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Before moving to Traverse City, Catherine O’Connor made a career out of shopping. Not for herself — but for the high-end clients she got to know while working in luxury retail.

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The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC is a top destination for so many tourists and families each and every year. From the Declaration of Independence to moon rocks brought back from the Apollo space missions, the Smithsonian curates and safeguards some of our nation’s most important…

The show must go on as they say in the entertainment world, and, after a year in check, everyone at Old Town Playhouse is bursting to welcome our audience and begin! I know I am. Despite the challenges over the last year and a half, we managed to stay alive and well. We put together a number…

There’s a classic scene from “The Simpsons” where Homer flashes back to his youth as a rock-and-roll-loving teenager, and his dad, Abe, struggles to understand the music. He tells Homer: “I used to be ‘with it,’ but then they changed what ‘it’ was. Now what I’m ‘with’ isn’t ‘it,’ and what’s …

TRAVERSE CITY — The National Writers Series announced its summer lineup, headlining with an Indigenous author who combines her experience as a botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in “Braiding Sweetgrass.”

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Colson Whitehead’s widely beloved 2016 novel “The Underground Railroad” takes one of history’s most enduring metaphors — the hidden “railroad” of abolitionists who helped slaves flee to the north — and renders it bracingly literal. His underground railroad is, most assuredly, a railroad, wit…

The Academy Awards only started honoring achievements in animated filmmaking in 2001, and since then, not surprisingly, more than half of the Best Animated Feature Oscars have gone to the groundbreaking Pixar studio, which has taken the award 11 out of 15 times one of its films has been nominated.

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