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. 

A Television Novel

Feb 3, 2011

<p><em><a href="">Brad's Picks</a></em></p> <p>Thursday night, two writers of AMC's series <em>Mad Men</em> will kick off the 2011 National Writers Series at the City Opera House in Traverse City, Janet Leahy and Lisa Albert. </p> <p>You may not think television writers right away when you think if a writers series, but the television show is one in a line of shows that are really considered complex novels for television.

John Gorka Kicks Off New Grayling Concert Series

Jan 26, 2011

An Odd Duo: The Fretful Porcupine

Jan 21, 2011

The Fretful Porcupine performs tonight in Elk Rapids, and the duo's music is as unusual as their name. They perform tonight in Elk Rapids at the Seed Studio Gallery at 8:00.

The sounds of a violin and saxophone: it's not the kind of instrumentation you'd expect from a pair of professional  musicians. But Violinist Jake Armerding says, that's just the point.

"I love, in a sense, kind of spreading the Gospel of this idea of an inappropriate instrument sounding great," he says.

Crossing The Finish In Ethiopia

Jan 20, 2011

<p>Runners supporting a Traverse City nonprofit, <em>On The Ground,</em> have crossed the finish line in Ethiopia.</p> <p>The 12 day run across the African nation stretched 250 miles. Runners were raising money to build Ethiopian schools.</p>

DSO Strike: Talks Resume

Jan 19, 2011

<p><em><a href="">By Noah Ovshinsky, WDET</a></em></p> <p>Talks are scheduled to resume tomorrow between striking musicians and Detroit Symphony Orchestra management.  This will be the first time the two sides have formally met at the negotiating table since late November. </p> <p>For the last several weeks the labor dispute has been at a stalemate. That changed when DSO management accepted the outlines of a proposal pushed by Jennifer Granholm and Senator Carl Levin.

Engaging With The Masters

Jan 14, 2011

The Colorful Wall Hangings of Jim Hay

Jan 13, 2011

Rachel Borovik Releases First Disc

Jan 7, 2011

<p><em><a href="">Brad's Picks</a></em></p> <p>Tonight in Traverse City, Rachel Borovik hosts her first CD release party at InsideOut Gallery, starting at 8:00pm. </p> <p><em>Play the audio above to hear a soulful sample.</em></p> <p> </p>

National Writers Series

Jan 6, 2011

Writers Series Announces Lineup

Jan 6, 2011

Organizers of the National Writers Series have announced some of the authors coming to Traverse City this year.

Kicking-off the 2011 series, two writers from the television series "Mad Men" will share stories about writing for the small screen.

The series continues with Sarah Brokaw, Paula McLain, Roy Blount, Jr., and an evening highlighting Michigan authors including Michael Delp and Bonnie Jo Campbell.

Later this fall, satirist David Sedaris will come to town, and there will be a thrillers and crime-writers event.

Yoonshin Song

Jan 5, 2011

Paganini's Caprice #17 in E flat performed Live in Studio A by violinist Yoonshin Song from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Switchback: Celtic Tunes In Elk Rapids

Dec 24, 2010

<p><em><a href="">Brad's Picks</a></em></p> <p>The Historic Old Town Hall in Elk Rapids is presenting Switchback in performance on Tuesday, December 28th at 7:30 pm. Switchback is made up of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack who play a combination of Celtic and American folk music. The concert will also feature singer Stephanie O'Dell. Proceeds benefit the Old Town Hall. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. </p>

Speech Therapy And The Sounds Of The Season

Dec 21, 2010

DSO: Granholm, Levin Cannot Break Strike

Dec 17, 2010

<p><em><a href="">By Noah Ovshinsky, WDET</a></em></p> <p>Senator Carl Levin heads one of the most powerful committees in the U.S. Senate. Governor Jennifer Granholm has led the state for the last eight years. Even with their considerable influence, the politicians' proposal to end the DSO strike has failed to break the logjam.

Lucia Celebration Sunday

Dec 17, 2010

Next Head Of Community Health Vows To Find Budget Cuts

Dec 17, 2010

<p><em><a href="">By Laura Weber</a></em></p> <p>The next director of the state Department of Community Health says she hopes to make Michigan a healthier state and still cut costs. </p> <p>Governor-elect Rick Snyder named Olga Dazzo to the position today. She says she's not ready to say where she would cut costs with the department, but she says a lot can be done with technological advances and record keeping.

DSO: Slatkin Meets With Strikers

Dec 16, 2010

<p><em><a href="">By Noah Ovshinsky, WDET </a></em></p> <p>Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music Director Leonard Slatkin met with striking musicians this week, for the first time since they walked off the job in October. </p> <p>Slatkin has remained largely silent since the strike began, which is not unusual in the industry.

You're invited to join IPR News Radio for the next program in the Traverse City National Writers Series. The program was recorded in the Traverse City Opera House and features New York Times best-selling authors Karl Marlantes and Philip Caputo. The pair published two of the most influential books ever written about Vietman: Marlantes' "Matterhorn" and Caputo's "A Rumor of War."

A Serene Wood Carver's Holiday Tradition

Dec 16, 2010

<p><em><a href="">By Brad Aspey</a></em></p> <p>Usually, artists' work in private. But wood carver John Schirmer creates works in full view of the customers of Traverse City's Candle Factory. He's been doing it every Christmas season for 27 years. </p>

<p><em><a href="">By Brad Aspey</a></em></p> <p>Northern Michigan author Michael Erlewine has his work listed among the 2011 list of Michigan Notable Books. The Library of Michigan announced the winners today.</p> <p>Erlewine's book, <em>Blues in Black & White: The Landmark Ann Arbor Blues Festivals</em>, features black and white photography of the late Stanley Livingston.

Otsego Library Launches Historical Archive, Online

Dec 8, 2010

Don Julin & His 88 Strings

Dec 8, 2010

Beginning Band: More Adults Take Up Instruments

Dec 3, 2010

Woodruff Takes Third, Big Hometown Support

Dec 2, 2010

<p><em><a href="">By Brad Aspey</a></em></p> <p>Out of the three final contestants in The Arrangement on LOGO TV, Traverse City's own Derek Woodruff was the first to be eliminated from the reality TV floral contest last night.</p> <p>The State Theatre was nearly filled to capacity with supporters of the 25-year-old floral designer and, although Woodruff didn't win the competition, he was upbeat when he addressed the audience from the stage after the show.</p> <p&g