Arts & Culture

Thunder Bay Art Gallery Curatorial Resident Suzanne Morrissette with Carl Beam's "Exorcism."

Contemporary Anishinaabe Artist Carl Beam, Thunder Bay Art Gallery

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is currently hosting a retrospective of the work of Anishinaabe artist Carl Beam.


Kristian Bålsrød and Anton Ligaarden, shown with fellow filmmaker Katinka Hustad at Baragas Cross

Norwegian filmmakers Kristian Balsrod & Anton Ligaarden update The Roadhouse on their local project, “The Norwegian Riviera”

Norwegian filmmakers Kristian Balsrod & Anton Ligaarden stopped by The Roadhouse Feb. 1 to update hosts Ann Possis and Buck Benson on their local project, “The Norwegian Riviera.”

You can learn more about their project by visiting their website.


The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalbe

Author Will Schwalbe on his latest book, reading with loved ones, dealing with grief and more

Will Schwalbe has been editor-in-chief at Hyperion Books and has written for many national publications. His best seller, The End of Your Life Book Club, is a memoir of reading with his mother during the last two years of her life after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He's the founder of cookstr.com, a website with recipes from many of the world's best chefs. He spoke with Buck Benson on the Feb. 1 edition of The Roadhouse about his latest book, reading with loved ones, dealing with grief and more.


Psychology professors Ruth Ann & Paul Atchley talk about a link between nature & creativity (Chantal Forster/Flickr)

Need a creative boost? Hit the trail, say psychology professors Ruth Ann & Paul Atchley

University of Kansas psychology professors Ruth Ann and Paul Atchley recently completed a study showing that four days out in the wild, without cell phones or other technology, nurtures hikers’ creativity. The Atchleys joined host Ann Possis on the Feb. 1 edition of The Roadhouse to explain more.

Read more about the study Ruth Ann & Paul conducted, along with University of Utah professor David L. Strayer.


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Moments in Time: Adolph Ojard of Knife River

Adolph Ojard grew up in Knife River, Minnesota, on the North Shore of Lake Superior.  He's the grandson of two Norwegian fishing families, the Ojards and the Torgersons.  


Amanda Hand and her daughter Elsa

Local Music Project: Amanda Hand and her Music Together Class

Each week a group of parents and their kids head to the Grand Marais Art Colony to participate in the Music Together class offered by local teacher, singer and musician Amanda Hand.  In this edit


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John Wright of Lehto & Wright flies solo on The Roadhouse

Buck Benson & Ann Possis welcomed John Wright, of Celtic-folk-Americana trio Lehto & Wright, to Studio A Jan. 18. He claims it was his first-ever solo performance. In any case, he plays some gorgeous guitar. The trio appeared at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais Jan. 19.


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Artist/musician Marlin Ledin captures sounds of Lake Superior's ice

Ann Possis visited with Washburn, Wisc., musician and artist Marlin Ledin Jan. 18 about his project to record the ice sounds of Lake Superior, both to preserve them and as an inspiration for his music. The interview includes several segments of those recordings. He was in Grand Marais to speak at North House Folk School the next evening. You can learn more about him, his music, and his field recordings here.


Travis Payer (left) and Station 7 crew filling the boot for Jerry's kids fundraiser

Anishinaabe Way: Travis Payer

Travis Payer is Nebraska Ho Chunk and Bad River Ojibwe. He has lived in the Minneapolis St. Paul area his whole life and has been a Minneapolis Fire Fighter for 17 years.


"...I lay the perfect fire. One that burns true and fast, reducing several big logs and burning them down..." (mtsofan/Flickr)

Magnetic North: Playing With Fire

Welcome back to Magnetic North, where just a hint of wood smoke flavors the air. Air so delicious that I don’t so much breathe it as gulp it down. Icy. Sweet.