Petr Kratochvil

The NMU Vinyl Record Club at Northern Michigan University is a gathering of student and faculty who share a love of vinyl records and music. Every so often, they organize a Vinyl Record Show, which entails gathering vendors from across the Upper Peninsula (and beyond) to set up a pop-up sale of vinyl records, CDs, cassettes, art, jewelry and more.

The first of these events for 2020 is happening in a new location; Jon Teichman (advisor of the NMU club) came to Public Radio 90 to tell us when and where the show is this year, and other important details:

News Director Nicole Walton speaks with Northern Michigan University President Fritz Erickson about changes at the school and what makes the university so cutting-edge.   

St. Peter Cathedral / Marquette Choral Society

The Marquette Choral Society presents their annual Christmas masterworks concert, featuring Ottorino Respighi’s Lauda per la Nativita del Signore and Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël. The Choral Society is joined by members of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Erin Colwitz, director of choirs at Northern Michigan University (including the Marquette Choral Society), discussed the event with Nicole Walton:

Kelly Gilligan Design / The Crib

The holidays can be a time for planned shopping, but also a time for last-minute shopping.  Local artisan Kelly Gilligan had this in mind when she called upon other local artists, designers and creatives to help put together a Holiday Pop Up Art Show.  Kelly designs her own works (@KellyGilliganDesign) and is also affiliated with Zero Degrees Gallery.

Kelly stopped by our studios to talk more about this event that will help not only holiday shoppers, but also provide a venue for local artists to share their wares:

Forest Roberts Theatre

"You'll shoot your eye out!" one of many classic (and cautionary) lines that comes up in conversation this time of year comes from A Christmas Story, both originally a memoir from 1966 and the hit holiday film from 1983.  The original story of humorist Jean Shepherd tells the story of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s, as Ralphie Parker attempts to get the prized Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.  Through trials, tribulations and laughs, A Christmas Story tells the tale of the magic and madness surrounding the famous December holiday tradition.

This December, the Forest Roberts Theatre at NMU presents the stage play of A Christmas Story, with all the elements from the film intact.  A mix of community members and Northern students comprise the cast, creative team, and crew.

Bill Digneit, director of NMU Theatre and Dance, came to Public Radio 90 to speak about the play:

Marquette 365 / Second Skin Shop

Kaufman Auditorium and Second Skin Shop present a community dance production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Ballet, Saturday, Dec. 7th at 1pm and 7pm.  Both performances take place at Kaufman Auditorium.  This year's ballet is set in a Medieval & Scottish Highland Dinner Party, including live music from local celtic group The Knockabouts.

Camilla Mingay (Second Skin Shop) came to Public Radio 90 to speak more about what is new to the ballet experience this year:

Superior Arts Youth Theater

The word Frozen brings to mind at least two things; our frozen Great Lakes in winter, and the Disney film based upon Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, and all the sing-a-longs of "Let it Go" that you can muster.  However, Disney's Frozen Jr.  is also the next production of the Superior Arts Youth Theater in Marquette, MI.  Based on the 2018 Broadway musical, Frozen, Jr. brings the characters of Elsa, Anna and the land of Arendelle to life.  You'll hear all the familar songs (along with new songs from the Broadway production).  It opens Thursday, November 21st at the Forest Roberts Theatre in Marquette.

We had a chance to talk with Young Elsa (played by the young actress Avonlea) and the director (SAYT and Forest Roberts Theatre/NMU alum Jill Vermeulen) all about their experiences and excitement they have about Frozen Jr:

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:

Kurt Hauswirth / Public Radio 90

Next time on Peninsula Performances,

Honor the service of our Veterans with music from the November 2018 NMU Choir Veteran’s Day Concert, along with other works that pay tribute to our Armed Forces.

The program will consist of patriotic music from composers such as William Billings, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Samuel Ward and more.

Tune in Friday at 8pm ET, and again Tuesday at 1pm ET on Public Radio 90, WNMU-FM 90.1 in Marquette, or online at

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: