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A Study In Mudslinging In the January 12 issue of Northern Express, Grant Parsons wrote a piece that touched on behind-the-scenes campaign financing. Mr. Parsons referenced attack ads he received in the mail prior to the November elections.

Sad Story I read with sadness in the Detroit Free Press of 24-year-old Angela Marie Alexie, who abandoned her just born baby boy in an unheated Eastpoint, Michigan garage to die alone in the cold, and who had also previously lost 3 children to foster care, the youngest of which, a girl, suffered withdrawal symptoms because of Alexie’s drug use during pregnancy.

Balance On The Page Having looked through the Northern Express for years, I have finally found something worth reading besides News of the Weird and the Advice Goddess!

An Eye On Congress The U.S. Senate on January 21 voted 98 for and 1 against to adopt a non-binding resolution stating, “It is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.”

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The Bihlman Brothers Get Real

Rick Coates - November 26th, 2012


Hometown heroes Jabo and Scot Little Bihlman return to return to Northern Michigan this week to join their older brother Charlie to shoot the pilot for their new reality TV show, "Blood Brothers."
  The Northern Michigan blues rockers moved their operation out west a few years ago, where Jabo is part of the Las Vegas scene, while brother Scot is involved in the L.A. and Hollywood happenings. The two return to Northern Michigan each summer for a couple of shows for the hometown fans. It was during one of those shows that that the reality TV show idea was hatched.
   The public is invited to be part of the filming fun.  “On Friday November 30 from 7 to 9 pm we are going to be Lucky Jacks in Traverse CIty for bumper cars, bowling and a bunch of other fun stuff happening and this is where we are asking all of our fans to come out and be a part of this,” said Jabo. “You could end up on national TV.
   The Bihlmans are also performing a concert this Saturday at Union Street Station, with all welcome.

Check out the full story in this week's Northern Express Weekly.

 
Other Must-Do events this week:
 
Tuesday 11/27
-- Ring in the Season: Classical string orchestra performance by the Traverse Symphony Orchestra's Civic String Ensembles at the City Opera House, TC, 7pm. Reception to follow. Includes a repeat performance at the Grand Traverse Mall food court on Nov. 30, 5:30pm. Both events are free.
--10 Myths of the Vietnam War: Exhibit at The History Center of Traverse City, 7pm. Free to all veterans. Museum admission, $5.
 
Thursday 11/29
-- Everest High Passes: Join Sara Cockrell at Backcountry North, TC, 7-8:30pm, for a slideshow presentation on her hiking journey in Nepal. Suggested $10 donation benefits mountain porters of the region. Includes a silent auction. Call 941-1100 to reserve your spot.
-- Singer, Songwriter & Storyteller: Joel Mabus performs original seasonal tunes at the Garden Theater, Frankfort, 8pm. Tickets, $15 in advance; $20 at the door. 231-352-7561.
-- National Writers Series: Michael Connelly, author of "The Black Box," along with special guest host Bryan Gruley, author of the "Starvation Lake Mystery Series, will speak at the City Opera House, TC, 7pm. Tickets, $20 in advance; $25 at the door.
Holiday Open House: Melissa and Company Salon, 2523 Charlevoix Ave. All day, featuring food, drinks and drawings.

Friday 11/30
--Suttons Bay Holiday Festival: Holiday stroll featuring carols, refreshments and drawings by local merchants in downtown Suttons Bay, 5-8pm
-- Simon & Garfunkel Tribute with a nine-piece band performing top hits by the '60s duo: InsideOut Gallery, TC, 8pm. Tickets, $15 in advance; $18, door.
-- Holiday Parade: Caroler wagons, decorated vehicles, city trucks and more head through Mackinaw City, 5pm. Crafts, cookies and cocoa to follow at Mackinw Crossings.
-- Swing Dance Series: North Central Michigan College cafeteria, Petoskey, 7:30pm. Instruction starts at 6:45pm. $10 for adults; $5 for kids. Includes music by the Up North Big Band.
-- Tree Lighting & Holiday Open House: Live music, carols in downtown TC, 5pm. Santa arrives, with the tree lighting at 6pm. Horse and carriage rides available, 6:30-9pm.
 
Saturday 12/1
-- Good on Paper Improv: Comedy troupe performs at Schmuckal Theater of the Old Town Playhouse, TC, 11pm. Tickets, $5.
 -- Merry Marketplace: Christmas arts & crafts show at the Old Art Building, Leland, 10am-4pm. Includes cookies and coffee.
-- Winter Fest Weekend: Hayrides, wreath decorating, Santa visit, cookies, cocoa, ornament making, wine tasting and more at Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs, 11am-4pm.
-- Farmland 5K: European style cross-country foot race at Rasho Farms, TC, at noon. Post-race party includes free chili, corn chowder, hot chocolate and bread, along with entertainment.  

Sunday 12/2
-- Singer, Songwriter & Storyteller: Joel Mabus performs original seasonal tunes at Sleder's Tavern, TC, 4pm. Tickets, $15 in advance; $20 at the door.
-- A Leahy Family Christmas: Original Irish and Scottish roots music at the Traverse City Opera House, TC, at 7pm. 

 
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