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Letters 07-21-2014

Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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Monday, September 27, 2010

Jason Mraz

Music Kristi Kates Jason Mraz Is “Yours” at Interlochen
By Kristi Kates
2010, so far, has been quite the year for singer-songwriter Jason Mraz.
Not only has his most recent album, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal
Things, gone platinum, but he also snagged two Grammy nods for songs
from that same set.
 
Monday, September 27, 2010

4Play: Pete Yorn, Marc Cohn, The Who, Mumford & Sons

Music Kristi Kates Pete Yorn - Pete Yorn - Vagrant
Singer-songwriter Yorn, a veteran of the indie-folk scene, threw this
set together with far less foresight and planning than one would think
for a collection of songs of this quality. The album was actually
recorded in five days by Yorn along with The Pixies’ Frank Black in an
impromptu studio, eleven songs in all with minimal production and a
whole lot of Yorn-style musical introspection. The album’s first
single, “Sans Fear,” finds Yorn pondering the end of a relationship,
but he recovers fairly quickly (at least album-side) once the
follow-up tunes arrive, from “Rock Crowd” (an ode to his fans), the
witty “Velcro Shoes,” and the singledom anthem “Future Life.”
 
Monday, September 27, 2010

Belle & Sebastian ready for US Tour

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Belle and Sebastian Ready for U.S. Tour
They haven’t toured in over four years, but Belle and Sebastian have finally decided that it’s time to pack those suitcases again - and they’re heading for America. Set to launch on September 30, the band’s trek will take them through Brooklyn NY (9/30), L.A. (10/3), Chicago (10/11), and Toronto (10/12) among other stops; the Brooklyn show will also feature performances from fellow Scots Teenage Fanclub
 
Monday, September 27, 2010

Fustini‘s

Dining Kristi Kates foodie fun at Fustini’s
By Kristi Kates
Their Traverse City shop has already snagged rave reviews, some from
this very publication. But lately, it’s the Petoskey incarnation of
Fustini’s Oils and Vinegars that’s the talk of the foodie part of
P-town.
 
Monday, September 27, 2010

South American Grille

Dining Kristi Kates “In spite of the hard times during the Great Depression, some people
vacationed by taking a cruise on the Great Lakes on the S.S. South
American,” explains Russell D. Miller III, Executive Chef for the
South American Grille at Bay Harbor.
 
Monday, September 27, 2010

Reviving poetry with Noght Kite Revival

Features Kristi Kates Reviving Poetry with Night Kite Revival
By Kristi Kates
Night Kite Revival is most definitely not what Northern Michiganders
have come to expect from the Traverse City Opera House. And that’s not
a bad thing.
 
Monday, September 20, 2010

Will Ready

Music Kristi Kates Will Ready: Gets Ready for Fame
By Kristi Kates
A “small twist of fate,” singer Will Ready’s press kit explains, is
what pulled the former 200 pound, 6-foot-4-inch basketball player from
the sports world and into the music world.
 
Monday, September 20, 2010

Jeff Daniels

Music Kristi Kates Jeff Daniels: Acting on an Unexpected Talent
By Kristi Kates
It takes at least five hyphens to describe the career of Chelsea,
Michigan-based actor-director-playwright-singer-guitarist-songwriter
Jeff Daniels. And the “songwriter” part of that equation, Daniels
says, is always on the lookout for interesting song topics no matter
where he is or what he’s doing.
 
Monday, September 20, 2010

Collin Raye

Music Kristi Kates Collin Raye
By Kristi Kates
Socially-conscious, spiritually-minded, and firmly rooted in the American country music scene, Collin Raye has been crafting songs since early in his life and, as his latest album notes, “Never Going Back.”
He’ll bring songs from his new CD to his show at the Boyne City Performing Arts Center this Saturday.
Raye’s career began as a child, singing occasionally onstage with his mother Lois Wray, who worked as an opening act for a variety of Sun Records artists from Elvis Presley to Carl Perkins. Later, a country-rock band project with his brother, Scott - called simply The Wray Brothers Band - took off in the state of Texas and saw several indie singles released.
 
Monday, September 20, 2010

4Play: Squeeze, Sting, Autolux, David Gray

Music Kristi Kates Squeeze - Spot the Difference - XOXO Records
In a unique and remarkably fun album idea, talented singer-songwriters
Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook have taken a roster of old Squeeze
songs and have replicated them - with just a few minor changes (hence
the album title.) Some are easy to spot, such as Tilbrook subbing in
his own vocal for Paul Carrack on what is perhaps Squeeze’s best known
song, “Tempted”; but others are more subtle, such as different synth
patterns or instrument effects. The music is full of sass and energy,
and those deftly-written Squeeze songs are just as good as always.

 
Monday, September 20, 2010

Lennon‘s musical birthday commemoration

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Lennon’s Musical Birthday Commemoration
EMI Records is slated to release all eight of John Lennon’s digitally-remastered solo albums beginning on October 5 in commemoration of what would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday. Lennon’s Double Fantasy album will also include a new version of the album, dubbed Double Fantasy: Stripped Down, which will showcase new mixes of the album’s songs with less instrumentation. In addition to the albums themselves, EMI will also be repackaging much of Lennon’s solo material, including a greatest hits collection and several box sets...
 
Monday, September 20, 2010

Follow True North to The Compass Room

Dining Kristi Kates Follow True North to The Compass Room
By Kristi Kates
“I think the Compass Room is very much an integral part of the experience here at True North,” says John Hover of True North Resort and Golf Club. “Many golfers like to relax after their game and talk about their round, and often food is a part of that.”
The Compass Room, True North’s casual fine dining experience, was opened based on a simple requirement for all golf courses to have food and beverage service, “because the normal golf outing takes five to six hours from arrival to departure,” Hover says.
 
Monday, September 13, 2010

Tantric set to Mind Control TC

Music Kristi Kates Tantric Set to “Mind Control” TC
By Kristi Kates
Alternative heavy-rock band Tantric’s latest album, Mind Control is
still slowly accelerating and gathering fans -- even though the disc
was released back in 2009, which is technically ‘ancient history’ in
the record industry.
 
Monday, September 13, 2010

4Play: Various Artists, Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, Various Artists, Interpol

Music Kristi Kates Various Artists - Yo Gabba Gabba: Music is Awesome - Filter U.S.
The innovative TV series Yo Gabba Gabba mixes up modern-day music (and
bands) with groovy puppets and retro styling to relate simple but
necessary life lessons to anyone who watches. Viral videos often
circulate on YouTube and elsewhere of the many music, tv, and movie
talents that guest star on the show, but this is the first time that
fans can snag the original songs as performed by the Gabba cast and
special guest bands. This release (with hopefully more to follow)
includes the show’s popular theme song, as well as tracks by The Shins
(“It’s Okay, Try Again”), The Roots, Money Mark (“Robo Dancing”), and
Biz Markie’s hilarious “Biz’s Beat of the Day.” Cool.
 
Monday, September 13, 2010

Crowes trek through North America

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Crowes Trek Tunes Through North America
The Black Crowes, who recently released Croweology, their newest album (a double one, no less) of all-acoustic tracks, are in the midst of a North American tour to which they’ve already added more dates. The trek, which will take the Crowes through Knoxville TN (9/15), Austin TX (9/25), Albany NY (10/15), Toronto (10/27), and a quintet of shows at NYC’s Nokia Theater (starting 10/31), will wrap up in mid-December with a whopping six-night stand at San Francisco’s famed The Fillmore, after which the Crowes will take a well-deserved break...
 
 
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