Category Archives: Arts and Culture

Comedy theater club to perform on Beaver Island

A theater stage waiting to open for a live theatrical performance

A theater stage waiting to open for a live theatrical performance

Students from Central Michigan University are hard at work this summer preparing for a series of performances led by director Steve Berglund. It is part of a comedy series that includes three productions, one of which is written by famed comedian Lewis Black. Continue reading

Photography class takes a snapshot of Beaver Island life

Picture captured by Melanie Mrozek during the class.

Picture captured by Melanie Mrozek during the class.


In an interesting twist on a photography class, a CMU art professor left for Beaver Island with 15 honors students and a five day lesson plan.

The students were asked to explain the narrative of day-to-day life on Beaver Island, using nothing but pictures they took on their smartphones. Continue reading

Big band jazz comes to Midland

The Michigan Jazz Trail Big Band

The Michigan Jazz Trail Big Band

When you think of big band music, you probably have a few artists in mind like Ellington, Basie, and Thad Jones. But what do they, along with many other big bands have in common? A passion for the art of jazz. And on Sunday June 21st, sounds of the big band will honor that passion. Continue reading

Jad Abumrad comes to Midland with ‘Embracing the Gut Churn’


Jad A  CREDIT marcoantonio.comRadiolab’s Jad Abumrad will be at the Midland Center for the Arts on Sunday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. He says his Stage show Embracing the Gut Churn is a study in in three parts, full of sound, video, animation and a lot of fun. CMU Public Radio’s Jennifer Weingart spoke with Abumrad about the show, what the title means, Radiolab’s upcoming season, and how to make it in Radio. Continue reading

Broadway artist to perform at Harbor Springs benefit concert

Longest running Phantom Franc D'Ambrosio will be the featured performer for the benefit concert.

Longest running Phantom Franc D’Ambrosio will be the featured performer for the benefit concert.

This weekend in Harbor Springs, Broadway performing artist Franc D’Ambrosio will perform in a Children’s benefit concert presented by the “Voices without Borders” organization. CMU Public Radio’s Matt Sumner spoke with executive director Jack Kukuk earlier this week about the upcoming event. Continue reading

Students get lesson in culture through children’s book read-in


Olremi Itunu Abayomi reads from Fox Fables

Olremi Itunu Abayomi reads from Fox Fables

Children around the world enjoy stories, and children’s books are common in every country.

Tuesday at the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University, international students and professors brought those books to life with a Read-In.
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Petoskey bookstore receives a James Patterson donation

bookBestselling author James Patterson launched 2014 by pledging to support small, independent bookstores that promote children’s reading.

Now as the year comes to a close, one of his donations will be making its way to McLean and Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey. Continue reading

Holocaust historian tells story of Shanghai Jewish refugees

Hochstadt Nov 2014Central Michigan University’s Harold Abel Lecture series last week hosted Professor Steven Hochstadt from Illinois College.

The Holocaust historian is bringing to light the less prominent if not unknown story of Jewish refugees who fled Nazi persecution in Europe to settle in Shanghai, China.
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