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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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The Beat Goes on for Milliken Auditorium’s 20th concert season

Adam Fivenson - September 19th, 2011  

When Rory Block performed at the Bay Theater in Suttons Bay 20 years ago, she probably never dreamed she’d be back two decades later to headline at a local venue which was still in its infancy at the time.

But Block -- a master of slide guitar and the acoustic blues -- will be among the musicians participating in the 20th anniversary concert season at the Milliken Auditorium in TC this year.

In 1991, the Milliken Auditorium was just starting to spread its musical wings on the heels of the opening of the adjacent Dennos Museum Center. That first season, the mix was largely jazz, blues, worldbeat and a local production of “A… My Name is Alice.”

While theatrical productions have ebbed and flowed through the years, Milliken Auditorium has largely hung tight with its jazz, blues and world music format. Patrons aren’t likely to see much in the way of rock, country or pop acts crossing the Milliken stage, but there have been numerous folkloric acts from far-flung lands; up-and-coming blues artists; a perennial tribute to boogie-woogie; and a generous selection of jazz artists -- both traditional and contemporary.

This 20th anniversary season serves up a similar tried-and-true lineup in what the Dennos lauds as a “multi-genre feast drawn from around the globe.”

That feast includes some new entrees as well as old favorites with 16 performances by acts from China, Canada, Spain and the United States.

“Our 20th anniversary season is filled with groups that represent some of the finest in the musical genre of blues, jazz and world performance that have been part of the Milliken experience,” says Gene Jenneman, director of the Dennos Museum Center.

This year’s performers include:

Mr. B and Stephanie Trick Saturday, October 22 - 8 p.m. $25 advance, $28 door, $22 members

Boogie-woogie pianist Mr. B (Marc Lincoln Braun) of Ann Arbor performs with Stephanie Trick of Chicago, who at 21 was already considered by many of her peers to be among the best stride pianists in the world.

Cantus Saturday, October 29 - 8 p.m. $25 advance, $28 door, $22 members

Hailed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare) Cantus offers selections from many periods and genres, including chant, Renaissance music, contemporary works, art song, folk, spirituals, world music and pop.

AnDa Union Sunday, November 6 -- 7 p.m. $25 advance, $28 door, $22 members


A master of slide and acoustic guitar, Rory Block makes a rare appearance in Northern Michigan.

AnDa Union is a group of young Mongolians from Hohhot, China. Driven by their thirst to discover the power and magic of Mongol traditions and culture, they have stunned audiences all over the world with their music for the last eight years, performing in France, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Korea, Japan, Russia and the U.S.

Rory Block Saturday, November 12 -- 8 p.m. $25 advance, $28 door, $22 members

Heralded as “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists” (Blues Revue), Rory Block has committed her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats Friday, November 18 -- 8 p.m. $22 members, $25 Advance, $28 door

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a Chinese tradition that began more than 2,000 years ago. Direct from Hebei, China, the Golden Dragon Acrobats bring amazing artistry, beautiful costumes and props.

Enter the Haggis Friday, January 20 -- 8 p.m. $25 advance, $28 door, $22 members

If you’re not already a “Haggis Head” you will be after hearing this traveling band of Toronto musicians who play the music of Ireland and Scotland.

The Harlem Gospel Choir Saturday, January 28 -- 8 p.m. $30 advance, $35 door, $27 members

America’s premier gospel choir offers harmonious, hand-clappin’ songs of love hope & inspiration.

Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues Friday, February 3 -- 8 p.m.


AnDa Union brings the music of Mongolia in what many consider to be a stand-out show of the season.


Expect a roomful of hallelujahs form the Harlem Gospel Choir. 


The Marcus Roberts Trio offers jazz with classical roots. 

$25 advance, $28 door, $22 members

Blues harp player Billy Branch of Chicago has recorded and/or performed with a list of blues legends including Muddy Waters, Big Walter Horton, Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, Koko Taylor, Johnny Winter and Albert King.

Stanislav Pronin Saturday, February 18 -- 8 p.m. $25 advance, $28 door, $22 members

Born in Moscow and trained at the Odessa Conservatory, Stanislav Pronin established himself as one of the most brilliant violinists of his generation at a very young age.

Marcus Roberts Trio Saturday, February 25 -- 8 p.m. $30 advance, 35 door, $27 members

Blind since the age of 5, the self-taught prodigy Marcus Roberts studied classical piano and later toured and recorded with Wynton Marsalis. Now leading his own ensemble, he performs with drummer Jason Marsalis and bassist Rodney Jordon.

Larry Garner Blues Band Saturday, March 3 -- 8 p.m. $25 advance, $28 door, $22 members

Larry Garner and The Boogaloo Blues Band won the 5th Annual International Blues Challenge back in 1988, and he has toured extensively ever since, picking up numerous awards for his brand of the blues.

Tab Benoit Saturday, March 17 -- 8 p.m. $25 advance, $28 door, $22 members

Born and raised on the Louisiana bayou, this self-proclaimed “new kid from the old school” has been the standard bearer for a new generation of Cajun blues musicians – a traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, grafting elements of rock and soul to the indigenous sounds of the bayou.

Honky Tonk Angels Saturday, March 24 -- 8 p.m. $25 advance, $28 door, $22 members

Follow the adventures of three talented, sassy young women in this hit country musical

as they pursue their Music City dreams. “Stand by Your Man,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “9to-5,” “Harper Valley PTA,” “I’ll Fly Away,” “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” and “Ode to Billy Joe” are some of the favorites that make Honky Tonk Angels a musical hit.

Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Friday, April 13 -- 8 p.m. $25 advance, $28 door, $22 members

Under the direction of Spanish choreographer Juan Siddi, some of flamenco’s most creative musicians, singers and dancers from Spain and the U.S. bring the Spanish culture to the stage.

Nagata Shachu Friday, April 27 -- 8 p.m. $25 advance, $28 door, $22 members

Rooted in the folk drumming traditions of Japan, Nagata Shachu aims to rejuvenate and redefine this ancient art form with their array of Japanese taiko, gongs, bells, wooden clappers, shakers and bamboo flutes.

Fathers & Daughters Bob James & Chuck Loeb w/Hilary James & Lizzy Loeb Saturday, May 5 - 8 p.m. $30 advance, $35 door, $27 members

Grammy-winning jazz pianist Bob James along with his newest Fourplay band member, guitarist Chuck Loeb, bring their daughters Hilary and Lizzy to perform on vocals.

Tickets may be purchased online at http:// www.dennosmuseum.org or at the Dennos Museum Center ticket kiosk. Tickets are also available at the Milliken box office, 231-995- 1553 beginning October 5.

 
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