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Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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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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