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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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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