Letters

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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Regina Spektor performs for President & guests

Kristi Kates - June 7th, 2010
Regina Spektor Performs for President and Guests
Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor performed this past weekend at the White House for President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and a host of prominent guests as part of the first-ever White House reception in honor of Jewish-American heritage. Spektor’s performance was especially poignant for many of the attendees, as she is a Russian-born Jewish performer who moved to the U.S. from Soviet Russia over twenty years ago. Spektor also recently dropped her fifth record, Far, and is set to embark on a European tour next month to support that very album...
Fellow singer-songwriter Damien Jurado is set to hit the road, too, on a big-time U.S. tour with Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground along as both Jurado’s backing band and opening act. Jurado’s touring in support of his upcoming album, Saint Barlett, which was released last week on Secretly Canadian Records, and which consists of twelve tunes that all began as demo songs that Jurado was mailing to a friend who was going through a difficult transitional period. Jurado’s tour dates will include stops in Milwaukee WI (6/8), Indianapolis (6/12), Cleveland (6/15), Philly (6/19), Austin TX (6/26), and Birmingham AL (6/24)...
And as most American Idol fans already know, the final results for the latest round of the singing popularity contest were passed out in a blockbuster TV presentation, with Lee DeWyze winning the rilly big shew and Crystal Bowersox serving as runner-up. Both performers were signed to Idol’s associate record labels, and will reportedly be putting out debut albums before the end of the year. DeWyze said in a recent interview that his will be influenced by the likes of Kings of Leon, Ben Harper, and Dave Matthews; while Bowersox explained that she likes to perform “simple songs that anyone can enjoy,” although she’s also an admitted fan of the, uh, slightly more complicated Alanis Morissette.

In related Idol news, departing judge Simon Cowell will be honored this week in London, England with a special BAFTA Award, which will honor his work as “one of the most brilliant entertainment producers of our time.” The jury’s out on whether or not Idol will be anywhere near as entertaining without Cowell’s forthright judgements and industry-sharp comments...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla has started his own record label; dubbed Trans Records, the imprint will be part of Warner Music’s Independent Label Group, and Walla’s already signed his first band - Washington’s The Lonely Forest, who will go into the studio with Walla himself to record their third album this spring. Keep an eye on both Walla’s work and future potential Trans Records’ release at www.myspace.com/chriswalla...

MINI BUZZ:
Killers frontman Brandon Flowers has been working hard on his first solo album with producers Stuart Price, Daniel Lanois, and Brendan O’Brien; Flowers’ set, dubbed Flamingo, will hit stores this upcoming fall...
White Stripes fans can now snag the duo’s Under the Great White Northern Lights book without having to shell out the entire $229 for the box CD/DVD set - the book is now being sold separately for $45...
Silverstein will release their own live CD/DVD, Decade: Live at the El Mocambo, on June 8, in part to celebrate the band’s ten-year anniversary...
This year’s famed Glastonbury fest is set for June 23 through the 27th this year in the UK, and will feature headliners Muse, and Stevie Wonder, although not prior headliners U2 (who cancelled in order to allow Bono to recover from back surgery); U2 will reportedly be replaced in that headliner spot by Gorillaz...
Orbital will be releasing their first tracks in six years with a double single, set to hit stores and radio on June 20...
Liam (Oasis) Gallagher’s Pretty Green clothing label is set to welcome in fellow Brit singer Paul Weller, who is planning to design suits and jackets for the fashion line...
And these artists have designed their very own albums and are presenting them in-stores this week for your perusal... ON CD: Hanson’s Shout it Out... Crystal Castles’ Crystal Castles... Christina Aguilera’s Bionic... Ratatat’s LP4... and We Are The In Crowd’s Guaranteed to Disagree... 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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