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The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council has awarded Art Project Grants to three Cook County organizations.
The Grand Marais Playhouse will receive $5,000 to hire a fight choreographer for its production of "The Beaux' Stratagem," a Restoration comedy adapted by Ken Ludwig and Thorton Wilder from a play by George Farquahar. The grant will also be used to stage a combat workshop for the community.
The North Shore Music Association also received a $5,000 to present "The Crown Prince of Zydeco," C.J. Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band, in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on June 9.
WTIP North Shore Community Radio received $5,000 to help produce its two-day music festival, “Radio Waves.” Dates are September 8 and 9, at the Grand Marais Recreation Park.
The funding for these grants is made available by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund and an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature.
ISLE ROYALE, MI (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says one of its helicopters rescued up a sick crewmember from a freighter in Lake Superior near Isle Royale.
The Coast Guard says a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from its Traverse City station made the rescue Tuesday afternoon from the Sam Laud, a 634-foot bulk freighter.
Watchstanders ar Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., received notification of the ill crewmember aboard the motor vessel Sam Laud from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, Ontario, at about 1 p.m., EDT.
“It was determined that a U.S. Coast Guard crew was best suited to respond,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Wilcox, a search and rescue controller with Sector Sault Ste. Marie. “This is the kind of case that shows how well we work with our Canadian counterparts; it’s a partnership that enables us to get help to people in trouble on the Great Lakes as fast as we can.”
The Coast Guard says the helicopter took the ill crew member to emergency medical personnel, who transported him to Portage Health hospital in Hancock. There’s no word on his condition.
Redistricting of county commissioner turf and the community center listening session were two of the topics covered after this week’s county board meeting. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with Commissioner Sue Hakes.
Grand Portage Lodge & Casino will be presenting another amazing show 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14—A Tribute to Prince by Chase + Ovation. Ovation brings the music of the 1984 film Purple Rain to life. The sound track from Purple Rain is one of the top-selling albums of all time and the members of Ovation all love the music. They enjoy sharing the innovative sounds of the 80s from Prince, as well as Morris Day and The Time and Apollonia 6 who also shine on the Purple Rain soundtrack.
On the band’s colorful website—purple of course—performers list quirky connections to the Minneapolis superstar. Front man Chase was a stand-in for Prince on the set of Graffiti Bridge, the not so well known sequel to Purple Rain. And when he was young, Prince’s mother was his babysitter!
Drummer Lakestar has performed with Brown Mark, the bassist from Prince & The Revolution. Dancers Kitty and Jenna were been background dancers in the Paisley Park video. And percussionist Cory Eischen has perhaps the most convoluted connection—he was an usher at Prince’s cousin’s retirement party and chauffeured Prince’s cousin’s friend’s bachelor party. And guitarist Johnny Holiday jokes, “There’s a movie? Is it cool?”
The teasing on the website aside, the band takes the music seriously; noting that they do not rely on gimmicks such as costumes and wigs to get the musical point across. To Ovation the music is paramount.
Head up to Grand Portage Lodge & Casino on Saturday, April 14 to hear all your favorites—Let's Go Crazy, The Bird (The Time), Take Me With U, Sex Shooter, (Apollonia 6), Always In My Hair, When Doves Cry, I Would Die 4 U, (The Time), and much more, including of course, Purple Rain.
Celebrate spring on the North Shore with NSMA’s annual community celebration of the outstanding musical talent in Cook County. This year’s Local Musicians Showcase features a wide variety of musical styles, from jazz to folk, classical to bluegrass. Performers include Briand Morrison, the Flute Reed River Band, Erika Haglund and Bill Beckstrand, SkyBlue, Myron Bursheim, and Svoh.
The showcase begins at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at the ACA. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 ages 12 and under, and are available in advance at www.tix.com, or night of performance at the door.
Tuesday night, April 10, a public meeting was held to get more input on the proposed new community center. Steering Committee Chair Paul Sporn spoke with WTIP’s Jay Andersen about the status of that project .