Dennos Museum Concerts and Events This February

MyNorth News Service

(Press Release provided by Dennos Museum Center)

TRAVERSE CITY:  The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College presents educational programs for the month of February, including two concerts for Traverse City area youth, a film program, and a weaving workshop.

Thursday, February 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Caravanserai: American Voices

An educational performance for K-12 groups, Caravanserai’s 2015-16 season launches with a first-ever paring of the unique sounds of genre-defying Palestinian-American multi-instrumentalist Ronnie Malley, and celebrated Indian-American virtuoso vocalist Zeshan Bagewadi. Their innovative, cross-cultural musical styles reflect the diversity of influences, languages and cultures that infuse the American immigrant experience. Reserve seats by contacting Jason Dake at 231-995-1029.

Learn more about the Traverse City concert that straddles cultures with MyNorth Media’s Ross Boissoneau.

Thursday, February 11 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution by Stanley Nelson – Free admission.

A new revolutionary culture emerged in the turbulent 1960s, and the Black Panther Party was at the vanguard. Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again. This film is screened as part of Embrace the Dream events happening throughout the region.

Friday, February 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Music that Matters: Reverend Robert Jones & Matt Watroba 

An educational performance for K-12 groups, Rev. Robert Jones and Matt Watroba’s friendship started when they each hosted radio shows on WDET-FM, Detroit. Now, they literally travel the nation extolling the virtues of Music That Matters, performing American roots music that reflects the history, social change, migration, hopes, and dreams of America and its connection to the world. Reserve seats by contacting Jason Dake at 231-995-1029.

Saturday, February 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving. Register online at or by calling (800) 836-0717. 

Learn how to weave on a rigid heddle loom in this full day workshop, including how to set up your loom and how to make a plain weave fabric. Along the way, you will gain understanding of weaving vocabulary and how to follow basic instructions in popular magazines.

The following is a list of the needed supplies:

  • Rigid heddle loom with an 8 dent reed/heddle (please ask about possibility of renting)
  • All the warping tools that came with loom (warping peg, dowels, heddle hook, etc.)
  • 200 yards each of two colors of worsted weight wool. (100% Wool)
  • Scissors (Some will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.)

Lunch will be on your own. You are welcome to bring food that can be refrigerated on site, visit nearby restaurants, or order for delivery.

Nancy McRay has been teaching and producing a wide variety of fiber arts since the mid-1980’s. With an MFA from the University of Michigan, plus years of experience as the Fine Arts Coordinator for East Lansing and 10 years as a yarn shop owner, Nancy has knowledge to share, and she loves to share it. Current favorite subjects to teach include Rigid Heddle weaving and tapestry Weaving. But please ask about floor loom weaving, coil basketry and knitting as well!

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