109 E. Aurora Street Ironwood, MI 49938 (Two doors west of the main theatre entrance)
Operation of the Historic Ironwood Theatre is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Age of Love
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016
Thanks to a grant from the Aging FriendlyIron County Community Coalition, the Iron County Health Department and the Historic Ironwood Theatre invite everybody to a unique Valentine's weekend movie event - The Age of Love.
If there is a greater universal truth than the power of music, it is the power of love. The Age of Love is a ground breaking new documentary that captures the universal nature of love through a humorous, poignant and unprecedented inside look at the dating scene for 70-to-90-year-olds.
The Age of Love is a simple, honest look at ordinary people finding themselves unexpectedly looking for love in late life. It follows older adults who agreed to be filmed as they participate in the emotional rollercoaster of speed dating.Yes, speed dating — for septa-and-octogenarians. It’s a growing trend nationally and when filmmaker Steven Loring learned that 30 adults age 70-to-90 had signed up for a speed dating event in his home town of Rochester, NY he started calling participants to ask if he could interview them and film their experience.
Speed dating is a structured event that gathers a group of singles together and pairs them with one-another in a series of five minute mini-dates. Participants note down potential romantic interests on a scorecard that is submitted to an organizer after the event. No contact information is exchanged but if the scorecard indicates chemistry individuals are notified by mail and it’s up to them to take it from there.
One audience member at an early screening called it “the best reality show I have ever seen.” That is actually a profound compliment to the filmmaker and participants. Dating late in life is no joke. We are inundated with cultural messages and advertisements telling us we are less beautiful and less desirable the older we get.
Many people find themselves alone and isolated just at the point in life when they most need and desire companionship. As Janice, one of the film subjects, put it, “The heart might even be capable of more love now then before because I think I have a lot of love to give but I don’t have all the distractions I had before.”
Loring told the website Senior Planet about an even more poignant conversation he had with another subject in the film. That woman told him, “‘My own children don’t ask me what’s in my heart, what I’m feeling. They ask me what I need, they take care of me, they love me. But they never ask me about what I’m feeling emotionally. And I have so much to tell you…’”
From a critical standpoint it’s a phenomenal film, no question – it’s getting rave ratings. But from a transformational viewpoint this film humanizes aging in an unprecedented way. It’s subversively radical. This film lets viewers – no matter their age – genuinely experience the truth that love and companionship transcend age. Why is that subversive? It flies in the face of our culture’s rampant ageism, perpetuated by the mass media through propaganda that tells us that love, passion, sex and beauty are the exclusive domains of youth.
“When they put themselves out there and participated in this event these people just came alive,” Loring said. “They told me they felt liberated from society’s stereotypes.”
Our mainstream media uses propaganda to dehumanize old people and pressure all of us into buying youth-centric products. Is there a more damaging stereotype than the myth that older people or disabled people or people living with cognitive changes like dementia do not desire or deserve love, companionship and physical intimacy as much as anyone else? The beauty and power of The Age of Love is that it doesn’t hit viewers over the head with this message or an agenda. And there are no fairy tale endings in this film. It simply gives viewers the experience of feeling feel what those in the movie feel.
Presented by the Iron County Health Department,
This Valentine's Day weekend, accept a gift from the Iron County Health Department - come to the theatre and celebrate the fact that love is not the exclusive domain of the young!
DOORS OPEN 1:00 pm; BARTON ORGAN PRELUDE 1:20 pm; SHOWTIME 2:00 pm
Warren Nelson's "Song for the Wild"
Saturday, Feb. 06, 2016
Warren Nelson - Songwriter, Musician, Entertainer, Poet, Historian, Radio Host and a Tent-show "Man of the Cloth" with a 40+ year show business career returns to the Ironwood stage. A Fairmont, Minnesota native, Warren was the founder of Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua (BTC) where, beginning in the late 70s, he led a team of talented musicians, actors, researchers and technicians in the creation of numerous large-scale, historical musicals.
Warren will bring his new show entitled “Song For The Wild” to the Historic Ironwood Theatre. Its compass points North and features the writings of Sigurd Olson, one of America’s great environmentalists of the 20th century. He was the principal savior of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Warren put his lyrical prose to melody. The second half of the show will feature my songs that sing of love for the Earth and waters.
Playing with his friends, Otis McLennon (harmonica), Jack Gunderson (bass, vocals), Liesel Wilson (fiddle),and sonRowan Nelson-Ferris (banjo, mandolin and all things stringed), his performance at the Ironwood Theatre will, as usual, be musically brilliant! These are some outstanding musicians - the program of original and contemproray music, featuring exceptional vocals and intrumentals is bound to delight audience members of all ages. So call a friend or two, (or six) then book your tickets for what promises to be a memorable evening at the Historic Ironwood Theatre.
Sponsored in part by Dean & Pope, P.C. and Lou Crosby
DOORS & KELLY'S BAR OPEN 6:30 pm; BARTON ORGAN PRELUDE 6:45 pm; SHOWTIME 7:30 pm
Please note: Ticket prices shown are for advance purchase only. Additional $5.00 for tickets purchased at the door. So book your tickets early and save yourself $5!
Saturday, Jan. 09, 2016
Join us at the SisuSkiFest post awards party for an evening of electricity and music with second generation rocker & Rockabilly Hall of Famer Robby Vee.
Robby Vee "The Prince Of Twang” was born Robert Velline and named after his father Bobby Vee. He is recognized by both the American and Canadian Rockabilly Halls of Fame and has been performing his unique style of rock-n-roll music for years on stages across the globe. Robby Vee has shared credits and stages with the best, from James Burton to Carl Perkins, Albert Lee, Little Richard, the Everly Brothers, Sir Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Dion, The Righteous Brothers, Buddy Holly’s Crickets, Dick Clark and his ‘Caravan of Stars Rock ‘n’ Roll Show’, and of course, his father, 60’s pop rocker Bobby Vee.
Robby is known for combining elements of his vast repertoire telling stories that bridge the generation gap from “..the roots of rock'n'roll to the new sounds of Americana music of today”. As an entertainer with many studio records to his name, countless guest artist credits, and a history of extensive touring, Vee has captured the attention of audiences and respected industry professionals both nationally and internationally. Claude Hall, radio-TV editor of Billboard magazine once wrote: “If this guy had been around during the era of Elvis, he would have given Elvis a run for his money."
What people have said about him:
“This cat sure can play.” –Carl Perkins “Robby’s a true guitar slinger!” –Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones “Writings confident and inspired.” -Marshall Crenshaw “These guys could play on any stage.” -Sir Paul McCartney “Great Band, Great show.” –Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin
Free concert as part of the SISUFest Ski Race Post Awards Ceremony!
IAS Holiday Band Concert
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015
Ironwood Area School's High School and Junior High bands will perform their annual holiday concert on the Ironwood Theatre stage. These young and talented musicians from Luther L. Wright will once again treat audiences to the excellent performances we have come to expect from our young Ironwood performers, under the tutelage and leadership of Mr. Steve Boyd, Music Director.
The band concert starts at 3:00pm but be sure to come early to enjoy Tim Mesun on the Barton Organ. The Organ prelude will begin around 2:30pm. So come along and support our youth musicians. It is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
On-line ticket sales NOT available for this event
Tickets available at the door. Doors open at 2:00pm.
Gogebic Range Concert Band
Friday, Dec. 04, 2015
Immediately following the Jack Frost Parade Enjoy our local community band under the direction of Larry Gabka, playing all your holiday musical favorites. Not only is the concert free - so are the cookies, hot cider and hot chocolate!! Come in out of the cold after the parade, warm up and enjoy the show.