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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Minifest concert series

- May 31st, 2011
MiniFest Concert Series : Free shows will celebrate 20 years of Northern Express

The Northern Express MiniFest will present some of the best of local music over the course of four Thursday evenings in June in a free concert series to be held at Lay Park in Traverse City’s Old Town.
“We’re inviting everyone to come down and to hear some great music in the park and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Northern Express Weekly,” said George Foster, co-publisher of the free newsweekly. Co-sponsoring the series is the Traverse City Parks & Recreation Commission.
The acoustic-oriented concerts will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays June 9-30 in Lay Park on Union Street (the tiny park just south of the Union Street dam).     The lineup includes Sour Mash (June 9), Soul Patch (June 16), Miriam Pico and David Chown (June 23) and the Fresh Fossils (June 30).  Warming up the shows will be the Acoustic Dynamite duo and special guests.
Of note, the public is encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets, as no seating will be provided.  Bring a picnic!  The stage will be oriented toward the river to avoid disturbing local neighborhoods.
This week Northern Express Weekly celebrates its 20th anniversary in a special edition of the paper to hit stands on May 30. The MiniFest will offer readers a chance to meet some of the staff and enjoy the sounds of bands featured in the paper.
Following is a rundown on who’s performing:

June 9 - Sour Mash: This old-time string band offers a foot-stompin’, high-fivin’, shucks & grins take on bluegrass, cowboy tunes, revamped contemporary songs and originals.  
Comprised of band leader Bill Dungjen on guitar/vocals (and many funny comments), Dick Costlow on guitar/vocals, Jonah Powell on fiddle, Mike Dorman on bass, Harry Dorman on banjo and Sandy Blumenfeld on slide guitar, Sour Mash is the house band at the Round Up open mic and radio show held each Thursday at the Hayloft on M-72, west of Traverse City.  Members of the band have been performing in one incarnation or another for the past 15 years, always hewing to the sounds of authentic Americana.

June 16 - Soul Patch:  With its current line-up formed in 2006, Soul Patch is as versatile as its members: Wink, Mando, Adam T, CB and Marc. Holding “a masters in groove,” the band cooks up everything from world beat to jazz, reggae, bluegrass, funk, surf, rockabilly, ska, blues and straight up rock n’ roll. 
“We never write a set list but are always prepared to feel our audience and bring them something they can move to,” says bandleader Christopher “Wink” Winkelmann. “Our shows are constantly taking on a new form that is inspired on the spot by the borderless space between the band and the listeners. We play songs with purpose but are not afraid to improvise.”
In short, expect “a sweet ride of organic grooves for your mind and feet.”

June 23 - Miriam Pico & David Chown:  Voted “Best Solo Performer” by readers of Northern Express in a survey earlier this year, Miriam Pico brings exceptional singing and songwriting skills to the stage, backed by pianist David Chown, a well-known veteran of local stages and a master of jazz and pop.
Miriam has recorded three albums over the course of the past six years, including her  2009 album with David, “S’bout Time.” A huge hit with audiences, the two have performed throughout the region, most recently as mainstays at Phil’s on Front.

June 30 - The Fresh Fossils: “Regulars” at Lil Bo Pub and Grille over the past two years, this dance-friendly band performs a mix of originals and covers, including updated sounds of the ‘60s and ‘70s by The Band, Neil Young, The Beatles, and the Yardbirds, to name a few.
“We’ve grown to a six-piece band with the recent addition of trumpeter/vocalist Michael Nunn,” says drummer Doug Moser, “so our local fan base has increased since most of our fans are our friends!”  
Moser is one of the core members of the band along with bassist Dave Wells and guitarist/vocalist/ songwriter Nick Talantis (who formed the rock/folk trio Where’s Norman 10 years ago).  The Fossils are rounded out by lead guitarist Dave Poinsett and Roko Jans on vocals/keyboards.  Sound man Jan Waling is an integral part of the band. “If you like what you’re hearing, it’s all because of Jan,” quips Moser.
 
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