreesgallery.com

Jason Schneider is the guest artist of the month at Zero Degrees Gallery for April 2021. He is an Assistant Professor of Furniture Design and Woodworking at Northern Michigan University, and works in the medium of laminated corrugated cardboard to make furniture and art. He also is a woodturner and teaches courses on woodturning and wood bending at NMU.

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Marc Himes and Jason Schneider about his art, teaching, and how they come together in what you can see at the gallery.

Hear the conversation below:


uproc.lib.mi.us

April is National Poetry Month, and Peter White Public Library is celebrating with a month-long list of events which draw from the poetic talent of the Upper Great Lakes. They also feature regular monthly events,  and to learn more about what's on offer for April 2021, we spoke with Marty Achatz, Adult Programming Coordinator at Peter White.


Build Up Michigan

All children grow and develop at different rates. But, most will reach several key milestones between the ages of 3 and 5. Preschoolers not meeting milestones or struggling to learn may need additional help to prepare for kindergarten. That's where Build Up Michigan can help.

Public Radio 90's Kurt Hauswirth spoke with parent Lindsay Nyberg, who lives in Houghton with her family. Lindsay spoke with Kurt to tell us ways Build Up Michigan is helping her son Elliott prepare for kindergarten.

Hear the conversation below:


Kurt Hauswirth

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 feature the collaboration between Jollygood (Luke Arquette) and Patrick Booth on their new EP, "Floe."

Build Up Michigan

All children grow and develop at different rates. But, most will reach several key milestones between the ages of 3 and 5. Preschoolers not meeting milestones or struggling to learn may need additional help to prepare for kindergarten. That's where Build Up Michigan can help.

Public Radio 90's Kurt Hauswirth spoke with parent Amanda Klein, who lives in Hancock with her family. Amanda spoke with Kurt to tell us ways Build Up Michigan is helping her 4-year-old son Leo prepare for kindergarten.

Hear the conversation below:


Kurt Hauswirth

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!

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