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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Poets Rock!

Robert Downes - September 29th, 2008
There’s no other way to say it: poet Derrick Brown kicks ass. He’s an action-adventure poet, swinging to the stage from the end of a vine with a ululating Tarzan yell and a ray gun in his belt. Well, not really, but the one thing you can expect from Brown’s multi-media poetry readings is the unexpected -- and that it will be the best night of poetry you can imagine.
A former paratrooper, gondolier, magician, and “fired weatherman,” Brown is bringing some of the world’s top-gun poets to the Traverse City Opera House stage on Saturday, Oct. 4 as part of his “Junkyard Ghost Revival” show that blends comedy, music and performance art with poetry.
“It’s more like a theater experience than a poetry reading, with everything planned out,” Brown says by phone from his home in Venice, California.
“Most of the poets who will be appearing are those I met at the National Poetry Slam in Madison, Wisconsin,” he adds. “We’ve got a world champion on our team, who won slams in Munich and Paris. We decided that it would be better if we all got together and went on tour.”

WHO’S WHO
The lineup at the upcoming show includes the following:
•Buddy Wakefield, a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion has been featured on NPR, BBC, CBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and venues all across the globe.
• Anis Mojgani, a two-time National Poetry Slam Individual Champion, one of only two people to ever win the title more than once. He also took first place at France’s 2007 World Cup Poetry Slam, and has been on HBO and NPR.
• Rotating in will be up-and-comers Andrea Gibson, Sonya Renee, Robbie Q, and Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz.
Then there’s Brown, a resident of Nashville who performs 130 shows per year and has appeared on 1,200 stages a round the world. Poetry has been his magic carpet, taking him to a number of countries along with every state in the U.S. except for Alaska and Maine (which he plans to hit on this tour).
Perhaps it was his experience as a paratrooper with the 82nd U.S. Airborne that gave him the confidence to drop from dizzying heights into the hearts and minds of his audiences, overpowering them with wit and words. “I try to go for the cutthroat images,” he says.
That stint in the military was preceded by a career as a magician, which also energizes his work. “It was a strange transition going from those worlds to this one,” he notes. “After getting out of the service, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, except that I didn’t want to work in a warehouse or something like that. Then the coffeehouse explosion came along in the early ‘90s and I started doing poetry.”
Something clicked, foremost of which is the power of his words. Brown is a writer who paints whimsical images and exotic vistas in the listener’s mind. His words are so true and filled with visions that you wonder if writing comes naturally.
“No, for me it’s definitely work,” he says. “I slave over these suckers. I feel like every other writer I’ve met: it’s better to have written than to write. My work comes to me in little pieces -- I write ideas on bar napkins or my arm and then file them away.”
But those nuggets are paying off with a new book, “Scandalabra,” which has won the endorsement of a number of actors and comedians. Brown plans to take his new material on the road to Europe next May.
What about his showmanship? He frequently opens for the Indie rock group, Cold War Kids and has performed with The White Stripes and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Does he ever get stage fright?
“Yeah, I feel like I’m going to wet my pants,” Brown says. “I have a little backstage ritual that involves beer to get ready for a show.”
The soundtrack for his show tends to be electronic music -- often songs direct from his iPod which people have given him to check out.
“The thing we’re trying to do with the Junkyard Ghost Revival is to make it the most amazing and unique theater experience for the audience,” Brown says. “We’ve got a mission to charge the people up -- there’s going to be a lot of laughs and a lot of literary power.”

Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $15, Saturday, Oct. 4 at the TC Opera House.

Other Upcoming Opera House Shows:

• Saturday October 18, 8pm: Comedy Central Comedian John Caparulo fresh off Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Tour. ($35 Ticket)

• Friday October 31, 8pm and Midnight: Rocky Horror Picture Show - 8pm & Midnight. Dress to kill, cash bar. ($10 Ticket & $5 Prop Bag)

• Monday November 10, 8pm: Folk Singer Martin Sexton with Mike Moran. (Tickets $20, $25, $32)

• Friday November 21, 7:30pm: Chinese Pianist Xiayin Wang - before her Carnegie Hall CD debut. (Tickets $29 Adults & $15 Students)

• Saturday November 29, 11:30am and 2pm: Junie B Jones - Live NY Children’s Theater. (Tickets $10 Adults & $5 Children 12 & under)

• Friday January 30, 7pm and 9:30pm: NBC’s Last Comic Standing top 5 finalist live.
(Tickets: $35, $45, $55)


See www.cityoperahouse.org
for tickets and details.
 
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