Some music festivals scheduled with social distancing guidelines

MUSIC FESTIVALS: The pandemic decimated Michigan’s music festival theme last summer, and many organizers have pulled the plug again for this year. However, plans are underway for some others to continue, at least for now, including the Unity Christian Music Festival in Muskegon and Faster Horses Music Festival in Brooklyn. Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival in Marquette explains why it’s been cancelled this year. Among the other cancellations: Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival. For news and entertainment sections. By Elaine Mallon. FOR LUDINGTON, DETROIT, HOLLAND, OCEANA, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

Cover of “Beyond Beyond.”

Novel sends U.P. game warden on 20th century spy mission

BEYOND: Why is a game warden from the western Upper Peninsula traipsing through the wilds of Siberia and Northern Russia during World War I on a secret mission to rescue doomed Tsar Nicholas II. And who would send a Michigan game warden into the chaos of the Russian Civil War? The answers come from writer Joseph Heywood of Portage and Baraga County in his latest novel about a UP game warden. For news and features sections. By Eric Freedman. FOR MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.

Pandemic boredom drives students to make crafts

As many of us have found ourselves with excess free time in the last year, some have turned to hobbies that they might not have considered previously. Some students have turned to arts and crafts for physical creations, as the pandemic continues to keep most activities online. Finn Hopkins, a senior studying international relations, started pursuing physical crafts to keep himself busy. “I think probably the biggest thing was that I live alone, so once everything moved online and we were quarantining, the isolation was there,” he said. “So I spent a good chunk of the first bit of quarantine binging Netflix, doing all of that fun stuff, and then after a while that just wasn’t cutting it, I was so bored.

Nine maritime museums in Michigan.

Maritime museums brave the pandemic storm

MARITIME MUSEUMS: Maritime museums took a big financial hit last year because of shutdowns and capacity limits but are looking forward to a better spring and summer. The executive director of the Michigan Museums Association explains their allure in a Great Lakes-focused state. We hear about plans of the Marquette Maritime Museum, the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum iand Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven. Six others in the state are in Empire, Mackinaw City, Cedarville, Alpena, Rogers City and Algonac. By Kirsten Rintelmann. FOR LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ALCONA, HOLLAND, OCEANA, BENZIE, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, CHEBOYGAN, ST. IGNACE AND ALL POINTS.

A ghost light illuminates an empty theater at the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts in East Lansing.

Hard-hit performing arts groups struggle to reopen

ARTS PROGRAMS: What’s happening with small performing arts programs hammered — and shuttered — by the pandemic? We talk to Michigan Humanities, the City Opera House in Traverse City and Detroit’s Ploughshares Theatre Co. For news and features sections. By Sophia Lada. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

Amid pandemic, independent bookstores turn the page

BOOKSTORES COVID: Independent bookstores are soldiering on during the pandemic, and some are benefiting from the closure of local public libraries. We hear from the owners of independent bookshops in Ludington and Brighten. By Kirsten Rintelmann. FOR LUDINGTON, MANISTEE, FOWLERVILLE, LAKE COUNTY, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

How high school bands have coped with COVID-19

High school band directors in Ingham County still have vivid memories of March 13, 2020. Many programs used the day to unwind and unpack, as students had just finished performing at a festival hosted by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association.

Then, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prohibited large gatherings and assemblies due to COVID-19, closing schools and marking the beginning of a pandemic that is in its 11th month and counting.