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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Jazz It Up at the Grand with Arturo Sandoval

Kristi Kates - August 29th, 2011
Jazz It Up at the Grand with Arturo Sandoval
By Kristi Kates
Born in Cuba, influenced by the likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, and now a naturalized U.S. citizen, jazz trumpeter/pianist Arturo Sandoval is bringing his Latin jazz/classical fusion to Mackinac Island for a performance that’s sure to be a standout.
If you don’t already recognize Sandoval’s music, you might recognize his personage from the 2000 TV movie For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story, in which Sandoval was portrayed by actor Andy Garcia (whose co-stars in the film included Gloria Estefan and Scarface actor Steven Bauer.)
The movie told the story of Sandoval’s life up to his emigration to the U.S., as he became a fixture in Cuba’s jazz scene and solidified his own career. Sandoval’s mentor, Dizzy Gillespie (whom he is most often compared to), took the musician on the road with him early on for concerts in Cuba and across Europe.
His eclectic, fine-tuned musical stylings are part of why the Island’s Grand Hotel chose Sandoval to help close the summer season and welcome in the hotel’s fall events.

Sandoval’s co-headliners at the Labor Day Jazz Weekend event at the Grand include Kurt Elling, Christine Ebersole, Shout Sister Shout, Dave Bennett, The Hot Club of Detroit with special guest Cyrille Aimee, and the hotel’s own Alex Graham. The hotel is offering special packages for the weekend so that visitors can stay and take in the complete roster of musical performances, of which Sandoval will be a highlight.
“We have had Arturo Sandoval at the festival before and his performance was outstanding and memorable,” explains Grand Hotel Executive Vice President Ken Hayward. “When we put our festival lineup together, we try to create an excitement that will convince past guests to return and also attract new guests as well. We are offering a weekend full of jazz performances, not one concert, so we need to put a lineup together that will keep guests entertained all weekend long.”

Sandoval has a knack for keeping more than just his audiences entertained. He’s also a jazz musician who does more than ‘merely’ jazz, having crossed over into pop, soul, and classics via his work with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Herbie Hancock, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Johnny Mathis, and the aforementioned Estefan, among others.
“What I am looking forward to most is the unique style he will perform,” Hayward says, “he is playing Sunday afternoon, so after there have been so many performances already we are going to see something totally different from him than what we have enjoyed all weekend. We consider the 124-year-old Grand Hotel a legendary place - and he is certainly a legendary jazz artist.”

Arturo Sandoval will be performing as part of the Grand Hotel’s Labor Day Jazz Weekend on Mackinac Island. For tickets, packages, and more info, visit the hotel’s website at grandhotel.com

State Theatre offers Afternoons at the Opera

The Metropolitan Opera returns with 10 live transmissions at the State Theatre this fall. With six new productions, plus Verdi, Handel and Glass, this is the fifth year of operatic spectacle in downtown Traverse City.
Tickets are available online, at the box office and by phone: 231-947-3446. $26 for adults, $24 for State Theatre and Met Opera Members, $22 for seniors 65 and over, and $18 for children and students.
This year’s lineup:
• Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” Oct. 15 at 12:55 pm
• Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” Oct. 29 at 12:55 pm
• Wagner’s “Siegfried” Nov. 5 at noon
• Glass’s “Satyagraha” Nov. 19 at
12:55 pm
• Handel’s “Rodelinda” Dec. 3 at 12:30 pm
• Gounod’s “Faust” Dec. 10 at 12:55 pm
• “The Enchanted Island” Jan. 21 at
12:55 pm
• Verdi’s “Ernani” Feb. 25 at 12:55 pm
• Massenet’s “Manon” April 7 at noon
• Verdi’s “La Traviata” April 14 at
12:55 pm
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