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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Bowie‘s storytelling reserfaces on CD/DVD set

Kristi Kates - July 13th, 2009
Modern Rock
Kristi Kates 7/13/09

Bowie’s Storytelling Resurfaces on CD/DVD Set
Ten years later, David Bowie’s legendary 1999 appearance on VH1’s Storytellers series is finally being released as a CD/DVD set (and also as a download) via EMI Records. On the disc(s), Bowie performs classics like “Life on Mars” alongside a plethora of tracks from Bowie’s then-new album hours; with the CD/DVD set, fans will also get several outtakes, including an interesting version of Low’s “Always Crashing in the Same Car,” and several other interesting tidbits. The set will show up on July 14 - hopefully Bowie himself, who’s been well out of the spotlight lately, will do the same shortly thereafter...
Echo and the Bunnymen recently had the honor of being sent into space with astronaut Timothy Korpa on his mission to the International Space Station; Korpa, a longtime fan of the band, contacted them through their website and asked if they’d pick one of the albums he’d take with him to the ISS. The band, of course, were impressed, and sent Korpa an autographed copy of Ocean Rain. Speaking of Ocean Rain, a box set featuring a live version of the album (recorded in November 2008), a DVD documentary, and a special booklet was released last month; the band’s 10th studio album, The Fountain, is expected out sometime this year...
44 years after The Beatles performed the first concert ever held at New York’s Shea Stadium, a Beatle is returning to bestow a similar honor on the Citi Field Stadium in Queens, NY, the new home of the New York Mets. That Beatle is Paul McCartney, whose two shows on July 17th and 18th will be his first U.S. stops since his set at May’s Coachella Festival; McCartney’s shows will take place rain or shine, with tix available now at www.507tixx.com (but good luck, they’ll sell fast)...
And after a four-year break, singer-songwriter David Gray will be back on the charts in September with Draw the Line, his first full-length album since his 2005 release, Life in Slow Motion. This set will also serve as Gray’s debut on his new label home, Mercer Street Records, as well as his first recorded appearance with his new bandmates. Draw the Line also features eleven new songs and guest vocals from singer Annie Lennox, whose voice should blend beautifully with Gray’s on the set; the first single is slated to be the album’s opening track, “Fugitive”...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
In other music-related art news, artist Andy J. Miller and The Yellow Bird Project have collaborated on The Indie Rock Coloring Book, a booklet of uber-cute drawings that you can color inspired by indie-rock hit songs; proceeds benefit the Global Fund, so snag one, grab your crayons, and start coloring in the likes of The National, The Shins, and Rilo Kiley. You can get your own copy at www.chroniclebooks.com for $9.95...

MINI BUZZ:
NYC classic modern new waver Blondie and ‘80s pop-rocker Pat Benetar are set to co-headline a U.S. tour this summer; the jaunt will kick off in California on July 21, and will criss-cross the country before wrapping in Houston, Texas on August 23...
50 Cent will play one of the lead roles alongside Forest Whitaker in a modern version of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, although there’s no word yet on who will play which part...
The Beach Boys have just released their latest collection, Summer Love Songs, which includes a song written and recorded by Dennis Wilson waaay back in 1970; the track has never before been released in the U.S., and is also newly mixed in stereo...
Elbow were honored with what they’ve called “their most prestigious accolade thus far” - the freedom of their UK hometown of Bury in an award ceremony, where they were lauded alongside Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle...
Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday will be celebrated with a special concert in New York City featuring Stevie Wonder, Dave Stewart, Wyclef Jean, Queen Latifah, and Aretha Franklin, among others, on July 18...
Jack White recently told the press that the White Stripes - who have been in hibernation for quite a while now - will likely resume recording new tunes later this year, after White devotes his summer to his latest band project, The Dead Weather...
And here are a plethora of other new tunes for you via this week’s new discs... ON CD: The Eagles’ Hotel California (Remastered)... Kiss Kiss’ The Meek Shall Inherit What’s Left... Project 86’s Picket Fence Cartel... and stellastarr*’s Civilized... ON DVD: Michael Jackson: Never Surrender... 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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