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Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...


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The Diaries of Jeff Daniels...Live & Unplugged

Rick Coates - September 22nd, 2005
Every so often a celebrity has been known to grab a microphone and take the stage, singing, or using their acting skills or celebrity status in hopes of fooling the audience. Immediately nightmares of William Shatner, Eddie Murphy and Shaqueille O’Neill come to mind.
There are always exceptions, like Jamie Foxx (Ray Charles) and Robert Downey Jr. but certainly they are not the rule. Add Jeff Daniels to that list, the list of exceptions not the rule that is. Daniels has enjoyed much success on the big screen during his 25-year acting career that includes his breakout film “Terms of Endearment” (1983), starring next to Mia Farrow in “The Purple Rose of Cairo” (of all the Woody Allen films, Allen has said this one was the best he has ever made), “101 Dalmations” and “Dumb & Dumber.” These are four films that showcase his character range.
On September 24 Daniels will bring his musical talents to the stage of the City Opera House in Traverse City for the Restoration Recherche III. The Opera House is nearing the completion of their restoration campaign and more than $5.3 million in restoration has been completed in the region’s oldest theater. Traverse City’s historic landmark seeks the remaining $3.6 million that will construct a new grand entrance, grand stairs and an elevator from Front Street, replace seating, build a permanent concessionary, finish original decorative paintings, and outfit technical areas that support professional programs in a central 730-seat venue.
Daniels, who grew up in Chelsea (outside of Ann Arbor), is no stranger to music (after all, anyone growing up in Southeastern Michigan during the sixties and seventies was in the center of Detroit’s great contributions to rock/pop music) and has been writing songs for over 30 years.
“Look, I don’t write hits and I didn’t send out demos to famous singers,” said Daniels. “I just write songs. They’re my diaries. I had everything I’ve ever written in this big, black notebook. Some of them were typed, some were in long hand, but all of them had a time and a place that marked some moment in my life. If you really wanted to get to know me, you’d find me in there.”
At the urging of his sound engineer Steve Curran during the filming of “Escanaba in Da Moonlight,” Daniels organized his more than 400, songs and selected a dozen to be recorded in a live and unplugged format.
“I did some concerts to raise funds for the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea (Daniels founded the theater to help burgeoning playwrights find a venue for their works),” said Daniels. “Well, we recorded the concerts and created the CD. All the proceeds go to the Purple Rose Theater.”
To date more than 10,000 CD’s have sold; not because it is a novelty but because Daniels is quite talented with a guitar on his lap and a microphone at his mouth. Daniels songs, as he says, are essentially “diary entries” ala Harry Chapin and Jim Croce (his vocal stylings are similar to both great singers) and reflect upon his Midwestern values.
Daniels has avoided the typical trappings of Hollywood. His name doesn’t make the gossip pages and in world where actors seem to have a new wife or girlfriend every other month, Daniels is still married to his high school sweetheart Kathy. The two just celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary. While his peers are out chasing the nightlife, Daniels has chosen to take an active role in raising his three children.
“I guess I’d rather load up the minivan and head to the Upper Peninsula with the family,” said Daniels. “I owe a lot of my success to my wife who has to put up with a lot, being married to an actor.”
Daniels even wrote a song about her titled “Kathy.”
Jeff Daniels will make two appearances at the City Opera House Saturday, September 24. This isn’t a night to come out and suffer through an evening of some egotistical; celebrity instead ticket holders will be in for a real treat to their ears. Tickets for both shows are selling quickly and a limited number of VIP seats remain that include a wine reception with Leelanau Peninsula wines and a meet and greet time with Daniels. For additional information visit www.cityoperahouse.org or call the box office at (231) 941-8082.
 
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