February 22, 2019

Kristi Kates | Author


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 >>

Get in the Spirit: Holiday Events Around the North

Nov. 18, 2017

BELLAIRE
Bellaire’s 8th Annual Light Up the Night community holiday part is happening on Dec. 2 this year, with a full day of family friendly events including the popular Parade of Lights, tree lighting with caroling, and the competitive soup cook-off, where f... Read More >>

5 Gifts for Adventurers

Nov. 18, 2017

The River’s Loop Trips
Gift a novice adventurer a summer excursion that goes by both tires and water. The River in Traverse City offer three loops that include the TART trail and the beautiful Boardman river: The YMCA trip features a 1-hour bike ride and 3-hou... Read More >>

5 Gifts for Fashionistas

Nov. 18, 2017

A.J. Morgan Sunglasses
Stylish northern ladies know that sunnies are just as de rigueur in the winter as they are in the summer — not only for the fashion effect but also to deflect those harsh winter rays from the giant northern Michigan snowbanks. And A.J. Mo... Read More >>

5 Gifts for Techies

Nov. 18, 2017

Amazon Echo Show
If you’ve already picked up an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot — the Wi-Fi-connected media devices that can do everything from play music to report the weather, search any question, or even tell you a joke — then you know how fun they are ... Read More >>

5 Gifts for Foodies

Nov. 18, 2017

Inspired by Nature Lids
Plastic wrap is a pain. And so is spending ten minutes riffling through a drawer of Tupperware lids in search of one that fits. Enter Charles Viancin’s Inspired by Nature silicone lids. Stylish, re-usuable, and able to seal tightly on an... Read More >>

5 Gifts for Kids

Nov. 18, 2017

Ticket to Ride: Rails and Sails
The Ticket to Ride series of tabletop games are fantastic diversions for two reasons: One, they’re immersive and educational. Two, they’re just plain fun, with as many adults playing the games as kids, collecting train and... Read More >>

Adam and Maroon 5 Get the Blues

Nov. 18, 2017

Adam Levine and his Maroon 5 bandmates have a brand new full-length album, Red Pill Blues, heading your way this week. They’ve also announced dates for a massive 2018 tour that will keep the band busy for the latter half of the spring, and then all of next fall, inc... Read More >>

The Storytellers

Nov. 11, 2017

Long before there were books, plays, television, or movies, there was storytelling — stories shared while traveling, tales told around campfires, legends and myths passed from generation to generation.
        
Though the electroni... Read More >>

Niall Horan – Flicker – Capitol

Nov. 11, 2017

Anyone who’s heard Horan’s acoustic cover of Julia Michaels’ “Issues” knows that he’s more than just an ex-boy bander. From One Direction to his solo career, his distinctively understated voice is best heard on more pensive numbers like the bittersweet ... Read More >>

Timberlake is Ready for Some Football

Nov. 11, 2017

Justin Timberlake will again headline the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show. Fans found out during a hilarious video featuring JT and his pal Jimmy Fallon; JT tweeted the video to his nearly 63 million followers last Sunday. Super Bowl LII, which will air on ... Read More >>

A Home for the Brave

Nov. 4, 2017

“Brave hearts” is an apt term for those who have served in the military. Well trained and strong of body and mind when they embark on their military journeys, many servicemen and women return physically injured and emotionally and mentally struggling.
   &... Read More >>

Reviving History

Nov. 4, 2017

The American Civil War lasted from 1861 to 1865. A year after its end, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) formed to helped link and advocate for veterans of the Union army, marines, navy, and cutter service (which would become the U.S. Coast Guard). The GAR dissolved in 1956, ... Read More >>

The Barr Brothers – Queens of the Breakers – Secret City

Nov. 4, 2017

The Barrs dig into a deep well of the folk-rock that originates across their Canadian homeland. This third collection from the trio (brothers Brad and Andrew Barr on guitar and drums, plus harpist Sarah Page) even takes tentative toe dips outside of the ban's usual genre, adding an appeal... Read More >>

Modern Masters of Ye Olde Arts

Oct. 28, 2017

It’s a given that work, like life, was far more difficult in the past than it is today. With a long list of modern equipment and refined tools to help us complete tasks and create products, it’s a wonder that some of our age-old arts have survived. Here in northern Michigan, h... Read More >>

Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life – Atlantic

Oct. 28, 2017

Clarkson is already on her eighth album, an impressive accomplishment considering she only won American Idol in 2002. Her latest effort gathers together an equally notable team of industry songwriters and producers, including Grammy fave Greg Kurstin, to generate another soul-pop... Read More >>