Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Interlochen kicks off its Fall/Winter Season

- October 5th, 2009
Interlochen Kicks Off
Its Fall/Winter Season
What’s up at Interlochen for the fall/winter season? Pretty much a rubber stamp of the classical/cultural lineup that has been standard fare for Corson Auditorium over the past 20 years, including the ever-popular “A Christmas Carol” (re-envisioned this season as a musical). Don’t expect Steve Miller in the ‘off’ season.
But, before you can say, “What? No ‘Nutcracker’?” be advised that there are a few surprises in this year’s lineup, including comedy and jazz acts.
Here’s the run-down on what to expect now through April:

• “COLLAGE,” on Thursday and Friday, October 8 and 9. One of Interlochen’s most popular events, this sampler of student performances encompasses music, dance, theatre, creative writing, visual arts and film.
• Michigan native JOHN HEFFRON burst onto the comedy scene while still in college – at the University of Michigan’s Main Street Comedy Showcase. His comedy has evolved organically as he has grown from fun-loving college student to bewildered husband, and his youthful personality and cynical wisdom result in a witty combination that nobody can resist. Winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Heffron will bring his stand-up routine to Corson Auditorium on Wednesday, October 14.
• The VIENNA BOYS CHOIR appears Wednesday, Nov. 4. Founded by Emperor Maximilian I in 1498, the incomparable Wiener Sängerknaben offers Austrian folk songs and waltzes, pop songs, classical masterpieces and medieval chant.
• ALASDAIR FRASER and NATALIE HAAS recreate the classic musical marriage of big and small fiddles on Nov. 5. Fraser is one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced, acclaimed by the San Francisco Examiner as “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling.” Natalie Haas is a brilliant American cellist. They create Scottish fiddle music of unrivalled beauty, eloquence and passion.
• Nov. 20-22, the Interlochen Dance Ensemble and Orchestra celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ballets Russes with “DANCE REVOLUTION.”
• “A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MUSICAL” Dec. 11-13. Charles Dickens’s timeless tale of redemption and kindness comes alive in a spectacular musical production, featuring live orchestra.
• ROBIN EUBANKS (brother of The Tonight Show music director Kevin) is the premier jazz trombonist of his generation. Eubanks performs with the Arts Academy jazz ensemble on Jan. 15.
• Tuba virtuoso CAROL JANTSCH gained local fame when, as an Interlochen Arts Academy student, she performed Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumble Bee in full bee costume on NPR’s “From the Top.” On Jan. 23, Jantsch will perform John Williams’ “Tuba Concerto” with the Interlochen Arts Academy orchestra.
• The ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET COMPANY combines the grace and elegance of classical ballet with an eclectic repertoire of sharp new works by some of the world’s foremost choreographers on Feb. 16.
• THE MOSCOW CIRCUS presents “A Russian Folk Fair” on Feb. 22. Based on centuries-old Russian traditions and fables, the production is a dramatic tale featuring Russian folk musicians, dancers, clowns and physical feats that will steal your breathe away.
• Tomie DePaola’s “STREGA NONA: THE MUSICAL” runs March 24. Based on the beloved children’s books, “Strega Nona” is the musical tale of a friendly witch with a funny name who strives to cure the ills of her tiny Italian town.
• MIGUEL ZENÓN has topped the Downbeat Critic’s Poll in the Rising Star Alto Sax category four times in the last five years. Zenn will perform with his quintet on April 10.
• STUDENT PRESENTATIONS: In addition to “Dance Revolution,” the Interlochen Dance Ensemble present winter and spring dance concerts. Additional student theatre performances will include “Antigone,” “Hotel Paradiso” and Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labours Lost.” Interlochen motion picture arts students will offer two evenings of student film screening; the Creative Writing Division will host regular readings by students, faculty and guest artists; and the Visual Arts Division will present a full line-up of gallery exhibitions, all free and open to the public. A complete list of student events can be found at www.interlochen.org.

Tickets for Interlochen’s fall and winter performance are available online at http://tickets.interlochen.org. To purchase tickets over the phone, call the Interlochen Box office at 800-681-5920 or 231-276-7800 from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday and noon to 4pm on Saturday.
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