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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Knapping
1:23 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Carrying on an 11,000-year-old tradition

Credit Fred Keeslar

Stephen Drake, a math professor at Northwestern Michigan College, took up the hobby of knapping 30 years ago when his son Eric was a boy. 

Knapping is the ancient art of chipping stone into a desired shape.

“One day my son was banging on rock with a hammer,” Drake recalls. “I asked him what he was doing and he said he was trying to make an arrow head. I took him to the Con Foster Museum and we looked at arrowheads and started experimenting. There weren’t many books at that time.”

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Michigan Arts & Culture
5:57 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Ludington to host first 19-day "History Prize" event in 2016

Credit https://www.facebook.com/pages/History-Prize/146759932084035

Ludington will host a new 19-day history festival when it launches in the summer of 2016.

Several Michigan communities were vying for the festival, called History Prize. Organizers are modeling after the hugely successful ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids.

“We’re still early in the planning stages but very hopeful this is going to have a huge impact, not only for Ludington and Mason County, but the surrounding region as well,” says Brandy Henderson, of the Ludington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Writers & Writing
9:07 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Michigan Writers: Marine Benjamin Busch returns to a divided Iraq; Lynne Rae Perkins 'Nuts to You'

On the next Michigan Writers on the Air, Benjamin Busch discusses his article in the October Harper's Magazine, "Today is Better ThanTomorrow: A Marine Returns to a Divided Iraq."

Also, Newbery Medal award winning writer Lynne Rae Perkins reads from her new children's novel, Nuts to You and Fleda Brown provides an audio essay on the poetry of Raymond Carver.

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History Center
9:54 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Carnegie building's future in question as History Center plans to move out

At last night's meeting, attendees were given green stickers to vote for their favorite ideas for the Carnegie Library building.
Credit Aaron Selbig

A public meeting last night at Traverse City’s Carnegie Library building drew a crowd of passionate supporters of the town’s history. Many called on the city to do everything it can to preserve that history – and the 111-year-old building.

The meeting came barely a week after the Traverse City History Center announced it intends to move out of the building next month.

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Classical Music
2:18 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Musical Theatre: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Cast and crew for, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," at the Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City (L-R, Michelle Perez, Kerr Anderson, Matthew Archibald, Jenna Archibald, David Dennison)

We had a delightful visit from some of the cast and crew of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City, brightening up a gray and rainy day in Studio A.  The show opened in early October at the Old Town Playhouse, and runs through October 25th. According to the New York Times, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a high-spirited comedy that, "aims to vault over the lines of good taste." 

The cast, and director Perez, were quite pleased with that description, and recommend the show for audiences over 18, but they were kind enough to bring us material that was left us utterly tickled - and reasonably un-scandalized.
 


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