Arts & Life

Major Undertaking
6:18 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Oneida County Fair Set to Begin

The Oneida County fair starts Thursday.

Lynn Feldman, 4H Coordinator for Oneida County UW Extension, says preparation begins far in advance. Organizers spend the winter months updating the fair book, which guides entries for the fair.  Preparation culminates in the week leading up to the fair. 

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Midday Classics
4:24 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Tribute to Dick Timmons

Credit Peg Arnold

Richard “Dick” Timmons, host of Midday Classics for the past 15 years, has died at age 84.  His dedication and commitment to the WXPR family will be sorely missed.

Dick was passionate about music. He could talk about jazz and big band with authority, but classical was his true love.  He played the piano, and early in his life had played the standup bass.  Upon retiring as publisher of the Rhinelander Daily News (currently named Northwoods River News), Dick showed up at the doors of WXPR asking to volunteer as on-air host for one of the classical programs.

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Arts & Life
3:32 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Stand Up Paddleboard Winners!

Andrew Teichmiller, owner of Chequamegon Adventure Company, with paddleboard winners, Karen and Bob Turnquist.

Congratulations to Bob and Karen Turnquist, the winners of our Summer Pledge Drive drawing!  Our thanks to the Turnquists and Chequamegon Adventure Company of Minocqua for supporting community public radio. 

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Funded by NEA
4:31 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

New Mural Underway in Lac du Flambeau

Lac du Flambeau youth are working on a mural for the side of the Ojibwe Cultural Museum.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Kids in Lac du Flambeau are working on a mural project this summer. The public art will be displayed on the side of the George W. Brown Ojibwe Cultural Museum.

About twenty five kids have spent the past month helping out on the mural project, which won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Greg Johnson is one of the project leaders.  He says he worked with the kids to design the mural. 

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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
Credit commons.wikimedia.org

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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