Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

Home · Articles · News · Music · Good music at The Good Work...
. . . .

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.

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.

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.”

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.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5