Northern Express - Features http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-143-1-features.html <![CDATA[One Man Takes on a Classic - ]]> Charlie Ross loves Star Wars. So much so that he’s actually turned it into a career.  Ross’ one-man show - the aptly-named One Man Star Wars Trilogy - is a nerd-actor’s tour de force.

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<![CDATA[Adrenaline - The Iceman Use fall for winter fun plan]]> The Iceman Cometh Challenge is large beyond the numbers. It’s impossible to quantify the race’s effect on its host town of Traverse City, but to qualify it, simply talk to nearly any mountain biker in the Midwest.]]> <![CDATA[The Diplomat Next Door - Retired and active foreign service workers love northern Michigan]]>

The US ambassador to Oman might live just up the road on the Old Mission Peninsula. Other foreign service retirees have traded Moscow, Kabul or Karachi for Benzie, Grand Traverse or Leelanau.

There are even a handful of former or current CIA operatives in the region, though those folks are especially shy about details -- and interviews for stories like this.

Not only are the foreign service alumni fascinating in their own right, the burgeoning group is also delivering more international opportunities for Northwestern Michigan College students, as well as an impressive lineup of speakers at Traverse City’s International Affairs Forum.

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<![CDATA[Beyond Bake Sales - Organizations Count on Creativity to Earn Much-Needed Dollars]]> Want to buy some popcorn? How about some cookie dough or wrapping paper? What about the chance to own a new car? School and charity fundraisers have morphed considerably over the years, but at no time is this more apparent than during the holidays.]]> <![CDATA[Going Back to Oz with P45 - ]]>

In 1978’s The Wiz, Diana Ross was Dorothy Gale, Michael Jackson was the Scarecrow, and a snowstorm swept Gale out of her Harlem, NY apartment.

In the 2007 TV series Tin Man, big-eyed Zooey Deschanel turned Dorothy into “D.G.” and Oz became “The Outer Zone” in a more surrealistic, dark approach to the story.

In the stage musical Wicked, the focus has been twisted around to the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, and her good sister, Glinda.

And now, a new Parallel 45 version of The Wizard of Oz is coming to Traverse City to take Dorothy and her friends down yet another road in The Oz Project.


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<![CDATA[VA on the Verge of Change - National Scandal Leads to Changes in Healthcare for Northern Michigan Veterans]]> Outrage following reports of excessive healthcare delays at the VA hospital in Phoenix led Congress to pass the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 in August, a law that provides billions in funding for better veteran care and also demands reform at the VA.]]> <![CDATA[Crossed - ]]> A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate

Jesus: God Man or Good Man?

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<![CDATA[Tom Daldin’s Under the Radar Success - ]]>

“Here we were, two longtime friends, up the financial creek without a paddle,” Daldin said.

Yet, along with adversity, can come innovation. According to Daldin, he and Edelman had to reinvent themselves to survive and that’s exactly what they did with a PBS show they dubbed “Under the Radar Michigan.”

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<![CDATA[Something Rare Brewing at Rare Bird - ]]>

Rare Bird, indeed. At most brew pubs, women are found behind the bar, taking orders or cooking. Not many women are brewers in the burgeoning world of craft beer, but that doesn’t mean there couldn’t—or shouldn’t—be more. An early pioneer on the Traverse City brewing scene was Kim Schneider, head brewer at North Peak several years ago. Schneider moved on and currently crafts beer at a downstate brewpub.

Now, brewer Tina Schuett has taken the beer-making baton and run with it.

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<![CDATA[Mary Ellen Hughes: Keeping the ‘50s Alive - ]]> Hughes loved the 1950s look of the soda fountain in Linehan’s, which she’s meticulously kept intact, including the red padded counter stools, the working gooseneck spigots (one for still water, one for soda water) and the blenders, on which Mary Ellen’s staff of soda jerks receive plenty of training.]]> <![CDATA[Women Behind the Scenes - ]]> There’s certainly no shortage of the arts in northern Michigan. And behind the artists themselves, a host of teachers, administrators, curators, choreographers and others work to make it all happen, often out of sight of the audience. Here we profile five women who stand just outside the spotlight, helping the region’s arts scene thrive.]]> <![CDATA[The Picture of a Leader - ]]> Liz Ahrens, 52, is executive director of Petoskey’s Crooked Tree Arts Center, soon to merge with Artcenter Traverse City (see sidebar). Once the merger is complete, she’ll lead the new merged organization.]]> <![CDATA[Girls With Guns and Bows - ]]> Perched in a tree stand in northern Ontario, Gaylord teen Jada Johnson sits patiently as a black bear lumbers toward a fragrant bait pile 50 yards away. The burly bruin sniffs the air cautiously, and then swipes a large paw, rattling the logs. It’s dusk and this bear is looking for his dinner.]]> <![CDATA[Joan Belgrave Honors Dinah Washington - ]]> Detroit vocalist Joan Belgrave’s music combines R&B, soul, jazz and pop. It’s a perfect fit for the Dennos Museum’s eclectic 2014-15 season, which features a variety of acts that will engage a wide spectrum of audiences. It includes folk, blues, world music, comedy and puppets.]]> <![CDATA[The ‘King of Privacy' is in our Backyard - ]]> After a failed bid to become a rock and roll star, he signed up for the military during the Vietnam War, during which time he was a Navy intelligence cryptographer. He worked in US intelligence at the height of the Cold War. He holds a Ph.D. in accounting ethics from Union College and a masters degree from Harvard.]]> <![CDATA[Northern Express Election Guide 2014 - ]]> The results are in… Northern Express sent questionnaires to 16 state senate and house candidates from northern Michigan. We chose questions on issues we’ve followed over the last year.]]> <![CDATA[Hearth and Vine a Hidden Jewel - ]]> Hearth and Vine takes the farm to table concept seriously. And why wouldn’t it, with the farm right outside its door? Many of the items on the menu are derived from the animals and vegetables that call the farm home, much to Chef Jonathan Dayton’s delight.]]> <![CDATA[Saying Goodbye - ]]> If it’s a new client, Cozzens first offers to do a physical to determine what is causing the problem the owners have noticed. Then comes the hard part. If he determines the condition is terminal, Cozzens has to break the news. He can offer different options, but he’s always forthright with the clients.]]> <![CDATA[Meet the K-9s - ]]> Deputy Poumade’s 16-month-old canine partner, Ares, has only been on the job for about three weeks, so she’s very new to the police department. Poumade says she’s a good girl and the talented German Shepherd definitely has the right stuff for the job..]]> <![CDATA[David Montee Translates Shakespeare - ]]> Acting is challenging enough without Shakespeare in the picture. Shakespearean acting is considered some of the most challenging of the craft. From the mysteries of its language and phrasing to the complexity of character relationships and plot, more than a few talented thespians have thrown up their hands when confronted with The Bard.]]>