Calendar – Films/Documentaries – “Tyrus” Documentary Screening – Mar. 13

March 10, 2018

Marquette – Northern Michigan University will present the feature-length documentary “Tyrus” on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. in room 165 of the Art and Design Building at NMU.

The film is about the late Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong Wong overcame poverty and racism to become a renowned painter who exhibited with Picasso and Matisse, a Hollywood sketch artist and a “Disney Legend” for his groundbreaking work on the classic animated film, “Bambi.” He died at age 106 in 2016.

The film spotlights how Wong’s unique style—melding Chinese calligraphic and landscape influences with contemporary Western art—has impacted many facets of American visual culture. His paintings caught the eye of Walt Disney and became the inspiration for “Bambi.” For the next 25 years, Tyrus brought his artistry to Warner Bros., where his striking storyboards and set illustrations helped set the tone and drama for films such as “The Sands of Iwo Jima” and “Rebel Without a Cause.”
The event is part of its Diversity Common Reader Program.

Calendar – Health – Blood Drive in Chassell – Mar. 13

March 10, 2018

Chassell – The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of UP Health System-Marquette will hold a blood drive with the bloodmobile on Tuesday, March 13 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at the High School in Chassell.

For an appointment, call the school office at 523-4491. Walk-ins are welcome.

Calendar – Groups – Tasty Reads Book Group Meeting – Mar. 13

March 10, 2018

Marquette – Tasty Reads, the book group for those who love to cook, will meet to discuss “Life in a Northern Town” by Mary Dougherty on Tuesday, March 13 at noon in the Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library.

This is a one-of-a-kind collection of globally and regionally inspired recipes featuring local cheeses, meats, and produce from the farmers in and around Bayfield, Wisconsin. Through recipes, stories, and photos, author Mary Dougherty explores what it means to nourish a family and a community.

Share your thoughts about the book and a recipe inspired by it. New members are always welcome. For more information, visit or call 226-4303.

Calendar – Groups – Laughing Whitefish Audubon Society Program “Demystifying Sparrow Identification” – Mar. 13

March 10, 2018

Marquette – The Laughing Whitefish Audubon Society will present the program “Demystifying Sparrow Identification” by Nate Martineau on Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Peter White Public Library.

The event is free and the public is welcome. For more information, call 226-6749.

Calendar – Education – “Lessons Learned: Recovering the Light of the Soul After the Totalitarian Scourge” Presentation – Mar. 13

March 10, 2018

Marquette – A presentation on “Lessons Learned: Recovering the Light of the Soul After the Totalitarian Scourge” will be offered by Daniel Mahoney, political science professor at College of the Holy Cross, on Tuesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. in 1311 Jamrich Hall at Northern Michigan University.

He will speak about reason, faith and political and religious freedom. This free presentation will include a discussion period after the lecture.

Mahoney’s talk is presented by the Center for Academic and Intellectual Freedom as part of its speaker series, in cooperation with NMU’s English department and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. The aim of the series is to address squarely topics that inevitably generate interest on many college campuses today, with the hope of elevating the discourse by fostering viewpoint diversity and tolerance for a range of responsible opinion.

For more information, contact NMU English Professor Gabriel Noah Brahm, at 227-1690 or

Calendar – Community – Free Income Tax Return Assistance at NMU – Mar. 13, 15

March 10, 2018

Marquette – Northern Michigan University’s Beta Alpha Psi will offer free income tax return assistance to students and community members on Tuesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Trading Lab in the University Center at NMU.

Volunteers from NMU’s Beta Alpha Psi organization are certified through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The program will be offered every Tuesday and Thursday through April 12.

Calendar – Films/Documentaries – “The Day After” Film Screening – Mar. 13

March 10, 2018

Marquette – In conjunction with the Beaumier Center’s “Cold War in the U.P.” exhibition, a screening of “The Day After” will be offered on Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University.

The 1983 film describes the frightening story of the weeks leading up to and following a nuclear strike that took place in Lawrence, Kansas. A discussion with center director Daniel Truckey will follow the film. The film showing is free and open to the public. Popcorn will be available for purchase.

Beaumier Center Seeks U.P. Folklife Award Nominations

March 10, 2018

Marquette, MI – The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University is seeking public nominations for the 2018 Upper Peninsula Folklife Award. The award recognizes those who make a difference in the creation and/or preservation of Upper Peninsula folk arts, including music, dance, storytelling, crafts and food. Persons or organizations can be nominated. The nomination deadline is Friday, March 30. A committee will review nominations and make the final selections.

The award will be presented Tuesday, May 15, at a British Isles benefit dinner hosted by the Beaumier Center and the Upper Michigan Culinarians. The dinner will be held in the Great Lakes Rooms of NMU’s University Center. For information on submitting a nomination, visit and click on the “Events” tab.

Past recipients are John Perona, bones player; Les Ross Sr., harmonica player; Oren Tikkanen, storyteller and musician; Fred Rydholm, storyteller, author and historian; Bette and Dean Premo, musicians and folk music/dance promoters; Michael Loukinen, folklorist; Corrine Rockow, musician and educator; Kay Seppala, dance and music; Hiawatha Music Coop, organization; Carl Pellonpaa, television host; and Marge and Bill Sklar, dance promoters.