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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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Good music at The Good Work Collective

Kristi Kates - July 4th, 2011
Good Music at The Good Work Collective
By Kristi Kates
The Good Work Collective’s mission statement says it all about the new arts and music organization housed in a funky old building in Traverse City’s Old Town:
“From art showings, to live music, to culinary events, to meeting spaces for local non-profits and community groups, The Good Work Collective is a welcoming environment where individuals and inspiration meet. We’re not a think tank. We’re a do tank.”
Born in 2008 with a goal of being a “steward of the arts” in Northern Michigan as well as in Bozeman, Montana, Porterhouse Productions supports musicians and artists with a finesse not often seen in the more casual “Up North” environment.
Founded by Sam Porter and Abby Walton Porter as a dual-state entertainment production company, Porterhouse recently expanded its reach with The Good Work Collective, a ‘gathering space’ for everything from concerts, art displays and grass root projects to brainstorming sessions and artistic collaborations.

AMBITIOUS ARTISTS
While Porterhouse focuses on more well-known artists, the Good Work Collective assists local and regional talents who they feel are also heading in that direction.
“(With Porterhouse), we support national touring acts, and we also collaborate with and support local and state musicians and artists,” says publicist and organizer Beth Milligan. “The concert series at Good Work Collective is primarily focused on showcasing the latter.
“The series is designed to connect audiences with some of the best musicians in the state for one-of-a-kind, storytelling performances,” she adds.
Future Focus Media, a local production company, is often on-hand to capture the concerts with HD cameras, producing videos that musicians can use for marketing and promotion.
“A majority of the concerts feature singer-songwriter and acoustic acts, but we’re open to featuring all different types of genres in the series,” Milligan says.

DISTINCTIVE SOUNDS
The 2011 summer series is already underway, with acts ranging from regional bands and local performers to East Coast and downstate Michigan imports.
“I’m excited about each one of our July acts for different reasons,” Milligan enthuses, “Levi Britton (July 8), who has a strong hometown following, has been turning heads with his new band Stolen Silver, so we’re excited to hear his new sound. Caravan of Thieves (July 7) is a raucous, high-energy show that should get the Cherry Festival visitors shaking and grooving. Jetty Rae (July 23) is a hometown girl gone good. And Kyle, Nathan and Marty (July 29) are bringing their unique sounds up from downstate for the first time together, so audiences will be in for a brand new experience at that show.”

LOCAL CONSIDERATION
The Good Work Collective plans to take the sting out of the long Northern Michigan winter months with programming that will continue year-round. The building also serves as the home base for the Porterhouse staff and team, as well as some of the Porterhouse events
It’s also the future site of a 1,000-seat concert venue and restaurant slated to open in June 2013 as a partnership between Porterhouse Productions and 2Mission, owners of restaurants including the Blue Tractor, Jolly Pumpkin, The Shed, and North Peak.

The Good Work Collective is located at 417 South Union Street (between 7th and 8th Streets) in Old Town, Traverse City; visit them on-site for a show, or stop by their website at www.porterhouseproductions.com for show dates, tickets, and more.

 
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