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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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Unsilent night

Erin Crowell - December 14th, 2009
Unsilent Night
Sound Sculpture aims to rock the holidays
By Erin Crowell
We live in a time where music is kept privately, stored in iPods and mp3 players the size of a stick of gum, audible only to the listener via earbuds or soundproof headphones.
But on Monday, December 21, participants will take off the headset and play the music proudly—and loudly—in cities all over the world, as part of the 18th annual “Unsilent Night” Holiday Sound Sculpture.
Traverse City and Lansing are the only Michigan cities participating in the community event where members carry boomboxes, laptops and other means of group-friendly portable devices to create a menagerie of sound – unique to each listener, depending on where they are in the crowd.
Left Foot Charley, the winery located on the grounds of the Grand Traverse Commons (formerly the Northern Michigan Asylum), will host the Traverse City event, starting at 7 p.m.
The walk will start and end at the winery, with a route that circles Building 50 – the structure topped by towering red spires.

SOUND REFLECTION
“We’re going to take a lot of video because this is a really unique place for the event,” says Bryan Ulbrich, winemaker and owner of Left Foot Charley.
Ulbrich says the dynamics of the old asylum structure will reflect the sound and contribute to the change of each listener’s perspective.
As unusual as it may seem, there is structure to the event. The music “Unsilent Night,” written by composer and sound sculpture visionary Phil Kline, is described as sounding like a “winter wonderland of shimmering sleigh bells, chimes and grand chorales.”
Upon signing up, registrants are directed to the link information for downloading a certain part of the song.
Ulbrich encourages people to sign up early so they can receive a CD or link to the download.
Originally started in New York City, the event draws crowds of up to 1,500 participants that walk from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park.
This month, Traverse City joins Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, London, Berlin and Vancouver (among others) as the newest members – totaling 45 participating cities on three continents.
The event has grown in popularity, and it was only a matter of time before Northern Michigan caught on.
“I was driving to work last year and heard about it on NPR,” says Ulbrich. “I thought ‘what a perfect idea for the Village.’”
After the walk, participants may enjoy free hot cider and cookies, with available adult beverage purchases at the bar.

The “Unsilent Night” Holiday Sound Sculpture will happen on Monday, December 21, at Left Foot Charley Winery, located in The Village, on the grounds of the Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City. Meet at the winery at 7 p.m. The walk starts at 7:30 p.m. and lasts approximately 40 minutes. Bring your own portable device including laptops, boomboxes, iPod docks and any other “sound blaster.” Sign-up at leftfootcharley.com or call 231-995-0500. For more information on the international event, visit unsilentnight.com.




 
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