Arts & Entertainment Archives for 2017-01

Bullying Plays A Role In "Empire Falls," Topic Of Tuesday Presentation


By Tim Kowols




A three week celebration of reading, Door County Reads takes on a much more serious tone Tuesday evening when it hosts a presentation on bullying at the Miller Art Museum at 6:30.  Bullying plays a role in the interactions between residents in "Empire Falls," the story of a diner owner trying to survive in a small town that is slowly disappearing before his eyes. Tracy Vreeke from the Door County Library says the book has resonated a lot with readers, and having school counselor Gary Grahl on hand to talk about bullying is just another way to tie it altogether.

 



 

Over the next week, local theater troupes will perform play readings associated with this year's Door County Reads book while discussions take place at various library branches across the area. You can hear more about the book and upcoming events by listening to our podcast posted online with this story.

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Warm Winter Weather Taking A Toll On Seasonal Recreation


By Tim Kowols




The mild winter weather is wreaking havoc on those looking for recreational opportunities outside. Snowmobile trails have been closed for weeks and some areas usually used for ice fishing have been deemed unsafe. Fishing guide J.J. Malvitz says he has lost between $5,000 and $7,000 on potential charters, but says safety is more important than money.

 



 

Brynn Swanson from the Baileys Harbor Community Association is grateful to have understanding bands and vendors after being forced to cancel this weekend's Winter Rally on the 'Roo due to not trusting the ice where events were to take place.

 



 

Temperatures are expected to drop heading into the weekend, ending a streak of multiple days above freezing.

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Community Plays Huge Role In Door County Reads


By Tim Kowols




This year's Door County Reads is bringing more than just readers together around a common book. With the focus of "Empire Falls" on the local businesses and organizations in the fictional town, Door County's own establishments are participating in their own ways such as being a part of discussions and hosting events. Tracy Vreeke from the Door County Library says it is a great partnership to have for the winter reading program.

 



 

After kicking off Monday evening, Door County Reads will feature book and film discussions at its library branches, play readings at a variety of performing arts venues, and a panel with local business owners. You can see the full schedule and listen to this week's podcast online with this story.

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Old-Time Communications Featured In New Maritime Museum Exhbit


By Tim Kowols




An outdated communications system will take center stage as a new temporary exhibit opens next week at the Door County Maritime Museum. "Telegraphs to the Past" will look at how voice pipes, telegraphs, and sound powered telephones allowed crew members to talk to each other throughout a ship. Curator Adam Gronke says it is a great way to experience how crew members would have talked to each other when older ships like its docked Tug John Purves were still in operation.

 



 

The exhibit will be located in the upper lobby of the Door County Maritime Museum's Sturgeon Bay campus. It opens January 27 and set to close tentatively on November 3.

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Birch Creek Music Performance Center Presenting Special Jazz Concert On Valentine's Weekend


By Paul Schmitt




Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County is offering a special performance the Saturday evening before Valentine's Day again this year.  Executive Director Mona Christensen shares the details of the show called "Matters of the Hearts Club Jazz".

 



 

Christensen says two of the three performers are faculty members at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center.  For ticket information on the special musical concert "Matters of the Hearts Club Jazz" at Juniper Hall, go to this story online.

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Ambient Instruments Featured In New Hans Christian Album


By Tim Kowols




Musician Hans Christian had to do a lot of experimentation while he recorded and produced his new album featuring gongs and Tibetan bowls. After crowds clamored for a recording of the ambient music after live shows, Christian went to see if his compositions would translate to the studio. Christian says the experience challenged him as a musician, a producer, and a recording engineer.

 



 

The new album, "Sources" is available for purchase online now and could be heard via streaming services on February 1. Christian will celebrate the new release with a concert February 9 at Studio 330 in Sturgeon Bay beginning at 7 p.m.

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Door County Reads Kicks Off Tenth Year With "Empire Falls"


By Tim Kowols




The Door County Library is celebrating ten years of its area-reading program with a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Door County Reads has been picking a book for residents to read together since it first chose John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath in 2008 as a part of grant received from the National Endowment for the Arts. As the grant money dried up, librarian Tracy Vreeke says the county wanted to keep the program going while allowing it an opportunity to take some chances with its reading list.

 



 

This year's selection is Richard Russo's Empire Falls, a story about a man who endures a lot of drama in a shuttering factory town as the owner of a local diner. You can learn more about the upcoming events associated with this year's Door County Reads book, including its January 23 kick-off celebration online with this story.

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New Miller Art Museum Exhibit Pays Homage To Past Artists Through Creative Expression


By Brandon Enroth




A new art exhibit at the Miller Art Museum will be open to the public on January 21st, 2017. This new exhibit is labeled as "Prints Matter, Master Mimics" which is a portfolio of original prints reflecting the influence of a master work of art from any era. Museum Curator Deborah Rosenthal explains about the artist who was inspired to create this portfolio consisting of work from other artists across the nation.

 



 

22 artists across 7 different states have come together to participate within this portfolio. According to Will Greider, the artist who inspired the portfolio, "Print makers have had a long history of reinventing and paying homage to images and artists of the past." He goes on to elaborate that this portfolio is significant because it represents the history of master artists and their images that have continued to inspire artists today. The exhibit will be open and free to the public until February 28th, 2017.

 

 

 

 

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Polka Dancing Tradition Still Going Strong In Kewaunee County


By Paul Schmitt




Polka music may not be as popular as it once was decades ago, but on this Sunday afternoon The Rendezvous of Luxemburg is continuing a Kewaunee County tradition that is requested by a passionate group of dancers and performers.  The Happy Hoppers Polka Dance will feature the music of Orv Konopp and the OK Band.  Rendezvous owner Kelly Froelich says he is glad to host the dance since polka lovers are limited to only a few venues in the area.

 



 

Polka music usually draws a crowd of over one hundred dancers in the Rendezvous's  upper-level banquet hall, according to Froelich.   The old hardwood floors along with some dancing salt give patrons a perfect combination to keep the polka dancing going strong in Kewaunee County.  The Polka originated in Bohemia, now the Czech Republic, back in the middle of the 19th century.

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Door County Reads Celebrating 10th Year With Classic Book By Richard Russo


By Paul Schmitt




The Door County Reads is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the community reading a book together by choosing well-known author Richard Russo's "Empire Falls".  Copies of the book are available for check-out at all branches of the Door County Library.  Door County Library Director Becca Berger who is retiring after this week says this year's choice is an award-winner.

 



 

Berger says the Door County Library Foundation pays for the programming end of the Door County Reads and that Friends of The Door County Library purchased multiple copies of the "Empire Falls" for the Door County Reads which will run January 23 through February 9.

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Miller Art Museum Offering 7 Unique Exhibits For The 43rd Year


By Paul Schmitt




The Miller Art Museum is kicking off its 43rd season this year with new exhibits for the 2017 campaign starting on January 21.  Located in the Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay, The Miller Art Museum has four galleries that feature seven new exhibits each year.  Local and national artist's works are showcased along with a wing devoted to the museum founder, Gerhard C.F. Miller.  Executive Director Elizabeth Meissner- Gigstead says visitors will enjoy the incredible array of exhibits planned for this year.

 



 

The Miler Art Museum is open free to the public from 10 am until 8 pm on Mondays and 10 am until 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday.  For the complete schedule of exhibits this year at the Miller Art Museum, go to this story online.   http://www.millerartmuseum.org/exhibits.htm

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