COMMUNITY PARTNER EVENT: YMCA Spring Dance Recital
Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014
COMMUNITY PARTNER EVENT: YMCA Spring Dance Recital
Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014
‘Culture Under Canvas’ comes to Door County as Tent Show Radio Live celebrates its 20th Anniversary with this wonderfully dynamic radio show! The show features New York Times best-selling author, songwriter, radio show host, and amateur pig farmer – Michael Perry – along with Big Top’s Blue Canvas Orchestra and special guests.
Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Jamie O’Brien
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
In the era of globalization competitive advantage is at a premium, and how we manage our people remains a differentiating factor. Understanding how national culture affects management style can be a key strategy for organizations in the United States, especially if expansion overseas is being considered. This lecture explores five dimensions of national culture that have an impact on how organizations might manage most effectively across countries: power distance, individualism, masculinity, uncertainty avoidance, and long- versus short-term focus. Dr. O’Brien is an Assistant Professor of Management on the St. Norbert College Business Administration faculty.
Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Deirdre Egan-Ryan
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Our journeying through space is deeply embedded in our national identity. The American appetite for travel and expanded horizons is explored by looking to our literature, maps, advertisements, and art. Dr. Egan-Ryan is an Assistant Professor of English and Director of American Studies at St. Norbert College. Her scholarly work investigates the ways that our relationship to space and place influence our modern and American identities. She is fascinated especially by the ways that women writing during the first few decades of the 20th century found themselves negotiating gender identities through the shifting cultural spaces of American modernity: urban and rural, private and public.
Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Rebecca McKean
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Within the desert landscapes of southern Utah, some surprising fossils have been found – fossils of fish, turtles, sharks, and large marine reptiles called plesiosaurs! Parts of Utah were covered by a vast ocean about 90 million years ago, creating the perfect environment for marine life. So just how big was this ocean? What kinds of fossils are found in Utah and just how were they preserved? And what does a paleontologist do with these fossils? We will address all of these questions as we explore this ancient ocean. Dr. McKean is Assistant Professor of Geology at St. Norbert College. She recently gained notoriety in scientific circles for her identification of a previously unknown plesiosaur that lived some 90 million years ago.
Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Mark Glantz
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2014
How do political television commercials inform and persuade citizens? Political television ads that accuse rival candidates of flip-flopping will be analyzed using Kenneth Burke’s theory of form. Romantic comedy films will be used as the example to explain how the theory operates. Examples from popular music (Katy Perry) and professional sports (Brett Favre) will be provided to further probe the content of flip-flop messages. Dr. Glantz is an Assistant Professor of Communications and Media Studies. His primary research and teaching interests are media studies and political rhetoric.
Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. David Hunnicutt
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2014
We usually associate bacteria with disease or contamination, but the average healthy person is composed of roughly 1 trillion human cells and 10 trillion bacterial cells. Recent advances in genomics and microbiology allow a glimpse into who these “commensals” are, how they function, and how they interact with us, their hosts. Some researchers are beginning to talk about these commensals as an additional organ. This lecture will focus on recent studies describing the “human microbiome” and how such discoveries open up new ways of thinking about health, disease, and what it means to be human. Dr. Hunnicutt is a microbiologist and Associate Professor of Biology at St. Norbert College.
By Carol Thompson
An old and new favorite performed at the Door Community Auditorium last night. An old favorite for me, but new to the county, was Greensky Bluegrass, and they played with three-time DCA performers Elephant Revival, a band I hardly knew before the show.
Greensky Bluegrass say they’re a twist on the traditional genre. They may have classic bluegrass instrumentation, but they’ve created their own sound and style. My friend, a banjo player and lover of old country music, put it best.
“I never realized the banjo could be so groovy!” she said, dancing in her seat as the audience applauded a solo.
The stage at the Door Community Auditorium was set up for American Folklore Theatre’s Victory Farm, giving the Greensky Bluegrass set with its funky brightly colored lights a psychedelic cherry orchard feel.
The band played through the first set with old songs from early albums, and newer songs like Don’t Lie and Beauty and Pain from the newest album, Handguns.
The first set ended and the anticipation for Elephant Revival, a folk group from Colorado, to take the stage was obvious.
I had no idea what to expect, and this is what I was told by a longtime fan:
“If you are a good person with an ounce of a conscious, you will love them. Honestly, I wouldn’t trust anyone who doesn’t like Elephant Revival.”
Well, good news for my soul. Elephant Revival was excellent. It sounds cliché, but they really were “transcendental.” It was easy to get lost in meditation and thought while listening to the simple but deep songs, which often get elevated by a driving bass drum beat.
Elephant Revival played older songs, like a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Atlantic City and some tunes off their recent album These Changing Skies.
There was a lot of buzz about Rising Appalachia, at least in my circle of Door County friends. Everybody was intrigued by the tattooed, sultry sisters on the cover of the Door Community Auditorium program, and wondered what it would be like to see them perform. Nobody really knew what to expect, we just knew we wanted to go.
It’s a good thing we did – the show was great.
Sisters Leah and Chloe Smith make up Rising Appalachia, plus a handful of musicians that sometimes join them for shows. Leah and Chloe grew up in the South surrounded by music and arts, and have spent the last few years in New Orleans.
Their music is at once modern and traditional, moving and silly. The instrumentation was simple and beautiful, and their voices melted together the way only sisters’ voices can.
For me, the Rising Appalachia show was more about feeling than listening. The music took us from a front porch in Georgia to the Irish countryside, a swanky bar in New Orleans and the mountains of Bulgaria. And many of the songs had a message, be it about heartbreak, culture or the environment.
My favorite song of the night was Scale Down, the title track from one of their albums. The song was written about the mountaintop removal done in coal country in the Southeast U.S. and it’s poignant and inspirational.
I’d have to say Long Haul was a crowd favorite. It was written by Chloe after she had been through a bit of heartbreak. Leah helped her get through the pain by giving her a box of thrift store plates and these instructions: throw these plates against the wall. Soon, the plates were broken, Leah was over the heartbreak and an awesome song was written.
I’ve spent a lot of time at the Auditorium this summer, and it’s certainly not over, but Rising Appalachia carved a special spot in my memory. If you ever get a chance to see Rising Appalachia, the experience is not one to miss.
If you don’t believe me, check out some reactions I heard from the audience in the lobby after the show:
“I could have sat in that chair all night and listened.”
“My sister would love Rising Appalachia, especially the song Caminando. I’ll be right back, I have to buy her a CD.”
“Their voices are so clear, I haven’t heard anything like it.”
For two hours, James McMurtry and his band made the audience at the Door Community Auditorium feel like they were dancing on a dusty wood floor instead of sitting in rows, sipping beer instead of water, and wearing cowboy boots instead of flip flops.
He brought some grit to Fish Creek, and it was good.
James McMurtry is an accomplished songwriter, was nominated for a Grammy and has released 10 albums. His songs are moving, smart and entertaining. He definitely fulfilled the Auditorium’s promise to bring Door County a “season of story and song.”
But I have to admit – I went into this one blind. When reading the Auditorium’s 2013 lineup of musicians over the phone to my mother, she stopped me at James McMurtry. “James McMurtry! Carol. You have to go.”
That was all the convincing I needed, but hearing he’s the son of Lonesome Dove author Larry McMurtry didn’t hurt.
Larry’s storytelling prowess definitely shows itself in his son’s music. Both father and son tell stories with characters you love and remember, scenes that make you laugh or hurt, and they do it with beautiful, approachable language.
James McMurtry started off the night playing Bayou Tortoise, and moved on to other classics like Red Dress and Copper Canteen. The crowd favorite was definitely Just Us Kids, and mine was Out Here in the Middle.
His lyrics made the show feel like the best poetry reading on earth, but that didn’t overshadow the music, which was powerful and robust enough to move some of us from the polite Midwestern crowd to dance in front of the stage.
It probably isn’t fair to judge an act by the audience, but I think in James McMurtry’s case it would be ok. A good crowd came out to see his performance, and a lot of local musicians warmed the seats to see McMurtry play. pat mAcdonald even played a few songs with the band.
It was a good idea to trust those musicians in the crowd. The show was fun, impressive and moving. If I ever see James McMurtry on a lineup again, I won’t need any convincing. I’ll be there.