February 22, 2019

Kristi Kates | Author


Espresso Bay’s Golden Espresso

Oct. 28, 2017

Dan Guy has a small problem. So much so, that he was actually roasting beans during this interview.
        
“I have a coffee obsession,” the Espresso Bay owner said with a chuckle.
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Automatically a R.E.M. Special for the People

Oct. 28, 2017

R.E.M. will release a 25th anniversary edition of its smash 1992 album Automatic for the People next month, with four discs included in all. The special edition, in addition to the main multi-platinum album itself, will feature a Blu-ray with two different mixes ... Read More >>

Michigan Native Jeff Daniels to play City Opera House with son Ben Daniels

Oct. 28, 2017

Actor, musician, storyteller, voice-over artist, playwright, theater founder, Broadway performer, Emmy Award winner.
        
Shall we go on? Jeff Daniels is a man of many hats, not the least of which is his musicianship. We chatted wit... Read More >>

The Most Important Meal of the Day, Reinvented: Traverse City's Sugar 2 Salt

Oct. 28, 2017

 

Sugar 2 Salt co-owner Stephanie Wiitala knows the value of teamwork. Not only between her and her partner and co-chef/co-owner Jonathan Dayton but also with the entire crew at her and Dayton’s new breakfast and brunch spot at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons in T... Read More >>

Behind the Scenes of a Nightmare

Oct. 21, 2017

Monsters lunge out of the corners, dead-eyed faces stare out from the darkened walls, undead pirates brandish their cutlasses … and thrilled guests make their way screaming and laughing through it all.
        
This is the Nightm... Read More >>

Vincent October – Monster A Go-Go: Transylvania Mania – Goblinhaus Records

Oct. 21, 2017

Who knew there was actually a music genre called ghoul-rock? Halloween aficionados, that’s who. Vincent October — a hybrid of Vincent Price and garage-punkers The Misfits — helms this creepy collection of cacophony, from the spine-chilling complex instrumentals “Ha... Read More >>

Tastemaker: Candy Corn

Oct. 21, 2017

Care for a small Snickers in your trick or treat bag? How about a miniature Mounds bar? A tiny Twix?       
      
If you’re a Michiganian, chances are you’d set all of these aside for a bag of our state&... Read More >>

Lana Del Rey Leaves L.A. for the Road

Oct. 21, 2017

Lana Del Rey is making the rounds to continue support for her newest album, Lust for Life, and she’ll be embarking on a 24-date tour beginning in January of next year to pump up the volume on the set. The trek will kick off on Jan. 5 at the Target Center in... Read More >>

What to Wear, Who to Be

Oct. 21, 2017

There’s only about a week to go until Halloween. Have you picked out your costume yet? Or are you going to wait until the last minute, wear your everyday clothes, and say you’re an undercover cop? Clever, slightly. But fun? No way. Lucky for you, there’s a slew of costum... Read More >>

The Retro-now Sound of Postmodern Jukebox Coming to Traverse City

Oct. 21, 2017

Trends are said to always happen in cycles, with everything old becoming new again. Few manage to capitalize on that phenomenon better than the music collective Postmodern Jukebox — aka PMJ — an ever-rotating group of performers that recasts hit songs of recent decades as thro... Read More >>

An Egyptian-inspired Adventure in Harbor Springs

Oct. 14, 2017

Every October, the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, just north of Harbor Springs, hosts the Headlands Challenge, a one-mile walk by candlelight through the dark woods. The destination: The park’s event center, where program director and star lore historian, Mary Stewart Adams,... Read More >>

Beck – Colors – Capitol

Oct. 14, 2017

He’s been working on this album since 2013, and the wait was well worth it. The latest from Beck still offers complexity, but it’s sharper, more to-the-point ’60s-inspired pop-rock that’s equal parts psychedelia and Greenwich Village folk. “Dear Life” f... Read More >>

Shut Up, Dance, and Walk the Moon

Oct. 14, 2017

You’ll probably best recognize ’80s-inspired Cincinnati synth band Walk the Moon from its massive hit “Shut Up and Dance,” but that isn’t the only move this quartet has. It’s returning with a brand new album, What If Nothing, o... Read More >>

Traverse City’s M.O. Hair and Beauty Lounge is a Hair Ahead

Oct. 14, 2017

 

According to Green Circle Salons, a recycling and sustainability program for the beauty industry, North American hair salons reportedly toss out 63,180 pounds of hair clippings, 42,122 pounds of hair color, 109,512 pounds of foil and hair-color tubes and 206,392 pounds of w... Read More >>

Beyond the Haunted House

Oct. 14, 2017

Want to experience something a little different than your typical haunted house this Halloween? Spook your spirit with these six unsettling and unusual Halloween events that will chill your bones and send you running in the opposite direction (after you’re done having fun, of course... Read More >>

Ambition on the Airwaves: Radio Man Ron Jolly

Oct. 7, 2017

In 1983, an ambitious young man named Ron Jolly walked in the doors of the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts in Southfield, Mich. That same man has been the 7am-10am host at WTCM in Traverse City for the past 22 years, with just one short break in the middle. He’s also the subje... Read More >>

Mackinaw City Popcorn Factory

Oct. 7, 2017

Popcorn. 

What do you think when you read that word? A few things that spring to mind might be crunchy, salty, and most likely movies. Or maybe those giant tins of caramel corn that you get from relatives during the holidays. But you’ve probably never had popcorn lik... Read More >>

Cars, Stars, and History at Sloan*Longway

Oct. 7, 2017

Can’t decide between a museum, a planetarium, or learning more about Michigan’s automobile industry? No worries – you can enjoy all three at the triple-threat downstate destination that is Sloan*Longway in Flint by Kristi Kates

When the Sloan Museum, Longway Plan... Read More >>

Traverse City's Harvest Restaurant

Sept. 30, 2017

 

When Harvest debuted in June 2014 in in the alley between Front and State Streets in Traverse City, the only visible sign of its existence to passersby on nearby Union Street — if they happened to look east — was a large sign hanging off the façade of a m... Read More >>

Chris Janson – Everybody – Warner Nashville

Sept. 30, 2017

If you’ve heard Janson’s debut album, a good ol’ boy trek through a long list of country-music-subject standbys, then you’ll equally like this set, which includes even more bar-hopping, farming, and blue-collar anthems (Janson’s tunes are often called “... Read More >>