November 18, 2018

Kristi Kates | Author


Great Lakes Buffalo Wing Potato Chips

May 20, 2017

Call it chip nirvana: Great Lakes Potato Co.’s Buffalo Wing Potato Chips — sliced thick with the skin left on, drenched in 100 percent non-GMO sunflower or canola oil, seasoned with Frank’s RedHot® Cayenne Pepper Sauce, and finished with sea salt — are a tangy-... Read More >>

FourScore

May 20, 2017

Ulrich Schnauss – No Further Ahead Than Today – Pias America
Schnauss’ first album since joining the band Tangerine Dream seems to have been affected by his work with the pioneering outfit, with more broad — dare we say, friendly &md... Read More >>

Memorial Weekend Makes Moves in Detroit

May 20, 2017

Every year on Memorial Day weekend, the list of possible holiday activities and concerts you can choose from is longer than one of Seth Troxler’s marathon DJ sets. But true electronic dance music fans know that the only place to go on this long weekend is Detroit’s Movement Fe... Read More >>

Detroit Band Adult. Welcome House Guests

May 20, 2017

Has it really been 20 years since Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller, the married Detroit electronic dance-punk duo known as Adult., started playing music together? It has, and in that time the pair have recorded six albums, 15 EPs, and founded their Ersatz Records label. Now they’v... Read More >>

A Really Big Show Arriving in Boyne City. Literally.

May 20, 2017

Ed Sullivan is perhaps most famously known in music circles for having introduced The Beatles to American television audiences in 1964 with the simple phrase “Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles!”
        
He also called Elvis... Read More >>

Preserving the Porch

May 20, 2017

The Grand Hotel’s porch, said to be the world’s largest, stretches 660 feet. Five U.S. presidents have taken a stroll on it. Hundreds of thousands of feet walk on it every summer. Its decorative flower boxes hold over 2,500 geraniums in seven tons of potting soil.
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Two Mackinac Island must-dos for June

May 20, 2017

TITANIC AT THE GRAND  
The Mackinac Straits might be a world away from the icy North Atlantic waters that swallowed up the famed “unsinkable” passenger liner RMS Titanic in 1912, but distance doesn’t make the Grand Hotel’s annual Titanic... Read More >>

Outstanding in Their Field

May 13, 2017

While many locals are impressed by entomologist, educator, and certified Master Gardener Duke Elsner, Elsner himself is perhaps less so. “If you take a look at my garden at home, you wouldn’t call me an expert,” he said with a laugh. Nevertheless, Elsner is heading up on... Read More >>

Herbal Lodge's Chaga Thunder

May 13, 2017

The lost tradition of Native American herbal remedies are being found again, thanks to Herbal Lodge, the brainchild of Nathan Wright and Monica Cady. The purveyor, which boasts a pair of headquarters — one in Hessel, the other in Petoskey — melds natural, organic, and wild-har... Read More >>

FourScore

May 13, 2017

 

Blondie – Pollinator - BMG
Sonically ageless and endlessly cool, ’70s/’80s outfit Blondie returns with a new album as if it never left its original era, yet somehow manages to infuse these tracks with a modern sound that locks right i... Read More >>

Mo Pop Means More Fun

May 13, 2017

Specialty music is the order of two big days and two big stages in downtown Detroit when the Mo Pop Festival returns for its third year. The fest will take place July 29–30 in West Riverfront Park, with the music staggered between the two stages so you don’t have to miss a sin... Read More >>

Swing Into Spring!

May 13, 2017

Much like the buds on the trees, as spring moves forward here in northern Michigan, our local orchestras and ensembles emerge from their winter hibernation to begin their busy spring and summer performance seasons. Here are several upcoming orchestral concerts for you to enjoy.

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Spotlight on Nature

May 13, 2017

The Gaylord Elks Club might be the only Elks Club in America that has real elk roaming in its backyard. The Gaylord City Elk Park, a site spanning 108 acres, abuts the club (although they’re not affiliated) and serves as home to a herd of free-ranging elk — technically called ... Read More >>

Cafe Blue Heron’s Warm Vegetable Salad

May 6, 2017

Summer can arrive a little slowly to northern Michigan. Sometimes, without those warmer temperatures encouraging you along, you’re just not ready for salad season yet.

The Blue Heron Cafe and Bakery in Cadillac has a flavorful alternative to get you through lunchtime dur... Read More >>

FourScore

May 6, 2017

The Killers – Hot Fuss Limited Edition – Island
The Killers’ landmark debut album was released on a new vinyl version just in time for Record Store Day this year, which is as good a reason as any to revisit the set that still holds up as the band&r... Read More >>

BBQ, Blues, Bluegrass, and Baggage

May 6, 2017

Summer is set to kick off with a little extra (spicy) heat at this year’s BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass festival in St. Joseph, Mich., where the headliners will include Michigan’s own Slim Gypsy Baggage plus Jonny Lang, The Steeldrivers, Marcus King and The L’il Smokies. Fans... Read More >>

There's Something More At TEDx Traverse City

May 6, 2017

Period, period, period.

Dot, dot, dot.

However you phrase it, the three–point ellipsis has long been used in writing to indicate a pause before something else happens or to convey a thought left hanging. In the computer age, it also serves as an indicator that th... Read More >>

Gaylord Museum Celebrates 25 Years

May 6, 2017

A restaurant hangout spot that rivaled Al’s Diner on "Happy Days."

A wall-sized advertisement for a product claiming to mysteriously heal a wide range of ailments.
A showcase dedicated to the mathematician considered to be “The Father of Information Theory.&r... Read More >>

Hunting For Treasure At The Morel Festival

May 6, 2017

Black gold has already started growing in the forests of northern Michigan in the form of wrinkly, distinctive, flavorful morel mushrooms that are available for a limited time only each year. They arrive just in time to be celebrated at the National Morel Mushroom Festival in Boyne City, ... Read More >>

Bringing the Low Country Up North at East Jordan’s Blue Smoke

May 6, 2017

If you spend any time in the Carolinas, you’re likely to come away with a renewed appreciation for barbecued food of several different varieties. In Adam Kline’s case, he also wanted to bring that style of cuisine Up North, where he lives. He opened Blue Smoke in East Jordan a... Read More >>