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“Charlotte’s Web.” “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” “Holes.” “Hatchet.” What was the book that captivated you as a child — where a certain character, plot twist, or ending was so memorable you still think of it decades later? I recall adoring Laur…

When Vladimir Nabokov’s notorious novel “Lolita” was adapted to film back in the 1960s, the author’s greatest fear, he told an interviewer, was that the director, Stanley Kubrick, would cast actors who were closer to each other in age than the characters had been written. A Lolita in her lat…

TORCH LAKE — Internationally recognized artist Tim Yanke is one of the latest creatives to find inspiration from Torch Lake’s turquoise waters and natural scenery.

GLEN ARBOR — “Tidal Shifts” is more than the title of the Glen Arbor Players latest production. The play embodies the group’s break from stage to virtual production.

As the holiday shopping season revs up to full gear, those seeking the perfect gift for the music lover on that Christmas list might consider Michigan-bred releases to place under the tree — or send via email link.

TRAVERSE CITY — People often ask upcoming National Writers Series virtual speaker Albert Woodfox, 73, to explain the feeling of being imprisoned in solitary confinement.

RANDVILLE — Going into this year’s firearms deer season, we hadn’t killed a buck at our camp since 2017.

By this phase of the pandemic, I’ve stopped counting the doomed self-improvement projects that were supposed to productively fill time that would otherwise be spent leaving the house.

No lively art has been hit as hard as the classical music world during this pandemic. The massive production demands of opera, symphonies and major chamber orchestras have caused havoc and hit and miss strategies to sustain and preserve the live performance. Marketing to sustain sometimes fi…

Collaboration is a big part of life. Friendships, group projects, making an overtime touchdown, dancing the Cupid Shuffle, holding a conversation over drinks — all require collaborating on some level. Yes, you can dance alone, talk to yourself, carry a group project solely on your shoulders,…

The tradition of Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. Annually, Halloween creates renewed interest in ghosts and spirits, as we still understand little about the afterlife.

GRAND HAVEN — Tom Wall says it’s impossible to predict what might happen musically when your duet partner is a living plant.“You can’t pinpoint what a plant’s gonna do. You almost have to have it open for improvisation all the time,” said the guitarist for the West Michigan rock band Cosmic …

"Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me,” “Blue Tail Fly (Jimmy Crack Corn),” “Polly Wolly Doodle,” “Turkey in the Straw.” What do these songs have in common? They’re American folk songs, children’s songs, songs everyone knows, right?

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