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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Hall of Fame Nominees

Kristi Kates - December 7th, 2009
Hall of Fame Nominees
Include RHCP, Stooges, Abba
Next year’s ballot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees features yet another diverse roster of artists eligible for induction 25 years after their debut release (which means this crop released their first single no later than 1984.) The final list of inductees will be announced in January 2010, with the ceremony set to be held once again at New York’s Waldorf Astoria in March. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and LL Cool J are up for nomination alongside the likes of ABBA, The Stooges, The Hollies, Darlene Love, and Jimmy Cliff, among others, with RHCP and Cool J making the ballot on their very first year of eligibility; if Cool J gets inducted, he’ll be the third hip-hop act in the Hall, after Grandmaster Flash and Run DMC...
Canadian singer Avril Lavigne is currently completing her fourth album, which she says will show off her “mellower side,” as many of the songs are acoustic-based, as opposed to her previous punk-pop collections. Lavigne collaborated with Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley, on the album, (Whibley took on production duties for most of the songs); Butch Walker and Evan Taubenfield also contribute to the set. Lavigne is still sending her own line of clothing to Kohls stores, and will be adding an Avril Lavigne fragrance as well as releasing the new album, which is due this month and will be followed by a North American tour in February, 2010...
A Michael Jackson music tribute that was previously set for September in Vienna, Austria has now been rescheduled for June 2010 in London; the event was rescheduled mostly due to scheduling conflicts amidst the many big names that were slated to perform at the event, among them singers Mary J. Blige, Natalie Cole, and Chris Brown. Although the original tribute was supposed to be staged outside a 17th century palace in the Austrian city, no venue has been selected yet for the London event...
And a recent report in Variety confirms that singer-songwriter-dancer-actor Justin Timberlake has been cast as Napster co-founder/Facebook founding president Sean Parker in the upcoming movie The Social Network. The movie’s plot outlines the process that the founders of the social network Facebook went through in developing the ubiquitous time-sucking website; the script was written by The West Wing’s Aaron Sorkin, and is being exec-produced by Kevin Spacey...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Bob Dylan’s early holiday gift, the album Christmas in the Heart, was just released at the end of October, and now concert-streaming website Wolfgang’s Vault is offering an unearthed concert from Dylan and The Band’s 1974 tour that was recorded on Valentine’s Day; stop by www.wolfgangsvault.com to listen to the show that resulted in the live album Before the Flood - and for free, too...

MINI BUZZ:
Aussie band The Go-Betweens have had a bridge - formerly the Hale Street Link - named after them in their hometown of Brisbane; the bridge will now be called The Go Between Bridge, which the band’s Robert Forster says is “perfect, as bridges are romantic and poetic”...
Former Mazzy Star singer Hope Sandoval is prepping for the U.S. release of her new solo album with backing band The Warm Inventions...
Los Lobos have announced that they’ve found a new label at Shout! Factory Records, and they’re targeting early 2010 for the release of their 18th full-length disc...
Keith Richards has been keeping busy, as he recently spent some time recording a few songs with Jack White; Richards also told press that if he has his way, The Rolling Stones will start working on a new album in 2010...
Ex-Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler has selected early 2010, too, to launch his North American tour in promotion of the release of his new Get Lucky full-length album...
The Futureheads will be back with a new album sometime next year (although fans will likely be able to catch them on the road in the meantime); the band’s guitarist, Ross Millard, recently confirmed that the band is wrapping up tracking and mixing, and that the new album is more “complicated” than previous sets...
And as complicated or simple as they might be, these are this week’s new releases... ON CD: Memphis Bleek’s The Process E2... Alicia Keys’ The Element of Freedom... Timbaland’s Shock Value 2... Janet Jackson’s Number Ones... and Fall Out Boy’s Believers Never Die: Greatest Hits... ON DVD: Fall Out Boy: Believers Never Die - Greatest Hits*... and The Jonas Brothers’ Lines Vines and Trying Times... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

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