Calendar – Films/Documentaries – CineArts to Screen “Invisible Woman” – Sept. 19

Marquette – CineArts Films, a series devoted to foreign and independent films, will screen the movie “Invisible Woman” on Friday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Ralph Fiennes directs and stars as Charles Dickens who, at the height of his career, meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death. Based on the book by Claire Tomalin, the film was released in 2013 and runs for 111 minutes.

Admission is free. Call 226-4309 or visit for more information.

Calendar – Sports – U.S. Ski and Snowboard Annual Hall of Fame Weekend – Sept. 19-20

Ishpeming – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Weekend will be held Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20 in Ishpeming.

Friday events are free to the public. The 9th Annual Ski Jumpers Reunion Welcome Reception will take place at 6 p.m. at the Hall of Fame on U.S. 41 in Ishpeming. An induction program will be held at 7 p.m. and an afterglow reception will immediately follow the program.

The Kiwanis Annual Ski Breakfast will be offered on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the K.D. Hall. Tickets are $5 per person.

The Coy Hill Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Saturday at noon at the Wawanowin Country Club. Fees are $40 per person. A social hour and golf awards will be at 5 p.m. A banquet and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person.

For more information, call 485-6323 or visit

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Fish Fry at American Legion Post #44 – Sept. 19

Marquette – A fish fry will be offered on Friday, September 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 44, 700 W. Bluff Street in Marquette.

There will be whitefish, coleslaw, baked potatoes or french fries for $10. Proceeds go to support programs for veterans and youth in the community.

Calendar – Community – Sunset Memorial Service – Sept. 18

Marquette – Lake Superior Hospice will host a Sunset Memorial Service on Thursday, September 18 from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Presque Isle Pavilion in Marquette.

The Sunset Memorial Service is an opportunity to honor and celebrate the lives of those we have lost. It is a time to share stories, celebrate with music, pray and remember our loved ones.

Calendar – Education – 10th Action Day Conference – Sept. 18

Marquette – The 10th Action Day Conference will be held on Thursday, September 18 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center at Northern Michigan University.

Action Day 2014 is a conference for individuals with disabilities, their families, guardians, advocates and professionals. It is a U.P. wide conference that provides opportunities for education, socializing, networking, political activism, and personal growth geared specifically toward the disability community.

Registration is $30 for attendees, $25 for personal assistants, and $50 for professionals. Lunch is included.

Calendar – Groups – Readers Theater to Meet – Sept. 18

Marquette – Readers Theater will meet for a reading of “She Stoops to Conquer” by William Goldsmith on Thursday, September 18 at 7 p.m. in the Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library.

This comedy by Irish author Oliver Goldsmith was first performed in London in 1773 and continues to be a favorite for study by English literature and theater classes. This romantic, lighthearted farce derives its charm from the misunderstandings which entangle the well-drawn characters.

Readers Theater is a group of adults, who are interested in drama and are willing and able to read a scripted role. They meet on the third Thursday of each month to read plays for enjoyment. New readers are always welcome.

For more information call 226-4318 or visit

Calendar – Theater – “Willpower” at Kaufman Auditorium – Sept. 18-19

Marquette – The Marquette Regional History Center will present “Willpower” an original play by Tyler Tichelaar, on Thursday, September 18 and Friday, September 19 at 7 p.m. each evening at Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette.

The play is based on the life of Will, who during his early adolescence his soft tissues began hardening, gradually turning him into a living statue. Physicians of the day were baffled. Soon his legs had stiffened, and he could no longer walk without crutches. As he grew, the paralysis went higher, so that by his mid-teens he was confined to a customized portable couch. His face remained the only part of his body that still moved. His powerful story shows the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at NMU EZ Ticket Outlets and online at For more information, visit, call 226-3571.

Calendar – Education – College Fair – Sept. 17

Marquette – Northern Michigan University will host a College Fair on Wednesday, September 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Jacobetti Complex.

The event is open to high school juniors, seniors and their parents. Representatives from about 40 colleges and universities, including several out-of-state schools, will be present to answer questions about their academic programs, costs, support services and campus life.

The U.S. Armed Forces and ROTC programs will also be represented. NMU’s Financial Aid Office will be available to answer questions about the financial aid process.

High schools participating are Superior Central, Gwinn, Ishpeming, NICE, Marquette, Munising, Negaunee, Burt Township and Republic-Michigamme.


Press Releases

Forest Roberts Theatre 2014-2015 Season Line-Up

MARQUETTE - The Forest Roberts Theatre at Northern Michigan University has announced its 2014-15 theatre season. According to a theatre spokesperson, the season will feature two fantastic musicals, a gritty original work and a British-born comic drama.

The season opens with A Paper Tiger in the Rain, written by David J. Swanson, September 30-October 11 in The James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre. This is the current winner of the Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award Competition. The show is about Nathan who has just been promoted to his dream job, Editor-in-Chief of the Willow Falls Beacon Telegraph.  He soon learns that the newspaper is in financial trouble. His predecessor hires Ben, a young blogger with a lack of reverence for the newspaper industry. As the newspaper’s financial picture worsens, Nathan is faced with saving impossible dreams and depending on false promises. This is David’s first full length play. He visited early in the summer for a week-long workshop with the director, several students and a dramaturg to read-thru and give the playwright an opportunity to make revisions. He will be back in the fall to see his script turned into a fully staged two-week production which is part of what the winner of the competition gets to enjoy.

The second offering in the season Chicago, Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, Music by John Kander and Lyrics by Fred Ebb runs November 19-22 in the Forest Roberts Theatre. A true musical institution, Chicago has everything that makes theatre great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. After shooting her husband, Roxie Hart must prove her innocence in Chicago where the biggest celebrities are those with the heftiest crime careers. With the help — and lack thereof — from sexy murderesses, big shot lawyers, sexy, and a nearly invisible husband, Roxie discovers what it means to kill for fame. Whether you’re looking to see your first big musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, Chicago always delivers.

The second half of the season begins with Tribes by Nina Raine running February 10-21 in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre. This smart, lively play asks us to hear how we hear, in silence as well as in speech. Tribes follows Billy, a deaf man raised inside the fiercely politically incorrect cocoon of his parent’s house. He has adapted to his hearing family’s unconventional ways, but they’ve never bothered to return the favor. It’s not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood. This British-born comic drama considers the passive and aggressive forms of listening (or not listening) within an insular intellectual family.

The season wraps with Little Shop of Horrors, Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Music by Alan Menken, April 15-18 in the Forest Roberts Theatre. A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. A gleefully gruesome musical spoof of the 1960 Roger Corman Film, this monster musical is about a hapless florist shop worker, Seymour, who offers his tender love and care to a plant that feeds on human blood. This plant, Audrey II, named after Seymour’s secret love, quickly becomes a fascinating attraction in neighborhood called Skid Row. One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop of Horrors the charmingly tongue in cheek comedy has been produced worldwide to incredible success.

A theatre spokesperson reminds patrons that in addition to our Mainstage productions there is also a Studio Series of shows. Come celebrate Halloween at the FRT in the Haunted Theatre, October 30-November 1. Designed for all ages with a child-friendly and PG-13 version. One Studio show will be presented: A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, March 13-14 in the Black Box Theatre. The NMU Dance Concert takes place on March 29 in the Forest Roberts Theatre. Come see dance performances choreographed and performed by students and faculty of the NMU Dance Minor. Season tickets are available to the public and will remain on sale depending on availability. To request a brochure, stop by the Forest Roberts Theatre weekdays between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or call 227-2082. Season tickets are available from “EZ Tickets” in the Superior Dome. First Nighters Club memberships also are available. The public is invited to join Northern Michigan University faculty, staff and students for the annual Theatre Interest Night at 7:30 p.m. on August 28 in Forest Roberts Theatre. There will be refreshments, courtesy of the First Nighters Club Advisory Board, along with theatrical displays in the lobby. Folks can sign up to become involved in various FRT activities throughout the year.

Bobby Glenn Brown, president of the First Nighters Club, will provide the official welcome. He also will explain the goals of the group and share some of the activities planned for the year. Director of Theatre, Ansley Valentine will introduce the theatre faculty, who will talk about the season and how people can become involved in the Forest Roberts Theatre training program. The graduate interns, FRT production staff, and returning theatre students also will be presented. The evening will conclude with a tour of theatre facilities, including the Black Box Theatre. Theatre Interest Night provides an opportunity for students to learn how to become involved in the many theatrical activities this upcoming season both onstage and backstage. They also have the chance to mingle with current theatre students, and learn more about the various majors and minors offered in the training program. This is a chance for the general public to have a sneak peek into the upcoming theatre season, and to find out how to become involved with the First Nighters Club.

Information about auditions, directing scenes and student-directed productions will be available. For details, call 227-2082 weekdays between noon and 6:00 p.m.

FREE “Matter of Balance Workshop” Starts September 15th

MARQUETTE – UPCAP is providing a FREE “Matter of Balance Workshop.” Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities.

A MATTER OF BALANCE is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. When someone is afraid to fall they are less likely to leave their house but the lack of physical movement can weaken our bodies making us more vulnerable to fall. Class will be offered at the Gwinn Clubhouse starting Monday’s Sept. 15th through Nov. 3rd from 4pm-6pm. Class size is limited, registration is required. To register, call 346-9862 or visit our website for more info.

Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress

The Marquette Regional History Center presents the Special Exhibit: Victorianism in Upper Michigan September-January

The Marquette Regional History Center presents the Special Exhibit: Victorianism in Upper Michigan September 15 – January 3 Members only gallery talk 6:30 p.m., September 25th at MRHC.

Members have the opportunity to ask questions of the curator and take a special tour of the new exhibit at this event!

See how the Queen’s long and powerful reign influenced social life in the UP in the mid to late 1800s. The growth of technology and the middle class changed the role of women in the home, bringing new domestic arts and a development of women’s hand crafts. Sentimental and ornate homes and clothing were the style, as was a strong mourning culture. See local hair wreaths made in honor of passing pets and family members and more!

Please visit or call 906-226-3571 for more info.

Watercolor Workshops Offered September 13th

(Marquette, Michigan) – September 12, 2014 – The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center will be hosting two watercolor workshops by nationally acclaimed painter, Carl Mayer, on Saturday, September 13 and Saturday, October 4, 2014. Classes will be held at the arts center, located at 217 N. Front Street in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library.

Tips, Tricks, and Techniques with Carl Mayer
Saturday, September 13
10 to 4 p.m.

Creative Fall Color with Carl Mayer
Saturday, October 4
10 to 4 p.m.


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