Arts & Life

Cheer on the WXPR Team
5:38 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Couch Potato Race in Rhinelander August 31

Sneak peak of the WXPR radio flyer.
Credit Peg Arnold

Teams of couch potato enthusiasts will race through downtown Rhinelander in the YMCA of the Northwoods' inaugural Couch Potato Race. The event will be held in conjunction with Rhinelander's PotatoFest celebration August 31. Laurie Schlitt, the Y's Interim CEO said there are 10 teams entered. WXPR is one of them.

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Performance Inspired By History
4:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Transforming Northern Wisconsin: Bill Jamerson on the CCC "Dollar-a-Day Boys"

A group of University of Wisconsin students assemblesfor a photo at a camp in Germfask, MI.
Credit Seney Natural History Association

A conversation with writer and storyteller Bill Jamerson, who will be performing in the Northwoods this weekend with a show about the Civillian Conservation Corps. 

WXPR Contributor Bill Wilkinson gave him a call to find out more about the colorful history of the CCC in northern Wisconsin.

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Jamerson will perform his show “Dollar a Day Boys” at the Phelps Historical Museum Open House: Sunday September 1st in downtown Phelps.

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Spirit of a Woman
6:51 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Live from the White Pine - Kelly Jackson

Kelly Jackson singing from her 2012 album, Spirit of a Woman.
Peg Arnold

Kelly Jackson's soulful voice and poignant lyrics filled WXPR's White Pine Room with the Spirit of a Woman. Craig Harrison of Northwoods Cafe hosted this Live from the White Pine on-air broadcast Thursday, August 22. 

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Perfect Day on the Wisconsin River
7:31 am
Sun August 25, 2013

WXPR Blues Cruise with Hughes

From left, Dale Zimmerman, Jeff Burke, Eric "Scrappie" Hughes and Craig Harrison. Dale and Jeff host Blues Friday on WXPR and you can hear Craig on Thursday's Northwoods Cafe.
Peg Arnold

Direct from Memphis, Eric Scrappie Hughes or the "Boss of Beale Street" as he's known, brought his deep river blues to the Northwoods August 24th. Floating down the Wisconsin River took on a real Delta feel with Scrappie's authentic delivery of original compositions and blues classics. 

From "The Ballad of Weevil Point Willie" to "Tested Positive for the Blues," Scrappie's musical storytelling and artistry are a pleasure to share with WXPR listeners on Blues Friday and live at the WXPR Blues Cruise.     

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A Community of Artists
12:07 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

School of the Arts: Many Hands and Much Work

Credit Matthew Rethaber / WXPR News

Each summer Rhinelander gets hit with what amounts to an explosion of creativity: School of the Arts Rhinelander sets up camp for five days in a local middle school, and holds a slew of art classes for adults.  2013 marked the program's 50th anniversary.

Even though more than half of the 150 students enrolled in School of the Arts are newcomers, it’s not hard to spot the longtime attendees.  They’re wearing nametags with colored ribbons to indicate their veteran status. Lee Densmore sports a tag marking 15 years.  He’s here for a poetry class.

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Collection Friday and Saturday
11:16 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Electronics Collection Benefits Housing For Poor

Effort to keep it out of landfills
Credit e-wasteregulation.blogspot.com

Your electronic waste could help build housing for the poor.

Kiwanis Club of greater Merrill and Good News Project of Wausau are holding a computer and electronics recycling event this weekend at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds.

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New type of outreach
4:15 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Nicolet College Brings Services To Your Community

On the road
Credit Terry Rutlin Nicolet College

Nicolet College is coming to you very soon via a new  trailer.

The 26-foot  trailer features two computer workstations, kiosks for video presentations, seating for students, and an outdoor awning area. It’s also wired to access the college’s computer systems for registering for classes, email, and other college computer services.

Vice-President Kenneth Urban says the Nicolet service area is wide and the trailer is an effective outreach...

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Live from the White Pine
4:49 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Kelly Jackson Live on WXPR August 22

Kelly Jackson's Spirit of a Woman CD
Credit Artist

Tune in to WXPR's Northwoods Cafe Thursday, August 22, at 7 pm for a live broadcast performance with Kelly Jackson.   

Craig Harrison will be your host showcasing this celebrated Northwoods artist. Now residing in Madison, Kelly hails from Wausau originally, and is a member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. 

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Spotlight on Hunger
6:04 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Nicolet's 'Empty Bowls' Supports Food Pantries

A Nicolet College fundraiser has raised almost $2500 for local food pantries.  Empty Bowls is based around a soup dinner served in bowls donated by local potters and Nicolet College students.  Patrons make a donation for the soup and take home the bowl.  Laura Wind Norton is an instructor at Nicolet, and she helped coordinate this year’s event.  Wind Norton says hunger is an issue that touches many in the community.

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An Annual Show
6:01 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Meteors Shine in the Atmosphere

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak Monday night.
Credit Brocken Inaglory

You may have been spotting an unusual number of shooting stars in the night sky.   And you might already know they’re part of an annual meteor shower that’s been lighting up the Northwoods.  

Astronomers predict the Perseid meteor shower should peak Monday night, with possibly hundreds of meteors passing through the night sky in just a few hours. 

Frank Kovac owns Kovac Planetarium and has been stargazing for 25 years.  He explains that what we see as shooting stars are actually bits of dust…in this case coming from a large comet called Swift Tuttle. 

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