Letters 10-24-2016

It’s Obama’s 1984 Several editions ago I concluded a short letter to the editor with an ominous rhetorical flourish: “Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 and the grand opening of the Federal Department of Truth!” At the time I am sure most of the readers laughed off my comments as right-wing hyperbole. Shame on you for doubting me...

Gun Bans Don’t Work It is said that mass violence only happens in the USA. A lone gunman in a rubber boat, drifted ashore at a popular resort in Tunisia and randomly shot and killed 38 mostly British and Irish tourists. Tunisian gun laws, which are among the most restrictive in the world, didn’t stop this mass slaughter. And in January 2015, two armed men killed 11 and wounded 11 others in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French gun laws didn’t stop these assassins...

Scripps’ Good Deed No good deed shall go unpunished! When Dan Scripps was the 101st District State Representative, he introduced legislation to prevent corporations from contaminating (e.g. fracking) or depleting (e.g. Nestle) Michigan’s water table for corporate profit. There are no property lines in the water table, and many of us depend on private wells for abundant, safe, clean water. In the subsequent election, Dan’s opponents ran a negative campaign almost solely on the misrepresentation that Dan’s good deed was a government takeover of your private water well...

Political Definitions As the time to vote draws near it’s a good time to check into what you stand for. According to Dictionary.com the meanings for liberal and conservative are as follows:

Liberal: Favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs.

Conservative: Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditions and limit change...

Voting Takes A Month? Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast Oct. 6, over three weeks before Election Day. Bob Ross (Oct. 17th issue) posits that perhaps evacuation orders from Governor Scott may have had political motivations to diminish turnout and seems to praise Hillary Clinton’s call for Gov. Scott to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline due to evacuations...

Clinton Foundation Facts Does the Clinton Foundation really spend a mere 10 percent (per Mike Pence) or 20 percent (per Reince Priebus) of its money on charity? Not true. Charity Watch gives it an A rating (the same as it gives the NRA Foundation) and says it spends 88 percent on charitable causes, and 12 percent on overhead. Here is the source of the misunderstanding: The Foundation does give only a small percentage of its money to charitable organizations, but it spends far more money directly running a number of programs...

America Needs Change Trump supports our constitution, will appoint judges that will keep our freedoms safe. He supports the partial-birth ban; Hillary voted against it. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, critical issues are at stake. Trump will increase national security, monitor refugee admissions, endorse our vital military forces while fighting ISIS. Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence will be an intelligent asset for the country. Hillary wants open borders, increased government regulation, and more demilitarization at a time when we need strong military defenses...

My Process For No I will be voting “no” on Prop 3 because I am supportive of the process that is in place to review and approve developments. I was on the Traverse City Planning Commission in the 1990s and gained an appreciation for all of the work that goes into a review. The staff reviews the project and makes a recommendation. The developer then makes a presentation, and fellow commissioners and the public can ask questions and make comments. By the end of the process, I knew how to vote for a project, up or down. This process then repeats itself at the City Commission...

Regarding Your Postcard If you received a “Vote No” postcard from StandUp TC, don’t believe their lies. Prop 3 is not illegal. It won’t cost city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal bills or special elections. Prop 3 is about protecting our downtown -- not Munson, NMC or the Commons -- from a future of ugly skyscrapers that will diminish the very character of our downtown...

Vote Yes It has been suggested that a recall or re-election of current city staff and Traverse City Commission would work better than Prop 3. I disagree. A recall campaign is the most divisive, costly type of election possible. Prop 3, when passed, will allow all city residents an opportunity to vote on any proposed development over 60 feet tall at no cost to the taxpayer...

Yes Vote Explained A “yes” vote on Prop 3 will give Traverse City the right to vote on developments over 60 feet high. It doesn’t require votes on every future building, as incorrectly stated by a previous letter writer. If referendums are held during general elections, taxpayers pay nothing...

Beware Trump When the country you love have have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against a possible Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed as a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country...

Picture Worth 1,000 Words Nobody disagrees with the need for affordable housing or that a certain level of density is dollar smart for TC. The issue is the proposed solution. If you haven’t already seen the architect’s rendition for the site, please Google “Pine Street Development Traverse City”...

Living Wage, Not Tall Buildings Our community deserves better than the StandUp TC “vote no” arguments. They are not truthful. Their yard signs say: “More Housing. Less Red Tape. Vote like you want your kids to live here.” The truth: More housing, but for whom? At what price..

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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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