January 27, 2020

Kristi Kates | Author

Four Mini Road Trips

March 17, 2018

Longing to get the heck out of Dodge, but don’t feel like venturing too far away? Check out these easy-to-get-to destinations. Each are a sweet six-hour drive — or less — from northern Michigan but promise plenty of spring break fun for you and your family.


Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy Coming to Michigan

March 17, 2018

In a major musical coup, northern Michigan’s inaugural Camp Greensky Music Festival, helmed by the members of local favorite band Greensky Bluegrass, have snagged Jeff Tweedy, frontman of Wilco, for their very first two-stage festiv... Read More >>

You Gotta Have Art (And Time and Support)

March 17, 2018

Who isn’t inspired by a little time Up North? For decades, artists have been flocking to northern Michigan to lose themselves in its sublime beauty, slower pace, and appreciative audiences. As evident by the ever-increasing numbers of galleries, art walks, installations, and cultura... Read More >>

Helping Haiti

March 12, 2018

The list of what’s wrong in Haiti is a lengthy and discouraging one. It’s been eight years since Haiti was hit with a major earthquake. And over one year since Hurricane Matthew took hundreds of lives and devastated much of the country, especially the southern portion.
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Mars Bringing His Magic Back to Detroit

March 10, 2018

Bruno Mars (pictured) has just added yet another leg to his already-huge 24K Magic world tour; the new dates will start with a two-night run in Denver, Colorado, Sept. 7 and 8, with much of the newly confirmed schedule including two-night stands in m... Read More >>

Sayonara, Slopes!

March 10, 2018

Don’t put away that gear just yet! While signs of spring (although faint) are juuuust starting to peek around the corner here in northern Michigan, there’s still some skiing left to enjoy at our local resorts. Take those skis in for one last waxing, and hit the hill for these ... Read More >>

Beyond Green Beer

March 10, 2018

Looking for some St. Patrick’s Day activities that don’t necessarily involve green beer? Here’s what’s happening around the North.

(Note: All events take place Saturday, March 17, unless otherwise noted.)

ST. PATRICK’S DAY...

The Breeders – All Nerve – 4AD

March 10, 2018

The Breeders might have reunited back in 2013, but did we get any new music from the band then? Nope. That’s why this new collection of tracks — the first in 10 years — is such a boon for Breeders fans now. The band taps back into its vintage ’90s sound, including ... Read More >>

A New Life Abroad

March 3, 2018


Have you ever dreamed of walking away from it all? Completely uprooting your current life to try a new lifestyle in a foreign land? Don’t let your dreams wither on the vine — be like these three northern Michiganians who hit their 50s and decided to shake off th... Read More >>

Superchunk – What a Time to Be Alive – Merge

March 3, 2018

Quietly strolling out of its four-year hiatus is Superchunk, which seems to have returned to musically comment on the current state of the U.S. and its political climate. This is definitely an urgent, opinionated set of tunes, if a challenging one to listen to, from the direct reprimands ... Read More >>

Paul Simon is So Over It

March 3, 2018

Singer-songwriter Paul Simon has announced that he’s done performing live concerts — except for the occasional charity or honorary event — and will be staging a farewell concert for his fans on July 15 in London’s Hyde Park. Simon will be joined by... Read More >>

Local Libraries' Innovate Programming for Seniors

March 3, 2018

Libraries have come a long way, Baby. Long known as vast repositories of books, audio files, movies, and research/history archives, libraries today are luring card-carrying members of all ages with even more programming: how-to classes, lectures, social events, film screenings, video game... Read More >>

Bear Creek Organic Farm’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Honey

Feb. 24, 2018

Whether you enjoy honey on biscuits, in your tea, or drizzled over fruit, this very unusual take on the sweet stuff is made right here in northern Michigan — with a bit of southwestern spirit.

Bear Creek Organic Farm might hail from the rural hills of Petoskey, but for t... Read More >>

Mundos’ Affogato

Feb. 24, 2018

The crew at Mundos — Dan, Sarah, Jack, and John — do more than just brew regular coffee. They focus on specialty coffee, aka any coffee that scores above 80 points on the 100 point scale of certified coffee tasters that are licensed Q coffee graders. Mundos only purchases and ... Read More >>

Eight Great Dates

Feb. 24, 2018

Thanks to the recent warmup, springtime — and its usual counterpart, love — is in the air. Like all species coming out of hibernation, you might be in the mood for a little romance. But what to do to help love bloom at this melty, slushy, weird in-between time of year? Here&rs... Read More >>

Bardo Pond – Volume 8 - Fire America

Feb. 24, 2018

Philadelphia’s drone-jammers take another one of their Pink Floydian treks through sound on their latest set, 40 minutes of soundscapes that morph from track to track with nary a change in audio atmosphere. Was it the band’s intention to craft what’s essentially one long... Read More >>

Pangea's: Movin’ On Up

Feb. 24, 2018

Take a good look around the narrow, cozy, eclectically adorned interior of Pangea’s Pizza Pub in Traverse City next time you stop in for one of their award-winning artisan pizzas. Because by this summer, you might not recognize it.

A major renovation, expansion and branding ...

Chris Lemanski's 6,000-mile Stroll

Feb. 24, 2018

To experience a different kind of life.
That’s the reason Chris Lemanski moved to South America after growing up in Santa Rosa, California; he wanted to try something new. So he found a translation company to work... Read More >>

Smashing Pumpkins Make a Bright Return

Feb. 24, 2018

For months, there’s been rapid-fire talk of the the “will they or won’t they” variety in reference to the Smashing Pumpkins. The verdict is finally in, and the answer is yes: The Pumpkins are reuniting, with most of their original lineup, and hitti... Read More >>

Three Wow-worthy Vocal Shows in March

Feb. 24, 2018

A dose of terrific live music is a certain antidote to these long, dark northern Michigan winter days. Check out these three subtly spectacular shows coming up in Petoskey and Traverse City:

Six Appeal
March 10
They’ve sworn off...