We’re approaching the season of blockbuster movies and highly anticipated sequels. Over the next couple of months, we can look forward to cinemas around the world showing "Shaft," "Men in Black: International," "Toy Story 4," "Spider-Man: Far From Home" and "Fast & Furious: Hobbs & S…

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SUTTONS BAY — Actor and comedian Tim Allen will introduce the fourth installment in Disney’s “Toy Story” series at 6 p.m. June 20 at the Bay Community Theatre. Allen has voiced space ranger Buzz Lightyear alongside Tom Hanks, who plays the cowboy Woody, since the first film about the secret …

Cosmic Knot frontman and guitarist Tom Wall exudes positivity, something that propels the Michigan band’s “unique song structures” and “blistering level of intensity” during its lengthy stage jams.

There's horror and then there's Horror. The movies with jump scares and gore and chainsaw-wielding murderers — that's horror with a little "h," stuff that can momentarily shock you or even forestall sleep. But capital-H Horror is a monster of a different color, one that burrows.

TRAVERSE CITY — Summer reading is often light — and mystery and romance authors are among those who will visit Traverse City this summer as part of the National Writers Series. But the beefed-up season lineup also includes authors whose books range in subject from national politics to human …

OLD MISSION — If it weren’t for Peter Dougherty traveling to northern Michigan to find collaboration between the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in the late 1800s, Old Mission Peninsula might not have its name.

When Kalamazoo-bred Greensky Bluegrass, Traverse City’s Joshua Davis and other stars gather for the second annual Camp Greensky Music Festival this weekend outside Wellston in the Manistee National Forest, fans can expect to hear some songs written by Aaron Allen.

TRAVERSE CITY — With a curious name like Broom Closet Boys, a catalog of tunes that includes a "Dumb & Dumber" medley, and gigs ranging from special events and outdoor festivals to brew pubs and wineries, musicians Chris Smith, Mike Morrison and Bruce Braden are making a name for themsel…

Before Daniel Pink decided to go to law school, he neglected to talk to an actual lawyer about what the job would entail. He just thought he was supposed to go to law school, but it turned out to be a huge misstep, except for meeting his wife there. Later, he came across a concept called the…

TRAVERSE CITY — Large and small, red and blue, adorned with bells and training wheels and tassels — bicycles of all kinds get a new life through Recycle-A-Bicycle’s Saturday Bike Swap.

As lifelong pals who’ve reconnected to chase their passion for performing diverse music while juggling full-time day jobs, Sean Miller and Traven Michaels have the right tools and the authenticity to turn heads with their talents.

It is no secret that I have been in the process of retiring for several years. To walk away from something you have given over 30 years of your professional life to defining in your own vision is not something to be done easily.

Leonard Thoreson, 92, lives just 5 miles from the farm where he was born and raised. His childhood home near Lake Michigan bluffs and 21 other farms today make up the Port Oneida Historic District in Leelanau County.

TRAVERSE CITY — If you need proof that Traverse City has become a thriving cultural center, look no further than “The Art of Coming Undone,” a new exhibit of original work at Michigan Artists Gallery. A total of 47 Michigan artists contributed a wide array of sculpture, painting, ceramics, a…

Fifty years ago this month, "Tommy" was released by The Who. I was a slightly unkempt, long-haired high-schooler who was finding my place politically and socially and still finding myself mostly invisible in a world that increasingly asked me to stand out. Then: “See me. Hear me. Touch me. F…

TRAVERSE CITY — Growing up in North Carolina, Caroline Barlow looked forward to visiting her grandparents in Traverse City and even spent several summers working at the Interlochen Arts Camp.

TRAVERSE CITY — The gamut runs from Jane Austen to Leo Tolstoy and Lewis Carroll to George Orwell. But guitars, theremins, projectors and banjos also line the parchment-scented shelves of the Traverse Area District Library.

ONTONAGON — Enhancing the “appreciation of wilderness” and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the 15th Porcupine Mountains Music Festival will star The War and Treaty and Dustbowl Revival, along with Traverse City’s May Erlewine & The Motivations and Grand Rapids’ The Crane Wives.

It's been a long time since I've laughed anywhere near as hard as I did during "Instagram," a sketch from the third episode of Netflix's new comedy series, "I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson."

GLEN ARBOR — Leelanau County artists Jane Ditri, Mary Fuscaldo, Candace Petersen, Sue Quinlan and Barbara Reich followed in the footsteps of Canada's most famous painters when they traveled to Wawa, Ontario to paint the landscape in the plein air style.

Last fall, Random House called to ask if it could include the National Writers Series as part of a book tour of three top New York Times bestselling authors. Hearing their names, I immediately said yes. Elizabeth Berg, Elizabeth Letts and Lynne Olson are enormously popular and highly well-re…

A body of water. The human body. A body of work. The student body. The term "body" can reference something like Lake Michigan, the physical form, a writer’s collection of short stories, or even a group of assembled humans. The versatile term clearly has several definitions and uses.

Summer is not really happening this year, is it? Maybe it'll get to 50 degrees today, and the sun might peek out a little bit, and this weekend looks kind of nice, but deep down you know, you KNOW, that it'll be a solid three weeks before you can safely put away that winter coat, let alone p…

It’s heady stuff to be lauded for your “scrumptious sounds” and “compelling songwriting” by the likes of HuffPost and NPR. But The Accidentals — arguably the darlings of the region’s music scene — have handled their rising popularity with aplomb, staying true to who they are musically and personally and remaining grounded in the community that helped launch their career.

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