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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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The Motor City Comes to Crooked Tree

Kristi Kates - March 17th, 2014  

Detroit power rock is coming to Petoskey’s Crooked Tree Arts Center, which is billing it “a rockin’ music experience unlike any other this season.”

The Motor City Women, backed by their four-piece band Detroit Express, say they are set to rock CTAC with their fierce stage presence and powerful renditions of everything from blues, funk, pop, and even country.

MUSICAL SISTERHOOD

Lady T, Stacia Petrie-Ford, Aja Sardis, Terrilea, Cheryl Lescom, and Valerie Barrymore make up the Motor City Women, a singing group that Barrymore said was actually founded by the now-retired Kate Hart, who put the ensemble together years ago.

“All of the credit goes to Kate,” Barrymore said. “She found each of us; some of us were recommended by fellow musicians, some she caught during our performances.”

Putting six dynamic female performers in one act could have been trouble, but it turned out to be just the opposite.

“I didn’t think such a project would succeed, thinking women would never get along well enough,” Barrymore said. “I was completely wrong.”

Hart emphasized “sisterhood, love, and friendship for all of us,” Barrymore said.

“We really care about each other,” she said. “Pure and simple, what brings us together is our love of music,” bandmate Petrie- Ford said, “but what keeps us together is our love for each other.”

SINGING SPECIALTIES

After a while, Hart wanted to retire, but the remaining vocalists didn’t want to break the act apart. So they decided to continue as the Motor City Women.

While each Woman has at least one original song in the set list, and all are influenced to some degree by the Motown sound, each has their musical “specialty” within the act.

The covers, especially the recognizable Motown ones, are some of their most popular hits in a live setting, but their favorite songs to perform are their originals, Petrie- Ford said.

“Each Woman chooses her own repertoire and brings her original or cover songs to the group,” she said. “We like to give the audience a very unique experience, and when you write your own music, ideally you can showcase your own individual vocal strengths.” With several Detroit Music Awards to their credit, the Motor City Women show no sign of slowing down any time soon.

“We just have too much fun performing together – we really encourage each other,” Barrymore said. “There is no ego to destroy this project.”

The Motor City Women and Detroit Express will be performing at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in downtown Petoskey on Sat., March 22 at 8pm. Tickets $10 students/$25 members/$35 non-members. For tickets and more info, visit crookedtree.org.

 
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