Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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All the North‘s a Stage this Winter: A Preview of the Region‘s Theater Scene

Nancy Sundstrom - December 9th, 2004
We‘re well into the season of celebration, and if you’re an aficionado of theatre, there’s much throughout the region, and even the state, to get you excited.
From special concerts to perennial favorites like “The Nutcracker,” most every event will be infused with the holiday spirit. For some great live performance options, here’s a look at a range of musicals, dance presentations, solo shows and other stage revues that cover the region, from Cheboygan to Grand Rapids and Detroit. After the new year, look for a slate of new offerings that will continue well into the spring, before the summer theatre season begins.

Manistee Civic Players - Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee (231) 723-9948
Website: www.ramsdell-theater.org

Cinderella – December 9-11 at 8 p.m.
Of course, this is the timeless story of an orphan who suffers as a servant in her step-mother’s home. Bedeviled by her stepmother and step-sisters, befriended by the animals of the property and eventually enchanted by a Fairy Godmother, Cinderella achieves her highest dream of romance and true love with the Prince of the Kingdom. This magical fairy tale sparkles with originality, charm, elegance, and humor, and is enhanced with classic Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, such as “Ten Minutes Ago” and “In My Own Little Corner.”
Traverse City Children & Teen Theatre - Old Town Playhouse, Traverse City
(231) 947-2210
Website: www.oldtownplayhouse.com or www.tcctheatre.org

Aladdin - December 10-11 at 7:00 p.m., December 11-12 at 2 p.m.
This is TCCT’s winter production, held on the main stage of Old Town Playhouse and directed by Andrea Geiger & Luis Araquistain. This play is based on the classic story about a boy, a princess and a magic lamp. Tickets are $6 for teens and adults, $4 for kids and seniors.

Proof – January 14-15, 20-23, 27-29 at 8:00 p.m., January 23 at 3:00 p.m.
Written by David Auburn and directed by Mike Kelly, “Proof” is the story of the daughter of a mathematics professor and her struggle with both his mathematical genius and his mental illness. After caring for her father throughout his lengthy illness and death, she finds a mysterious notebook he left behind. Is it genius or madness? Which does she stand to inherit? This show won the Tony award for best play in 2001 as well as two other Tony awards.

Wives of an American King – February 11-29
OTP veteran Jeanette Mason returns to direct this original work by her friend, playwright/poet Anne Marie Oomen, about the notorious King Strang of historical Beaver Island fame.

Showcase Dinner Theatre - Williamsburg Banquet Center, Acme, MI
(231) 938-2181

Rockin’ in a Winter Wonderland - Through December 2004 with seating for dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday
Under the direction of local entertainer Dominic Fortuna, this evening of entertainment begins with a five-course meal served by staff who are also the performers in an original, holiday-themed musical revue. The production features traditional songs and popular tunes, with plenty of opportunity for audience interaction. When the show ends, the room remains open to the public for dancing and drinks. The facility is smoke-free

Interlochen Center for the Arts - Interlochen (231) 276-7800 Website: www.interlochen.org

Romeo & Juliet – December 10-11 at 8 p.m., December 12 at 2 p.m. at Harvey Theatre
Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers encounter bliss and duel death in this student production. One of the greatest romantic plays of any age, it is timeless in any season of the year.

Coppelia – December 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. and December 18-19 at 1 p.m. – Corson Auditorium
The Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Ensemble and Orchestra present this comedy ballet about a mischievous toymaker, an amazingly lifelike clockwork doll, young love and mistaken identity. Like “The Nutcracker,” “Coppelia” was based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffman and also features lively characters, colorful costumes, memorable music and a magical plot.

Gershwin’s “My One and Only” - January 18 at 8 p.m. – Corson Auditorium
This Tony Award-winning musical features a sensational score by George and Ira Gershwin, including such classics as “Strike Up the Band,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and “S’ Wonderful.” Mainstage Theatricals brings this story of love lost and found to the Corson stage for an evening of family entertainment.

Cheboygan Opera House – Cheboygan
(231) 627-5432 Website:

Riders in the Sky Christmas Spectacular - December 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Riders in the Sky have been America’s favorite musical cowboys since 1977. This Grammy Award winning group featuring Ranger Doug, Woody Paul, Too Slim and Joey The Cowpolka King have carried on an American music tradition, this time served up with a heaping dose of holiday cheer.

DeVos Hall – Grand Rapids
Webites: www.devoshall.com or

The Nutcracker - December 10-11 at 7:30 p.m. and December 11-12 at 2 p.m.
Michigan’s only professional ballet company, The Grand Rapids Ballet Company (GRBC), announces the return of Tchaikovsky’s holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker.” This beloved ballet has been a Grand Rapids tradition for more than 30 years. Dazzling choreography, sets, and costumes take center stage as the professional dancers are joined by over 100 community children, directed by Laura Berman. GRBC’s Nutcracker is a Michigan classic, and children of all ages, on stage as well as in the audience, look forward to the experience of this production. This year also marks the 20th anniversary for guest artist Errol Shewman to perform his memorable role as Dr. Drosselmeyer. available for children, seniors, and groups.

Fisher Auditorium – Detroit
(313) 871-1132 Website:

Evita – December 8-11 at 8:00 p.m., December 11-12 at 2 p.m. and December 12 at 7:30 p.m.
While not a seasonal show, this is a rare chance to see the professional touring company of “Evita,” winner of seven Tony Awards, in one of Detroit’s most majestic performing halls. This still-remarkable Rice-Weber musical brings to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator, Juan Peron. Eva Peron, blessed with charisma, captivated a nation by championing the working class. Songs include Broadway staples “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” and “What’s New, Buenos Aires?”

The King and I - January 11 – 30
East meets West in this timeless love story between a powerful, stubborn king and a determined governess. It’s a lavish production filled with splendid pageantry, a dazzling score and exquisite dancing. Spectacular sets and costumes transform you to the strange and exotic world that Anna, played by Stephanie Powers (“Hart to Hart”) and her son struggle to become a part of.

Trumbo - February 1 - 6
Brian Dennehy stars as legendary screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (“Spartacus,” “Roman Holiday” and “Exodus”) who in 1947, at the top of his career, stood up to the House Un-American Activities Committee and was thrown into prison as one of the infamous Hollywood Ten.

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