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41 North Film Festival Brings Jimmy Chin and his Award-winning Documentary to Tech

MeruThe 41 North Film Festival returns to Michigan Tech’s Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 23-25, bringing critically-acclaimed independent films that are currently in festivals or theaters around the country and the world, along with guest filmmakers. All events are free and open to the public.

This year, the festival will feature filmmaker/photographer/climber/athlete Jimmy Chin, whose new documentary Meru tells a compelling story about risk, determination and friendship as it follows the efforts of three internationally famous climbers (Chin among them) to reach the Shark’s Fin summit of Mount Meru in the Himalayas.

The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23. Chin will speak after the film, answering questions and meeting with students. He is an award-winning photographer whose work has been featured regularly in National Geographic. Meru won the 2015 Sundance Audience Award.

At 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, director and journalist Nick Berardini will be here with his new documentary about the Taser Corporation, Killing Us Safely. It is a timely story about the ethics of engineering and marketing, as well as the relationship of the police to the public as mediated through these tools.

Among the other films screening during the weekend are Drone, The Wanted 18, King Georges and Here Come the Videofreex.

The festival will also feature an exhibition of virtual reality documentary that employs Oculus Rift virtual reality technology. Projects featured include Ferguson Firsthand, which uses a virtual reality environment to invite the audience into the scene in Feguson, Missouri, where they can encounter people and objects that tell the story and Herders, which provides an immersive cinematic look into the lives of Mongolian yak herders.

By bringing compelling stories about the world and today’s important issues to campus—along with filmmakers whose research and artistry tell those stories—the 41 North Film Festival offers the community an opportunity to think more deeply about complex questions around science, engineering, industry, politics, history and the human condition.

Festival sponsors include the Michigan Tech Departments of Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts, the Van Evera Distinguished Lecture Series at the Rozsa Center, Student Affairs and Advancement, the College of Sciences and Arts, University Marketing and Communication, Institutional Diversity, the Departments of Social Sciences and Computer Science and the Indigenous Issues Discussion Group.

The festival website with the full schedule and program will be online soon at For more information about the festival and its events, contact Erin Smith at

From Tech Today, by Jennifer Donovan.

Lisa Johnson Presents at Poetry Festival in Guatemala

Lisa Johnson
Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson (VPA) presented poems from her collection, “Addition and Subtraction,” in July at the Second International Poetry Festival of Aguacat’n in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. The Aguacat’n International Poetry Festival was initiated by the Macondo Literary Group of Guatemala and is supported by the Editorial Ediciones Caffeine and Converged Voice Literary Magazine. Poets from Mexico, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Germany and the US presented their work during the three-day event.

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Mike Irish Interviewed by Just Jazz Guitar

Mike Irish - Just Jazz GuitarMike Irish (VPA) was interviewed for Just Jazz Guitar magazine. You can watch the interview on two supplemental videos online.

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Video 1: Five Sax Arrangement of “Round Midnight” (An adaption of a Robert Conti solo guitar arrangement)

Arrangement by Mike Irish. Musicians: Rebecca Prich, Tonina Clements, Ben Sheff, Jake Reid, Nick Black

Video 2: Some Like It Cool – A Film About Mike Irish

A film by: Paul Kirby, Erik Doering, Peter Falk, Kevin Gray. Thanks to: Brittany Vanderwall, Kyle Frazier, Mike Christianson, Libby Meyer, Bob Hiltunen, Steve Jones, Orpheum Theater, Rozsa Theater. A special thanks to: Mike Irish, Erin Smith

Just Jazz Guitar Online features the greatest players, educators and writers in the field of jazz.

Music on the Menu: Irish Fiddlers at PLDL

Libby Meyer
Libby Meyer

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to bring their lunch and enjoy “Music on the Menu,” an outdoor series of events held on the dock outside the library tomorrow.

Libby Meyer (VPA) will be joined by Copper Country Suzuki Association fiddlers from noon to 1 p.m. They will perform traditional Irish jigs, hornpipes and reels. The audience is welcome to dance.

Everyone is invited to bring their lunch and relax while listening to some great music. In the event of bad weather, the program will be held inside the library.

Library programs are free and open to all. For more information, call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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Rozsa’s 2015/16 Season

Pep BandThe Rozsa Center and Visual and Performing Arts 2015/16 season presents a little something for everyone. The season includes more than 39 events, encompassing film, lectures, music, art gallery exhibitions, dance and more. From Shakespeare and ballet, to comedy and jazz, Rozsa shows will entertain all tastes and ages. The season even includes an opportunity for local young dancers to perform alongside professional ballet dancers in The Nutcracker.

Flexible discount season ticket packages are on sale Aug. 1 to 31with single tickets going on sale Sept. 1. For more information visit the Rozsa Center website or contact Bethany Jones at

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2015/16 Rozsa Season Schedule Now Available

Rozsa 2015 2016

The line-up for the 2015/16 Rozsa Arts season is now available.

Season ticket packages will be available for purchase starting Aug. 1 and will end Aug. 31. The prices are as follows:

  • Full Subscription–$270 These tickets serve as a pass to all shows including lectures, films, music, plays, musicals, dances and operas. Same seat is guaranteed.
  • Pick 6–$99 With this pass you will receive one ticket for six shows of your choice during the season. Ticketing operations will make every effort to give you the same seats, but the same seats are not guaranteed based on availability and priority of reservations. Shows included are any presented by the Rozsa Center, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts or the Student Entertainment Board.

Those with a full subscription from last year have had their seats reserved and can repurchase them this year. You can purchase your ticket packages by calling 7-2073, visiting the ticket office at the SDC or going online.

All who purchase season tickets will also receive the benefits of priority reserved seating for every show, unlimited free ticket exchanges, ten percent discount on additional single tickets and special, exclusive receptions, artist talks and other special events.

Available this year are convenient pocket calendars featuring the monthly big events. You can find these handy calendars around town, campus or at the Rozsa this week.

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Mike Irish at Key Ingredients

Mike Irish Performing at Key Ingredients
Mike Irish Performing at Key Ingredients. Photo: Roland Burgan.

Key Ingredients
An Evening of Music & Food
Downtown Hancock
Friday, July 17, 2015, 6-8 pm

Associate Professor Mike Irish will be performing in the 2nd Annual Key Ingredients event. Key Ingredients involves food, music, and sidewalk sales the day before the 40th annual Canal Run.

Key Ingredients is presented by the City of Hancock and HBPA (Hancock Business Professionals Association).

Attend the Facebook event.

Key Ingredients Poster 2015

2015 KSO Chicago Tour

KSO Chicago TourThe Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra took its inaugural concert tour of Chicago in April 2015.

Thursday, April 16: Crystal Theatre (Crystal Falls, MI) at 7:30 pm
Friday, April 17: Algoma Performing Arts Center (Algoma, WI) at 12:00 pm [noon]
Friday, April 17: UW Oshkosh Music Hall (Oshkosh, WI) at 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 18: Beverly Arts Center (Chicago, IL) at 1:00 pm