Arts/Music Interviews

Hosts Hans Ahlstrom and Kurt Hauswirth discuss what is happening in the area regarding arts, music and cultural events.

Emily Vaughn / Chad McKinney (art)

Emily Vaughn, local music teacher in the Au Train-Onota Public, Wells Township, and Powell Township Schools, spoke with Hans Ahlstrom regarding a fundraiser concert, called "Small Schools, Big Sounds!," to benefit the music programs in those schools.

The concert takes place Friday, May 18th, beginning at 6pm at the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum in Marquette, MI.

Breesa Culver

Breesa Culver, one of three 'creatives' in town as part of the Marquette Creative Residency-A Home for Creatives on the Superior Coast, spoke with Hans Ahlstrom about the residency and her project- a podcast series of stories about the Upper Peninsula as told by yoopers.

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Kekla Magoon is the author of ten young adult novels, and one of them was selected as the Michigan Humanities Council's Great Michigan Read (a book club for the entire state with a focus on a single book).  The book is "X: A Novel," by author Kekla Magoon, and along with Ilyasah Shabazz (one of Malcolm X's daughters), they tell a fictionalized account of Malcolm X as a young man.  The book also explores the Michigan roots of Malcolm X.

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The 28th season of the Pine Mountain Music Festival is beginning soon, with the 2018 festival taking place June 15th - June 30th.  Artistic Director Dr. Joel Neves stopped by our studios to talk about the exciting line-up this year.

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Kurt Hauswirth spoke with two guests in the studio: Darlene Weisinger, volunteer for Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice, and their program, Adult Day Services, and Emily Lanctot, Curator of Collections and Outreach from the DeVos Art Museum on Northern Michigan University's campus, about an upcoming pop-up art show and benefit at the DeVos.

Melissa Alan, director and curator of the DeVos Art Museum, and Kelsey Blackburn, graduating senior, came to our studios today to talk about what is on display for the Winter 2018 Senior Exhibition.  A variety of mixed media, either through continuing work or newly-made works, are expected, along with pricing for anyone interested in purchasing art.

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Hans Ahlstrom speaks with NMU Assistant Professor of English Rachel May about her new book, "An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery."

Carson Davis Brown / DeVos Art Museum Facebook Page

The DeVos Art Museum on the campus of Northern Michigan University will host a visiting artist that originally hails from Michigan.  Geoffrey Holstad, now of Ojai, California, will speak this evening about his background as a designer and artist, as well as his passion for supporting grassroots environmental organizations.  He also works as a Senior Graphic Designer at Patagonia, which recently launched the Patagonia Action Works platform to connect individuals with organizations to encourage creative action to address issues related to our planet.

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We had our monthly check-in with the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba; Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Pasqua Warstler, Director of Gallery & Regional Projects, about what is coming up on the event schedule.

Kraig Kenning will be returning to the Bonifas at 8 p.m. He has played up to 200 dates a year touring the US for the last 3 decades, showcasing songs from his eight CDs containing almost exclusively original material.

The Detroit Institute of Arts exhibit "Visions of American Life" will be on display until May 23rd in the gallery.

Brits and Brews: Music of the 1960s British Invasion, a benefit for JJ Packs, is happening at the Ore Dock Brewing Company. Hans Ahlstrom spoke with organizer Dave Stensaas about the event, the bands, and JJ Packs.

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