November 19, 2018

Kristi Kates | Author


Roy Aydelotte’s Loco Motives

Dec. 16, 2017

When deciding on a city to live in, most people have a checklist in mind of the things they’d like to have in their new hometown.
        
For Traverse City’s Roy Aydelotte, who grew up in the metro Detroit area, he wanted h... Read More >>

Every Day is Christmas for Sia

Dec. 16, 2017

Sia’s new seasonal album, Everyday is Christmas, is in outlets now, a collection of 10 original festival tunes that the singer-songwriter penned alongside producer Greg Kurstin, who happens to be Jewish and who mentioned in a recent intervi... Read More >>

Six Stellar Holiday Jaunts

Dec. 16, 2017

Don’t have time for a full Christmas vacation? Or simply want to stay closer to home this holiday season? Gift yourself a mini getaway that won’t max out your mileage or wreck your wallet.

Sit Down for a Sleigh Ride
When is it “lovely weath... Read More >>

Grace Vanderwaal – Just the Beginning – Syco Music

Dec. 9, 2017

She won America’s Got Talent, she’s not yet out of her teenage years, and she crafts unique, quirky folk-pop songs very different from anything else you’re probably listening to right now. Vanderwaal’s skills are evident on both ukulele and vocals, althoug... Read More >>

OK Go Gets Obsessed

Dec. 9, 2017

OK Go are known for their wildly imaginative videos, and their latest doesn’t disappoint. Set to the tune of “Obsession” from the band’s Hungry Ghosts album, the video, which took five days to film, utilizes over 500 computer printers to ... Read More >>

Lifting Large

Dec. 9, 2017

There’s weightlifting … and then there’s Olympic weightlifting.
        
And there are three women in Traverse City who can definitely tell you all about the difference between the two.
    &... Read More >>

21 Outdoor Adventures

Dec. 2, 2017

Want to have your best winter ever in northern Michigan’s great snowy outdoors? Here are 21 adventurous suggestions to keep you busy until spring.

1. RIVER DRIFTING
Big Bear Adventures, 4271 S. Straits Hwy., Indian River
... Read More >>

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – The Rest of Our Life – Sony Nashville

Dec. 2, 2017

Not that it’s anything new for McGraw and Hill to get personal in their tunes, but this album pretty much presents their entire relationship in music for everyone to hear. It’s their first fully realized duet album, although on some tracks, one or the other takes more of the l... Read More >>

Bistro FouFou’s Steak-Frites

Dec. 2, 2017

Picture a nattily dressed couple sitting in a fine European brasserie, enjoying a perfectly cooked steak with a side of … French fries.
        
Considered to be one of the favored dinner choices of the French and the Belgians (bo... Read More >>

No Woman Left Inside

Dec. 2, 2017

BOW, or Becoming an Outdoors Woman, is a three-day weekend program the Michigan Department of Natural Resources designed to get more women outside.
        
Michelle Zellar is the program coordinator for the BOW project, and she explaine... Read More >>

Hot Concerts for Cold Nights

Dec. 2, 2017

Sure, there’s something super special about listening to live music on the dunes and under the trees in the summertime. But when the winter winds blow, you’ve got to admit there’s something about crowding elbow to elbow as your favorite artist lights up the stage inside ... Read More >>

Mike and The Streets Hit the Road

Dec. 2, 2017

Electronica/rap artist Mike Skinner (pictured), and The Streets, who did a farewell tour for fans six years ago, are returning to the live stage with a big comeback tour that will be their first since their tour in support of The Streets’ fifth albu... Read More >>

Don’t Ski? Don’t Worry!

Dec. 2, 2017

With so much of northern Michigan’s winter culture revolving around skiing, it’s tough for those who never took to the sport. But that doesn’t mean you can’t join friends or family at the lodge! Cheer them on as they head to the ski lift, enjoy an on-site meal and ... Read More >>

International Good

Nov. 25, 2017

Northern Michigan’s charitable folk often extend their reach well beyond our own borders. Here’s how some of our local people are making a major difference in far-flung parts of the world.

Mancelona Vet Dale Ackler
Helping Animals in India... Read More >>

One Good Deed a Day for December

Nov. 25, 2017

Want to get in good with the man in red? (And help your community while you’re at it?) Here’s 25 ways you can make this holiday season a little better for someone in need.

Dec. 1. Make sure a foster child, homeless teen, or kid in a struggling family g... Read More >>

Pentatonix – A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe – RCA

Nov. 25, 2017

You can’t really go wrong with Pentatonix for vocal harmonies, and with nearly every Christmas carol featuring harmonies en masse, the pop ensemble is a great pick for a holiday album. On this set they spend half the tracks sticking to the classics: “Away in a Manger,” &... Read More >>

Rockin’ Eats at the Torch Lake Cafe

Nov. 25, 2017

The building that houses the Torch Lake Cafe has a long history. According to owner Leanna Collins, it was a church back in the 1800s. When she and her husband, Jim Hettinger, bought the building, they decided to restore it to its former glory.

“We put a porch on it and ... Read More >>

Gwen Stefani is Ready for Christmas

Nov. 25, 2017

 

 

No Doubt singer-turned-solo artist Gwen Stefani has just released her first holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, a set that includes a blend of covers of holiday standard tunes and original festive songs of Stefani’s... Read More >>

Kahvi’s Waffle Bar

Nov. 18, 2017

A couple of months ago, the team at Kahvi Cafe in Cadillac did a bit of scouting in a search for some new ideas to pep up their food menu.
        
“We were checking out restaurants from our area up to Traverse City, and down to Gr... Read More >>

Turnpike Troubadours – A Long Way from Your Heart – Bossier City

Nov. 18, 2017

With their highway-ready, picturesque name and Oklahoma roots, this Americana outfit (featuring singer Evan Felker) draws on personal experiences, sketched as rough as charcoal on fiberboard, to craft genuine, rootsy tunes that make the most of their guitar-based format. Whether it’... Read More >>