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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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The Spooky Sounds of Saldaje

Kristi Kates - December 17th, 2012



Meet "The darkest ukulele band in Northern Michigan." 
   Saldaje - aka Melonie Steffes and Shaun Anchak, along with their lineup of assorted ukuleles, violin, mandolin, guitar, harmonicas, and toy piano - have proclaimed themselves that very thing, naming themselves after a Portuguese word meaning "longing" and gaining plenty of attention for their eclectic and expressive performances.
   Their focus? Haunting, old-world folk balladry influenced by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Suzanne Vega, and Nina Simone. And a stage presence that decorates their audio with a Victorian-meets-Eastern European gypsy flair.
   Saldaje's CD release party will take place at the InsideOut Gallery in TC on Friday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.
Check out the full story in this week's www.northernexpress.com

Other "must do's" this week in Northern Michigan:

Tuesday 12/18
-- "Earth Days," a film about the grassroots beginnings of Earth Day and the environmental movement will show at Milliken Auditorium, TC, 7:30pm. Includes an Action! Fair featuring local organizations at 6pm.
-- A Christmas Cabaret: Holiday show featuring Broadway talent, dancers and local celebrity guests at the City Opera House, TC, 7:30pm.

Thursday 12/20
-- Unsilent Night: Moving sound sculpture happening at the Village at the Grand Traverse Commons. Hosted by Left Foot Charley, 6pm. Includes cookies and cider back at the winery. K2 Edibles happy hour eats, 5-8pm.  
-- "A Christmas Carol": Charles Dickens classic performed at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. Tickets, $15; students, $10; matinee performances, $10.
-- Farmers Market Holiday Celebration: Santa will arrive to the Charlevoix Farmers Market at 11am, followed by story hour. The event includes free cookies, cocoa and coffee, along with free music.

Friday 12/21
-- Christmas Storytime: Michigan author Jeffrey Schatzer will read "The Bird in Santa's Beard, The Bump in Santa's Head and The Elves in Santa's Workshop" at Horizon Books, TC, 10am-noon.
-- Songwriters in the Round: Bob Downes, Kurt Westie and Jim McNiece perform at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.
-- End of the World Party: Featuring music by Medicinal Groove at Right Brain Brewery, TC, 8pm.
-- Swingshift & the Stars: Celebrity charity dance-off finale at the City Opera House, TC. Doors, 6:30pm; competition, 7:15pm. Tickets start at $20.
-- Winter Solstice Celebration: Workshops, presentations and refreshments at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, 2-5pm.

Saturday 12/22
-- Encore Winds: Performing Tuba Christmas, 7pm, and a Christmas Concert, 8pm, at the Dennos Museum Center, TC. Tickets, $15 for adults; $10 for seniors; free for ages 17 & under.
-- 2nd Annual Holiday Open House: Boyne Mountain, 5-9pm, featuring store specials, pictures with Santa and family holiday movie.
-- Dede & the Dreamers: Perform live music at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm.

Sunday 12/23
-- Sunglasses at Night Party: '80s concert and costume party with Jedi Mind Trip at Petoskey's Odawa Casino, 9pm-12am. Must be 19 or older.
-- Gretsch Guitars: Performance and DVD release show by Jake Allen at the Ole Barn, Grayling, 9pm.
-- Solstice Show: Seth and May, Kellerville and Breathe Owl Breathe perform original folk at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, 7pm. Tickets, $15 ($10 for Blissfest members). 

 
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