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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Swerving into another music fest

Kristi Kates - September 13th, 2007
Swerving Into Another Music Fest
The first annual Swerve Festival, a Los Angeles-based event that’s set to combine music, film, and art into yet another weekend extravaganza, is now set to take place at L.A.’s Barnsdall Art Park on September 28 - 30. The event will include live sets from bands Black Angels, Oh No! Oh My!, Illinois (fresh off of their Lollapalooza appearance), and Snowden, among others; art will be contributed by the likes of Thomas Campbell, Ed Templeton, Geoff McFetridge, and Mike Mills; and films will include the U.S. premiere of The Man Who Souled the World and Anton Corbijn’s biopic Control. Get tix and find out more at www.swervefestival.com...
 
In other festival news, if you prefer Spain to L.A., then check out the strangely-named but full-of-great-bands Tanned Tin Festival, which will be taking place in Castellon from October 31 - November 4. Set to appear at the Spanish fest so far are Xiu Xiu, The Sea and Cake, Wolf Eyes, Papercuts, Grouper, For Against, and many more; the performances will take place at various venues throughout the city, including Theatre Principal and Casino Antiguo...
 
A new double-DVD set featuring punk legends The Ramones will be out on October 2; titled It’s Alive: 1974-1996, the DVDs will feature 4 hours of rare and previously unreleased performances, as supervised by Tommy Ramone himself. Arranged chronologically and featuring more than 100 songs, the DVD will also feature 14 songs in 5.1 Surround Sound from the band’s 1977 London show and 1982 US Festival appearance in California...
 
Tepid mainstream TV shows often, strangely, offer up decent musical soundtracks, and the upcoming soundtrack for the TV series House is no exception. Set to hit stores on September 18, the collection, which will benefit various non-profit organizations, will include music from Sarah McLachlan (her cover of XTC’s “Dear God”), Elvis Costello (his previously unreleased track “Beautiful”), and other songs from the likes of Gomez, Massive Attack, Ben Harper, and Michael Penn. Back in the realm of the tepid, House actor Hugh Laurie and various other TV actors, including The Bachelor’s Bob Guiney, Desperate Housewives’ James Denton, and a what-is-he-doing-with-this-crowd Greg Grunberg of Heroes also contribute a karaoke-level cover of the Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:  One more festival for this week! San Francisco is welcoming a new fest to their region, the piratey-named Treasure Island Music Festival, which is set for the weekend of September 15 and 16, and will offer up sets from Thievery Corporation, Ghostland Observatory, DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and more; tix are on sale now, so check it out, yarrrr, at www.treasureislandfestival.com...
MINI BUZZ:
Bloc Party are on their way to producer Jacknife Lee’s home base in Southeast England to begin work on their next album...
While fellow UK band The Twilight Sad are prepping to trek across the U.S. for two weeks in September, after opening up for the Smashing Pumpkins in Glasgow, Scotland the end of this month...
The Pop Montreal Fest will present Hot Hot Heat at Club Soda as one of their featured festival events;  HHH will hit the stage on October 7, and prior to their festival appearance, will release their latest album, Happiness Ltd., in September...
Collective Soul and Live have regrouped after their summer tour dates, and have announced that they’ll kick off a new round of tours for fall that will include stops in Boston (9/21), Philly (9/23), Dallas (10/3), and Denver, Colorado (10/7) - additional Collective Soul dates are also expected...
Canada’s Silverstein have announced that they’ll be embarking on their own series of headlining U.S. and European dates in support of their latest album, Arrivals and Departures...
And UK duo Soulsavers will drop their second disc, It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s the Way You Land on October 16 in the U.S...

Letting their own discs fall into a multimedia store near you this week are these artists and their new releases... ON CD:  Collective Soul’s Afterwords (only available at Target stores)... Northern State’s Can I Keep This Pen?... Ben Harper’s Lifelines... Liars’ Liars... Figurines’ When the Deer Wore Blue... and The Go! Team’s Proof of Youth... ON DVD: David Bowie in the re-release of Labryinth... White Stripes: The Document ... Fleetwood Mac: Videobiography ... and the chock-full-of-bands SXSW Live 2007... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.
 
Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your fave musicians?  Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com.
 
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