February 22, 2019

Kristi Kates | Author


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 >>

Tropical Wines at The Rusty Pelican

July 8, 2017

Traditionally, our fave way to savor summer is with northern Michigan-made wine. But if you’re looking to sip something a little more southern, you’ll find that, too, at Gaylord’s Rusty Pelican Wine Shop.

Owners Mike and Cassie Meredith — both Michigan nati... Read More >>

Various Artists – 2017 Tony Award Season – Broadway Records

July 8, 2017

Various Artists – 2017 Tony Award Season – Broadway Records
If you can’t get to Broadway, this album — at least for your ears — is the next best thing. Broadway Records has entered into an official collaboration with the Tony Awards, so... Read More >>

Don’t Miss the Music of Alpenfest

July 8, 2017

If you’re a fan of free, live music, the Pontresina Entertainment Tent at Gaylord’s Alpenfest (July 11–15) is the place to be. “We’ve got more entertainment than we’ve ever had before this year,” said Paul Beachnau, the executive director for the ... Read More >>

Gaylord’s Grocery Store Glockenspiel

July 8, 2017

A quarter century old, nearly two dozen bells strong, and a favorite stop for many people coming up north for Gaylord’s Alpenfest each year, the Gaylord glockenspiel makes tradition a timely pursuit.

Glockenspiel is the German name for what’s technically a carillion, a... Read More >>

Death Cab’s Depper Gets Emotional

July 8, 2017

Death Cab for Cutie bandmate Dave Depper, who’s also been collaborating with the bands Fruit Bats and Menomena, is finally releasing his own debut solo album, Emotional Freedom Technique, complete with nine tracks of synthy pop that embrace the infl... Read More >>

Sensory Successes at Gaylord's Liberty Valley Ranch

July 8, 2017

According to Gaylord’s Jane Rau, passion for horses runs in the blood. Rau and her family — husband, Robert, and their four kids — moved to Michigan from Madison, Wisconsin in 2000. Since Rau had grown up with horses, they family planned to get a couple after establishin... Read More >>

Top Ten Reasons to Alpenfest

July 8, 2017

Wilkommen one and all to the 2017 Gaylord Alpenfest (July 11–15), the trademark summer celebration of the Up North destination that claims the title of Michigan’s Alpine Village. Chock full of food, music, and activities for people of all ages, the city’s nummer eins (ak... Read More >>

Charlevoix’s Vibrant Venetian Fest Returns

July 8, 2017

The third week in July is Charlevoix’s big summer moment in the spotlight. It’s Venetian Festival time, when the waters are lined with boats, the streets are lined with happy shoppers, and, as the local saying goes, there’s only one thing missing: an admission fee. Gener... Read More >>