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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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‘Mind-Blowing’ Open Air Concert Series is Back

Kristi Kates - May 26th, 2014  

Though it’s the crown jewel of Bay View’s famous Victorian cottage community, the restored John M. Hall Auditorium is no musical wallflower.

This summer the 100-year-old concert venue just north of Petoskey will shake, rattle, and roll with bluegrass, Irish, and classic rock.

PLANNING AHEAD

Chris Ludwa, the artistic director of Bay View’s Music Festival, keeps the auditorium hopping each summer with a schedule of shows that take best advantage of the venue and its updated, state-of-the-art facilities.

“The gorgeous, old open-air auditorium blows your mind the first time you see it,” Ludwa said. “It’s like time stopped and you are able to observe it all and take it all in.”

Taking it all in along with Ludwa are the members of Bay View’s community committee, who meet throughout the year to determine the next summer’s roster of acts.

“We look at what Interlochen is doing, what’s trending, who the up-and-coming bands are, and then try to select for a wide cross-section of society,” Ludwa said.

The goal: to provide show experiences that can’t be found anywhere else.

So this summer, Bay View is topping their bill with a triple threat of diverse performers.

ONE, TWO, THREE

The fest’s 2014 lineup features one emerging artist: the Irish buzz band Moxie (July 5), who amp up traditional Irish music with pop in a distinctive and energetic way.

They’re arriving for their first stateside tour to promote their new upcoming album, “Planted,” which will hit outlets in August.

Add in one crossover artist: the genre mixing Time for Three (July 19), who call themselves a “classically trained garage band.” The three string musicians blend country, gypsy, jazz, bluegrass, and classical sounds which has them rearranging Brahms one minute and reinterpreting The Beatles the next.

And wrapping up the headliners is the late-’60s rock band Blood Sweat and Tears (August 2), which has recently added reality TV show’s “American Idol” finalist Bo Bice on lead vocals.

SOUNDS FOR ALL

The 2014 Bay View schedule also includes ’50s tunes by The Doo Wop Project, theater performances of the Mozart opera “Cosi Fan Tutte” and Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables,” the Chamber Music faculty series, and the Sunday Sunset mixed-media music revues.

Ludwa recommends all shows, but he’s personally looking forward to Time for Three this year.

“They played really well to our audience about five years ago, and have such diverse musical experiences that you can’t help but love them,” he said. “I feel like they represent the best of what music is: fun, intricate, and communicative.”

But it’s perhaps even more important to Ludwa to show that great music is truly inclusive of all age groups and interests.

“I take great joy in seeing older audiences surprised that a younger generation’s music isn’t all crap, and younger audiences surprised that their parents’ and grandparents’ music wasn’t that different from their own,” he said.

The 2014 Bay View Concert Series kicks off on June 15. For tickets, a full schedule and more, visit www.bayviewfestival.org.

 
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