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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Lollapalooza 2010

Kristi Kates - August 30th, 2010
One Weekend of Rock: Lollapalooza 2010
By Kristi Kates
After several travel-related snafus, our specially-commissioned Lollapalooza spies hit the ground running on Saturday morning in early August for the 2010 edition of the top-notch music festival.
Lolla was expanded this year - the total acreage assigned to the fest in Chicago‘s Grant Park has been increased from 80 to 115, with a couple of the stages moved across the street, along with the environmental and shopping areas. While this made for much easier traversing from one end of the park to the next via a carless Columbus Avenue, attendance was increased, too - so those sweaty masses of people were still the same once you were actually jostling for position in front of one of the stages to watch a show.
That‘s Lolla‘s only real downfall - the massive overload of people (not all of whom are as, er, polite as they should be) - but perhaps festival organizers will reach a happy medium in numbers next year now that they‘ve changed over to the fest‘s cool new layout.
Early on Saturday, Aug. 7, though, the dusty, sunny baseball fields of the grounds were thankfully devoid of people before the gates opened, and everyone was busily setting up - well, pretty much *everything* - in prep for the massive hoards of music fans that would soon arrive.

And arrive they did, to kick off the day taking in tunes from the appropriately-named Morning Benders, Harlem, a revitalized Devo, and Wild Beasts, plus the “huh?“ appearance of Blues Traveler, who, perhaps unsurprisingly, played nothing new.
Saturday afternoon‘s highlights included The Pretenders‘ Chrissie Hynde, and a sharp set from indie-rockers Spoon, who doled out catchy underground hits like “Nobody Gets Me Like You“ and “The Underdog,“ with frontman Britt Daniel decked out in a summer-friendly white tee and white jeans.
Plenty of Saturday‘s overheard conversations were about the two headliner shows the previous (Friday) evening. At one end of the park, Lady Gaga and her fans aka ‘little monsters‘ took over; Gaga‘s stage set consisted of plenty of Vegas-worthy elements, from her way-over-the-top costumes to an oversized “crashed bus.“
But as usual, Gaga‘s performance was far more flash (and cursing) than actual musical substance, and the goggling Gaga hoards in their copycat Gaga costumes were reportedly more than equalled by the massive hipster crowd at the other side of the fest, who were taking in a rare live appearance this year by Friday‘s co-headliners, the NYC indie-smart-rockers The Strokes.
The Strokes, fronted by a leather-jacketed, sunglass-wearing Julian Casablancas (who also dropped a solo album of his own this year), stood coolly onstage in fine hipster form, reeling calmly through sharp, focused hits like “Last Night,“ “Reptilia,“ and opener “Vision of Division.“ It may have been their first show in four years, but everyone agreed that the band played as deftly as ever, unshaken by their newly major stage presence and properly stirring up the crowd to singalongs and cheering.

As Saturday continued into evening, the battle was on between Phoenix and Green Day, the night‘s pair of headliners.
A huge audience massed to watch Thomas Mars and Phoenix tackle their headline spot, complete with searchlights criss-crossing the sky and colored gels highlighting the French band‘s propellant beats, ringing guitars, and soaring vocals. Highlights of the Phoenix set included the interestingly-structured “Love Like a Sunset,“ which devolved itself into a guitar duet by the middle of the tune; the band‘s tribute to fellow French band Air with their cover of Air‘s “Playground Love“; and Phoenix‘s own lighters-in-the-air-worthy festival track, “1901.“
At the Green Day set over on the Parkways stage, an equally gigantic crowd collected to watch the punk-turned-theater-rock band, and Green Day definitely put on a Show with a capital “S.“ Some of Green Day‘s early punk freshness seems to have been absorbed into their success - their set seemed overwrought at times, and occasionally more interested in impressing the audience with pyro and rambling dialogue instead of music - but you can‘t deny the band‘s hits, and it was fun to hear their twenty years‘ worth of singalongable rockers live and in-person.
Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong invited a fan onstage to sing one of Green Day‘s songs - and after the fan did so (quite admirably in front of such an enormous crowd), Armstrong gave the guy one of his guitars, which resulted in the newbie singer giving Armstrong a giant, enthusiastic dude hug. Aww.

Lolla - which had managed to avoid both excessive heat or rain both Friday and Saturday - was struck with darkened skies, wind, and rain for much of Sunday, rendering the well-trampled ground into mud and adding a pungent scent to the early day‘s mix. Bands on the wrong side of that wind were none too pleased, either, as rain blew into electronic equipment and sent stagehands scrambling to protect and replug various instruments and gear.
The Antlers, Hockey, and the Dodos were a few of the early-day highlights, as were The Cribs, who welcomed legendary Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr onstage; folk-rock buzz band Mumford and Sons and Minus the Bear also got some well-deserved attention. And singer Erykah Badu brewed up some attention of the wrong kind for herself, arriving late, grumpily snapping at the crowd to “settle down now,“ and acting fairly unconcerned about her own performance.
As evening arrived, The National set things up nicely for the two upcoming Sunday headliners with their strong, strummy set; and the stages on each end of the park embarked into competition again to see if Soundgarden or Arcade Fire would snag the most viewers.
These are two vastly different styles of band, of course, so there were ample crowds at both sets. Fans were pleased to hear that Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell was in powerful voice (and yes, they did perform “Black Hole Sun“), and Win Butler and his Arcade Fire bandmates offered a more lush sound, filling out their prettier tunes with strings, chimes, and accordian.
And in spite of the massive crowds, that‘s the great thing about Lollapalooza - there‘s also a massive list of bands to choose from, which means something awesome to listen to for... well, pretty much every rock fan out there.

*Check out pics, video, and other info at the fest‘s official website, www.lollapalooza.com. Hotel rooms and transportation sell out quickly, so start making your plans now for next year‘s event, set to be held in Chicago‘s Grant Park August 5-7 2011.*

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