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Next time on Peninsula Performances,

Guitarist Ana Vidovic visited the campus of Northern Michigan University on multiple occasions, and on this program we’ll turn to her 2008 and 2012 visits as part of the Pine Mountain Music Festival.

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How do we change the conversation surrounding climate change? By examining and relating to the people and places we love. Forest Roberts Theatre & Dance at NMU presents a collaborative lecture, dance, multimedia, and live music performance with the new dance company, co/lab collective, the OM music group, and Professor Jessica Thompson in What We Leave Behind: Addressing Climate Change Through Dance.

Bill Digneit, Director of Forest Roberts Theatre & Dance, came to Public Radio 90 to talk about this collaborative effort:

Camilla Mingay / Second Skin Shop

The Nutcracker Ballet has been a holiday staple in the Marquette community for years.  This year, a new event in support of both the Nutcracker Ballet and the U.P. Children's Museum is happening about a month ahead of the ballet performance.  Second Skin Shop & U.P. Children's Museum will present a Nutcracker Tea Party; at this event, attendees will have the opportunity to have Tea with the Nutcracker, take part in a Gift Basket Drawing, and decorate Pointe shoes.

Camilla Mingay (Second Skin Shop) came to Public Radio 90 to speak more about the event:

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burlesque entertainment is defined as a "theatrical entertainment of a broadly humorous, often earthy character consisting of short turns, comic skits, and sometimes striptease acts."  In essence, a way to make the serious become a little less serious.  In terms of a person's self-expression, it can be a powerful and positive force of self-esteem.

A special Burlesque Workshop will be presented Monday, Oct. 28th at Queen City Arts in Marquette, and special guest Vyxsin (of "The Amazing Race" and "Unfinished Business" fame) will help those who want a boost of self-esteem or want to express themselves differently.

In conversation at Public Radio 90, Vyxsin explains that burlesque is more than what it seems:

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The musical Rocky Horror Show is being presented in its 21st production, starting Friday, October 25th 2019.  A theatrical institution in the Marquette area, both members of the community and students from Northern Michigan University have come together for years to put on the cult show.  In his 18th year as the lead role, Bobby Glenn Brown returns as Frank-N-Furter.

Bobby came to Public Radio 90 to speak further about this year's production, how things have evolved over the years in his perspective, and hinted at changes and surprises this time around:

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"Quills" by Doug Wright is a fictionalized tale of the Marquis de Sade during his real-life residency in the Charenton Insane Asylum, in 19th Century France.  The Wolf's Head Theatre Company (an offshoot of the U.P. Shakespeare Festival) presents performances of the play in an intimate setting, the Ore Dock Brewing Company, Wednesdays and Sundays in October 2019.

The play is a commentary on mental health, the arts, control and discipline; the entanglement between the Marquis and two officials at the Asylum (both with their ideas of how best to move forward with treatments) urge the audience to delve into both external and internal reflections on these issues.

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Jamie Weeder (director) and Jeff Spencer (actor) about the process of presenting a play that hopes to broaden the spectrum of awareness about mental health, while also challenging the audience in an intimate space:

The Hiawatha Music Co-op's 2019 Fall Master Artist Concert and Workshop takes place tonight and tomorrow. The duo is the husband and wife team of Paul Brown and Terri McMurray. Public Radio 90's Hans Ahlstrom spoke with Paul Brown about the traditional music of North Carolina and southern Virginia he and Terri are bringing to our area.

The concert is tonight at 7pm at the Peter White Public Library. The workshop is tomorrow from 10-11:30am at the Hiawatha Music Co-op office in the Village Shopping Center.

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Everyone has a body, and the discussions on body autonomy, respect for your own body and others, and the differences in all of our bodies along the spectrum only continue to develop over time.  NMU Theatre and Dance address these kinds of issues and also offer opportunities for students to express themselves and speak on these issues through the medium of theatre with their production of The Full Monty (running Oct. 11-19, 2019).

The film from 1997 is the inspiration for the musical version, and is all about a group of down-on-their-luck, unemployed gentlemen who take it upon themselves to not only get employment, but also take control of their bodies and their body images, after finding out that the Chippendales' striptease act is something that appeals to certain members of the opposite sex.

Without giving away the full monty, the director of NMU Theatre and Dance Bill Digneit came to our studios to talk a little about the plot and themes of the show, but also the opportunities the show affords the community and campus populations:

Water Rising is the October-long event that marries art with environmental concerns.  The Cedar Tree Institute and the interfaith Northern Great Lakes Water Stewards are teaming up with other local art and environmental organizations to present this unique art collaboration.  One of the local art organizations is the Fresh Coast Film Festival, which takes place concurrently.

Tiina Harris, director of the City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center, came to Public Radio 90 to speak about a special film installation at the Center, that will also have its screening premiere at the Fresh Coast Film Festival, along with a special artist talk:

MARQUETTE, MI--   Public Radio 90 News Director Nicole Walton sits down with Lt. Gov. Gilchrist to ask him about his thoughts on U.P. business, how the economy can improve, and what's happening with Michigan's budget.