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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Kristi Kates - May 6th, 2004
It‘s a Match
 
Matchbox Twenty will drop a new double DVD on May 25th - *Show: A Night in the Life of Matchbox Twenty* will spotlight the band‘s June 28th, 2003 show at Atlanta, Georgia‘s Philips arena.  It‘s not just a concert DVD, though - the 3 1/2 hours of content also include a 50-minute documentary, an extensive photo gallery, and a multiple camera angles setup for two of the tracks.  The 20 songs included in the live performance portion of the disc feature all of Matchbox Twenty‘s big hits, from early singles “Push“ and “3 A.M.“ to the more recent tracks “Disease“ and “Unwell“...
 
Another new DVD coming out soon chronicles punk‘s longest running tour to date - namely the Vans Warped Tour.  Following the tour‘s 2003 trek, the DVD compiles footage of performances from Pennywise, Rancid, the Ataris, the Used, Sum 41, Less Than Jake, and Simple Plan, among others.  The disc also includes behind-the-scenes footage, from an hour‘s worth of interviews with both the musicians and tour personnel to a photo gallery and artwork from Robert Williams, the artist who is perhaps best known for creating the cover art for Guns N‘Roses *Appetite For Destruction* album.  Set to hit stores on June 22nd, this should hold Warped Tour fans over until this year‘s Warped event kicks off on June 25th in Houston, Texas, complete with New Found Glory, Good Charlotte, and Thursday...
 
This may come as a surprise to many Modern Rock readers, but actress Minnie Driver has a second hidden talent up her sleeve - she‘s been playing guitar, singing, and writing songs for over 10 years (at age 15 she was the lead singer/guitarist in the all girl punk band “The Drunk Sluts“) and is now set to release her debut solo album on indie singer-songwriter Pete Yorn‘s Trampoline Records.  Driver, whose influences are said to include Gillian Welch, Eddie Vedder, and Johnny Cash, mixes up acoustic guitar tracks with more “vibe-y“ bass lines on her tracks;  other musician friends who appear on her album are guitarist Marc Dauer and Wallflowers‘ keyboardist Rami Jaffee.  The first single, “Everything In My Pocket,“ can be heard both on Driver‘s own disc and on Trampoline Records‘ latest complilation, *Trampoline Records Greatest Hits Vol. II*.  She can also be heard singing in her current film, “Ella Enchanted,“ and in the new film version of “Phantom of the Opera,“ which is due out next winter...
 
And, in more “not what you‘d expect“ news, you might want to keep an eye out for the Mazzy Star-meets-Courtney Love sound of the new band Becky - they‘ve only been together for about three months, but are reportedly tearing up L.A. with their live shows and rapidly growing fan base.  So what makes Becky stand out?  Well, admittedly, they do have some great songs, but chances are a lot of their initial press coverage has been due to the fact that their lead singer is Rebecca Lord, one of the housemates from MTV‘s *The Real World: Seattle* show - and their bass player is Keanu Reeves.  No word yet on when their debut album will be out (you can download Becky songs in the meantime from their website, www.beckyband.com) but we‘ll keep you updated...
 
MINI BUZZ:
Atlanta, Georgia‘s Music Midtown Festival is set for the beginning of May, with scheduled acts including Courtney Love, Foo Fighters, Gary Jules, The Strokes, and Wyclef Jean...
This year‘s MTV Movie Awards will take place on June 5th and will be broadcast on June 10th on MTV, with film nominees including *Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl; The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; The Last Samurai; Lost in Translation; Finding Nemo; X2: X-Men United;* and *50 First Dates.*  “Best Dance Sequence* is the show‘s newest award category...
Former Smiths frontman-turned-solo artist Morrissey has booked three London appearances as part of the Meltdown Festival, where he‘ll be appearing at the Royal Festival Hall on June 11th, 12th, and 26th...
Jet, who have just wrapped a tour opening for fellow Aussies The Vines, are now back in their homeland of Australia, kicking new songs around for what will be their upcoming second album...
The Beastie Boys‘ new album is set to drop this summer - the Boys‘ latest, titled *To The Five Boroughs,* is a musical salute to their hometown of New York City;  the disc‘s first single is slated to be “Ch-Check It Out“...
And The Corrs have snagged a May 25th release date for their next album *Borrowed Heaven;*  The Corrs also plan to tour the U.S. in the fall...
 
ON CD:  Cutting Crew releases *The Best of Cutting Crew*... The Alarm drop their already critically-acclaimed *In The Poppy Fields*... Blue Rodeo releases *Greatest Hits Vol. 1*... A Perfect Circle offers up *Mer De Noms*... Lenny Kravitz presents *Baptism*... and Juliana Hatfield releases *In Exile Deo*...  ON DVD:  *Devo: Live*... *Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - The Videos*... X (Japan) - *Best*... and Music In High Places presents *The deftones Live in Hawaii*... and that‘s the buzz for this week‘s Modern Rock.
 
*Questions, comments, rants, raves about your fave artists or this column?  Send ‘em to Kristi at expressmodernrock@hotmail.com!*
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