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...

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Soundtrack to the Film Festival Musical acts add a second ?festival? to this week?s events

Robert Downes - July 25th, 2011
Soundtrack to the Film Festival Musical acts add a second ‘festival’ to this week’s events
By Robert Downes
One of the summer’s largest music festivals takes place this week in
Traverse City, providing a supporting role for the glitz & glamour of the
Film Festival.
That’s because approximately 200 artists making up 78 acts will perform
during festival week at Clinch Park, the Open Space, Lay Park, the film
venues and at festival events and parties.
“It’s really like a Traverse City Music Festival when you think about it,”
says Mike Sullivan, guitarist/vocalist with The Wild Sullys and Song of
the Lakes, who serves as entertainment manager for the Film Fest. “We
musicians provide support for the films, but I like to think of it as a
symbiotic relationship because we support each other.”

Sullivan says a major new event this year will be at the former Clinch
Park Zoo.
“We’ll have five days of music at the park and it will all be free of
charge to attend,” he says. “We’re really hoping to get the word out
because this is a completely new event.”
The Clinch Park concerts will run from noon to 7 p.m. this Wednesday
through Sunday with 25 acts performing on a stage to be set up by West Bay
(see sidebar list of performers).
Sullivan says the Clinch Park concerts will benefit filmgoers as well as
the musicians who will get a chance to strut their stuff.
“By having the Clinch Park concerts we’ll be able to give the musicians a
chance to show filmgoers what they can do with an hour-long set while
giving the audiences a chance to stretch out between films and catch some
music by the bay.”

As in the past, the Film Festival is also issuing a CD featuring 20
artists. The TCFF 2011 album will be available at the film venues and the
box office. It will also be offered as digital downloads at
tcff2011.bandcamp.com at a discount, including a limited number of free
“During the first year of the festival we had to prime the pump to get
musicians to submit songs for the CD, but this year we received over 60
tracks for consideration and it was a difficult selection process,”
Sullivan says. He adds that songs not included on the CD will be
available for downloads on the musician bio squibs on the Film Festival’s
Filmgoers will find many new faces and younger performers at this year’s
festival, including the bluesy ballads of Samantha Crawford, high school
bandmates Seldomtone, Benzie County singer-songwriter Hannah Rae Beale,
the classics-meet-pop of White Wolf Black Bear, the family harmonies of
Summerson and the alternative rock of Ratone. Old faves such as Song of
the Lakes, New Third Coast, Ron Getz and Miriam Pico will be on the scene
and there will also be an international flavor with Milagros from
Argentina, Henry Sparks from the United Kingdom, and Mr. Thunderclap from
Sullivan, assistant entertainment manager Teresa O’Hara and assistant
Kathy Wilson spend months lining up the music talent, reviewing
applications and making tough choices on who gets to play and where.
“I’ll bet we put in a good month of full-time work into arranging the
musical acts but it’s worth it,” Sullivan says. “It’s one of those
exciting things with the intensity of Christmas.”

The Clinch Park Concerts
The site of the former Clinch Park Zoo is rapidly becoming a favorite
place for events in Traverse City, thanks to its pleasant location next to
the city marina and West Bay.
A new venue for the Film Festival, the stage at Clinch Park represents a
virual mini music fest with 25 acts performing throughout the week from
noon to 7 p.m., all free of charge to filmgoers and the general public.
Following is the lineup of who’s playing when:

12:00 Aurorealis
1:00 Emma Cook
2:30 Ruby John
4:00 Hipps N Ricco
5:30 New Third Coast

12:00 Katie Holt
1:00 Milagros
2:30 Medicinal Groove
4:00 SweetWater Blues Band
5:30 Bo Bossa

12:00 Jenny Thomas
1:00 Acoustic Dynamite
2:30 Hannah Rae Beale
4:00 Seldomtone
5:30 Injured List

12:00 Samantha Crawford
1:00 Song Of The Lakes
2:30 Cherry Blossom Ramblers
4:00 Summerson
5:30 Ratone

12:00 Matt Smith
1:00 lac la belle
2:30 Cabin Fever
4:00 Brett Mitchell
5:30 Wild Sullys

Music at the Parties
You’ll find many of the Film Festival’s premier acts performing at various
parties before, during and after the event. Here’s a rundown of what to

• Friends Party: Backroom Gang Ragtime, Dances of the Rising Phoenix
• Founders Party: Neptune Quartet
• Opening Party Downtown TC:  Mulebone, Luke Winslow King, K Jones and the
Benzie Playboys
• Filmmakers Party:  Keytronic, Schwarma Quintet
• Closing Party: Good Harbor, Swallowtail, Celtic music Crispin Campbell &
Kate Gordon

Open Space Performances
Numerous acts will rev up the crowd prior to the free films at the Open
Space on Traverse City’s bayfront. The music begins at 7 p.m. and
continues until showtime.
Following is a list of who’s performing. You can learn more about the
performers by going to the Film Festival’s website:

Tuesday, July 26 • Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back - The Tongue Family
Band - Irish tunes; Jimmy Olson - keyboard fusion; Jeff Gibbs - keyboard

Wednesday, July 27 - Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Deborah Wyndham - ragtime pianist; Barbara Faith Jordan -
singer-songwriter, folk, pop & jazz; Miriam Pico and Love Fest w/David
Chown - pop & jazz standards

Thursday, July 28 •
Mrs. Doubtfire
Milagros - Argentine soul; Hannah Rae Beale - folk singer-songwriter

Friday, July 29 • The Dark Knight
White Wolf Black Bear - indie/alt folk; Andrew Sturtz - edgy
singer-songwriter; Summerson - family harmonies

Saturday, July 30 • Tangled
Seldomtone - high school rock & blues; Taylor Fernandez - 15-year-old
songstress; Jenny Thomas - folk singer-songwriter; Ratone - rootsy
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