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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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Men's Night

- December 10th, 2012


Men's Night

Last week's Women's Night in downtown Traverse City was so packed with hundreds of shoppers that it will be interesting to see if Men's Night this Thursday can match the turnout.
  It used to be that Men's Night was "the" big event in downtown TC with guys turning out in droves to shop while enjoying adult beverages, treats and special deals on gifts. Shop owners in turn, dress  for the occasion and offer perks such as free gift wrapping.
  Get in the swing this Thursday from 5-10 p.m. downtown. Although the event is geared for men, it's not unusual to find many women shoppers downtown too, enjoying the party atmosphere.

Other "must" events this week include:

Monday 12/10
--The Weathered Beard: Live storytelling along with performances by NYC musicians at the InsideOut Gallery, TC, 7-9pm.
 
Wednesday 12/12
--Claudia Schmidt in Concert: Folk, jazz and blues performance from her newest album at Charlevoix Public Library, 7pm.
-- Axiom Brass: Chamber music performance by award-winning quintet at Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay, 7:30pm. Pre-concert dinner, $30.

Thursday 12/13
-- Handel's Messiah: Performed by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Chorus at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Petoskey, 7pm. Seats are $15.
-- "The People and the Olive": Documentary screening and performance by Joshua Davis at the Garden Theater, Frankfort. Tickets, $10. Includes a Q&A with filmmaker Aaron Dennis. stonehutstudios.com for more info.
-- A Christmas Carol in Prose: Presented by Michigan's professional theatre company, Parallel 45, at the Elk Rapids Historic Township Hall; and at the InsideOut Gallery, TC, on Friday & Saturday. All shows are at 7pm. Admission, $15. parallel45.org.
 
Friday 12/14
-- Brenda Lee's Christmas Show: Kewadin, Sault Ste. Marie, 7pm. Kewadin.com for ticket info.
-- Seth & May Holiday Concert & Community Sing: Higher Grounds Trading Co., located at the Grand Traverse Commons, 7pm. $10 in advance; $12 at the door.
-- "White Christmas": Irving Berlin's 1954 holiday musical performed at the Ramsdell Theater, Manistee, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm.
 
Saturday 12/15
-- Comedy Improv: Good on Paper performs at the Old Town Playhouse, TC, 11pm. $5 admission.
-- "The Nutcracker": Presented by the Crooked Tree Art Center's School of Ballet at the Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center, 3pm & 7pm; Sunday, 3pm.
-- Santa at the Castle: Games, crafts, snacks, Polar Express train display and photo opportunity with Santa at Castle Farms, Charlevoix, 1-3pm.
-- Mayan Astronomy: What Did They Know?: Cultural presentation and star-gazing at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Mackinaw City, 8-10pm. Free admission.
-- Author Mary Clifton: Presents her nutritional cookbook, "Waist Away" with editor Anne Stanton at Horizon Books, TC, 4-6pm.
 
Sunday 12/16
-- Fight Like A Jedi: Selling of LucasFilm-sponsored sketchbooks, art, t-shirts and prints at Right Brain Brewery, TC, 1-5pm. Includes a silent auction and door prizes in support of Matthew Litchfield, an 8-year-old fighting brain cancer.
 

 
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