Northern Michigan Arts & Culture

Northern Michigan is a place with incredible natural beauty and varied landscapes. It is also home to the 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. 

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Writers & Writing
8:45 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Michigan Writers on the Air - July 2014

Credit Michael Huey

On the next Michigan Writers on the Air:

George Dila reads from his new collection of short stories, Working Stiffs.

Michael Huey reads from his extraordinary memoir about the early years of Camp Leelanau, the Leelanau School, and the Homestead. His book is titled,Straight as the Pine, Sturdy as the Oak.

Fleda Brown provides an audio essay on American Poet Robin Becker.

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The New Jazz Archive
8:24 am
Thu July 17, 2014

John Coltrane

This week on The New Jazz Archive, it's an update on the life and music of John Coltrane. We’ll talk with our jazz historian and renowned Coltrane scholar Lewis Porter about Trane’s early roots growing up in rural North Carolina, and get to know the softer side of John Coltrane the balladeer. And we’ll explore John Coltrane’s redemption story and his transformation from heroin addict to spiritual icon, and sit down for a conversation with Ravi Coltrane about how his father’s music unexpectedly inspired him to carry on the family legacy.

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Michigan Arts & Culture
12:49 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Petoskey's Crooked Tree Could Enter Traverse City

Crooked Tree is one of the more successful community arts centers in the Midwest, and its leaders think it may be time to expand beyond Petoskey.
Credit Crooked Tree Arts Center

The anchor of arts and culture in Petoskey is turning its eye toward Traverse City.

Crooked Tree Arts Center is one of the strongest community arts centers in the Midwest, with a $2.5 million dollar annual budget and a $5.4 million dollar endowment. It’s in talks with Traverse City’s ArtCenter about a possible merger.

Reporter Anne Stanton talks with IPR about the merger discussions.

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Writers & Writing
2:31 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Michigan authors reflect on lives near water through writing

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 4:00 pm

No matter the season, if you live in Michigan, water isn't far away.

The Great Lakes. One of Michigan's 11,000 inland lakes. A river, like the Manistee or Au Sable.

Traverse Magazine invited five Northern Michigan women writers to share their thoughts on water. Two of those writers join us today on Stateside from Interlochen Public Radio.

Anne-Marie Oomen grew up on a farm near Lake Michigan. She says that besides understanding from the very beginning the reliance of agriculture on water, she felt related to water in a spiritual way.

Fleda Brown recalls fond memories of summer times spent near Michigan lakes as a child. “Driving up from Arkansas … and getting closer and closer to the lake and the woods, the first glimpse of water I saw through the trees was like miracle,” she said.

* Listen to full interview above.

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The New Jazz Archive
1:31 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Les Paul

Les Paul tinkering with a board at his New Jersey home 1963.

Here's a little fact about Les Paul that you might not know: rock icon Steve Miller is Les Paul's godson. The week on The New Jazz archive, it's the life and legend of the great Les Paul. We’ll talk with Steve Miller about his memories of his legendary godfather, and find out how Les Paul shaped Millers’ own life as a man and musician. And we’ll talk with Sue Baker of the Les Paul Foundation about Les’s life and legacy, and how the many famous inventions of the Wizard of Waukesha transformed 20th-century music.

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