Arts & Culture

A crowd gathers in front of the U.S. Forest Service office in Grand Marais in April 1978 (Cook County Historical Society)

History Speaks: The Boundary Waters

Today, more than 200,000 people visit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness each year.


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Percussion artist/educator Mark Powers makes music on everyday objects

Buck Benson & Ann Possis welcomed percussionist and educator Mark Powers to Studio A with buckets, pots & pans, and more in tow. He demoed his 'junk jam' and talked about how you can make music anywhere. Learn more at his website here. Photo courtesy Mark Powers.


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Minneapolis author Sarah Stonich on her wonderful new book, "Vacationland"

Author Sarah Stonich joined Bob May 10 to chat about her new book, "Vacationland," a portrait of an old fishing resort in northern Minnesota, told through intersecting stories. It's beautiful, sad, funny, and you won't want to put it down. 


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Lucy Kaplansky visits The Roadhouse

Bob chatted recently with singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky. She, along with John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson, make up the folk trio Red Horse, which performed in Grand Marais Apr. 27.


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Look out! The Axe Giant is coming!

Bob chatted recently with Jeff Miller, producer of the new horror movie, "Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan." Why didn't anyone think of this angle to Paul Bunyan before? Learn all about the movie and suggest places to screen it, here.


Travis Novitsky's "Aurora Storm"

Anishinaabe Way: Johnson Loud Jr.

Johnson Loud Jr. is a potter, a painter, and an Episcopal Priest who has served his parish at Prairie Island, Minnesota for 15 years. He is from the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in Northern Minnesota.


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Fingerstyle guitarists Jim Ohlschmidt & Gordon Thorne play Studio A

Bob & Buck welcomed Jim Ohlschmidt and Gordon Thorne to The Roadhouse Apr. 12. Jim was in town for the third annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend, a celebration of guitar that Gordon conceived and stages, with the proceeds going to WTIP. Amazing guitar work--take a listen.


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Duluth musicians Jason Wussow & Tyler Dubla play Studio A

Buck Benson & Dave Seaton welcomed Duluth musicians Jason Wussow (guitar) and Tyler Dubla (drums) for conversation and music on The Roadhouse March 22. The Jason Wussow Band was here to play several gigs around town over the weekend.


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NYT best-selling author Mary Roach on The Roadhouse

Dave Seaton chatted recently with the delightful  Mary Roach, author of quirky science books like "Stiff," "Bonk," and "Packing for Mars." Her latest book, "Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal," comes out next month.


Angela Swedberg Vamps-Walking With Our Sisters Project

Anishinaabe Way: Me'tis artist Christi Belcourt

Me'tis artist Christi Belcourt lives near Manitoulin Island, Ontario. She creates intricate paintings inspired by the traditional beading process and woodland style of beadwork design.