Category Archives: Arts and Culture

Soo Theatre to get a full restoration

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A 50-thousand dollar grant was awarded by the state to Sault Ste. Marie to help restore the Soo Theatre.


Officials said the first priority will be the roof and exterior of the theatre. The theatre was built back in the 1930’s and the city plans to keep the vintage theme.

Justin Knepper is the downtown manager for Sault Ste. Marie. He said they will continue to fundraise until next fall.

“In 2017, once the snow melts we’ll be working on continuing to raise money to match the grant that we were awarded by the Michigan Council of the Arts for the roof project, that’ll be done by this upcoming fall. And while all that is going on we’ll be continuing funding sources for the full restoration.”

Knepper said the total cost to restore the theatre is estimated at seven million dollars. He said the city hopes to have major progress by the city’s 350th anniversary in 2018.

Cultural connections in Bay City

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Our On The Map series this week explores the connection between community and culture, and how some unique cultures have been the basis for central and northern Michigan communities.

My first stop was Krzysiak’s House- a family owned restaurant that serves authentic Polish food and traditional American cuisine.
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CMU research group is creating a digital model of a medieval city in Spain

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A Central Michigan University research group returned from Spain this month, where they digitally mapped a medieval city.

Without ever digging in the ground – a CMU research team is working to recreate a 15th century city digitally.

Scott de Brestian is an art history professor at CMU.

He said the group used drones and thermal technology to view the remains of the ancient city and its artifacts.

“So Nájera is today a fairly small, sleepy town of a few thousand people, but in the past it was a royal capital it had one of the most important monasteries in northern Spain and it has a very rich history.”

De Brestian said the group used drones and thermal technology to view the remains of the ancient city and its artifacts.

“One technique that we’re using is photogrammetry, which is a way of taking photographs of a building or an object from various objects and combining them, and that creates a 3D model then that you can actually import into our database.”

De Brestian said he’s looking forward to working on more projects like this in the future.

Idelwild, a look down memory lane

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Our On The Map series this week explores the connection between community and culture and how unique cultures form communities.

Idlewild was the epitome of entertainment for African Americans to enjoy and be apart of. It was the place to be from the 1920’s to the 60’s.
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A group of CMU students are planning to travel more than 7,000 miles this week to gain experience in international journalism

Lmm6Y8zg_400x400Three CMU journalism students will be traveling to Beijing, China to intern at the China Daily- the largest English language newspaper in the country.
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2nd annual Aldo Leopold festival coming mid-May

postcardside1The second annual Aldo Leopold Festival is coming to the Upper Peninsula in Mid-May.

This year the festival is celebrating a new 150-mile long birding trail.
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PBS doc to examine history of the Black Panthers

PanthersA new documentary exploring the history of the Black Panther Party premieres tonight on PBS stations nationwide.

‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’ is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party and its significance in American culture and to the cultural and political awakening of black people. Continue reading