Northern Michigan Arts & Culture

Essay: Geographic Fix

Mar 22, 2019

When my first marriage was seven years old and my daughter four, I started feeling restless and discontent.  Looking around for something to blame, I decided that our house was too small and the neighborhood too noisy.


Marty Achatz poses with a Sasquatch statue
Marty Achatz/Facebook

 

Marty Achatz was more than a little surprised to be nominated as the Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate for a second time.

"I was absolutely flabbergasted," he says. "Stunned for a couple days."

 

Regardless of what Achatz says, the Ishpeming native is a fan favorite for a reason. Reading his poems you can feel the pangs of heartache and moments of joy in equal measure.

David Reimer incorporates sports into his music teaching.
Erin Iafrate

March Madness begins this week. The huge college basketball tournament starts with 68 teams and will eventually end with one national champion. But for some in northern Michigan, March Madness means more than basketball. For 10-year-old Ricky Bristol, who lives in East Jordan, it means practicing his violin.


Gretchen Carr / Interlochen Public Radio

For northern Michigan artists, getting in to the annual Regional Exhibit at Traverse City’s Dennos Museum Center is a big deal. But not everyone is accepted to the juried show.

Artists deal with rejection all the time, but this year the artists who were not admitted got together and created a show of their own.

 


Cross-country ski report - March 21

Mar 21, 2019

Yes, it's March 21st. And yes, we're still skiing. But this will be the last ski report of the year since the season is winding down. The warm temperatures during the day and the cold temperatures during the night mean a lot of trails are icy. So be careful on the sharp turns and downhills.


Essay: Doing Your Duty

Mar 15, 2019

Every Sunday afternoon when I was a kid, my father went to visit his father—a widower who lived alone.  Sometimes our whole family went to see Grandpa Anderson, but often it was just my dad.  The two men weren’t close and I don’t know what they found to talk about.


Cross-country ski report - March 14

Mar 14, 2019

Today's rain means we'll have to stay off the trails until tomorrow. But don't worry, it looks like colder temperatures and fresh snow will have us back on the skis for the weekend.


Essay: Ask for What You Want

Mar 8, 2019

When my daughter was young, I used to embarrass her when we went to restaurants because I asked for the table I wanted.  Someone was going to get that nice table by the window; why not us?  Anyway, it couldn’t hurt to ask, politely.  And, most of the time, we sat by the window—no objections made.


Charlevoix native Jetty Rae is out with a new album called 'Stardust.' It's a kids album she recorded in her Airstream trailer.
Jetty Rae

Charlevoix native Jetty Rae is out with a new album called "Stardust." It’s a children’s album, and the songs have a light, mellow, drifting sound to them.


Taylor Wizner

This week on Points North, a community prepares to be stranded on an island in the middle of winter. Plus, a furrier transforms animal pelts into expensive clothes. 


Cross-country ski report - March 7

Mar 7, 2019

If you were skiing earlier this week, you might still be warming up! The conditions were frosty and slow... But the good news is that you can break out the warmer glide wax and peel off a few layers because this week's warmer weather will make conditions fast all over northern Michigan.

Essay: Ice Floes

Mar 1, 2019

Ours is the only car in the parking lot on this Sunday afternoon. My husband and I walk north along the Lake Michigan shore, pulling on gloves and putting up hoods. It might be twenty degrees on the thermometer but it feels like zero.  


Cross-country ski report - February 28

Feb 28, 2019

Last week's blizzard conditions have created some of the best ski conditions of the year. The heavy amounts of freezing rain of early winter have left behind a firm base. With the snowfall on top of that icy base, we might have quality skiing for weeks to come.


Essay: Turquoise Silk Dress

Feb 15, 2019

I am looking through my button box and pick up a small cloth-covered button. “Turquoise silk,” I murmur, remembering the dress it came from, a dress I wore only once.


Essay: Saying Hello

Feb 8, 2019

I am leaving a store when I notice the woman in front of me. There is something familiar in her walk and then I know who she is—a friend from long ago.


Max Johnston

Homeless shelters and nonprofits are getting headcounts of the homeless across the country this month. The data goes to the federal government for homelessness prevention. But this year's count in northern Michigan happened to fall on one of the coldest nights of the year.

Essay: My House

Feb 1, 2019

When I die, I will leave the people I love which makes me sad.  But what really bothers me—and I confess this with a certain embarrassment—is leaving my house.  As a house, it’s not that special—an old, two-story, needs-work place—but as a source of shelter and security, it has never let me down.  I can’t say that about people.


TheraCann

Lake Superior State University is offering what they call the nation’s first 'Cannabis Chemistry' degrees.

For example students can take classes on the preparation and hydration of cannabis, also known as marijuana, as part of their degree. University President Rodney Hanley says the curriculum is no joke.

“This is not a slouchy education that you get here, and it’s certainly not some stereotyped thing around cannabis or something like that," Hanley says. "This is very much a high-quality, analytical chemistry program.”

The Traverse City Pit Spitters revealed the baseball team's new name and logo Tuesday morning at the State Theatre.
Dan Wanschura

The new baseball team in Traverse City has a name. The 'Pit Spitters' was the name chosen from over four-thousand fan suggestions, including Dogmen and Dune Bears.

Conducter Ara Sarkissian leads the newly-formed Interlochen Contemporary Music Ensemble during a recent rehearsal.
Dan Wanschura

A new contemporary music ensemble has formed at Interlochen Arts Academy. On Friday night, the group will perform a piece called “Workers Union,” written by Louis Andriessen in 1975.

 


The Accidentals are made up of Katie Larson, Sav Buist, and Michael Dause. The band recently had their trailer stolen while on tour in Arizona.
Sony Music Masterworks

Fans of The Accidentals are stepping up to support the band after someone stole their trailer. The group lost the trailer full of merchandise, sound equipment and a drum set while on tour in Arizona earlier this week

 

Essay: Conflict Resolution

Jan 23, 2019

When I was in junior high school, I wore my hair long and straight like most of the girls.  My mother thought it would look better short and curly.  This was a constant source of tension between us—but when we got angry, we didn’t talk about it.  We stopped speaking.  Sometimes for days.

Cross-country ski report - January 17

Jan 17, 2019
Randy Smith of the Vasa Ski Club in Traverse City.
Dan Wanschura

Last week we had very good Nordic ski conditions; waxing was easy and skating was fast. Here are a few highlights of the slip-sliding and ski-gliding possibilities this weekend.


Dave Mertz reaches for a spoonful of chili during The Downtown Chili Cook-Off at the Park Place Hotel.
Dan Wanschura

Last Saturday, nearly 1,600 hungry people stopped by the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City. It was the 28th annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off and this year visitors tasted 20 different varieties from local restaurants. 

Essay: Cleanliness

Jan 11, 2019

My mother was fond of saying, “Cleanliness is next to godliness,” as she pointed me toward my bedroom.  It was years before I discovered this wasn’t one of the Ten Commandments, wasn’t even in the Bible. 

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