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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

A mission for Bliss

Music Kristi Kates A Mission for Bliss: New recreation center will energize Blissfest farm
By Kristi Kates
The Mission: To build and launch the Blissfest Arts Recreation Center, a
facility for cultural, recreational, and sustainable living experiences,
to be enjoyed in a quiet natural setting.
 
Monday, April 25, 2011

4Play: TV on the Radio, Telekinesis, PJ Harvey, Low

Music Kristi Kates TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light - InterscopeBrooklynites
TV on the Radio offer up their latest and fourth album complete with production by David Sitek, who offered up his Los Angeles home studio for the recording proceedings. A bright record than previous efforts, Nine… weaves in more human musicians and less electronic samples, with frontman Tunde Adebimpe in solid form, buoyed up by plenty of groove-based elements from the syncopated horn lines to the galloping bass, layered high-pitched chorus parts, and funky beats. Top highlights include the uber-catchy “Second Song” and the undiluted jam-stream the band calls “Caffeinated Consciousness.”
 
Monday, April 25, 2011

Oasis‘ Noel Gallagher not quite solo yet

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Oasis’ Noel Gallagher Not Quite Solo Yet
With his brother’s new band, Beady Eye, taking the bulk of media attention at the moment, talented songwriter Noel Gallagher - who actually wrote most of the songs for the brothers’ prior band, a little outfit called Oasis - has been calmly waiting under the radar to make his next move. The press and musical peers keep speculating as to whether or not Gallagher has already started recording a solo album - fueled in part by Gallagher’s acquisition of his new website name, www.noelgallagher.com
 
Monday, April 25, 2011

Grain Train

Dining Kristi Kates The Great Grain Train Turns 40: Petoskey co-op has stuck to its ideals
By Kristi Kates
“The Grain Train Natural Foods Cooperative was born in 1971, when a group
of Petoskey area residents joined together to obtain quality foods at
reasonable prices,” explains Grain Train General Manager Bob Struthers,
“food that was not overly refined and was free from unnecessary
additives.”
 
Monday, April 25, 2011

Bay Burger

Dining Kristi Kates Four years ago, Valentino Trabucchi of Birmingham, Michigan, decided to bring one of his local restaurant’s burger philosophies up to Petoskey.
“For over 35 years, I had been regularly frequenting the Hunter House in Birmingham,” Trabucchi explains. “They offered great little sliders (miniature burgers) with juicy sweet onions - something I couldn’t find Up North.”
Now the owner/proprietor of Petoskey’s newest “burger joint,” Bay Burger, Trabucchi is ready for a busy summer with his sliders-focused menu.
 
Monday, April 25, 2011

Petoskey‘s Labyrinth

Features Kristi Kates Petoskey’s Labyrinth: Metaphor for Life
By Kristi Kates
Visitors to the Petoskey District Library who take the time to look around
the grounds will soon find a gem on the building’s western side - a large,
precisely-built labyrinth, 35 feet in diameter and constructed of charcoal
and red paver bricks by The Labyrinth Company of Connecticut.
 
Monday, April 18, 2011

Goin‘ Dutch

Music Kristi Kates Goin’ Dutch: Band offers a blend of power pop & alt-country
By Kristi Kates
Musicians John Merchant and Greg Miller met while working at a music store in Muskegon and teaching guitar. They formed the band known as Dutch Henry “basically to have an outlet for our songwriting,” Miller says.
Focusing at first on being what Miller calls “a dyed-in-the-wool alt-country band,” the group’s first album was compared to Steve Earl and Jason and the Scorchers, and made a decent dent on college and XM radio; but changes were on the way.
 
Monday, April 18, 2011

Seasons of Swirl

Music Kristi Kates Seasons of swirl: Wine tasting & music energize Crooked Tree Arts Center
By Kristi Kates
“I like learning about the wines and asking about food pairings at Swirl…”
“It’s great to be able to view an exhibit with friends at Swirl…”
“Swirl is a great way to meet new people of all ages…”

But just what is Swirl?
“Swirl is an informal and informative wine tasting held in our galleries, with live music,” explains Liz Ahrens, the Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Executive Director. “Each month we invite a local wine purveyor to provide wines and appetizers, featuring their best or most unusual products,” she continues, “it’s the result of CTAC wanting to bring in visitors to the galleries in an informal and relaxed setting.”
 
Monday, April 18, 2011

4Play: Paul Simon, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Alexander, Robbie Robertson

Music Kristi Kates Paul Simon - So Beautiful, So What - Hear Music
Simon returns with some of his best music since back in the Graceland
days, featuring an emotional range of new songs fully graced (ahem) with
diverse worldbeat instrumentations pinned to intelligent-folk roots. With
vocals barely aged even as Simon approaches 70 years old, he crafts smart
storytelling vehicles via music that beckon the ear and spark discussion.
“Questions for the Angels” harkens empathy for the homeless through one of
Simon’s trademark ballads; “The Afterlife” throws a bit of humor into the
mix; “Dazzling Blue” mixes exotic percussion and fiddle; and highlight
“Love is Eternal Sacred Light” is as catchy as Simon’s music ever was.
 
Alison Krauss and Union Station - Paper Airplane - Rounder Records
It took a few years for Krauss and crew to craft something that they
apparantly felt would stand up to their 3-Grammy-winning 2004 release
(Lonely Runs Both Ways), but they’re back in full force with this one,
which showcases every facet of Krauss’ influences, from
Americana/roots/bluegrass music to country and pop. Krauss’ voice is a
consistent element throughout for the most part (three songs are sung by
Union Station’s Dan Tyminski), whether on the pensive “Lie Awake,” the
serene “Dimming of the Day,” and the slightly darker “Sinking Stone.” It’s
nothing particularly groundbreaking, but a consistent, strong, and
appealing set of tunes.
 
Monday, April 18, 2011

Phoenix start sesions in Aussie studio

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Phoenix Start Sessions in Aussie Studio
The land down under has welcomed French indie-pop-rockers Phoenix, who are currently doing some recording for their next album in Australia’s Byron Bay, working in some orchestral elements to their new songs. Early listens indicate that Phoenix’s next set is a pretty even mix between the classic Phoenix sound and some more retro-futuristic elements, as the band is including both organic sounds and a blender’s worth of rhythms that spin up drum machine sounds, loops, and actual (live!) drumming. No date has been set yet for the album’s release…
Capitol Records have finally confirmed that they’ll be releasing the legendary “lost” Beach Boys album, Smile, some time this year, as produced by archivist Alan Boyd and engineer Mark Linett. Re-dubbed The Smile Sessions, the album will be released as a 2-CD set, a limited edition box set, and on iTunes as a digital album, although real Beach Boys fans will probably want to spring for the box set, with its additional vinyl records and a 60-page hardbound book on the band. Brian Wilson
 
Monday, April 18, 2011

Green roofs

Features Kristi Kates Green Roofs Take Root
By Kristi Kates
Installed on top of homes, businesses, and factories, among other
buildings, green roofs - also called eco-roofs or living roofs - are
perhaps one of the more unusual ‘green’ movements going on today.
The benefits of green roofs are many. They include conserving energy,
lowering roof temperatures, cleaning the air, reducing noise inside the
building, creating mini-habitats for wildlife, and extending the life of
the roof itself.
 
Monday, April 11, 2011

Island 4/11/11

Music Kristi Kates Benefit for an Environmental ISLAND
By Kristi Kates
 Founded by Brad Kik and his wife Amanda six years ago, Bellaire non-profit
organization ISLAND - aka the Institute for Sustainable Living, Art, and
Natural Design - began, essentially, on a date… or several, according to
Brad Kik himself.
 
Monday, April 11, 2011

4Plat: Moondoggies, Middle Brother, Tino Ghost, Twilight Singers 4/11/11

Music Kristi Kates Moondoggies - Tidelands - Hardly Art
Seattle harmony-fans Moondoggies (think Crosby Stills and Nash, not Gidget) teamed up with Erik Blood, Kurt Bloch, and Phil Ek for this set, which finds the band in a more determined mood production-wise, and a more shoegazey mood musically (firmly within their Americana vibe, of course.) They’re strong on the melodies, too, with plenty of songs that offer hooks without pandering to radio - retrofied organ sounds coupled with simply mic’d pianos and guitars set the groundwork for songs like the languid, drawling “It’s a Shame, It’s a Pity,” the violin-seasoned “Lead Me On,” and the chugging, organ-tuneful “Down the Well.”


 
Monday, April 11, 2011

New documentary profiles The Libertines

Modern Rock Kristi Kates New Documentary Profiles The Libertines
A new documentary about modern rockers The Libertines is set to premiere at this year’s East End Film Fest in London, but stateside fans of the band will be happy to hear about the movie, too. Directed by Roger Sargent, the film will be prefaced by Libertine frontman Carl Barat’s solo single, “Death Fires Burn at Night,” which hit radio last weekend; the fest will take place from April 26 to May 2. The fate of the band itself, though, remains in limbo, with no live dates surfacing nor any mentions of further recordings…
 
Monday, April 11, 2011

Earth Week/Cheboygan 4/11/11

Features Kristi Kates Earth Week Plus! Expo celebrates environment in Cheboygan
By Kristi Kates
 Running March 31 through May 1 in Cheboygan, Petoskey and the Straits
area, Earth Week Plus takes Earth Day (Friday, April 22) to the maximum
for the Northern Michigan area.
 
 
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