the local SCENE

A calendar of local arts and entertainment events


The Iron Mountain Music Jams are held the last Saturday of the month at the Crystal Lake Senior Center from 1-4 p.m. This is an acoustic jam and welcomes players from all levels. There is no fee and listeners are welcome. The upcoming jams will be Friday.

For more information call Kathy Falls 828-1825 or email

Every second Tuesday of each month — The Marquette Arts and Culture Center will host its Gallery Tour at 12:30 p.m. at the center, located at the Peter White Public Library. The Arts and Culture Center Manager Tiina Harris will guide guests on a free tour of the SmallWorks and Main Gallery. Everyone is invited.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-5:45 p.m. — Dance Zone offers a salsa workout. Learn the steps to Latin dances while toning your body and increasing your stamina. $2 per session. Dance Zone 1113 Lincoln Ave., Marquette. For more information, call 236-1457.

Tuesdays and Fridays, 10-11:15 a.m. — Dancing and Movement for Those with Parkinson’s Disease. Dancing has been shown to reduce Parkinson’s symptoms and improve balance. At Dance Zone, 1113 Lincoln Ave. in Marquette. For more information, call Ruth at 906-225-7760 or Marge at 906-236-1457. This class is jointly sponsored by Lake Superior Hospice and Dance Zone. Free. Donations are accepted.

Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. — International Folk Dancing. Dances from around the world. Learn a new culture through dance. No experience or partner needed. Bring clean shoes to protect the floor. All dances are taught. Free and open to the community; new dancers are welcome. Dance Zone 1113 Lincoln Ave., Marquette. For more information, call 236-1457.

Mondays, 7:30-930 p.m. — Mainstream and Plus Square Dance with Caller Marge Sklar; Rounds between squares with Gil Martin. No lessons at these sessions. Bring clean dance shoes. This event offers a fun activity for teens through elders. Not a dancer? Lessons begin in March. Dance Zone 1113 Lincoln Ave., Marquette. For more information, call 236-1457.

Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. — Ongoing Ballroom dance lessons; class teaches waltz, fox trot, tango, rumba, cha cha, swing, etc. Beginners are welcome. Learn the basic steps and a routine to each style. Patient teaching; good results with rank beginners. Participants are asked to bring clean shoes. Dance Zone 1113 Lincoln Ave., Marquette. For more information, call 236-1457 for more information.


Feb. 28 — The Marquette Area Blues Society and the Peter White Public Library invites the public to a live Bluesday Tuesday concert by Under the Radar at 7 p.m. in the Peter White Public Library Community Room.

There is no admission charge to attend this event which is co-sponsored by the Marquette Area Blues Society and the Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund of the Peter White Public Library. Call 226-4318 or visit for more information.


March 4 — Deadline to submit photos to the Bonifas Arts Center photography competition. Any Upper Peninsula resident inspired by the U.P. can submit photos.

The winners’ photographs will be showcased at the BAC’s “The Inspiring U.P.” exhibit April 6-May 4 with the photos of Michael Olson and Paul Rose, contest jurors, each with a lifetime of devotion to the art and craft of photography.

Any subject matter is welcome, as long as the photos were taken in the U.P.

The competition and exhibit aim to celebrate the U.P., the varied art forms the region inspires, and offer viewers the chance to gain a deeper appreciation for and understanding of the U.P., so while photos may be of U.P. residents, waterfalls, farms, cityscapes, historic sites, boats, wetlands, or forests, photographers are free to focus on whatever inspires them, which can then inspire viewers, said Pasqua Warstler, BAC artistic director.

Professional and nonprofessional photographers (at least 18 years old) are encouraged to submit.

Prizes include cash awards and gift cards for photo processing. Applications and additional contest details are available at the BAC or, or call 786-3833 for more information.

The contest and exhibit are made possible, in part, by the support of the Mackinac Arts Council, Bay College Arts & Culture, Northern Michigan University’s College of Art & Design, and Lake Superior State University’s Art Gallery.