Northern Express - Features http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-143-1-features.html <![CDATA[Tibetan Monks Perform at Dennos - An intricate piece of art using grains of colored sand will be destroyed upon completion … exactly according to plan.]]> Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to promote world peace and healing through sacred performing art, the Tibetan Buddhist monks have performed in many of America’s greatest theaters and music halls. From April 14-19, the monks will chant, play music, and create the intricate mandala.]]> <![CDATA[Rock's 10 Fashionably Great - ]]> Perhaps it was the influence of her father, who co-produced two of Fleetwood Mac’s albums, or perhaps it was her Malibu, Calif. youth.]]> <![CDATA[Runway Roundtable - Five local fashion experts gathered to talk fashion, selling style in the winter, baggy pants, and what drives them. We listened in. ]]> I was a nurse for 25 years actually and, though I enjoyed it, I spent 25 years figuring out how I could get creative and get out. It started weighing on me 10 years ago, and I walked through Mercato [Inside Building 50] and that was kind of the end or the beginning.]]> <![CDATA[Homeless in Northern Michigan - Where they go and what’s available in our region.]]> Amid the debate, the Northern Express decided to look at whether providing better services could draw more homeless to an area, why the problem has gotten so bad recently and what services for the homeless are offered in other communities in our region.]]> <![CDATA[Fusing Science and Magic - ]]> “I’m super excited to be going to Kirtland [Center for Performing Arts]; I love touring Michigan and the Midwest,” Pogson said. “There is such a rich history from the old vaudeville days. It’s going to be a night of laughs, to say the least!”.]]> <![CDATA[Gaylord: Golf's Mecca - ]]> Nearly 30 years ago a group of Gaylord golf course owners and the new head of the Gaylord Tourism Bureau, Paul Beachnau, decided to model a marketing campaign after the very successful Golf Myrtle Beach, which is still going strong.]]> <![CDATA[Northern Michigan ups its Adaptive Recreation - ]]> Barb Hutchens is a member of the board of Disability Network Northern Michigan and a volunteer at Traverse Area Community Sailing (TACS). For years, she’s been instrumental in developing adaptive sailing programs for enthusiastic sailors of all ages..]]> <![CDATA[Rollin’ Down the River, Beautifully - River drifters and fly fishers, get on the wait list now: It takes three months to build a custom Croff Craft drift boat.]]> “In every boat I build there is a lot of blood, sweat, and tears … literally. I am the designer, engineer, builder, and finish guy,” he said. “But I absolutely love what I do, and try very hard to make that love show itself in the finished product.”.]]> <![CDATA[Edgy “Rain” Hits Studio Theatre - ]]> The two come into conflict with one another and their superiors after they chase a pimp who shot into Denny’s house, injuring his son. Along the way they return a scared Vietnamese boy to his uncle, with tragic results. In relating the events the two confront scary truths about one another and themselves.]]> <![CDATA[Want Your Own Art Studio? - ]]> They’re hoping to get all kinds of artists to apply, whether young or well into their career, and they are open to artists who work in almost all mediums, including painting, drawing, mixed media, jewelry, woodworking and carving, sculpture, photography, puppetry, textiles, weaving, quilting, rug making, or knitting.]]> <![CDATA[Shark Tank, Angels and More - Local Investing Groups Booming]]> “We’re not really a fundraising platform,” he said. “We’re really a networking group. We try to connect the business owners with local investors.” He said ALAP watched as Grand Traverse Culinary Oils owner William Koucky has pitched ideas that turned into a developed product.]]> <![CDATA[Culinary Tourism - HOT FOR 2014 ]]>

If you feed them, they will come. Culinary tourism, the theme at this year’s Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism, had more than 1,000 tourism experts and entrepreneurs talking in early March. When it comes to maximizing tourism dollars spent in Michigan, food, agriculture, and locally produced beverages are what bring – and keep – money here.

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<![CDATA[The Gaylord Renaissance Plan - ]]>

Gaylord’s downtown area has long relied on the friendliness of its people and quaint “Alpine Village” theme to draw visitors to the downtown area, while providing locals with a neighborly place to shop and do business.

But over the past several years, downtown Gaylord has been suffering, both economically and aesthetically. So the Gaylord Renaissance Plan was formulated, an idea that’s actually been in the works since the late 1990s, but is only now starting to gain a foothold.

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<![CDATA[Bata Turns the Corner - With Loop and Link, Traverse City’s bus service has become a viable alternative for more commuters]]> They’ve gotten surveillance cameras on buses to cut down on liability and so that drivers can concentrate on driving. They’ve installed mobile data terminals and electronic fare boxes. They’ve redesigned the buses and route signs so the system is easier to use.]]> <![CDATA[Great Lakes Boating is Back - ]]> “I think the typical boat buyer might be in a stronger position financially, whether they’re looking for new or used,” said Stover, who sells new and used boats worldwide. “Others have been sitting on the sidelines for a few years; now it’s time to participate.]]> <![CDATA[How to Rock Your Spring Break - ]]> Taking over Miami’s Bayford Park for three hot days, Ultra is back to welcome dancers and ravers to this electronica and DJ-focused free-for all.]]> <![CDATA[2014 Best of Northern Michigan - ]]> “We carefully curate quality pieces that our customers will love forever, not just for a season,” said Ella’s Breanne Russell. “Sharing our passion is not only fulfilling but rewarding – thank you to Express readers for keeping us in business and appreciating what we do!”.]]> <![CDATA[Snow Jam to Rock Gaylord - ]]> “Gaylord is the snowiest city in the Lower Peninsula,” said Kristopher Klay, director of development and marketing for the non-profit White Stone Project, which organizes Snow Jam and the Big Ticket Festival in June. “So there will be two stages – one inside and the other outdoors – and the outdoor stage will actually be built out of snow!”.]]> <![CDATA[Strange Brew vs. Traditional - The days of Bud and Miller Lite ruling local beer taps are long gone.]]> “I have this whole new dimension I want to add at some point, I’ve been trying to add over the last couple of years, to get the home brew set up in my house finished, so we can get really crazy,” Short said. “I think we’ve covered a lot of bases as far as exploring unusual ingredients – fruits, nuts, herbs, spices, yeasts, beer styles, teas.]]> <![CDATA[Dance... To Learn - Maria Curiale-West believes dance can be more than just the sum of its movements.]]> After graduating from college and dancing professionally for seven years, the native New Yorker met her future husband at a gig in Mackinaw City. His northern Michigan roots helped them choose Traverse City as their new hometown..]]>