New this week
A Royal Affair: A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician. Together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever. Rated R, sexual content, some violent images. (BAY Film Series, Jan. 13-15)
Gangster Squad: A chronicle of the LAPD's fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and '50s. Rated R, strong violence, language. (GT9)
Zero Dark Thirty: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011. Rated R, strong violence including brutal disturbing images, language. (GT9)
Argo: A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. Rated R, language, some violent images. (BAY)
Cirque du Soleil — Worlds Away: Two young people journey through the dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil to find each other. Not rated. (HOR)
Django Unchained: With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. Rated R for strong graphic violence throughout, a vicious fight, language and some nudity. (HOR)
Jack Reacher: A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some drug material. (HOR)
Les Miserables: In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever. Rated PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements. (HOR, ER, GAR)
Lincoln: As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. Rated PG-13 for an intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language. (ST, HOR)
Monsters, Inc.: Monsters generate their city's power by scaring children, but they are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children, so when one enters Monstropolis, top scarer Sulley finds his world disrupted. Rated G. (GT-9)
Not Fade Away: Set in suburban New Jersey the 1960s, a group of friends form a rock band and try to make it big. Rated R for pervasive language, some drug use and sexual content. (HOR)
Parental Guidance: Artie and Diane agree to look after their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids' 21st-century behaviors collide with Artie and Diane's old-school methods. Rated PG for some rude humor. (GT-9)
Promised Land: A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources. Rated R for language. (GT-9)
Rise of the Guardians: When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. Rated PG for thematic elements and some mildly scary action. (GT-9)
Skyfall: Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. Rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking. (HOR)
Texas Chainsaw 3D: A young woman travels to Texas to collect an inheritance; little does she know that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding killer is part of the reward. Rated R for strong grisly violence and language throughout. (HOR)
The Guilt Trip: As inventor Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, a quick stop at his mom's house turns into an unexpected cross-country voyage with her along for the ride. Rated PG-13 for language and some risque material. (GT-9)
The Hobbit — An Unexpected Journey: A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug. Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence and frightening images. (HOR, GT-9)
This is 40: A look at the lives of Pete and Debbie a few years after the events of Knocked Up. Rated R for sexual content, crude humor, pervasive language and some drug material. (GT-9)
Information is based on data available at press time from Traverse City area Carmike theaters (GT9, HOR), the State Theatre (ST), the Garden Theatre in Frankfort (GAR), the Elk Rapids Cinema (ER), Cherry Bowl Drive-In (CB) and The Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay (BAY).
New this week
Rediscovering the kitchen — and healthy habits
When Becky Cain’s son Liam and a friend recently headed back to college in Oklahoma, they took a batch of her beloved oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with them.Continued ...
Americans are eating more smoked seafood
There’s no smoke and mirrors about it — Americans are eating a lot more smoked seafood than they used to.Continued ...
A kebab as happy on the grill as under the broiler
The trouble with spring is that we get eager to grill, but we can't always count on the weather to cooperate.Continued ...
Recipe of the Week: Black Bean & Avocado Salad
Whitney Zachritz, formerly of Traverse City and now a pediatric nurse practitioner in Philadelphia, is both a vegan and an avid cook.Continued ...
Food in Brief: 05/23/2013
Berry facts; Cafe in works; Green cuisine.Continued ...
Intentional Minimalist: Local ingredients make fresh recipe
This recipe features local produce from 9 Bean Rows, Spring Hollow Farms, Birch Point Farm and locally produced products from Food for Thought.Continued ...
Summer rolls help squeeze veggies into the picnic
When it comes to packing a picnic basket, sandwiches are almost always the stars of the menu. And why not?Continued ...
Restaurant learns online reviews can make or break
It was the customer service disaster heard around the Internet.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 05/23/2013
Memorial Day service; Center Gallery art; Breezeway sales; and more.Continued ...
- Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Community in Brief: 05/22/2013
NWS hosts author; Parkinson's support group; film and discussion; and more.Continued ...
- Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Community in Brief: 05/21/2013
Weather balloon launch; TCAPS Music Boosters concert; library plant sale and more.Continued ...
- Monday, May 20, 2013
Historical Photo of the Week: 05/20/2013
Can any readers identify the people in this photo? (Click the photo at right to view it larger.)Continued ...
Info on May 13 historical photo
Historical photo information, provided by readers, for the May 13 image:Continued ...
News from 100 Years Ago: 05/20/2013
Marriage licenses were issued today to William J. Smith and Alta E. Wells, both of Traverse City; Will M. Russell and Lola May McCombs, both of Buckley, R.F.D. No. 1.Continued ...
Local student earns rank of Eagle Scout
Nicholas Loew, an Elk Rapids High School freshman has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.Continued ...
Community in Brief: 05/20/2013
Interlochen schedule changes; author program; SEEDS fashion show; and more.Continued ...
- Sunday, May 19, 2013
Leelanau Birding Festival runs May 29-June 2
Robert Parsons has traveled to Texas, Arizona, Florida and even Costa Rica to seek out unusual birds. Now Parsons is adding Michigan to that list.Continued ...
Sand in his veins: Mountz has 38 years at Sleeping Bear
Tom Mountz is the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s longest-serving employee. He can’t think of one other place in the world he would rather work.Continued ...
Kathy Gibbons: Time to say goodbye — once again
It’s been three years since I’ve actually lived here full-time in the summer. This year will mark the fourth.Continued ...
Terry Wooten: One poem leads to another — and friendship
I was watching my own kids ride a miniature tilt-a-whirl, when I heard this old man yell, “MIMI SIT DOWN!” I looked around to see who Mimi was, and there was this little carney girl slouched on a plastic chair on a merry-go-round.Continued ...
MILLER — A son, Elijah Thomas, to Tom and Amy (McNeil) Miller of Lake Ann, March 28.Continued ...
Travel in Brief: 05/19/2013
Agritourism listings; New exhibit; Disney at Palace. (Plus more)Continued ...
Community in Brief: 05/19/2013
Beekeepers meeting; Korean War story; Swirl in Petoskey; and more.Continued ...
- Saturday, May 18, 2013
Priest uses big rig to make special deliveries
Father Ray Cotter delivers more than sermons. Two weeks ago, the former truck truck driver turned priest drove a semi-tractor-trailer rig to Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., to pick up 1,164 free military computers for use in Michigan Catholic schools in the dioceses of Lansing, Saginaw, Gaylord and Marquette.Continued ...
Mental Wellness: Dealing with difficult people
There was a time when I really enjoyed conflict. I don’t mean between people, but I felt like social change almost always happened when people stood up for their beliefs. This also was during a period in my life when my hair was dyed like a leopard.Continued ...
- Rediscovering the kitchen — and healthy habits