February 22, 2019

Kristi Kates | Author

Drive to succeed: Making auto techs at NMC

Jan. 14, 2017

Cars just aren’t what they used to be.

And that’s great news for students of Northwestern Michigan College’s automotive service technology program.

Instructor and program coordinator Wayne Moody has been working with NMC since 2001, when he was invited to... Read More >>


Jan. 7, 2017

Various artists — “Moana” soundtrack — Walt Disney

As if Lin-Manuel Miranda hasn’t had a big enough year with the raging success of his Broadway musical “Hamilton,” now he’s penned a set of ridiculously catchy tunes ... Read More >>

Bottoms Up: Tandem Cider’s switchel

Jan. 7, 2017

While switchel is now being called a “hipster’s drink,” the original beverage — made of water mixed with vinegar and seasoned with ginger and sweetener — actually has roots far deeper than your local barista’s beard.

Although it may have origina...

Southbound for spring break? Check out Okeechobee

Jan. 7, 2017

Michiganian music fans who are Florida-bound this spring break will be happy to find out that the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival in Okeechobee is returning for another year, with a super-hot roster on the way for the weekend of March 2-5. Returning to the fest is the ... Read More >>

Wacky races the norm at winter festivals

Jan. 7, 2017

Indian River Winterfest, Jan. 13-15

Whether you arrive by foot, car, cross-country skis or snowmobile (the venue is easily accessible by both roads and trails), you’ll want to be in Marina Park for Indian River’s annual Winterfest.

You might al...

Michigan music fans to pick Winter Wheat

Jan. 7, 2017

As summer slowly shifts into fall each year, the Wheatland Music Festival, like so many other music and arts festivals in Michigan, opens its gates to welcome fans of a wide range of music genres, from folk and bluegrass to rock, Celtic and country, for concerts, dances, jam sessions and ... Read More >>

The persistence of Chris Buhalis

Jan. 7, 2017

Michigan musicians are nothing if not tough. While adversity can strike anywhere, somehow it can seem a little more severe when you’re trying to write songs throughout winters that can last in excess of six months, or keep up with a day job that’s focused on labor that’s... Read More >>

On the road again with Jay and Molly

Jan. 7, 2017

Folk music act Jay and Molly know how to make good use of their mobile phone. The couple are always focused on something musical, whether it’s working at their Ashokan Center for music and dance education, or, as is the case most weekends, heading out to play live shows — and ... Read More >>

2016: The year in music

Dec. 31, 2016

The year 2016 was filled with expansive highs and lows: great albums and singles, expressive concert tours, musical achievements from both vintage performers and newcomers — and losses that we’re still trying to comprehend. Here’s a look at the past 12 months of music:Read More >>

Tastemaker: Lake Street Market’s mushroom soup

Dec. 31, 2016

Canned soup, beware. Lake Street Market has taken something as deceptively simple as mushroom soup and elevated it to something remarkable.

This roux-based soup starts with the most important ingredient: the mushrooms, both fresh and dried.

“The primary mushrooms are...


Dec. 31, 2016

The Wild Feathers — “Live at The Ryman” — Warner Bros.

The Wild Feathers’ first live album was recorded at the famed Ryman Auditorium, the original permanent home of the Grand Ole Opry and a venue that’s soaked in a deep musical... Read More >>

Clarinetist Dave Bennett carries on a legacy of swing

Dec. 31, 2016

The parallels between clarinetists Benny Goodman and Dave Bennett are many.

Both hail from the Midwest — Goodman from Chicago, and Bennett from Detroit. Both started playing music around the age of 10. By the age of 14, Goodman had joined a musicians union and was in a band ... Read More >>

Madonna does ‘Carpool Karaoke’ with Corden

Dec. 31, 2016

Don’t mess with Detroiters, even when they’re no longer living in the Motor City. Madonna was the latest guest on James Corden’s uber-popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment (on CBS’ “The Late Late Show”), and not only did she and... Read More >>

Rock the high seas on a winter music cruise

Dec. 31, 2016

While some dream of a white Christmas (and we’ve got plenty of that already), others are dreaming of tropical temperatures, warm oceans and late-night dance extravaganzas. If your holiday wish is the latter, start packing now for these 2017 winter cruises, which are an easy add-on t... Read More >>

Blissfest’s off-season more about giving back

Dec. 31, 2016

As part of its mission as a nonprofit to provide cultural enrichment for the community, the Blissfest organization — best known for staging the massive Blissfest Folk and Roots Music Festival in Bliss every summer — continues its work in the off-season to keep adding layers to... Read More >>

Amical’s cookbook series going strong after 20 years

Dec. 31, 2016

Back in the late ’90s, downtown Traverse City’s Amical had been open for a couple of years when owner/operator Dave Denison decided the restaurant should do something different in the evenings to drum up business during the slower times of the year.

“I’d wo...


Dec. 17, 2016

Pentatonix — “A Pentatonix Christmas” — RCA

Pentatonix's brand of a cappella pop is not just distinctive, but also remarkably successful, having sent the quintet from “The Sing-Off” and YouTube to the big time. The group’s... Read More >>

Bottoms Up: Grinch hot cocoa

Dec. 17, 2016

This week’s Bottoms Up is a little different in that it’s one you can actually make yourself, thanks to the direction of the festive folks at Grandpa Shorter’s in Petoskey.

Holiday favorite The Grinch is the Dr. Seuss character who’s opposed to all things C... Read More >>

Detroit’s Motown Museum expands

Dec. 17, 2016

The Motown Museum is an icon of Detroit’s music scene and a major tourist attraction, with its “Hitsville U.S.A.” facade and memorabilia from the golden age of the Motor City’s record industry. And now it’s about to get even groovier with a $... Read More >>

5 New Year’s celebrations Up North

Dec. 17, 2016

Indoors or outdoors, rustic or elegant, northern Michigan has plenty of options for your New Year’s Eve celebration. Here are highlights of the five biggest parties happening around the region to welcome in 2017.

1. Aerie New Year’s Eve Dance Party, Acme