Northern Express - Features http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-143-1-features.html <![CDATA[Traverse City Film Festival - ]]> Just Great Movies, Doug Loves TC, New Media, Ticket Info]]> <![CDATA[TCFF 2015 Preview - ]]> When I’m not reviewing the latest and greatest from Hollywood each week, in my other job as creative director at the Traverse City Film Festival I get to watch a lot of great independent films in preparation for six days of moviegoing goodness. Here are some of my favorites at this year’s fest, which runs from Tuesday, July 28 - Sunday, August 2:.]]> <![CDATA[The Challenges of Filming Up North - ]]> There are a lot of great things about filming in Michigan. For starters, big budget films like “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and "Red Dawn" have utilized the urban wilds of Detroit, where they’ve found endless examples of inner-city blight, abandoned factories and graffitied walls to serve as backdrops for various apocalyptic scenarios.]]> <![CDATA[Frame-By-Frame - The path a movie takes from film to Film Fest]]> UNOFFICIAL SUBMISSIONS “Most film festivals post a submission period where anyone can submit their films. There’s a form and a fee, and then the festival watches the film and gets back to you with feedback and whether or not it will get into the festival.]]> <![CDATA[Crossed - A local pastor and a local atheist debate Refusing Service to Gays – Religious Freedom or Discrimination?]]> We live in a different world. The blurred lines between public and private have us asking all sorts of questions. One particularly vexing question for me involves another baker, and probably some butchers, candlestick makers, florists, photographers, and caterers too!.]]> <![CDATA[TCFF’s Special Guests: Inspire, Entertain, Educate - ]]> This week’s Traverse City Film Festival (July 28-August 2) brings a constellation of directors, writers, producers and characters – both fictional and real – to northern Michigan.]]> <![CDATA[Gay From Gaylord - A Coming-(Out)-of-Age Story]]> This winter, Ryan made a short documentary with some classmates about his transformation called “Gay From Gaylord.” The film can be seen on YouTube and it will be shown as part of the Traverse City Film Festival on July 30 at 6pm at the Inside Out Gallery.]]> <![CDATA[The Best of the Rest - ]]> The Traverse City Film Festival is in good company. Each year, Michigan plays host to more than three dozen film fests of various sizes and genre focuses, from the very specific (like the annual Arab Film Festival in Dearborn or the Tulipanes Latino...]]> <![CDATA[The Passing of the Passenger Pigeon - ]]> Perhaps you’ve been to the Little Traverse Historical Museum and wondered why there’s an entire exhibition dedicated to passenger pigeons. Maybe you’ve seen the memorial to the passenger pigeon at the Oden Fish Hatchery six miles north of Petoskey or wondered about the name of the Pigeon River area.]]> <![CDATA[A Lake Runs Through It - Up North fisheries scale to new heights]]> “There was… some question,” Carlson chuckled. “I went to college at the School of Natural Resources at U of M. Then, I worked for another fish company and I worked for Whole Foods for a while, but when the opportunity opened up to buy this place in 2012, I had to take it.]]> <![CDATA[Brownfield Dollars - ]]> There’s never been a time when so many large-scale developments were proposed, or in progress, in Traverse City. The incredible number of projects that could develop in the next year — and the requests for Brownfield funding expected to accompany them — means development and public incentives are slated to be a hot topic.]]> <![CDATA[Catching Up with Local Filmmakers - ]]> ON GETTING STARTED: Crouse has been broadcasting since he was 16, when he co-hosted a weekend radio program in his hometown of Lima, Ohio. “Then, in 1987, when I was 35, I had a chance encounter in NYC with Norman Vincent Peale,” Crouse said. “He was at the end of his career and spoke a sermon at the church he’d preached at for 52 years.]]> <![CDATA[Michigan Roadside Oddities! - ]]> Part of the charm of a road trip is the wacky, pure Americana things you see along the way. Some of them are quaint, some are eyebrow-raising, some are cause for immediate laughter — and many are simply downright strange. All of them make for great summer memories and there are plenty to start with right here in Michigan.]]> <![CDATA[Licensed To Perform - Permits No Longer Required to Sing and Play in TC]]> Maayingan and Kewayden Brauker’s grandmother had enough one day last June. She told the teenagers to get out of the house and do something. The brothers took acoustic guitars to the Jay Smith Walkway on Front Street in Traverse City. Maayingan played while Kewayden listened. They didn’t have a guitar case open on the ground to collect money; they were just hanging out.]]> <![CDATA[Jim Gillespie - A Beatnik’s Love Affair with Blissfest]]>

For folk music fans looking to tour the past, a must-stop on the northern Michigan scene is 421 Howard Street in downtown Petoskey.

Today, that address houses the Julienne Tomatoes cafe, where you can snag a great sandwich. But back in the mid-’80s, it was the Spectrum Center artist collective and coffeehouse — where Blissfest was born. It’s also where Bliss Executive Director and festival guru found his calling.

Gillespie and his crew wrapped up another successful Blissfest this past weekend, the event’s 35th happening. We talked to him about how the whole thing began.

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<![CDATA[Need For Northern Speed - ]]> The scene at either of northern Michigan’s two racetracks on a summer night can cause sensory overload. The scream of tunedup engines, the sweet smell of burning rubber mixed with the occasional waft of beer, gasoline or sweat. And the sights? Some of the most colorful, creative — and very, very fast — cars and trucks around.]]> <![CDATA[2015 Charlevoix Venetian Festival - ]]> The glittering Boat Parade (Saturday, July 25 at dusk) is the major highlight of Venetian Fest. The parade on Round Lake features all kinds of boats and lights, with great viewing along Charlevoix’s waterfront. Awards go to the most creative entries. The theme this year is Mardi Gras, so expect lots of masks and beads in shades of purple and orange.]]> <![CDATA[Friday Fundays! - ]]> This Friday series of events in downtown Petoskey is complemented by familyfriendly late-night Movies in the Park, one of the most popular outdoor movieviewing events in northern Michigan; all movies start around sunset.]]> <![CDATA[A Centennial at Bay View - ]]> Bay View’s John M. Hall Auditorium is celebrating 100 years this summer. The renowned local venue that sits alongside Bay View’s legendary Victorian cottages and campus buildings, many of which have hosted notable and famous guests, has certainly enjoyed a storied past.]]> <![CDATA[Cherry Fest Rocks! - ]]> Actually, Cherry Fest more than just rocks. With a diverse slate of performers covering everything from alt-pop to country, comedy parodies to funk and vintage hairband jams, there’s something for every variety of music fan during festival week (including your chance to be a Cherry Festival musical idol).]]>