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Friday Night Highlights

Friday Night Highlight Series

Friday Night Highlights returns in September with live music and visual art during Art Hop Fridays year-round.  As always, expect to find some of your favorite local musicians, up-and-coming bands, and some evenings with doubleheaders.  Swing by the Museum on Art Hop nights (usually the first Friday of the month) and enjoy good music, a little refreshment, and good company! 

Friday Art Hop: visual art exhibits open at 5:00 pm
Live performances begin at 6:00 pm – FREE
Music Light shows begin at 6:30 and 8:00 pm – $3, no shows on March 3rd.

  • Speed Painter Martina Hahn
    Martina Hahn, speed painter, will display her paintings and do a live painting with Joe Reilly.
    February 3, 2017
    5:00-8:30 p.m.
    Our visual artist for Art Hop will be Martina Hahn, internationally-known speed painter and motivational speaker. She has a talent for Trompe L’oeil mural paintings and portraitures. Using two hands and all five senses, she creates amazing paintings to music in just six minutes. Her paintings will be on display and for sale during Art Hop. She is also founder of Boyne Arts Collective in Boyne City, Michigan, a cooperative for artists since 2008. Hahn will join Joe Reilly for a live painting during his concert.

  • Storyteller Terry WootenMusican Joe Reily
    Storytelling Festival
    Kickoff Concert with Terry Wooten at 6 p.m. and Joe Reilly at 7 p.m
    February 3, 2017
    Terry Wooten, author, speaker, educator, and performance poet, combines classic literature, folklore, and daily life into entertaining and uplifting poetry in motion. He is a two-time recipient of the Michigan Creative Artist Award, author of ten books, and winner of the 2013 State History Award in Education from the Historical Society of Michigan for his Elder’s Project. The Elder’s Project guides students on how to interview senior members of the community and put their stories into poetry. He is also the builder of the Stone Circle, a triple ring of 88 large boulders located north of Traverse City. The Stone Circle hosts poets, storytellers, and musicians each summer for community- and family-based stories.

    Joe Reily, singer-songwriter and educator from Ann Arbor, Michigan, uses his music as an invitation to heal our relationships with ourselves, with each other, and with the earth. He believes, “we have the power to create peace in ourselves and our world. Of course this is no easy task. It takes diligent effort, resilience, and community support.” A native environmentalist from Kalamazoo, Joe was selected as the official troubadour for the National Get Outdoors Day in 2011. His latest children’s CD, The Circle, “waters seeds of hope and community through messages of friendship, diversity, common good, healing, and gratitude.” Joe Reily will take to the stage at 7 p.m. with a family-friendly performance.

  • Fretboard Festival Kickoff Concert with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
    March 3, 2017
    Americana, Roots

  • Foodways Symposium
    April 7, 2017

  • Brooke Beaverhausen’s Steadfast Stitching Art Exhibition
    May 5, 2017
    5:00-8:30 p.m.

  • Off the Ledge
    May 5, 2017
    6-8:30 p.m.
    Alternative Rock, Blues, Grunge, Folk, Funk, Jam Band, Jazz Rock

  • Animotion Festival Kickoff Event
    June 2, 2017