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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Winter music

Jack Pine - December 6th, 2010
Winter Music: Familiar faces join newcomers for sounds of the season
By Jack Pine
While others are singing “Let it Snow, Let it Snow,” and waxing their
skis, I  am mumbling to myself the lines of “In the Bleak Midwinter”
and thinking, “Now there’s a Christmas carol written for me.” Perhaps
I’d be wise to put up something of a fight, get into my car, scrape
the ice off the window, turn on the defroster and see a Northern
Michigan concert or two.
Following are some highlights for the season:
Blissfest Music Organization is doing its part to bring a little bit
of its summer festival spirit to the dark months. On December 19 at
the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, they will be hosting a
Winter Solstice Concert with Seth and May and Breathe Owl Breathe.
They all play in the area on a regular basis, but this is a rare
opportunity to see the young and talented good friends in one place.
Blissfest also offers harmonica wiz Harper in Harbor Springs on
January 15;  Ann Arbor folky legend Dick Seigel February 5 at Crooked
Tree; and the fabulous Irish group Solas in Harbor Springs on March
26. It’s a ways into the future, but tickets to the Solas show would
make good stocking stuffers. Meanwhile, the Harper show will be the
kick-off for a year of concerts celebrating 20 years of Northern
Express Weekly, in conjunction with concert venues throughout the
The InsideOut Gallery maintains a steady flow of music all year
regardless of the weather. The gallery will feature return visits from
jazz singer Rachel Borovik on January 7 and Brian Vander Ark of the
Verve Pipe on January 21.  Blues and soul powerhouse Ruthie Foster
will make the trip up north from Texas on January 23.
On February 17, a couple of non-music shows are coming to town that
look like they could be fun. Mummenschanz-style extravaganza “The
Aluminum Show” will be at the Traverse City Opera House and the
Popovich Comedy and Pet Theater will be at Interlochen’s Corson
Auditorium. They both have plenty of videos on youtube of their
performances to give an idea of what to expect. The Aluminum Show has
giant worm-like tubes and the Popovich Theater features pet tricks
such as cats shimmying up and down poles. It’s too bad they are on the
same day. Both shows look like they could help out with any potential
mid-February winter blues.

winter lineup

Blissfest Music
Seth Bernard and May Erlewine
wsg/ Breathe Owl Breathe
Winter Solstice Concert
December 19, 7 p.m.
Crooked Tree, Petoskey

Harper and Midwest Kind
January 15, 8 p.m.
Crooked Tree, Petoskey

Dick Seigel and the Brandos
February 5, 8 p.m.

March 26, 8 p.m.
Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center

Cheboygan Opera House
Mike Ridley and Friends - Christmas Celebration
December 12, 7 p.m.

Russian National Ballet - Sleeping Beauty
January 13, 7 p.m.

Gopherwood Music
Dick Seigel and the Brandos
January 22, 8 p.m.
Cadillac Elks Club

Red Sea Pedestrians
February 12, 8 p.m.
Cadillac Elks Club

Interlochen Center for the Arts
Jaleel Shaw, jazz saxophonist
January 15, 7:30 p.m.
Corson Auditorium

Joshua Roman, classical cellist
January 22, 7:30 p.m.
Corson Auditorium

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
February 17, 7:30 p.m.
Corson Auditorium

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
February 20, 7:30 p.m.
Corson Auditorium

Insideout Gallery
Dead Ovaries
December 26, 8 p.m.

Rachel Borovik
January 7, 8 p.m.

Brian Vander Ark
January 21, 8 p.m.
Ruthie Foster
January 23, 7 p.m.

Traverse City Opera House
Three Men and a Tenor
December 10, 8 p.m.

Butch Thompson’s New Orleans
Jazz Originals
January 22, 8 p.m.

Aluminum Show
February 17, 7:30 p.m.

March 4, 7:30 p.m.

Connemara Concerts
(Seamus Shinners)
December 28, 7:30 p.m.
Elk Rapids Town Hall

Andre Villoch
December 29, 7:30 p.m.
Del Micheals Studio Traverse City

Emma Cook (Leelanau County Singer/
Songwriter CD release show)
January 2, 5 p.m.
Loading Dock, Traverse City

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