February 8, 2023


The Lost Art of Valentines: Three spots to find (or make) the perfect card

"It's about telling someone how much you love them."
By Alexandra Dailey | Feb. 4, 2023

Remember the days of giving valentines in elementary school? Of perfecting each card and sentiment and placing each sparkly sticker? (Or writing the names of your kid’s classmates for them because valentines were the last thing on their mind?) The older we get, the more the Valentine’s Day card becomes a lost art. When was the last time you busted out your lace-edge scissors and the glitter glue? Or the last time ... Read More >>

3 Ways to Celebrate Galentine’s Day

Get the girls together...we’re going out!
By Sarahbeth Ramsey | Feb. 4, 2023

Ah, Galentine’s Day. The time of year when we make plans with our gal pals for relaxation, entertainment, and the swapping of stories. The holiday was coined by the indomitable Leslie Knope, Amy Poehler’s character on Parks and Recreation, as a way to celebrate female friendships. Observed on Feb. 13—or any time in the days pre- and post-Valentine’s Day—Galentine’s Day can be as meaningful as the day that follows, so here are ... Read More >>

The Well-Groomed Gentleman

The modern man of 2023 is putting some work—and time, and money—into his look
By Craig Manning | Feb. 4, 2023

The stereotype used to be that men could roll out of bed and be ready to head out the door in five minutes flat. But according to a new survey, the times they are a-changin’. And by “the times,” we mean the number of minutes it takes the average dude to get all gussied up for a night out on the town. Indeed, here’s a curveball: According to grooming advice website Tools ... Read More >>

A Picture-Perfect Proposal

Behind the scenes with a proposal photographer
By Brighid Driscoll | Feb. 4, 2023

It all starts with four little words: “Will you marry me?” No two proposals are exactly alike, and many of them have an element of surprise, which makes proposal photography a unique profession. Local photographer Nicole Geri has seen it all, whether she’s hiking up a hill at dawn or hiding in the trees until the right moment to capture the perfect shot. Geri’s interest in photography sprouted as a young girl ... Read More >>

39 Years of Gopherwood Concerts

Cadillac music series looks toward 2023 lineup
By Ross Boissoneau | Feb. 4, 2023

Gopherwood Concerts, a long-running music series in Cadillac, began as a film guild in the 1980s before being “killed” by “the advent of the VCR.” It then morphed into the Gopherwood Folk Society, which had the goal of bringing great music to town. The name, per their website, “was coined by Jim Peterson due to the fact that most people in the group burned wood for heat and hence they all had ... Read More >>

Film Review: Wildcat

5 Stars
By Joseph Beyer | Feb. 4, 2023

In a recent Statista survey about movie-going frequency in the U.S., 41 percent of respondents say they now go to the movie theater “rarely.” So, for the very many Northern Express readers who would love to discover something amazing to watch at home, this critic highly recommends the hypnotic true story of Wildcat, available on Amazon Prime, as a somewhat overlooked gem. Building on a long tradition of documentaries featuring footage so ... Read More >>

Call for Cherry Art

Feb. 4, 2023

Student artists, ready your pens, pencils, brushes, and digital artwork apps! Applications are now open for the annual Cherry Art Competition for the National Cherry Festival (NCF). The theme for the 2023 contest is “farm stands,” and the NCF says “We would like to bring focus to how essential farm stands are when making cherries available to local communities.” Students can participate in two categories—4th grade through 8th grade and 9th grade ... Read More >>

Singing Valentines

Stuff We Love
Feb. 4, 2023

If you need a fresh way to show your love and gratitude this season, then perhaps a singing valentine is up your alley. The Cherry Capital Men’s Chorus is ready to serenade your favorite person with your favorite love songs in the barbershop quartet style that has been the hallmark of the group, which is part of the national Barbershop Harmony Society, for 66 years. When it comes to public performances, the ... Read More >>

Galentine’s Day Fun for 2023

Feb. 4, 2023

We’re all about Galentine’s Day, the day that celebrates female friendships, and we have plenty of ideas of fun activities for you and the gals, including these two NoMi events. On Feb. 7, l.a.cool, The Good Bowl, and Chateau Chantal are teaming up to create a ladies’ night out in downtown Traverse City for their Galentine’s Day event. Eat, drink, and shop (with store discounts!) from 5:30-7:30pm. Get tickets ($25) at eventbrite.com. ... Read More >>

Dinners with Ruth

Feb. 4, 2023

In the theme of Galentine’s Day and female friendships is NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg’s book, Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships. In the book, Totenberg chronicles her 50-year friendship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which began with a simple phone call and lasted through joys, illness, loss, and widowhood. The memoir also includes stories about the other women, friends, and family who inspired Totenberg as she blazed ... Read More >>

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