September 19, 2018

Kristi Kates | Author


Back to the Golden Age of Gaming At Traverse City’s Coin Slot

July 29, 2017

You can’t have just one, according to Traverse City’s Scott Pierson. Nope, not potato chips — upright video arcade games, the large-scale console machines ubiquitous to ’80s-era pizza joints and ice cream parlors. But lucky you, gaming fan — you’re the ... Read More >>

3 Family Friendly Festivals Up North

July 29, 2017

Round ’em up and move ’em out! We’re more than halfway through summer, so you’d best saddle up and get to as many festivals as you can before summer’s over. Here’s a quick guide to a trio of fests coming up over the next couple of weeks.

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Fall Out Boy Champions Its Own New Album

July 29, 2017

Fall Out Boy has returned with a brand new track, “Champion,” that’s half arena rocker, half motivational chant with its refrain, “I can do anything.”  The tune is baffling fans to some degree as it’s very different stylistically t... Read More >>

Lake Leelanau's RedTop Pasteria Mixes and Matches Savory Favorites

July 29, 2017

Detroit-style pizza and Finnish pasties. In the classic words of Sesame Street, “One of these things is not like the other.” But Lake Leelanau’s RedTop Pasteria most definitely makes this Motor City-Finn merge work.

Owners Jill DeLeary and her husband, K... Read More >>

A Michigan Film Tour

July 22, 2017

Some are obvious, some less so. Some are easy to access — some take a little adventuring. But what they all have in common is that they’ve got a direct line to Hollywood, having served as settings for various films shot in our Great Lakes state. Here’s how you can visit ... Read More >>

Bottoms Up: Cultured Ferments' Kombucha Tea

July 22, 2017

Founded in 2016 by Traverse City’s Courtney Lorenz, a former culinary student at Northwestern Michigan College, Cultured Ferments is bringing a homebrew-inspired version of Kombucha — a slightly fizzy, fermented sweet tea — to the masses.
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The Secret Hideaway of the Traverse City Film Festival

July 22, 2017

The individuals enter quietly, one by one, into the dark underground lair, each carrying charts and pens, provisions, and communication devices. They have a solid week stretching before them, with many challenges ahead, but their mission is clear.

Nope, this isn’t the l... Read More >>

Downstate Destination: Detroit Maker Faire

July 22, 2017

If you’re intrigued by innovative inventions and cool, crafty creators, then the 2017 Detroit Maker Faire — essentially a science fair on some major steroids — is a downstate destination you should put on your summer to-do list.

Taking place inside and on the gro... Read More >>

Chatting with Comedian-turned-filmmaker Noël Wells

July 22, 2017

Big-city executives aim at a windowed corner office and a company car, chefs aspire to open their own restaurants, and doctors dream of headlining their own medical practice, but most comedic actors … ? They typically view Saturday Night Live as a career pinnacle. Texas na... Read More >>

Michigan Rattlers Shake Up the West

July 22, 2017

Michigan Rattlers’ Graham Young and Adam Reed — a mustache-sporting duo from Petoskey — offer up honest Midwestern faces seasoned with a little California beach time. But it’s their unusual band configuration — guitar and standup bass, with vocals on top &mda... Read More >>

Estupendo! Shakira Returns

July 22, 2017

Colombian singer turned international superstar turned The Voice coach Shakira is back with a brand new album, El Dorado, her first since 2014. The album has already spawned its first single, “Nada,” plus a duet with reggaeton singer ... Read More >>

Michael Giacchino – Spider-Man: Homecoming Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Sony

July 22, 2017

Michael Giacchino – Spider-Man: Homecoming Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Sony
Starting with the Spider-man theme from the original TV series was definitely a good choice, with Giacchino amping up the vintage melody with a more modern sound... Read More >>

Summer Destinations: Magnificent Manitoulin

July 15, 2017

45.7026° N, 82.0372° W: Those are the GPS coordinates for the world’s largest freshwater island, Manitoulin — which just happens to be northern Michigan’s Canadaian neighbor. About five hours drive from Mackinaw City (through Sault Ste. Marie and east to... Read More >>

Tastemaker: Mustang Wendy’s Crispy Chicken Sushi Bowl

July 15, 2017

Chef Wendy Wagner, owner of Mustang Wendy’s in Harbor Springs, recently got the idea of introducing sushi to her restaurant’s menu but had a tough time figuring out how to properly execute the dish without having an experienced sushi chef on her team.
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Lorde – Melodrama – Republic Records

July 15, 2017

Lorde – Melodrama – Republic Records
Four years after Lorde’s first smash hit album arrives her second, a carefully constructed affair that continues to showcase her quirky (and quite good) vocal performances as well as her emotional songw... Read More >>

JAY-Z, Now With More Capitals

July 15, 2017

Jay Z — excuse us; make that JAY-Z — is now styling his name in all capital letters, according to the press release announcing his new album, 4:44. For those following along, this is a change from Jay’s — er, JAY’S — former spe... Read More >>

Mackinaw Area Historical Festival Makes Time Travel Possible

July 15, 2017

Ever feel like you were born in the wrong era? The Mackinaw Area Historical Society and the Village of Mackinaw City are partnering to take you back in time for a single weekend in August. A throwback to the region’s golden age, the Mackinaw Area Historical Festival aims to recreate... Read More >>

Leonard Maltin: The Man Who Knows Movies

July 15, 2017

If you love movies, and we mean really love movies, chances are you’ve owned a copy of "Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide" at some point. 

The thick compendiums of movie reviews and synopses by Maltin, one of the best-known American film critics and historians, have be... Read More >>

Must-Hear Music of the 2017 Traverse City Film Festival

July 15, 2017

Every good film has a great soundtrack. And the Traverse City Film Festival, a day-to-night weeklong play of more than 100 movies, offers up a live soundtrack before each screening that’s nothing short of stupendous. Folk, funk, fusion, rock, pop, country, and classical — hear... Read More >>

Lauren Duski’s journey to The Voice

July 11, 2017

James McNeice, Ryan Whyte Maloney, Laith Al-Saadi (technically from Detroit, but an adopted Traverse City favorite), and Joshua Davis. What is it about northern Michigan that’s sending out a steady stream of singers good enough to make it onto the NBC singing competition show Th... Read More >>