Local briefing

Black Box Winter Improv event

ISHPEMING –The Westwood Shakespeare Company will kick off its 2018 season with Black Box Winter Improv at the Patriot Performing Arts Theatre at Westwood High School.

This year’s first improv will have underlying Valentines Day themes for 7 p.m. Wednesday and will be presented in a “Black Box” format, according to Director Jamie VanEnkevort in a press release.

The program entitled, “Matthew’s Hot Pocket Never Happened”, (for various zany reasons) will be filled with comedy and feature the company’s improv troupe in various skits. The black box format brings the audience to comfortable seats right on stage with the actors.

“It’s a lively experience,” said Artistic Director B.G. Bradley. “You feel even more of a connection with the actors than in regular live theatre. And the actors feel a closer connection too.”

The company includes actors ages 14-18.

“This is a talented crew,” Bradley said. “Aside from their obvious skills on stage, they work very well as a group and you can feel that when you watch them.”

Tickets are available at the PPAT box-office at show time. For further information, contact Bradley at bradleybg@nice.k12.mi.us

Street closures set for U.P. 200

MARQUETTE — The following streets will be closed to motor vehicles at the following times for the Annual U.P. 200 and Midnight Run Dog Sled Races, to be held Friday.


10:30 p.m. – Washington Street from Front Street to Lakeshore Boulevard


7 a.m. – Washington Street from Front Street to Fifth Street

9 a.m. – Fourth Street from Spring Street to Bluff Street

1 p.m. – Lakeshore Boulevard from Mattson Park to Baraga Avenue

5 p.m. – Lakeshore Boulevard from Baraga Avenue to U.S. 41

5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – The northbound lane of S. Lake Street from U.S. 41 to Hampton Street

5:15 p.m. – Front Street from Baraga Avenue to Bluff Street

5:45 p.m. – Third Street from Spring Street to Bluff Street

The detour route will use Baraga Avenue, Fifth Street and Bluff Street.

Unless otherwise noted, the street closures will remain in effect until 2 a.m. Saturday. Washington Street from Third Street to Lakeshore Boulevard will remain closed till 8:30 a.m. Saturday for the Polar Roll Snow Bike Race.

Pedestrian access will be allowed all days throughout all the street closure areas.