Arts & Culture

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   A Houghton County organization has received money from USDA Rural Development. 

The Quincy Mine Hoist Association has been given $200,000 to repair the railroad tram. The tram consists of 847 ties and track that were installed 13 years ago. The ties are now deteriorating and affecting the structural integrity of the cog-wheel complex.

Officials say the tram ride down the hill is part of the Quincy Mine Tour, which hosts about 30,000 annual visitors. They say the life of the replacement ties is expected to be around 50 years.

Hiawatha Music Coop

The Co-op’s final 2018 “Hiawatha on TAAP” (traditional acoustic art performance) will be the return of a favorite of Marquette audiences, The Appleseed Collective on Wednesday, May 16th at the Ore Dock Brewing Company from 6-8pm. Cost is $5 Co-op Members and $7 Non-Members. Complimentary pizza will be served. Families are welcome. DRAWING FOR 2 FESTIVAL TICKETS TONIGHT FROM ALL 2018 HoTAAP red tickets!  Aarik Danielsen, from the Columbia Daily Tribune describes the Collective Sound, “The sounds of The Appleseed Collective are as diverse as the personalities that create them.

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.

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.

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.

MARQUETTE, MI--    The Beaumier UP Heritage Center will honor the recipients of the 2018 Upper Peninsula Folklife Awards next week. 

The award is given to individuals and organizations that have helped preserve and promote the traditional arts and culture of the region. This year the award will be given to Dave Bezotte of Chassell and the Trenary Home Bakery.

The Metropolitan Opera

The Met Opera is playing to a younger crowd: babies.

The New York City opera company is sponsoring a 40-minute opera written for young patrons, aged 6-18 months old.  The new work, called "BambinO" is written by Scottish composer Lliam Paterson, and commissioned by the Scottish Opera.

"BambinO" is being performed 10 times this week for free in a small auditorium inside the Metropolitan Opera.

From the Met website:

Illenium Song “Crawl Outta Love Ft. Annika Wells” Wins the Grand Prize in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC)Judges Include: Lorde, Hardwell, Tom Waits, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Ziggy Marley, Bastille, Kaskade, The Mavericks, Martie Maguire (Dixie Chicks), and More April 18, 2018 -- The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), widely recognized as the most prestigious and respected songwriting competition in the world, is pleased to announce its 2017 winners. Created in 2002, ISC received more than 16,000 entries from almost 140 countries. 

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.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette rehabilitation project has won a state award. 

The transformation of the former Holy Family Orphanage into Grandview Marquette Apartments has garnered a 2018 Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation. The honor is given to projects that reflect a commitment to the preservation of Michigan’s unique character, its archaeological sites, and the historic structures that document the state’s rich past.