October 20, 2019

Kristi Kates | Author


The Magpie Salute – The Magpie Salute – Eagle Rock

July 29, 2017

Just formed at the end of last year, The Magpie Salute is a spinoff of The Black Crowes, consisting of former The Black Crowes members Rich Robinson, Sven Pipien, and Marc Ford (The Crowes broke up in 2015.) The Salute’s sound is very reminiscent of the Crowes, most obviously so on ... Read More >>

Nearshore Buoys, Workhorses of the Great Lakes

July 29, 2017

 

Kristin Schrader, the communications manager for the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS), bubbles over with enthusiasm for buoys. She’s even got a buoy license plate and buoy stickers on her car. Yes, buoys — those ubiquitous floating water markers (usually used... 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 >>

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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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 >>

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 >>

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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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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>