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Letters 04-13-2015

Perplexing Eighth Street Changes I’m writing to you about the way 8th Street in Traverse City is organized. I commute on 8th Street daily like hundreds of others.

115 Years of Injustice Investigative reporter Pat Sullivan’s March 23 article “BURNOUT” exposed for the first time to many northern Michigan residents the 115-year-old tragedy that took place at Burt Lake in October of 1900.

Kicking The Prop 1 Can “Proposal 1 consists of only 100 words, but if approved by voters on May 5, it would trigger into law thousands of other words in 10 bills passed by the state legislature in December.”

Expose The Republican Playbook There was much angst among Democratic Party loyalists after the November election about their failure to convey a strong populist message.

Unions Are Essential Thanks to Stephen Tuttle for pointing out in his recent column how we have had trade apprenticeships for decades throughout Michigan and other states.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

4Play: Various Artists, Brian Keane, Various Artists, Simon and Garfunkel

Music Kristi Kates Various Artists - America: A Tribute to Heroes - Interscope
Big-scale concerts - especially those with a long list of equally big names - can take up to a year to organize. But when duty calls, musicians and organizers can definitely step up to the plate and deliver, as they did with this heartfelt and surprisingly subdued presentation, which took place on September 21, 2001. Broadcast commercial-free by all four major US TV networks, the event took place on a stage lit by hundreds of candles, and featured moving performances by Neil Young (John Lennon’s “Imagine”), Wyclef Jean (“Redemption Song”), Bruce Springsteen (“My City of Ruins”), and U2’s emotional medley of “Peace on Earth”/”Walk On.”
 
Monday, September 5, 2011

Old School Meets New Via?Tony Bennett?

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Tony Bennett, vintage pop/jazz singer and comeback king, just celebrated his 85th birthday a few weeks ago, and shows no sign of slowing down musically, appearing on such current shows as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and collaborating with a surprising range of today’s pop singers. Bennett’s upcoming Duets II album, due out on September 20, finds the singer dueting with everyone from those perhaps expected (Norah Jones, Michael Buble, and Andrea Bocelli) to less traditional pairings such as Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, and Lady Gaga, who appropriately croons with Bennett on “The Lady is a Tramp.” One of Amy Winehouse’s last recordings, a duet with Bennett on “Body and Soul,” will also be on the set…
 
Monday, August 29, 2011

Jazz It Up at the Grand with Arturo Sandoval

Music 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.
 
Monday, August 29, 2011

Lollapalooza

Music Kristi Kates Arriving in Chicago for the 20th Anniversary of the ambitious and now classic Lollapalooza Festival (August 5-7), this intrepid reporter - and 89,999 other music fans - were pleased to see that the Lolla grounds were sunny, expanded into more sections of the park than previous years, funkily decorated, brightly colored, and all ready to go for a weekend’s worth of fantastic music, food, and fun.
So what would the fest’s highlights be for 2011? One of the headliners, or would a second-stager or a newbie grab all the attention? Would Chow Town’s foodstuffs live up to the reputation of Lolla Culinary Director Graham Eliot? Would 90,000 people daily be able to co-exist in beautiful Grant Park without incident? And - perhaps most pivotally - would it rain?
 
Monday, August 29, 2011

Take Two Documentaries About Beatles

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Take Two Documentaries About Beatles
Paul McCartney’s documentary, The Love We Make, which chronicles his experiences as he prepped for the Concert for New York City benefit show that was staged six weeks after 9/11, is now set to premiere on the Showtime network on September 10. Directed by Albert Mayles (who directed the classic Stones doc Gimme Shelter), the McCartney film was shot in black and white, and is said to be an “uplifting” view, complete with appearances from Eric Clapton, Stone Mick Jagger, and David Bowie…
 
Monday, August 29, 2011

4Play: Sonic Youth, Counting Crows, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Sonic Youth - Hits Are for Squares - Geffen
Essentially a hits collection in defiance of the album’s name, this Sonic Youth best-of was put together in an interesting fashion - specifically, by a group of fellow artists personally selected by the band who in turn chose the Sonic Youth songs that would be included here. Given that the tracks were chosen by such a wide range of folks, it’s to be expected that the album itself is somewhat uneven, but it’s still entertaining - top picks include the Beck-selected “Sugar Kane,” the Radiohead-chosen “Kool Thing,” and the Mike D-dubbed “100%,” while Eddie Vedder, Chloe Sevigny, and Gus Van Sant picked less appealing Sonic Youth tunes.
 
Monday, August 29, 2011

Free for the Homies: Local Fest TC

Dining Kristi Kates “Local Fest TC 2011” is what Christopher “Wink” Winkelmann calls it - and fun is what both locals and visitors alike call it. It’s a free festival on the way to you and yours this Labor Day weekend - that’s right, free - and it’s set to be chock-full of music, food, vendors, and did we mention fun?
“This is a fantastic way to close out your summer and support your community at the same time,” Winkelmann enthuses.
Founded and put together by Winkelmann - who also fronts the local band Soul Patch - and friend Ryan MacManus (of TC’s Loading Dock), the event was conceived as a free festival “for the locals,” as Winkelmann puts it.
“At the time, I owned and operated Home Grown Organic Eatery and was doing the Soul Patch thing as well,” he explains, “so I told Ryan I would talk with my friends in the food/music/festival scene and put a lineup together of all Northern Michigan and greater Traverse City talent, and get everybody on board for food vendors. Ryan then added to the list and the idea. We put the final touches on and had a great all-day, free event for the community, by the community, in a very central location in our beautiful city. Every single musician, sound engineer, food vendor, and craft vendor is there on their own time and merit.”
 
Monday, August 29, 2011

20 Years of Celebrating Nature: Raven Hill Discovery Center

Features Kristi Kates It‘s difficult to believe that Raven Hill Discovery Center has been around for 20 years. The Center in East Jordan is one of those places intrinsic to Northern Michigan; it just seems like it‘s always been there, yet it manages to stay fresh and find new ways to introduce visitors to new discoveries.
Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, co-founder Cheri Leach (with Tim Leach) explains how Raven Hill Discovery Center has evolved.
 
Monday, August 22, 2011

Guster

Music Kristi Kates Guster set to blow Interlochen away
By Kristi Kates
Massachusetts alt-rockers Guster are on their way back to Interlochen for another show, and they couldn’t be more thrilled about it. The band - Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, and Brian Rosenworcel, met back in 1991, and have played music together ever since, releasing their first album in 1995, and their most recent last year (2010’s Easy Wonderful.)
If you think you’re not familiar with Guster’s music, chances are you’ve heard it in stealth mode on such TV shows as The OC (or on a recent ad for The Weather Channel), or on movies such as Martian Child and Disturbia. If you’re intrigued and want to get familiar with their music, then their upcoming Interlochen show will be a great start, as the band is still breaking in the contributions of new touring member Luke Reynolds, and will be performing a wealth of music new and old.
 
Monday, August 22, 2011

4Play: Blue October, I Wrestled a Bear Once, Dave Matthews Band, Augustana

Music Kristi Kates Blue October - Ugly Side: An Acoustic Evening with Blue October - Red General
Recorded at the band’s first “official” acoustic shows at a couple of different locales in Texas, this set showcases their tunes in both a different setting and with a different vocal approach. They’re not “ugly” versions of the songs, although they are unplugged - this serves the songs and their arrangements well, especially on “Come In Closer,” which seems more personal with the absence of the female singer on the full version; “X Amount of Words,” which adds in a shakeup in the bass line; the popular “Jump Rope”; and the evocative, emotional “The End.” It’s a nice acoustic roundup of what this band can do without their full sound.
 
Monday, August 22, 2011

Boyz II Men Review 20 Years of Hits

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Boyz II Men Review 20 Years of Hits
Boyz II Men are prepping to celebrate 20 years in the music biz with - what else? - a new album - that’s set to include some new tracks and several revamped versions of their classic ‘90s hits. Simply named Twenty, the album will feature the Boyz - now a trio (Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris, and Wanya Morris) following the departure of Michael McCary - mostly singing their standard romantic songs and hoping to both reach their older fans, plus a new generation…
Interlochen music festival faves Ra Ra Riot, still promoting their 2010 album The Orchard, have confirmed an extensive schedule of live shows that will keep the band on tour through most of this fall. While a new Ra Ra record isn’t in the works just yet, the band’s bass player, Mathieu Santos, has a solo album just out titled Massachusetts 2010. In the meantime, fans will be able to catch the band at the Fuji Rock Festival, East Hampton NY’s Music to Know Festival, and additional stops in Minneapolis (10/2), Grand Rapids MI (10/4), Toronto (10/6), Los Angeles (11/10), and Chicago (11/18)…
 
Monday, August 22, 2011

Healthy Alternatives

Dining Kristi Kates “I think that sometimes people just buy an item because they saw it on television,” chuckles Healthy Alternatives founder/owner Wade Kelso, whose store has become a beacon of - as indicated by the store’s name - healthy products for people in the Petoskey/Harbor Springs area and beyond.
But these products aren’t things you’ll see hyped on the cable channels, with candy-colored sugar coating or questionable artificial flavors or additives; Kelso’s inventory consists of products aimed at keeping body and mind fit and well through the store’s selection of organic food and beverage items as well as vitamins, supplements, teas, and even beauty/cleansing products.
“The most common thing that I see people coming in for are simply too-aggressive promise of cures seen on commercials or read in articles,” Kelso says, “while what we are selling is really just improved nutrition and better quality of life.”
 
Monday, August 15, 2011

4Play: Gorillaz, Monolake, We The Kings, The Head & The Heart

Music Kristi Kates Gorillaz - The Fall - V Records
Recorded during Gorillaz’ last autumn tour, this album is a sonic “diary” of sorts, and features an eclectic range of Gorillaz tracks, some only at demo level, some solo Damon Albarn, and some more fully developed into actual Gorillaz songs. The songs are short and to the point, unlike some of the other Gorillaz albums, but that’s not a bad thing; and because the album was recorded mostly on the fly, it’s far more electronic in its base sounds, with plenty of synth and what seems like more loops than their last set. Highlights include the incongrously bright “Detroit,” the horns-graced “The Snake in Dallas,” and the trip-hop “Hillbilly Man.”

 
Monday, August 15, 2011

Shamrock & Roll with Dropkick Murphy‘s

Modern Rock Kristi Kates St. Patrick’s Day will arrive a little early - namely this September - when the Dropkick Murphys host the first annual Shamrock-N-Roll Festival, set to take place September 8 and 9 in the band’s hometown of Boston, with several touring shows to follow. In addition to the Murphys, The Mahones, Street Dogs, Chuck Ragan, and several other national and regional acts will perform at the event, which will also include a boxing demonstration and autograph session with boxer “Irish” Micky Ward, who inspired the movie The Fighter…
 
Monday, August 15, 2011

Sailing the Lakes on The Lynx

Features Kristi Kates Built in 1812 in Fell’s Point, Maryland, the privateer Lynx was one of the first ships to defend American freedom in the War of 1812, and one of only 17 ships in the American Navy’s fleet.
The term privateer was given to the ships via a special permission, or “letter of marque,” which allowed private vessels to prey upon the enemy’s shipping. The Lynx, with its superior sailing abilities, was an inspiration to future ships in the fleet - but was captured early in the war.
Today’s privateer Lynx was inspired by that 1812 vessel, but was built starting in 1997 by Woodson K. Woods. His goal was to craft a ship that would educate the public through tours and sailings aboard the Lynx itself.
In 2001, the “new” Lynx was completed and launched in Rockport, Maine. Past and present met on July 28 of that year, and continues to this day with the Lynx’s sailings and tours.
“Lynx today continues to inspire,” says Jeffrey Woods, director of operations for the Lynx Educational Foundation, “Lynx sails as a living history museum dedicated to ‘those who cherish the blessings of America.’”
 
 
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