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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Interlochen swings into Fall/Winter

- September 29th, 2005
From a nostalgic 1940s swing music revue to classic Dickens theatre, a quartet of jugglers to Guy Noir, Private Eye (the Ballet), Interlochen’s fall-winter season offers some of the same old acts featured year-after-year along with a few new faces.
• The season kicks off October 18 with “In the Mood,” a 1940s musical revue that celebrates the Swing Era, featuring the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, the Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and more. The 15-piece String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra, supported by a cast of singers and dancers, presents the music and the arrangements of the top groups of the 1940s in a show that transports audiences back to the ball rooms, music theaters and radios of World War II America when swing music and dance buoyed the spirits of the nation.
• The Flying Karamazov Brothers juggle music, jokes, objects – and life’s eternal questions – in “LIFE, A Guide for the Perplexed,” their newest and most ambitious show ever (November 7).
• Interlochen alumna Ida Kavafian enjoys an international reputation as one of the most versatile musicians performing today. Besides serving for six years as violinist of the Beaux Arts Trio, she has also toured and recorded with the Guarneri Quartet, jazz great Chick Corea and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She will perform with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra on November 18.
• The Nebraska Theatre Caravan presents “A Christmas Carol” on November 29. The perennial show features traditional English carols, Victorian costumes, a 30-member cast and a live orchestra.
The Interlochen Dance Ensemble and Arts Academy Orchestra present another perennial holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker,” December 16 through 18.
• James Moody joined Dizzy Gillespie’s seminal big band in 1946, recorded his first album, “James Moody and His Bop Men,” for Blue Note Records in 1948, and went on to become one of the most expressive and enduring figures in modern jazz. Moody will join the IAA Jazz Ensemble on January 20 in Interlochen’s first NEA Jazz Masters on Tour event.
• The Minnesota-based James Sewell Ballet company combines the classical virtues of ballet with the freedom of modern dance and the spirit of vaudeville. The January 31 program will include “Guy Noir – The Ballet,” in which Detective Guy Noir goes undercover into the world of ballet to protect a ballerina in peril. Set to a collection of American jazz music, “Guy Noir” features voice-over narration by Garrison Keillor.
• Influenced by folk, jazz and R, Grammy-winning pianist George Winston (April 27) evokes in his music the transcendent beauty of nature and the changing seasons. Winston has earned a loyal following with such albums as Autumn, Winter into Spring, December, Summer, Forest, Plains and his 2002 release “Night Divides the Day – The Music of the Doors.” His most recent recording, “Montana - A Love Story,” is inspired by themes from the childhood years Winston spent in his home state.
• Now in its 31st year, the Northwest Chamber Orchestra is led by Finnish conductor, composer and pianist Ralf Gothni. The ensemble will perform on May 2, and will join the IAA Orchestra in performance on May 4.

The fall-winter season will also be enlivened with presentations by students from around the world, beginning with the popular “Collage” on October 14, a rapid-fire sampler of student performances encompassing music, dance, theatre, creative writing and visual arts.
In addition to “The Nutcracker,” the Interlochen Dance Ensemble will present its annual Winter Dance Concert March 3-5 and Spring Dance Concert May 19-21.
The Interlochen Theatre Company will present “Comic Potential” on October 28-30, “Dark of the Moon” on December 9-11, “Two Gentlemen of Verona” on March
10-12 and the musical “Chicago” on May 12-14.
The Interlochen Visual Arts Gallery and Writing House will feature ongoing exhibits and readings by students, faculty and visiting guest artists, which are all free and open to the public. And watch for events from Interlochen’s new motion picture arts program.
Ticket prices range from $8 to $30, and are available online at http://tickets.interlochen.org. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone by calling the Interlochen Box office at 800-681-5920 or 231-276-7800 from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday and noon to 4pm on Saturday.
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