Arts & Life

Aired on Al Jazeera America
11:59 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Investigative Film on Penokee Mine Comes to Northern Wisconsin

Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A film about a proposed mine in the Penokee Range is screening around the state and in northern Wisconsin. 

Milwaukee-based 371 Productions produced the film for Al Jazeera America’s investigative series Fault Lines.

The half-hour documentary looks at how Gogebic Taconite’s iron mine would impact the environment and the livelihoods of people in northern Wisconsin, and raises questions about the democratic process and the passage of the state’s new ferrous mining bill. 

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Arts & Life
4:57 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Torches, Pigments and Wax: Encaustic Painting at School of the Arts

Student Susan Schneider says she loves working with many different kinds of media in her art.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Five days of art workshops wrapped up today at School of the Arts in Rhinelander.  Classes ranged from poetry writing, to drumming, to painting with beeswax. It's an old art with a new following. 

Instructor Ashley Gordon is wielding a propane torch during this intermediate course in encaustics, or beeswax painting.  The heat fuses the layers of wax together, and fills the air with the distinct smell of beeswax candles.  Gordon says her love for encaustics is about more than just getting to play with fire.

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Bringing Kids to the Library
6:07 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Fast and Slow, Worms Wriggle at Rhinelander Library

Natalie Jablonski WXPR News

The Rhinelander District Library had a day at the races…when more than a hundred kids competed in the 28th annual Worm Race.  As WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, some worms just move faster than others.    

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Softball games this weekend
3:22 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Wounded Warriors Come To Northwoods To Aid Kids

Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team in action
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A traveling team of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will be playing three games this weekend in Lake Tomahawk and Minocqua.

The team is composed of wounded veterans from the War On Terror, Iraq and Afghanistan whose mission is to raise awareness about service members who are overcoming the loss of limbs and to raise money.

The team will be taking on the local "Snowhawks"  in snowshoe baseball Friday night in Lake Tomahawk, then will play a double-header regular softball game Saturday at the Highway 70 complex in Minocqua.

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Diverse Media
6:18 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Nothing Northwoods About It: Northern National Set to Open

The Northern National features almost ninety works from around the country.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Northern National art exhibit opens Tuesday night at Nicolet College.  It includes artwork from all over the country…that ranges from oil paintings to quilts. 

Natalie Jablonski spoke with judge Linda Benedict-Jones…from the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh…about her approach to jurying a large exhibit.  

She selected the works in the show, whittling down more than 500 submissions to about 90.

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Arts & Life
11:19 am
Mon July 21, 2014

WXPR Blues Cruise- August, 23

Peg Arnold

The annual WXPR Blues Cruise down the Wisconsin River leaves the dock, Saturday, August 23rd, at 1:00pm.  We welcome back crowd favorite Eric “Scrappie” Hughes. “Scrappie” Hughes is a delta blues man direct from Memphis.  He’s a fixture every week on Beale Street, playing world-famous clubs like BB King’s and The Rum Boogie Café.   Tickets are $25.00. The ticket price includes a picnic lunch on the boat.

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Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters
3:42 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

The Color Dash Comes To Rhinelander High School

Credit Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Color Dash is a Minnesota-based organization whose mission is to raise local money for local causes.

The Color Dash is coming to Rhinelander for a 5K run in August to benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin. Big Brothers and Big Sisters provides professionally-supported one-to-one mentoring services, serving 450 childen in nine northern counties including Oneida, Vilas,  and Price.

Mary Kinnunen of Big Brothers Big Sisters says this family-friendly 5K race is very different than most fundraising races....

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Benefit Family Resource Connection
3:19 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Storyteller Joe McHugh Relives Radio's Past

Saturday evening(7/19) at Nicolet College in Rhinelander you can relive the radio days of yesteryear with a live production at the LRC Theater. Raven Radio Theater presents "Doc Merriweather and the Case of the Carved Wooden Box". Local actors help build the story of a mystery with Northwoods roots. Storyteller Joe McHugh wrote the production. McHugh has been heard on NPR programs and has traveled widely collecting and writing stories.

Joe McHugh talks about the performance...

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Invasive Species Threatens Native Art
4:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Black Ash Baskets: Weaving Resistance to Invasive Species

Eleven-year-old AJ pounds a black ash log, as Jarrod Stone Dahl steadies it.
Matthew Rethaber WXPR News

The emerald ash borer is having a big impact on forest landscapes and some commercial interests, as it continues to wipe out ash trees in Wisconsin and other parts of the U.S.  It also threatens a traditional Native American style of basket weaving. 

It can be easy to forget that a wooden basket comes from a tree.    

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Art Show and Sale
4:42 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Artarama Comes to Eagle River for 42nd Year

Eagle River is hosting a long-running art show and sale this weekend.  About a hundred exhibitors will participate in the 42nd year of Artarama, the juried fine art event. 

Artarama chairperson Lori Hahn says it’s a competitive process to get into the show, and a committee tries to select a diverse representation of art forms.

“We jury the artwork in March, and we try to pick a number of artists in several different media.  It ranges from painters to potters, woodworkers, chainsaw carving, metal sculpture…” 

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