Calendar – Community – Transition Marquette Film Series – Apr. 26

April 23, 2011

Marquette – A Transition Marquette film series, Feeding Marquette in a Future Without Oil, will present the film “Mad City Chickens” on Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

As world oil supplies fall, every aspect of life in our community will change. Learn more about our food future and what you can do to prepare for it. This film series has been organized with support from the Department of Geography at Northern Michigan University and Systain.US.

A discussion will follow the film. There is no charge. All are welcome. Call 226-4323 for more information.

Calendar – Community – Advocacy Group Invisible Children to Speak – Apr. 26

April 23, 2011

Marquette – Members of the national nonprofit advocacy group Invisible Children will speak on Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center at Northern Michigan University.

The group seeks to end Africa’s longest-running war, bring peace to Uganda and stop the abduction of children to serve as soldiers.

A rescued child soldier who has fought in the war will also share his personal experiences.

Calendar – Music – Beaumier Coffee House Series – Apr. 23

April 20, 2011

Marquette – The Beaumier Coffeehouse Series at Northern Michigan University will feature country-blues act Tony Parlato and Joe Secreast on Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in the University Center Peter White Lounge.

There also will be a set by contemporary folk musician Kerry Yost, accompanied by several local musicians. Admission is free, but donations are requested.

Coffee and lemonade will be available by donation.

Parlato and Secreast bring to their performance multiple genres and years of playing experience from around the country. They play original compositions ranging from slow blues to waltzes, and perform with a sense of spontaneity and boldness.

For more information on the series, call Dan Truckey at 227-1219.

Calendar – Fun – Old Fashioned Barn Dance – Apr. 22

April 19, 2011

Marquette – Dance Zone will host an old-fashioned barn dance, including traditional contras, squares and old-time country dancing, on Friday, April 22 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at 1113 Lincoln Avenue in Marquette

Live music will be provided by All Strings Considered, and a caller will lead dancers through the moves.

Admission is $5 per person, or $2 for full-time Northern Michigan University students with ID. Dancers are asked to bring clean shoes to protect the dance floor.

For more information, call 225-5702.

Calendar – Education – Great Lakes Presentation – Apr. 18

April 15, 2011

Marquette – Patty Birkholz, newly appointed director of the State of Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, will give a presentation titled “Our Great Lakes” on Monday, April 18 at 3 p.m. in the Mead Auditorium of the West Science Building at Northern Michigan University.

Birkholz will speak on topics currently impacting the Great Lakes, such as Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species, water diversion, algae problems, mining concerns, water levels, health of the lakes and Indian fishing rights.

Calendar – Music – A Taste of Home Sweet Home Concert – Ticket Sale Deadline – Apr. 18

April 15, 2011

Marquette – Northern Michigan University’s Lake Effect Show Choir will perform its “A Taste of Home Sweet Home” concert on Wednesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center.

The program includes “I Got the Music in Me,” Queen’s “Somebody to Love,” “We are Family,” Michael Buble’s “Home,” “Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home” and more. Jill Grundstrom is the group’s choreographer and Annette Brown serves as accompanist.

Desserts and hors d’oeuvres, including those with an Upper Peninsula flavor, will be served. Tickets cost $15 and will be sold through Monday, April 18 in Room 102 of the Thomas Fine Arts Building at NMU and at Forsberg Flowers in Marquette. For more information, call 227-2563 or email

Calendar – Music – Marquette Choral Society Concert – Apr. 16-17

April 13, 2011

Marquette – The Marquette Choral Society will present a concert of works by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Dave Brubeck and Richard Biggs on Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. and and Sunday, April 17 at 3 p.m. in Reynolds Recital Hall at Northern Michigan University. The choral society will be joined by the NMU university choir and madrigal singers.

Four soloists from the NMU choirs will sing during the Williams “Mass in G Minor”: Lindsay Luft, Martha Lundin, Carl Safford and Andrew Shirtz from Marquette. Floyd Slotterback directs the Choral Society and the NMU student groups. Accompanist is Lynne Lanczy.

The annual Upper Peninsula Choral Leadership Award will be presented to Sheila Leadbetter Grazulis of Marquette and Anthony Beacco of Negaunee.

Concert tickets cost $10 and are available at NMU EZ Tickets outlets, by calling 227-1032, or at the door, if not sold out. For information, call 227-2563 or visit

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – A Unique Evening of Wine, Food, Music and Art – Reservation Deadline – Apr. 15

April 12, 2011

Marquette – The DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University will host A Unique Evening of Wine, Food, Music and Art on Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at the museum.

Attendees may taste a selection of artisan cheeses and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a variety of red, white and dessert wines hand selected by Fahrenheit 55 Wine Distributors. Classical music will be played by the Rococo Quartet, and graduating NMU art and design students will be on hand to discuss their work being displayed at the museum.

Tickets cost $50 per person and must be reserved by Friday, April 15 by calling the NMU Foundation at 227-2627 or online at, select “other” from the drop down menu and type in “DeVos Wine Tasting.” No tickets will be sold at the door. Each ticket includes a $30 donation to support exhibitions and programs at the DeVos Art Museum.

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