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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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Rockin‘ for Darfur

Kristi Kates - November 15th, 2007
ROCKIN’ FOR DARFUR
The second annual Rock for Darfur initiative kicked off last week, with a slate of a whopping 37 worldwide concerts set to raise money for the humanitarian crisis in the Sudan. Last year’s effort raised nearly $50,000; the hope is that all of these shows will surpass that this year. Events included Fall Out Boy in Bridgeport, CT; Hot Hot Heat in Glasgow; Charlie Hunter in Milan, Italy; Mute Math in Dallas, TX; Suzanne Vega in Seattle; and The Decemberists at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. Wanna get all the show reports and more info on how you can help? Check it all out online at www.myspace.com/rockfordarfur...

Pink Floyd’s entire roster of studio albums are set to be compiled for a 16-disc (yes, that’s 16 discs!) box set that’ll hit stores on December 4 via Capitol Records. Only 10,000 copies will be available for starter. The set will run all the way from Floyd’s 1967 debut disc, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, to their final band album, 1994’s The Division Bell, with each CD album a reproduction of the original vinyl release. The collection has been titled Oh By the Way...

The first Movies Rock concert event is now slated to be taped on December 2 at Los Angeles’ Kodak Theater, the premise being that various musical performers will perform songs from - duh! - movies that rock. Among the confirmed artists set to appear are Mary J. Blige and John Legend, who will duet on “As Time Goes By,” Legend has a solo act (he’ll be tackling music from animated films), and Fergie, who will offer up her take on “Live and Let Die.”  Additional performers include Beyonce, Elton John, Jennifer Hudson, and Carrie Underwood; the show is scheduled to be broadcast on December 7 on CBS TV...

And the My Coke Fest, sponsored by, of course, Coca-Cola, is now making plans for their 2008 event, which will take place in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Johannesburg rockers Prime Circle will appear, along with international acts Chris Cornell, Muse, Kaiser Chiefs, and more to be announced in the next few weeks. The event will rock South Africa over two days, with those exact two days TBA...
 
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:  It may be a lengthy link, but it’s an entertaining one - Rolling Stone has posted their “Illustrated Guide to the Indie Rock Universe” online at http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2007/11/01/the-indie-rock-universe-an-illustrated-guide/ -
complete with, well, illustrations, and also streaming song files...

MINI BUZZ:
Magnetic Fields will drop their first album in four years on January 15; they’ve titled it Distortion...
Queens of the Stone Age will play a unique - to say the least - live venue of sorts (make that salts?) on November 20; a special audience of contest winners will get to see the band play unplugged in a salt mine one mile beneath Sondershausen, Germany...
Glam-folkster Patrick Wolf has announced that he’s launching his own digital-only record label, of which the first release will be a reissue of Wolf’s own album, Wind in the Wires...
Supergrass’ Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey have decided to gig as a separate-from-Supergrass duo while bassist Mick Quinn recuperates from a broken back; they’ll be playing around London through the end of November...
The latest Warchild charity concert took place last week at Brixton Academy in London, as curated by Keane with special appearances from The Magic Numbers, Guillemots, Findlay Brown, and The Raconteurs’ Brendan Benson...
And a sad goodbye this week to famed influential country music legend Porter Wagoner, who passed away from lung cancer on October 28, and whose most recent album, Wagonmaster, was released in June of this year...

This week ON CD: Duran Duran’s Red Carpet Massacre... The Killers’ Sawdust... Seal’s System... The Goo Goo Dolls’ Greatest Hits Vol. 1 - The Singles... Various Artists’ Concert for Diana... and The Hives’ Black and White Album... ON DVD: Ricky Martin’s Live Black and White Tour... The Police: Regatta De Blanc... Eagles’ California Nights Interviews... and Bon Jovi: Lost Highway - The Concert... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your fave artists?  Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com
 
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