Local artists to perform tonight
MARQUETTE - Marquette singer-songwriters Amy Lakanen and Troy Graham will be the featured Beaumier Coffee House Series performers at 7 tonight at the Peter White Lounge of the University Center of Northern Michigan University.
Admission is free but donations are encouraged. Beverages and snacks will be available.
Lakanen is an experienced songwriter who has performed with many artists in the community, including in the group Cannonball McKay with Jeff Krebs. Graham has been an active performer and songwriter in Marquette for more than a decade.
In addition to his solo performances, he is a member of the groups Sparrow Tree and Shadow Arcade.
'Red Metal' to be screened tonight
MARQUETTE - The film "Red Metal" will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Peter White Public Library Shiras Room in Marquette.
This local history documentary explores the epic labor strike that devastated Michigan's Copper Country and haunts the American labor movement to this day. Among the notable elements of that strike was the death of 73 children at a union Christmas party. That tragedy was immortalized by Woody Guthrie in his ballad, "1913 Massacre," and is performed by Steve Earle in the film.
The film traces the Copper Country strike from its hopeful start to that tragic conclusion. Between those endpoints, the film explores the intensifying battle between organized labor and corporate power, as well as related issues of immigration, technology and unchecked corporate interests. Of equal significance is the strike's cultural legacy, which influenced national discourse, music, and legislation during the Progressive Era and the New Deal.
After the film screening there will be a question and answer session with Steve Lehto, a Michigan attorney and author who served as a consultant to the film and was featured in it. Lehto lives in southeast Michigan.
For more information, call 226-4303 or visit www.pwpl.info.
Palsano Club Christmas Celebration
MARQUETTE - The Marquette County Palsano Club Christmas Celebration will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Negaunee Elks Club, Negaunee. A buffet dinner will be served at 5 p.m. followed by music and prizes. The cost is $20 per person.
Silver Creek Road display canceled
HARVEY - The drive around Christmas display on Silver Creek Road in Harvey has been canceled due to unexpected cirmcumstances.
Second Sunday Folk Dance Concert
CRYSTAL FALLS - The Second Sunday Folk Dance Concert will be at 4 p.m. CST?Sunday at the Fortune Lake Camp in Crystal Falls.
White Water, Stas and Misha and the Front Parlor Dance Band will be performing. Stas Venglevski (a native of the Republic of Moldova) and Misha Litvin (originally from Minsk, Belarus) perform classical, contemporary, ethnic and original music. Misha Litvin is a mandolinist and master of the Domro (a Russian mandolin). Misha now teaches at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and is a featured soloist with the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra.
Admission is $7 for adult and children 15 and under are free. For more information, call 875-3697.
Holiday Open House Sunday
MARQUETTE - The Peter White Public Library's Holiday Open House will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Huron Mountain Club Gallery on the main floor of the library.
Enjoy tasty treats and stroll through the 2013 Winter Wonderland Walk display of decorated trees.
The youth services department will be making crafts from around the world in the Community Room.
All ages are welcome and children under the age of 5 must be with an adult.
The Winter Wonderland Walk decorated trees will remain on display throughout the library from Sunbday through Jan. 2 during regular library hours. There is no admission charge to attend the open house. For more information, call 228-9510 or visit www.pwpl.info.
Glass ornaments on sale now
MARQUETTE - A limited number of hand-painted blown glass ornaments depicting Peter White Public Library are for sale. Proceeds from each sale benefit the PWPL Annual Fund. The ornaments are $37 each and can be purchased at the PWPL Circulation Desk.