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Marquette is known to be a supporter of arts of all kinds.  In its fifth year, the Marquette Art Week celebrates art in its many forms, celebrating the rich and diverse culture of Marquette.  Exhibits, performances, receptions, studio tours, a bike tour, demonstrations, and street performers are some of the ways that the arts are expressed and celebrated in this annual June event.

Tristan Luoma, Arts and Senior Services Coordinator with the City of Marquette, came to Public Radio 90's studios to speak with Kurt Hauswirth about all that Art Week 2019 has to offer:


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Public Radio 90's Hans Ahlstrom speaks with members of the band Stan Berry about their music and the new CD 'Standards'


TaMaMa Dance Company

TaMaMa Dance Company (TDC) presents Collection, "an accumulation of movement gathered for study, comparison, and exhibition with the intention to intrigue, surprise, and inspire."  Kurt Hauswirth spoke with the three members of TDC (Marissa Marquardson, Maggie Barch, and Tara Middleton) about what this means, and what to expect on the stage:


May the Fourth for the 4th Facebook page / Marquette Area Fourth of July Celebration Committee

How are fireworks and Star Wars related to the downtown Marquette area?  The Marquette area is known to have a spectacular Fourth of July celebration at the Mattson Lower Harbor Park every July 4th.  The fireworks have considerable cost to put together the show every year; a group called the 501st Legion (an official screen-accurate Star Wars costuming group) and local photographer Daniele Carol Co. are teaming up to fundraise for the downtown Marquette fireworks.  Fans will be able to get a high-quality photo with their favorite intergalactic characters, and have the opportunity to bring their own props and scenarios.  The photography fee will be donated entirely for the Fourth of July celebration.

Mike Forester is with Northern Michigan University's Marketing and Communications Department, but he is also a self-proclaimed Star Wars fanatic:


Superior Arts Youth Theater Facebook Page

The Superior Arts Youth Theater is a nonprofit organization in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan that provides opportunities for youth ages 3-18 to get involved in theater productions, on stage and behind the scenes.  The next performances happen May 3rd through 5th with the second annual Play Festival, with three different plays highlighted.  The classic German folk tale "Hansel and Gretel" (directed by Nathan Morgan), Shakespeare's "As You Like It" (directed by Teagan Sturmer), and "Brave Little Tailor" (directed by Taylor Koski) are all featured in performance at both the NMU Forest Roberts Theatre and the NMU Panowski Black Box Theatre.

All three directors, as well as the executive director and producer Jalina McClain, joined Kurt Hauswirth during Classiclectic to talk about their experiences preparing the companies for performance, as well as challenges and surprises along the way:


michiganhumanities.org

"Third Coast Conversations: Dialogues about Water in Michigan" are grant-giving opportunities through the Michigan Humanities, and allow statewide public conversations to take place in 18 communities in Michigan.  The state of Michigan is often referred to as the nation's "third coast" because of its miles of shoreline in the US, bordering four of the five Great Lakes.  Michigan Humanities, through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, has announced awards of $5,000 for communities and organizations throughout Michigan to hold conversations and community events around water topics.  Northern Michigan University will be host to one of these conversations, focusing on tourism and sense of place.

Jennifer Rupp, the Director of Federal and State Grants with Michigan Humanities, visited our studios to talk more about Third Coast Conversations:


NMU Music Department

The Percussion Group Cincinnati will perform and make connections to social justice as a part of the Siril Concert Series, sponsored by the Siril Endowment for the Arts and NMU's Music Department.  One of the members of the trio, Allen Otte, joined Dr. Jim Strain of the NMU Music Dept. in conversation with Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth, to discuss all the percussive events this week:


The Crystal Theatre

TAKE3, a classical-pop crossover group, will perform at The Crystal Theatre on April 7, 2pm CT, and again in Sault Ste. Marie, MI at L.S.S.U.'s Cisler Center, April 9, 7pm ET.  Comprised of Lindsay Deutsch (violin), Lila Yang (cello), and Christopher O'Riley (piano), TAKE3 takes everything you thought you knew about a classical music concert and throws it out a window! 

Public Radio 90

The Jitterbug Jive returns to the Ore Dock Brewing Company, the second annual fundraising event for Public Radio 90!  This time, we are fortunate to have the Marquette music-making collective Adam Sawfox for musical entertainment.  To give a taste of what to expect, we had two members of the ensemble join us in studio for a mini-performance and interview, along with Kris Wierenga from the Ore Dock.

Who is Adam Sawfox?  They are a collection of musicians from the Northern Michigan area who, along with vocalist and guitarist Michael Waite, perform multi-genre music of jazz, swing, Americana, dancehall rock and all points in between.

Full interview with Michael Waite, Mike Bjella and Kris Wierenga:


DeVos Art Museum

The DeVos Art Museum is holding a call for entries for the 12th annual "North of the 45th" Upper Midwest Juried Exhibition.  Emily Lanctot, Director, Curator, & Outreach at the DeVos, tells us how to register in this Arts and Culture Update:


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