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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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A birthday light for Lennon

Kristi Kates - October 3rd, 2007
A Birthday Light For Lennon

Yoko Ono has followed through on a project that she and John Lennon discussed 40 years ago - namely, the Imagine Peace Tower, which will be unveiled on October 9, which would have been Lennon’s 67th birthday. The tower, which is a stories-tall beam of light that will emanate from a wishing well bearing the words “imagine peace” in 24 languages, was built on the coast of the Island of Vioey in Iceland; engineers from Iceland and Japan worked from Ono’s design to build it. The tower will be lit each year from October 9to December 8, “so it has the feeling of the shortness of life, but the light is eternal,” Ono said. “Wishes” that were collected through Ono’s wish tree artworks that she has had set up at gallery shows around the world - around 495,000 in all - will also be buried in capsules around the tower, each topped with a tree, to result in what will eventually be a forest of peace, a great and artistic legacy for the fallen Beatle...

A meticulous tribute album to Madonna has been completed and will hit stores on November 20 on Manimal Vinyl, with 25% of the proceeds set to benefit the Raising Malawi Organization. The album itself, which has been dubbed Through the Wilderness: A Tribute to Madonna, will include such indie performers as Devandra Banhart (covering Maddie’s “Live to Tell”), Apollo Heights (“Dress You Up”), Mountain Party (“Material Girl”), and Jonathan Wilson (“La Isla Bonita”); several additional tracks by the likes of Siddhartha (“Holiday”) and Pangaeans (“Impressive Instant”) will be available via iTunes only...

Indie singer-songwriter Andrew Bird is working hard to promote his brand-new studio album, Armchair Apocrypha, and, as fans will already know, he’s spent the past couple of months doing live shows all on his own. Now, he’s getting back on the tour bus for a couple of reasons, both of which will give Bird a little more camaraderie than his previous outing; he’ll start off this week opening shows for Wilco, and will then transfer over to work with Conor Oberst on Oberst’s current Bright Eyes tour. Tour stops for Bird will include Minneapolis (10/10), Chicago (10/19), Kalamazoo, MI (10/20), and Providence, Rhode Island (11/29)...

And, in music consumer news, Amazon.com has chosen this week to launch their AmazonMP3 digital music store, which will serve as an addition to their already booming CD purchase store, and which will begin with an inventory of over 2 million songs. In a direct stab at iTunes, Amazon.com has made a number of their MP3 selections 89 cents - 10 cents cheaper than iTunes’ standard pricing. In addition - brace yourself, iTunes - the AmazonMP3 digital files aren’t restricted to one format, and can be played on all available digital music players; all songs are compatible with both iTunes and Windows Media Player...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: Fancy yourself a remix artist? Then hop on over to Apples In Stereo’s Super Hi-Fi Remix Contest to see if you can better the pros. Fans will be able to mix the band’s “Can You Feel It” track, and then the band will judge the submissions themselves, with the winner scoring prize packages from Sony Creative Software and MacBeth Footware. To download the tracks and subsequently upload your mix (contest ends October 19), just go to www.theapplesinstereo.imeem.com...
MINI BUZZ:
Future Sound of Breaks are heading out onto their giant World Tour, and they’ll stay on that worldly tour trail from this week all the way through January 19...
Annie Lennox is still on the road through mid-November, including stops in San Diego (10/8), Chicago (10/19), Detroit (10/22), Toronto (10/23), Philly (11/10), and Boston (11/11)...
Duran Duran, as rumored, have indeed teamed up with Justin Timberlake to work on a couple of tracks for D2’s upcoming new album, Red Carpet Massacre - the two new tunes, “Falling Down” and “Nite Runner” will hit stores along with the rest of the band’s new CD on November 12...
Lifehouse, fresh from their successful support jaunt of the Goo Goo Dolls’ national tour, are now heading back out onto the road to promote their newest album, Who We Are, including stops in Indianapolis (10/5), Las Vegas (10/20), San Diego (10/21), and Madison, Wisconsin (10/27)...
They Might Be Giants might be touring, too - well, they are going to be touring, actually, in support of their 12th studio album, The Else - their tour dates will include sets in Boston (10/19), Athens, GA (11/1), Chicago (11/10), Grand Rapids (11/13), Ann Arbor (11/14), and Buffalo, NY (11/16)...
Aaand one more road warrior for this week - namely Chris Cornell, who will trek through Canada, Australia, and the US, visiting, among other places, Dallas (10/30), Nashville (11/14), Denver (11/20), and Aspen, Colorado (11/21)...

ON CD... Iggy Pop’s Live San Francisco 1981... Sleeping States’ There are the Open Spaces... Thurston Moore’s Trees Outside the Academy... Schoolyard Heroes’ Abominations... Magnet’s Simple Life... and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder’s debut solo album, Music for the Motion Picture Into the Wild...ON DVD... Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Story... Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos: Live at the Hollywood Paladium 1988... and, of course, Fraggle Rock - The Complete Third Season... 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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