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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Turtlenecks Times Two

Music Kristi Kates The Turtlenecks add ambiance to high-end restaurants around the region, including the former Tapawingo in Ellsworth, The Leland Lodge, and Trattoria Funistrada and LeBear in Glen Arbor. They also enhance art openings, the Traverse City Film Festival, Northwestern Michigan College’s Culinary Arts annual dinner and other local events.
 
Monday, December 1, 2014

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra’s Next Chapter

Music Kristi Kates Celebrating 12 years producing live orchestra performances for the Petoskey community, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra continues to grow with the recent addition of Anne McDevitt as the organization’s executive director and the appointment of Dr. Libor Ondras, originally from Slovakia, as the new music director and conductor.
 
Monday, November 24, 2014

Four Questions About Record Collecting Up North

Music Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Rush’s 2112 and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. “Dark Side of the Moon, I can’t keep in stock. And I don’t get many of them, so I’d probably sell as many of those as Fleetwood Mac, but I don’t get them,” said RPM Records Owner Greg Walton.
 
Monday, November 24, 2014

The Ragbirds Are a Travelin' Machine

Music Kristi Kates Multiple appearances at Blissfest and other Up North venues have made the Ragbirds familiar faces around the northern Michigan music scene, despite being based in Ann Arbor. The last time Northern Express spoke with the band, they were in the middle of promoting their then-new album, Finally Almost Ready, and were taking their sound to stages in 20 states.
 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

African Rhythms

Guitar Summit Offers Journey Through the Sounds of a Continent

Music Kristi Kates “A producer named Todd Fraracci decided to put together a recording project with the best, in his opinion, African guitar players who lived in Canada,” explained Donné Roberts. “It was like a round table. Each of us introduced himself and his song, and we played together like a jam session.
 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ho Ho Holidays

Music Ross Boissoneau You can begin with the biggest show out there, boasting enough lights for a small city, fog to cover the eastern seaboard and blasts of pyrotechnics felt halfway to the back of the arena. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is bringing “The Christmas Attic”.
 
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Jetty Rae's Determined Climb

Music Kristi Kates Today, she’s leaps and bounds from her early songwriting efforts. While hints of her talent could be faintly heard on a few of the Blackberries songs, since then, she’s heavily expanded on her potential with four additional albums—the newest, 2013’s Climbing Clouds and another (2012’s Drowning in Grain) that made the CMJ Top 200 radio chart.
 
Sunday, November 2, 2014

The 2014 Women of Rock

Music Kristi Kates While the field of women in rock typically turns over more slowly than that of the men (many female artists hold onto their crowns from year to year with few surfacing to challenge them), this year’s list is a pretty solid mix of stalwarts and newcomers.
 
Monday, October 27, 2014

Monster Mix!

Music Kristi Kates You’ve played all of your Sound FX tracks on CD, streamed Pandora’s Spooky Symphonies channel for three hours and danced to the “Monster Mash.” Now you’re in dire need of some more modern music to entertain your Halloween guests. Never fear! Express is here with a monstrous mix of two dozen essential cuts for Halloween 2014.
 
Monday, October 27, 2014

Modern Rock

Music Kristi Kates If you’re looking to get out of town for Halloween, take a road trip to N’awlins for the 2014 Voodoo Music and Arts Experience festival, perfectly timed from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. This year’s edition of the fest will include headliners Foo Fighters and OutKast, plus additional sets from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Manchester Orchestra, Twenty One Pilots, Skrillex, Zedd and plenty of others. Bring your own costume and spend your Halloween modern rockin’.
 
Monday, October 20, 2014

North Perk Brews Up An Open Mic

Music Kristi Kates Open mics can be great platforms for musicians to try out new tunes, get experience in front of an audience or just have a little fun. In Petoskey, however, open mic nights have become something of a rarity. Red Sky Stage and Beards Brewery do hold them occasionally, but North Perk Coffee has just started a regular open mic happening that’s poised to be a Gaslight District hit.
 
Friday, October 10, 2014

A New Season at BC's Own Venue

They bill themselves as “six boys lost in time, as if they never left 8th grade male choir class.” That’s a pretty accurate description of Traverse City’s The Overtones, a men’s a cappella group existing in perfect harmony since 1990.

Music Kristi Kates “When we acquired the building, we blew eight inches of foam insulation into the ceiling,” she said. “While painting the ceiling girders, we accidentally hit the foam with the paint, and Tony realized that we would not need to install the drop ceiling.
 
Friday, October 10, 2014

The Overtones: A Musical Time Warp

They bill themselves as “six boys lost in time, as if they never left 8th grade male choir class.” That’s a pretty accurate description of Traverse City’s The Overtones, a men’s a cappella group existing in perfect harmony since 1990.

Music Kristi Kates After graduation, the friends went on to their separate college classes and careers, but, in 2000, they were brought back together by Men of Note’s director Tom Stokes who wanted the members to consider singing as part of a larger group called The Northmen Singers.
 
Friday, October 10, 2014

Brett Mitchell Sews Up Another Album

Music Kristi Kates “I usually tell people my music is folky, indie pop-rock—whatever that even means any more,” Mitchell laughed. “I have an eclectic taste in music, so I think that comes through in my songwriting."
 
Monday, October 6, 2014

Go Go Gopherwood!

Music Kristi Kates Just a couple of years later, when people started buying VCRs, attendance waned. So, the decision was made to change the name and start presenting music instead. The first concert took place at a camp just outside Lake City where the organization presented a show by the Lost World String Band.
 
 
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