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Vista Theater opens with trio of events

July 3, 2012
By JOHANNA BOYLE - Journal Staff Writer ( , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

NEGAUNEE - The Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council is gearing up for the Vista Theater's summer season with a trio of special events.

"We're not just doing theater and music," said PAAC Executive Director Al Keefer. "We're doing different types of art."

Friday, July 6, the theater is hosting a portion of the U.P. Book Tour 2012 with An Evening With Jonathan Johnson at 7:30 p.m.

Johnson is the author of several books, including "Mastadon," "80% Complete," "In the Land We Imagined Ourselves" and "Hannah and the Mountain: Notes Toward a Wilderness Fatherhood."

Admission is free with Johnson, who is a professor at the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University, speaking about his experience in writing and actors performing excerpts from some of his favorite pieces.

Following the U.P. Book Tour event, PAAC will host "A Night on Broadway," on Saturday at 7 p.m., a showcase of Broadway numbers performed by actors and singers who have previously appeared in Vista Theater shows.

"They've got singers singing songs from over 40 years of PAAC," Keefer said. "We saw how many wonderful singers are still in the area. No one's done musical reviews for a while. It was fun to start naming off what show's we've done when."

Among the performers are PAAC veterans Jeff Jennings, Gerry Anderson, Bobby Glenn Brown, Dave Dagenais and Marcia Paquette and relative newcomers like Ricky Peterson.

Tickets for "A Night on Broadway" are $10 for adults and $5 for students in high school or younger.

Finally, PAAC is also hosting the Finnish-American folk-duo Kaivama, made up of Sara Pajunen and Jonathan Rundman. The show is set for Sunday, July 15 at 3 p.m. at the Vista.

The group appeared at the Vista Theater last year and spent much of the summer on tour across North America. This year they're back in the U.P. with more contemporary Finnish folk music.

Tickets are $15.

For more information on any of the PAAC events, visit or call 906-475-7188.

Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401.



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