Arts & Culture

NEGAUNEE, MI--The City of Negaunee is welcoming Heikki Lunta back with a festival this weekend.

Opening ceremonies on Friday include a parade for the Finnish snow god beginning at 6 p.m. along Snow Street in Old Town Negaunee. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Time is running out to vote for your favorite candidate to become Poet Laureate of the U.P. 

Out of 17 nominations this year, six finalists remain:  Martin Achatz, Sally Brunk, Kathleen Heideman, Kathleen Carlton Johnson, Beverly Matherne, and Saara Myrene Raappana.  The one who receives the most votes will become a cheerleader for poetry in the U.P. for the next two years. 

Ron Reikki created the position.  He says it’s up to the winner to decide what they’d like to do during their tenure.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette is celebrating the holiday season in grand style with a parade and tree lighting ceremony on Friday. 

The Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade starts at 6 p.m. on Fair Avenue and will proceed down Third Street.  It will feature floats, decorated vehicles, and marching units.  The U.S. Postal Service will also collect letters to Santa along the route.  The letters should have a return address.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--    It’s time to clear annoying words and phrases from your linguistic closet. 

Just days remain to submit a nomination for Lake Superior State University’s 2017 Word Banishment List, to be released on December 31st. 

Every new year since 1976 LSSU has published a List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-Use, Over-Use, or General Uselessness.  Nominations are collected throughout the year from people around the world who would like to see words and phrases permanently exiled.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Several Upper Peninsula organizations have received grants from the Michigan Humanities Council.  

The money is awarded to Michigan nonprofits in support of cultural, educational, and community-based public humanities programming. 

Grants of $15,000 were given to the Alger County Historical Society, the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center in Delta County, the Museum of Ojibwa Culture in Mackinac County, and Northern Michigan University’s Beaumier Heritage Center.  Houghton County’s International Frisbee Hall of Fame and Museum received $8,400.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   A theater in Sault Ste. Marie is preparing to be restored to its 1930s glory through a $7 million capital campaign.  

The Evening News of Sault Ste. Marie reports the Soo Theatre Project is receiving support from the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Development Authority, which pledged their resources and connections Wednesday to help complete the project in conjunction with the Sault's 350th anniversary in 2018.

Hans Ahlstrom previews this weekend's concert by the Marquette Symphony Orchestra with special guests guest-conductor Dr Alexander Jimenez and MSO Board President Marlene Woo-Lun

The concert is Saturday evening at 7:30 at Kaufman Auditorium. 

For more information, visit the MSO website

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Technological University is holding its 41 North Film Festival over the next few days on campus. 

Formerly called the Northern Lights Film Festival, 41 North features award-winning independent films from throughout the world.

One of the highlights of this year’s festival is the movie “Life Animated”, about Owen Suskind, the son of Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Ron Suskind.  Owen is on the autism spectrum and is unable to speak until he and his family connect through Disney films. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   This week marks the debut of Marquette’s first-ever film festival. 

The Fresh Coast Film Festival will be held Thursday through Sunday at various venues in the downtown Marquette area. It also features ten outdoors tours, from trail running to stone skipping to kayaking.

This month's dinner & a movie offering from CLub Indigo is the Italian classic 'Cinema Paradiso.' Hans Ahlstrom spoke with Joe Kirkish about the film and the dinner buffet Friday night