Briefs – Thursday, June 2, 2011

NW Staff

Banjo and fiddle workshop held

The Marquette community is invited to participate in a two-day banjo and fiddle workshop led by award-winning musician Dan Levenson.

The workshop is geared toward intermediate players, said Dan Truckey, director of the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center as it will help musicians learn techniques and allow them to play with other people.

“If you’ve been playing the banjo or fiddle, this is a great opportunity to learn from a master,” Truckey said. “You’ll learn tricks of the trade to make you a better performer.”

Tickets for the workshop are $100 and include Levenson’s concert at the Grace United Methodist Church. There are two scholarships available for people under 25, Truckey said.

Housing at NMU is also available for $27 a night. A reception on Tuesday, July 19 will be followed by the workshops on Wednesday and Thursday. Registration and scholarship applications can be found at http://webb.nmu.edu/Centers/BeaumierHeritageCenter/. The deadline to apply is June 30.

–– Nikki Mitchell

Golf outing to help raise money

An NMU organization is hosting the Blueberry Classic, a golf outing that will help raise money for NMU students who run into unknown financial concerns.

The Blueberry Classic will take place on July 29 at the NMU golf course. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The event is geared toward all golfers, whether they are competitive or social golfers. The fee to register is $75 and includes green fees, a shared car, lunch, snacks-on-hole, appetizers, and beverages. Local experts will also be on site to give tips before the outing starts.

Participants are allowed to decorate their carts and at the end of the day there will be a parade of golf carts with prizes given to the best decorated carts. Other activities include an NMU trivia contest with prizes and chair messages after the outing concludes.

Forms for registration can be found on the event’s website, http://webb.nmu.edu/BlueberryClassic, and forms are due by July 15.

— Audrey Menninga

Three new exhibits unveiled

Northern Michigan University’s DeVos Art Museum will unveil three new exhibits on Friday, June 3.

“North of the 45th Parallel” is an annual juried exhibition open to artists from Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin who live north of the 45th parallel. “Loose Connections” is a stitched paper installation by Chicago-based artist Judith Brotman. The objects hover between sculpture and drawing and present themselves between the polarities of delicate and menacing.

The third exhibit is titled “Transiessence: Work by NMU School of Art and Design Students from the SaloneSatellite Exhibition.” In April, 17 human-centered design students exhibited their prototypes at SaloneSatellite in Milan, Italy. NMU was one of 17 design schools worldwide invited to participate in this prestigious exhibition of young, noteworthy designers.

“North of the 45th Parallel” runs through July 24. The other two exhibits will close July 17. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

–– News Bureau