Close The Grand – October 28-29

October 23, 2018

Mackinac Island, MI – You’re invited to join in the unique experience as we close Grand Hotel’s doors for the winter months. This package includes a casual dinner buffet on Sunday evening and a continental breakfast Monday morning. Enjoy a laid back atmosphere as we clean out our pantries and wine cellar. Bob Tagatz, the hotel’s historian and concierge will do a presentation explaining the process we go through to close the hotel, as well as fun facts and interesting information from the 2018 season. Empty guest rooms will be available to look through. We look forward to you joining our staff in this annual end of the year event that has become a tradition for so many.Closing lecture by Grand Hotel Historian, Bob Tagatz.Make your reservation online or call 1-800-334-7263 for availability.… Read the rest

NMU Screens ‘Phantom of the Opera’ Silent Film

October 23, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 23, 2018 – Northern Michigan University’s French program is presenting its 11th annual classic silent film with grand piano accompaniment. The Phantom of the Opera, a 1925 horror film with English subtitles starring Lon Chaney in the title role, will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Ontario room of the University Center. Admission is free. Pianist Robert Buchkoe will provide the music.

A phantom haunts the Paris Opera House. He causes murder and mayhem in an attempt to make the woman he “loves” a star. The film is based on Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra and is directed by Rupert Julian.

“It is the idea of the Phantom, really, that fascinates us: the idea of a cruelly mistreated man going mad in self-imposed exile in the very cellars, dungeons and torture chambers where he was, apparently, disfigured in the first place,” said the late film critic Roger Ebert.… Read the rest