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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Ground Zero ready to rock

Rick Coates - January 25th, 2010
Ground Zero ready to rock thanks to Doug Street
By Rick Coates
After a one year hiatus, Doug Street is now back at the helm of the Ground Zero Nightclub (Streeter’s, The Terminal) in Traverse City. Street, who developed the vision for the Streeter’s entertainment complex at the age of 23 after traveling to such entertainment destinations as Las Vegas and South Beach, sold his interest in the nightclub in late 2008 but retained ownership of the property.
After a successful 10-year run of bringing major club entertainment to Northern Michigan, Street decided to look for new challenges and opened a club in Grand Rapids. He is currently opening a restaurant and nightclub in downtown Grand Rapids near Van Andel Arena.
“I am commuting between Grand Rapids and Traverse City,” said Street. “I am energized and looking to be creative in this economy to re-brand Streeter’s into Ground Zero. I don’t think that Ground Zero really had an identity over the years, this place was either Streeter’s or The Terminal; now it will be known as Ground Zero.”

POPULAR DEMAND
Street was going to close down and restructure the operation until he heard from customers that they would pack the place if he would open immediately.
“I reopened immediately and didn’t have much expectation for our first night; we really had no opportunity to promote the reopening (The Terminal was closed for a week),” said Street. “But our first night back we were full for college night and so I decided to open on Saturday night and again we were full.”
So after two weeks of packed houses on Thursday and Saturday nights Street knows there is a need for Ground Zero in Northern Michigan.
“I think being creative in this economy without being deceptive is the secret. The customer is smart, they don’t want to be tricked,” said Street. “Right now we are offering no cover on College Night (Thursday) all night for those 21 and over and on Ladies Night (Saturday) no cover for the ladies and guys 21 and up get in for no cover until 11 pm. The feedback has been very positive.
“People are thanking me, wallets are tight but people want to go out and have a good time.”
Street built a reputation for bringing in major club acts and even auditorium acts with David Lee Roth and Hootie and the Blowfish. He has wasted no time returning to that formula and already has booked Puddle of Mudd with Cavo (2009 number one hit “Champagne”) for February 19. On Sunday, February 29, post grunge rockers Cold with their hits “Stupid Girl” and “No One” take to the stage. After disbanding three years ago Cold re-formed with its original line-up. They have recorded a new album and are currently touring with Nonpoint and Day of Fire. Female hard rockers Kittie perform March 12 with God Forbid and local power metal band Commonfaced opening.

UNCLE KRACKER
Uncle Kracker is returning with his big hit “Smile.” The Saturday March 13 show will feature Rehab, Jocaine and JTX (“Party Like A Rock Star”) who co-wrote the Kracker hit song “Smile.”
“Our focus right now is going to be opening just Thursday and Saturday nights with DJ and dance music and hosting concerts on other nights, said Street. “My plate is very full with my Grand Rapids projects but I am excited to be back in Traverse City and I see a lot of opportunity. As for more concerts, I have a lot of offers out there right now so I have just scratched the surface with these first four shows but look for a lot more this spring and summer. Also we have a lot of great bands in Northern Michigan and look for us to showcase them as well.”

For additional info check out groundzeroonline.com or call 231-932-1300.

 
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