September 20, 2018

Kristi Kates | Author


Hatching Inspiration At Hill House

April 8, 2017

Breathing space from the obligations of daily life and literal space to create are two things that artists of all stripes often find in short supply. So when an organization like the Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology offers up something like the Hill House Artist Residency – an ... Read More >>

Get Prepared for Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion

April 8, 2017

From pink to puffs, paperbag waists to practicality, pendants to pockets, this upcoming season’s looks are an extravagant visual potpourri as we follow fashion’s usual cycles and transition (somewhat awkwardly) from one influential decade to the next. But never fear, fashionis... Read More >>

FourScore

April 1, 2017

Enya – The Celts – Reprise
It’s back, and on special edition vinyl this time, such good news for fans of the consummate new age performer. Classically-trained on piano, Enya’s instrumentals teamed with her distinctive vocal stylings are perfe... Read More >>

Raw Juice Company

April 1, 2017

Soon we’ll welcome warmer days, more outdoor activities, beaches opening for the season… and the annual panic about beachwear we might or might not fit into.

One simple way to get healthier is to join the raw juice craze. Among several regional options are those from ... Read More >>

Look Up For Michigan Astronomy Night

April 1, 2017

Organizers of Michigan State University’s Science Festival hope that thousands of Michiganders will aim their telescopes skyward on April 7 as part of Statewide Astronomy Night (SWAN).

Renee Leone, coordinator and co-founder of the MSU Science Festival, was inspired to ... Read More >>

Are Your Feet The Key To Health?

April 1, 2017

Do your feet hold the key to good health? Some think so, including Chinese dating back to 4,000 BC, William Fitzgerald, an ear/nose/throat specialist who pioneered reflexology in the U.S. in 1913…and Linda Franklin of Traverse City.

Franklin and others believe that through ... Read More >>

Nature-Inspired Jewelry Designs

April 1, 2017

Jewel “Juju” Samsey spends infinitely more time looking down than looking up. But there’s a good reason; she uses nature as her muse — and as supplier for rock and stone ingredients, which she crafts into unique, handmade jewelry for Jujus Nature, the business she ... Read More >>

Jack White's Quiet Songwriting Delight

April 1, 2017

Detroit-slash-Nashville rocker Jack White, who recently purchased a house in Kalamazoo as yet another retreat for himself and anyone he chooses to invite, is reportedly working on some new material for himself this time, as opposed to contributing to one of the many side projects he&rsquo... Read More >>

City Park Grill Celebrates Storied History With Events

April 1, 2017

If you were a very important person of the gentlemen set, The Sampling Room was the place to be in downtown Petoskey in the late 1800s. It resided in McCarthy Hall, a building that served “intoxicating beverages” and cigars to a steady stream of (only) male customers who enjoy... Read More >>

Sweets Made in Traverse City

March 25, 2017

“Everything’s better with chocolate.”
“There’s always room for sugar.”
“A balanced diet is a cupcake in each hand.”
“Life is short; eat dessert first.”

Quotes abo... Read More >>

7 Monks Friday Night Fish

March 25, 2017

The second of two 7 Monks Taproom locations resides in Boyne City (its brother locale is in Traverse City), and both restaurants share many of the same qualities in their microbrew and food offerings and welcoming, woodsy atmospheres.

But if it’s a Friday night fish fry... Read More >>

FourScore

March 25, 2017

Japandroids – Near to the Wild Heart of Life – Anti
It’s tough to decide if the uber–polished production on Japandroids’ latest is a good thing or an “eh” thing. On the one hand, the sharp “No Known Drink or Drug (Coul... Read More >>

Fresh Fish Served Up Fast!

March 25, 2017

The name Freshwater Grill says it all. If you’re into fresh local whitefish from our regional waters and/or delectable flat–top grilled burgers, this is one place you won’t want to miss.

Opportunity Knocks
Co–owners and longtime couple... Read More >>

Don Julin's A-Ha Moment at Mandolins Rule The World

March 25, 2017

With over 30 years of musical experience, Traverse City’s Don Julin is most definitely an integral part of the old guard of northern Michigan’s music scene. So when it came to kicking off a brand new project – well, for Julin, it really wasn’t all that new. It was ... Read More >>

Chicago Cranks Up Summer Festival Lineups

March 25, 2017

While it’s always exciting to look forward to, Lollapalooza isn’t the only game in town as far as big Chicago summer festivals go. Two more fests are returning for 2017, and both have already announced part of their lineup of performers. June 24–25 will bring you the Mam... Read More >>

Mackinaw Meltdown Aims to Heat Up Tourism

March 25, 2017

Brendon Koshoshek, director of sales and marketing for the Mackinaw City Chamber of Tourism, doesn’t have exact numbers, but he’s observant, he’s an advocate of the region, and he knows how to follow his gut regarding what the locals need. These are the tools he’s ... Read More >>

A 70s Start and a New Revival

March 25, 2017

He’s collaborated with a surprisingly diverse range of big–name classic rockers and worked with a short list of Michigan bands that are undoubtedly familiar to anyone who’s spent time Up North. He’s also an experienced singer–songwriter and guitar player in h... Read More >>

FourScore

March 18, 2017

Khalid – American Teen – RCA
The Texan singer arrived on the scene last year with his first track, “Location,” and immediately found himself the subject of a long list of accolades. Can he live up to it all? Looks like it so far. The classica... Read More >>

Kahvi Volcano Latte

March 18, 2017

So, tough guy, you think you’re a big deal ordering four shots of espresso in your coffee? That’s so passé. If you really want a coffee drink with a heck of a kick, try the Volcano Latte from Kahvi Coffee and Tea in Cadillac.

It might look like a typical sweet l... Read More >>

Fast Friends, Strong Sounds

March 18, 2017

Take three frontwomen from prominent Michigan bands who happen to be solo artists in their own right, put them together with instruments in hand, and what do you get? The Sweet Water Warblers, the impressively harmonizing trio of May Erlewine (Seth and May/The Moonlighters), Lindsay Lou (... Read More >>