Northern Michigan Arts & Culture

Northern Michigan is a place with incredible natural beauty and varied landscapes. It is also home to Interlochen Center for the Arts and several other longstanding cultural institutions. Little wonder the region has been so attractive to artists and musicians of all types. Here we bring you those stories. 

This month on Michigan Writers on the Air, Aaron Stander will be having a conversation with Jerry Dennis about his award winning book, The Living Great Lakes. Then he'll be talking with Doug Stanton and Megan Raphael about the fall season of the Traverse City National Writers Series. And at the end, regular contributor, poet and essayist Fleda Brown, will read from her recently released  book, Loon Cry:  Selected and New Michigan Poems.

Coming up on the National Writer's Series, Mario Batali talks about slaving away for other chefs, running fine restaurants in New York and escaping to northern Michigan in the summer. Plus he and the owner of Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor swap stories about novelist Jim Harrison and someone in the audience asks if those secret ingredients on Iron Chef are really secret. Find out on the National Writer's Series.

Hosner's Cafe Society

Aug 19, 2010

Crystal Lake: Remembering The Man Who Pulled The Plug

Aug 12, 2010

Detour Lighthouse Group Recognized By First Lady

Aug 11, 2010

<p><em><a href="">By Peter Payette</a></em></p> <p>An historic preservation group in the eastern Upper Peninsula has been has been recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama.</p> <p>The Detour Reef Light Preservation Society is one of 30 groups to ever receive the Preserve America Stewards award. The all-volunteer group restored the lighthouse that is one mile offshore between the eastern end of the Upper Peninsula and Drummond Island.

Jammin' At The Symphony

Aug 11, 2010


Aug 5, 2010

<p>This week Host Brad Aspey takes a sneak peak deep inside the Interlochen Guitar Festival, set to begin August 26th. Maybe it's time you dusted off and tuned up that old guitar that's been starring you down for ages! Join us live Friday at 9:00 am.</p>

Puente's Musical Saw At Dunegrass

Aug 5, 2010

Peter & Paul's Tribute To Mary At Interlochen

Jul 21, 2010

Filmmaker Passionate About Historic Idlewild

Jul 7, 2010

<p>In 2007, Hollywood made a musical named <em>Idlewild</em>. They took the name from Northern Michigan's African-American resort. The movie disturbed Coy Davis. Davis had shown the real Idlewild in his own documentary of 2001. Now, it seemed, Hollywood was gunning down the resort's image. That put Davis on a mission. Brad Aspey reports. </p>

Aaron Stander continues the broadcasts of the National Writers Series in Traverse City, this week featuring Thomas Lynch, author of “The Undertaking – Life Studies from the Dismal Trade."  Lynch is renowned for his charismatic stage presence and captivating manner of storytelling in front of live audiences.

ArtPrize Deadline Looms

Jun 30, 2010

<p><em><a href="">By Brad Aspey</a></em></p> <p>The deadline for artists to find a space to show their work in Grand Rapids' ArtPrize is Thursday. </p> <p>ArtPrize is open to any artist in the world. During last year's competition, Traverse City artist Eric Daigh came in third place and went home with $50,000 dollars. </p> <p>ArtPrize offers the largest prize of any competition in the world with a quarter-million dollars going to the first-prize winner.

Jumping For A World Record

Jun 28, 2010

Point Betsie Renovations Receive Award

Jun 7, 2010

<p><em><a href="">By Peter Payette</a></em></p> <p>Point Betsie Lighthouse has reopened after being closed for renovations this winter. Today, the group that has done the work on Point Betsie Lighthouse will receive an award from the State of Michigan.</p> <p><strong>The Hard Work Of The 1940s</strong><br />The keepers' quarters inside the lighthouse have been fully restored.

Lighthouse Renovations Win Award

Jun 7, 2010

Author Interview: Thomas Lynch. Poet. Undertaker.

Jun 2, 2010

<p><em><a href="">By Tom Kramer</a></em></p> <p>Author Thomas Lynch is tonight's guest of the National Writers Series in Traverse City. He's a poet, and essayist, a novelist and... we must not forget... an undertaker.</p> <p><em>Listen to the audio above for Tom Kramer's chat with Thomas Lynch.</em></p>

Tom Brokaw spoke in Traverse City last month as part of the National Writers Series. The television anchor and journalist talked about his best-selling books including, "The Greatest Generation" and "Boom! Voice of the Sixties." The speech airs on IPR News Radio Tuesday night at 9pm and Wednesday afternoon at 1pm.

Veteran journalist, and author, Tom Brokaw was in Traverse City earlier this month for the National Writers Series at the City Opera House. He also stopped by Traverse City West Senior High school to talk with students from all over the region. The talk he gave for students: Tweet is a verb, writing is forever.

Tom Brokaw At The National Writers Series

May 12, 2010

Long-time television news anchor and author Tom Brokaw will be speaking tonight at the City Opera House in Traverse City.

It's part of the National Writers Series.

Before addressing the sold out crowd, he'll talk to students at Traverse City West Senior High School about the role social media can play in how we record our lives.

Barrons Returns To TV -- Amateur Style

Apr 27, 2010

Aaron Stander will continue the broadcasts of the National Writers Series in Traverse City, this week featuring Mary Karr, author of The Liars Club.

Hall of Famer Memoir

Apr 20, 2010

Books For Walls

Apr 14, 2010