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The Marquette Spectacle is an outdoor performance of grand proportions steeped in local culture; a celebration of community and art through pageantry, art installations, pop-up performances, percussion, theatrical dance and a street parade, inclusive and accessible for all ages and abilities.

The event returns after a year off (due to Art Center renovations) with a refreshed vision of what a community spectacle can be.  This past spring the Spectacle's vision was refreshed, reinvented and re-branded to include more than just Halloween frights, and cultivate a higher level of creativity and participation.

The event includes a parade down Washington Street, departing from the Marquette Commons to Harlow Park.  The park itself will include over 50 performances, art installations, live music and food trucks.  The evening concludes at sunset with a finale of dance and fire.

Kurt Hauswirth (also a participating performer this year) spoke with Niikah Hatfield (Artistic Director) and Tiina Harris (City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center Manager) all about this revamped spectacle:

The Crystal Theatre

Fall is in the air in the Upper Peninsula, where we start to get cozy, go apple picking, hit as many events before the snow starts flying.  That's the plan at The Crystal Theatre, where in October, they have a full schedule of events before they wind down for the season.

Beethoven & Banjos returns for the fifth annual cross-genre music festival, Sunday October 6 at 2pm.  This collaboration between members of Decoda (Carnegie Hall's affiliate ensemble) and a folk ensemble brings artistic director Evan Premo's vision to The Crystal Theatre again, with sister Laurel Premo.

The Crystal's "Legend" series brings country music icon Lee Greenwood to the stage Friday October 11th at 7pm.  Greenwood has more than 30 albums to his credit, including the hit "God Bless the U.S.A."

The following Saturday, October 12th, brings classical pianist Trevor Stephenson & Friends to The Crystal Theatre, performing the original arrangements of American masterworks (music for piano and vocal quartet), with the Madison Bach Musicians.

Angie Dohl (manager of The Crystal Theatre) spoke with Kurt Hauswirth about their busy October lineup:

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Several events and collaborations are taking place in October 2019 revolving around art, writing, water stewardship and community engagement for Water Rising, a joining of artists Garth Evans and Leila Philip.  The Michigan Humanities Council allowed a grant for the effort, which includes connecting workshops and events from the artists with the Fresh Coast Film Festival, Marquette Arts & Culture Center, the NMU Art & Design program and more.

Pasqua Warstler, Tiina Harris and Abbie Hanson joined Kurt Hauswirth in studio to discuss how these events come together:

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Brian Kakas is a professor of Art & Design at Northern Michigan University (Ceramics).  He came to Public Radio 90 to talk about the Art & Design department's Visiting Artists program, which will include artists from the large collaborative effort Water Rising

The artists are Garth Evans (sculptor, whose work is included in major public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art) & Leila Philip (author and poet, including the books The Road Through Miyama and A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family).  The two artists have the opportunity to collaborate with local organizations and non-profits to extend a message of stewardship for the environment, through works of art and writing. 

Their schedule includes an exhibit at the City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center, workshops involving response to the Environment, collaboration with the Fresh Coast Film Festival, and the Visiting Artist series at NMU.

Revolve CC Facebook Page / Chad McKinney

According to Merriam Webster, a "Creative" as a noun is defined as "one who is creative."  Creatives from across the Midwest are invited to the first annual Revolve Creative Conference, or Revolve CC, for support in collaboration, cross-discipline works, and creative business.  A group of Marquette residents have also collaborated and pooled resources to put on this one-day conference, and have invited speakers of various creative disciplines to speak on their topics.

Confirmed speakers are Steve Albini, engineer and producer (The Pixies, Nirvana, Low, The Breeder), Dr. Susan Weinschenk (Ph.D. in Psychology and Chief Behavioral Scientist and CEO at The Team W. Inc.), and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, an author, educator and speaker whose work focuses on politics, culture, technology, and social change.

Keith Ellis, Professor of Art and Design at Northern Michigan University, is also the Executive Director of Revolve CC.  He came to Public Radio 90 to tell us more about his role in the conference and the aim of gathering creatives in Marquette:

Ore Dock Brewing CO.

The Marquette Area Blues Society and the Ore Dock Brewing Co. are teaming up to put on a benefit for local blues writer and champion Tom Hyslop. The blues society's Walt Lindala spoke with Public Radio 90's Hans Ahlstrom about the event.

The event is Friday, September 27th at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. Doors open at 6pm with music starting at 7 with Marquette's own Flat Broke Blues Band. At 8:30, it's Felix Reyes & Paul Linden from Chicago. Then at 10pm, Johnny Burgin (aka Rockin' Johnny) takes the stage, and the evening concludes with Devil's Elbow from St. Louis. 

Cedar Tree Institute

Water Rising is a MI Humanities Council grant that brings a project by the same name here to the UP. The Cedar Tree Institute is the recipient of this grant. Cedar Tree Institute is a nonprofit organization in Marquette, providing services and initiating projects in the areas of mental health, religion, and the environment. Other partners include; Marquette's Arts & Culture division, NMU's College of Art & Design, the Fresh Coast Film Festival, and Superior Watershed Partnership.

Pasqua Warstler (Project Director and Grant Writer) and Jon Magnuson (Director of the Cedar Tree Institute and grant recipient) spoke with Kurt Hauswirth at Public Radio 90 about the project in an overview of what the grant will help achieve, and the events and collaborations of Water Rising:

The Crystal Theatre

October brings a range of musical events to the Crystal Theatre as wide as the music of this country – from County Music’s icon Lee Greenwood to the music of American composers as far back as 1750.

The U.P.’s annual cross-genre music festival, Beethoven and Banjos, comes to Crystal Falls.

Marquette Symphony Orchestra

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra's October 26 concert features a side-by-side performance with Marquette Senior High School students.

The MSO is dedicated to furthering music education opportunities, so the orchestra invited the MSHS Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble for a side-by-side performance for the first time. The students will join the MSO for Finlandia by Sibelius and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. The MSO will also play Franck’s Symphony in D minor. The concert is Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Kaufman Auditorium.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   Upper Peninsula Paranormal Research Society co-founders Tim Ellis and Brad Blair talk about creating--and sustaining--the Midwest's largest paranormal convention, as well as their new book Yoopernatural Haunts: Upper Peninsula Paranormal Research Society Case Files.

The convention takes place August 22-24. For more information, go to