TCFF 2016 Panel: Men Make Movies

4 hours ago

Traverse City Film Festival began its conversation about gender inequality in the film industry with the men. The two percent female figure mentioned at the opening of the show could have come from this New York Times article.

Billy Strings gets ready for an interview in a Nashville recording studio.
Pam Holland

When Billy Strings decided to move from Northern Michigan last January, he wasn’t exactly sure where he wanted to go. He just knew he wanted to get away.

“I’m 23 years old and my feathers are fluffed, you know,” he explains. “Kind of just wanted to go see what was on the horizon.”

TCFF 2016 Panel: Come to the Doc Side

Jul 28, 2016

The festival kicked off the first full day with a stage full of documentary filmmakers talking about the issues they have followed and the craft of filmmaking.

Travel Marquette

Hunting and fishing have been on a slow decline in Michigan for years. They’re being replaced by other outdoor activities, like paddle-boarding and mountain biking.

Some states, like Colorado and Utah, are actively marketing outdoor adventure to younger people, hoping to lure them to visit – or even possibly stay.

But in Michigan, it’s a mixed bag. A few cities, like Marquette, are trying to aggressively boost their reputation as a destination for outdoor adventure.

Ruth Wolfgram is a psychic medium from Interlochen.
Ruth Wolfgram


Ruth Wolfgram is 62 years old, has five grandchildren, loves gardening - and talks to dead people. 

She been a psychic medium since she was a child.

Ruth lives on her farm in Interlochen. It’s where she runs her small business, Celestial Blessings. She helps people make sense of death and suffering.

“People want hope,” says Ruth. “They want to know their loved ones and friends are all right especially if it was a tragic death.” 

She’s helped reconnect countless parents with their children, lovers with their partners and even pets with their owners.  


Betsy Coffia for State Representative

Democrat Betsy Coffia is again rejecting fundraising contributions from political action committees and the Democratic Party during her campaign to become Grand Traverse County’s next state representative. Coffia is an outspoken advocate for campaign finance reform.

“This is an easy talking point,” Coffia told IPR News Radio in an interview earlier this month, “ … but it’s a very different thing to walk the walk.”

An extended interview with Coffia is available at the bottom of the story.

Coffia, who won 47 percent of the district’s vote in 2014, is only accepting fundraising dollars from individual donors. She says Michigan is in a state of severe political crisis because of the influence of large political spenders.

“What it really comes down to is a state government where we have elected officials who are more accountable to their special interest donors and their party bosses … than they are to the voters,” Coffia says.

Christopher Rountree conducts the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Kresge Auditorium.
Interlochen Center for the Arts

On Saturday, Interlochen Center for the Arts launched a $100 million comprehensive fundraising campaign called “Create Amazing.”  

Donations will fund scholarships, programs and new facilities, including a music building.  

Tim Dougherty, vice president of advancement, says the campaign is now open to the public.

“This campaign will give everyone a place to unite through the power of the arts,” says Dougherty. “We’re very excited about opening this up to the public and inviting even more support for this wonderful place.”   

Getting what we wish for: this week on The Dark Sky

Jul 25, 2016

The moon is waning slowly through the morning sky this week, stopping to meet the star Aldebaran, the fiery bull's eye in the constellation Taurus on Friday, an hour before sunrise. This will be a beautiful sight, visible in the East at about 5:19 AM.

The technical term for this meeting of the moon with a star is "occultation" and it happens when the moon passes directly between us and a star.

Each year, Interlochen Arts Camp becomes home to the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, high-school age musicians working with renowned conductors from all over the world.

 In the third of our 2016 episodes, Maestro Christopher Rountree conducts the musicians in Claude Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Nico Muhly's So Far, So Good and Igor Stravinsky's 1919 Firebird Suite

Community members gather to hear free music from the new street piano in Traverse City.
Cheyenne Herron

A brightly colored piano was unveiled in Traverse City on Thursday evening. 

It sits in the middle of a new gathering space near the intersection of Front and Park Streets downtown. About 50 people of all ages stopped by to enjoy the warm evening and some free music.