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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Got Foo? Get it at a theatre near you 3/21/11

Kristi Kates - March 21st, 2011
Got Foo? Get It at a Theater Near You
Foo Fighters revealed their documentary at SXSW (the South by Southwest Fest) last week, and now the masses will be able to view the band’s latest film project. Back and Forth, as the doc is titled, will now be showcased in theaters across the country, starting with a series of special screenings on April 5 during which the film will screen and will be followed by the broadcast of a live performance by the Foos themselves, who will perform their new album, Wasting Light, which hits stores on April 12…
Are they or aren’t they? The Darkness have been the subject of a plethora of internet rumors regarding whether or not they’ll be reuniting. But with a new website appearing online (theactualdarkness.com) that consists of a mysteriously floating, ‘70s-inflected band logo and not much else, save a few links to the band’s other pages - it seems like those rumors might be true. The names of the band members also come up in searches for the web domain. Very interesting…
Panic! at the Disco’s new album, Vices and Virtues has been moved up to a March 22 release date, prefaced by the band’s first new single, The Ballad of Mona Lisa, which you may have already heard on internet radio. The set is the band’s first new album in three years, was produced by Weezer collaborator Butch Walker and Neon Trees producer John Feldmann, and will be showcased on Conan O’Brien’s new late night show on March 28…
TV on the Radio are dropping their new set, Nine Types of Light, on April 12 on Interscope Records, with tunes including “Will Do” and “Caffeinated Consciousness.” After a landmark stop at Austin’s SXSW fest, the band will be performing a plethora of shows through the next few months, including stops in Providence, Rhode Island (4/15), Boston (4/16), Detroit (4/20 at St. Andrew’s Hall), Chicago (4/22 at the Metro), and Minneapolis (4/23 and 4/24)…

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Switchfoot are currently in the studio recording their next album, which they’re planning to take breaks from by doing a little touring in Australia and the Philippines this April and May. But if you’re stateside and not able to catch those live shows, you can still get a sneak peek of Switchfoot working on their new songs via a behind-the-scenes clip the band’s posted on their website; check it out at www.switchfoot.com…
MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Singer Cyndi Lauper, currently on tour, cheered up stranded crowds at an airport in Buenos Aires by snagging a public-address microphone and singing her ‘80s hit song, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” to her smiling, singing-along fellow strandees…
The Monkees will be celebrating their 45th (what?) anniversary as a band (well, sort of) with a UK tour kicking off this spring; Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork, and “the cute one” Davy Jones will all be participating, with potential U.S. dates TBA…
The Strokes have set April 1 as their live show date at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, at which they’ll be testing out songs from their brand new album, Angles…
The 2011 T in the Park fest in Scotland has announced part of its roster for this year, which will include Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, Brandon Flowers, Crystal Castles, Blondie, Bright Eyes, and Weezer, among others…
Radiohead guitar/instrument whiz Jonny Greenwood has been tapped to score the upcoming John C. Reilly film We Need to Talk About Kevin…
U2 have reportedly been working with producer Danger Mouse during their current studio sessions for the next U2 album…

And this week’s current new CD releases are ready for your purchase... James Blake’s James Blake... Edwyn Collins’ Losing Sleep... Josh Kelley’s Georgia Clay... Soundgarden’s Live on I-5... and The Strokes’ much-anticipated Angles... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

*Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com*
 
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