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Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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The Great Indoor Folk Festival

Robert Downes - February 2nd, 2009
Dozens of musicians from across the state are tuning their guitars and practicing their songs in preparation for The Great Indoor Folk Festival on Saturday, Feb. 7 in Traverse City.
The free festival will be held on the ground floor Mercato shopping corridor at Building 50 in the VIllage at Grand Traverse Commons from noon to 5:30 p.m. Visitors will find five performance “stages” spread out throughout the length of Building 50, with as many as 75 performers throughout the day.
“This is going to be an exciting day of acoustic music and family fun that’s open to the public free of charge,” says Adair Correll, one of the founders of Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round, which is hosting the event along with Northern Express Weekly. “We’ve got everything from some of the region’s top folk bands to the best singer-songwriters in the area performing throughout the day.”
The idea for the Indoor Folk Festival arose out of the club’s annual jam party at Building 50 which has been held for the past three years in May. “People liked our hallway concert so much that we thought it would be a good idea to expand it to an all-day festival in the winter when everyone’s looking for something fun to do,” Correll says.
Although the festival is a free, nonprofit event, the performers will offer their own CDs for sale as possible Valentine’s Day presents. There will also be a Family Fun Kids Stage with a hands-on art project by Angela Josephine.
Additionally, performers from the Great Lakes Musicians Coop will host an Open Mic Stage at the Another Cuppa’ Joe coffeehouse, with musicians from the general public invited to perform up to three songs per appearance.
“We’re thrilled to have some of the younger players from around the region performing at Another Cuppa’ Joe because it builds on the strength of folk music in Northern Michigan,” Correll says. “We have many long-time members in Songwriters in the Round, but always feel that it’s great to hear new voices.”

Who’s playing where at the Indoor Folk Fest:

Band Stage:
12:00-1:00 - Blind Dog Hank
1:10-2:10 - Three Hour Tour
2:20-3:20 - Song of the Lakes
& Friends
3:30-4:30 - New 3rd Coast
4:40-5:30 - Cabin Fever

Duo Stage
12:00-12:30 - Bill Brown & guests
12:40-1:10 - Barbara Faith Jordan
& Jeff Schroeder
1:20-1:50 - Bob, Jim & Mark’s
Acoustic Dynamite
2:00-2:30 - Jenny Thomas & guests
2:40-3:10 - Adair Correll & guests
3:20-3:50 - Dennis & Alison Palmer
4:00-4:30 - Patricia Pettinga &
Bill Willging
4:35-5:00 - Rick & Amber Buist
5:05-5:30 - Jim Crocket & guests

Kid’s Stage:
12:40-1:10 - Ron Fowler
1:20-1:50 - Patrick Niemisto
2:00-2:30 - Jeff Schroeder
2:40-3:10 - Kirby
3:20-3:50 - Jerre Stormer
4:00-4:30 - Mary Anne Rivers

Solo Stage:
12:00: 12:25 - Kurt Bullock
12:30-12:55 - John Bentley
1:00-1:25 - Mary Ann Rivers
1:30-1:55 - Ron Fowler
2:00-2:25 - Dennis Palmer
2:30-2:55 - Louan Lechler
3:00-3:25 - Fred Kramer
3:30-3:55 - Kirby
4:00-4:25 - Angela Josephine
4:30-4:55 - Les Dalgliesh
5:00-5:25 - Jerre Stormer

Open Mic:
Performers from the Great Lakes Musicians Coop will be featured throughout the day along with walk-ins from the general public. There will be a signup sheet at Another Cuppa’ Joe, with a three-song limit per set.

 
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