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Letters 04-14-14

Benishek Inching

Regarding “Benishek No Environmentalist” I agree with Mr. Powell’s letter to the editor/ opinion of Congressman Dan Benishek’s poor environmental record and his penchant for putting corporate interests ahead of his constituents’...

Climate Change Warning

Currently there are three assaults on climate change. The first is on the integrity of the scientists who support human activity in climate change. Second is that humans are not capable of affecting the climate...

Fed Up About Roads

It has gotten to the point where I cringe when I have to drive around this area. There are areas in Traverse City that look like a war zone. When you have to spend more time viewing potholes instead on concentrating on the road, accidents are bound to happen...

Don’t Blame the IRS

I have not heard much about the reason for the IRS getting itself entangled with the scrutiny of certain conservative 501(c) groups (not for profit) seeking tax exemption. Groups seeking tax relief must be organizations that are operated “primarily for the purpose of bringing about civic betterment and social improvements.”


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Monday, July 5, 2010

Smokey‘s Grill

Dining Kristi Kates Flight Plan: All Headings Point to Smokey’s Grill
By Kristi Kates
Flying and food aren’t really two things that go together any more, at least not since the airlines traded proper beverage service for half-sized cans of Coke and full meals for miniature bags of pretzel sticks.
But if you’re traveling through Pellston Airport in Pellston, you can at least fortify yourself before you get on the plane (or, of course, after you disembark) at the new Smokey’s Grill, run by Boyne City Sammich N’ Sudz proprietors Jay and Lora Higdon.
“We took a few of our favorite sandwiches from Sammich N’ Sudz, put them on the (Smokey’s Grill) menu, and expanded to a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu to suit the needs of a full restaurant,” Jay Higdon says.
 
Monday, June 28, 2010

Mike Moran

Music Kristi Kates Ramblin‘ man Mike Moran
By Kristi Kates
Bouncing between two coasts these days is Mike Moran, the popular singer-songwriter whose alternating career ranges from Northern Michigan to San Diego.
Moran is scheduled to open the Microbrew & Music Festival in Traverse City this August, but for the time being, you can catch him at his new gigs in southern California.
Spending every summer in Northern Michigan was a rite of passage for Moran, who was born in Pontiac and attended high school in Clarkston. His parents fixed up a house in Bellaire - which turned into the family home while Moran was finishing high school - and it was shortly after graduation that Moran got into music while, as he puts it, “bouncing from college to college,” playing acoustic guitar and singing. Eight years ago, he decided to settle in Traverse City.
“I just felt at home there,” he says simply.
 
Monday, June 28, 2010

4Play: MercyMe, Tonic, Jack Johnson, Tenth Avenue North

Music Kristi Kates MercyMe - The Generous Mr. Lovewell - Columbia
Putting forth the philosophy that we should all “love well” and as unconditionally as possible, this new album from MercyMe features powerful topics and spiritual lyrics, to carry the band’s philosophy that everyone should try to change the world a little bit each day. “This Life” kicks off the set’s theme with its ELO-style synths/drums, and the title track carries on the theme while taking it to the dance floor; “Crazy Strength” is more traditional in its pop-rock arrangement, and “This So Called Love” wraps things up on a positive note.
 
Monday, June 28, 2010

Papa Roach

Music Kristi Kates Papa Roach says its Time for Annihilation at Ground Zero
By Kristi Kates
Papa Roach, the nu-metal/rock band from Vacaville, California perhaps
best known for their hit singles “Last Resort,” “Scars,” and
“Lifeline” and their tours with Guns N’ Roses and Deftones, are
nothing if not aggressively energetic in the promotion of their band.
When asked what audiences should expect at their upcoming show at
Ground Zero in Traverse City, singer Jacoby Shaddix’ answer is quick
and direct.
 
Monday, June 28, 2010

Bay View Stage show set to Dazzle audience

Music Kristi Kates Over 4,000 sequins, a troupe of fired-up performers, and meticulously-choreographed numbers from a plethora of Broadway musicals are what Bay View’s production of Razzle Dazzle is bringing to the Petoskey area for a short-run theater production this July.
A collaboration between the festival’s Director of Theater Arts Paul Nelson and the Creative Edge production company, Razzle Dazzle will also showcase a couple of performers with local ties to Bay View.
 
Monday, June 28, 2010

Smashing pumpkins making stop in Grand Rapids

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Smashing Pumpkins :Making Stop in Grand Rapids
The Smashing Pumpkins will embark on a series of small-club U.S. tour dates to preface their upcoming Summer Sonic Festival appearances in Japan. The band, whose Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol. 1: Songs For a Sailor EP was released both for free online (one song at a time) and as a conventional purchase CD, say that they’ll play some classics, some new songs, and some Teargarden material on the short trek, during which select fans will be specially invited to attend the band’s sound checks. Stops on the mini-tour will include Grand Rapids MI (7/8 at The Orbit Room), Baltimore (7/12), and Memphis (7/24). After the Pumpkins’ European shows, they are mapping out plans to tour South America and Australia, with an expected return to the U.S. later this year...
 
Monday, June 28, 2010

Kilborn‘s Fish

Dining Kristi Kates Fresh from Kilborn’s Fish: A destination with a reputation north of Harbor Springs
By Kristi Kates
Originally established in the late 1990s as the Blue Corn Grill and
Bistro, Harbor Springs restaurant Kilborn’s Fish was the brainchild of
Magnum Hospitality, a restaurant group that also runs popular Northern
Michigan restaurants Red Mesa Grill in downtown Boyne City and the
upcoming Cafe Sante on Lake Charlevoix.
 
Monday, June 21, 2010

Blue Stone Project

Music Kristi Kates Blue Stone Project brings Native American music to Petoskey
By Kristi Kates
He’s been nominated for a Grammy Award (2003, Best Native American
Recording) and has won a Native American Music Award for Group of the
Year (2004.) He’s half Navajo and half Northern Ute. He has
collaborated musically with John Densmore of The Doors as well as with
a plethora of other musicians on his own projects. The flutes that he
makes by hand are known world-wide.
 
Monday, June 21, 2010

4Play: Dixie Chicks, Steve Winwood, Art Garfunkel, Rod Stewart

Music Kristi Kates Dixie Chicks - The Very Best of Dixie Chicks - Playlist
Although non-country music fans can be quick to consider the Chicks a
typical country-music cliche, this trio is actually more pop than one
might expect, albeit pop festooned with Western-folk harmonies. The
trio’s political expressions and sensitive lyrics also take them miles
away from what most expect of country music, collected here from the
soaring visualizations of “Wide Open Spaces” to the determined
approach of “The Long Way Around,” the ode-to-a-devoted-boyfriend
“Easy Silence,” and the feisty stance of “Not Ready to Make Nice.”

 
Monday, June 21, 2010

Beck‘s record club tackles INXS

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Beck’s Record Club Tackles INXS
Beck’s Record Club, the musical project started by - you guessed it - Beck - in August of last year, is on to its next phase. The Record Club’s goal is to cover an entire album by another artist in a mere day; so far, the intrepid group (which changes members fluidly, as each separate project begins) has covered Skip Spence’s Oar, Leonard Cohen’s Songs of Leonard Cohen, and The Velvet Underground’s Nico. Their latest installment has been to cover INXS’ ‘90s album, Kick, and the RC is releasing the songs from this set on a weekly basis; the newest, a pretty, string-based take on “Never Tear Us Apart,” is online now at Beck’s website (www.beck.com/recordclub/), as are the rest of the offerings...
 
Monday, June 21, 2010

Polish Kitchen

Dining Kristi Kates Polish Kitchen: Famous Food in Harbor Springs
By Kristi Kates
Rafal Bebenek and his sister were still in school when he and his
parents and siblings came up with the idea to bring a new Polish
restaurant to the Harbor/Petoskey area.
 
Monday, June 21, 2010

Four steps to Africa: The Journey of Sean and Camryn Handler

Features Kristi Kates Four Steps to Africa: The Journey of Sean and Camryn Handler
By Kristi Kates
Boyne Spas Director Sean Handler says that there were four significant events that led up to he and his wife’s recent life-changing trip to Kenya, Africa.
“One, my father gave me your editor’s book, ‘Planet Backpacker,’ by Robert Downes,” Handler says, “the travelogue of his journey got me thinking, ‘if he can do it, why can’t I?’ Two, Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book, ‘Excuses Begone,’ also became a reference point; Solace Spa (at Boyne) was sponsoring Dr. Dyer’s CMU Public TV special, and the timing was perfect as it allowed me to see the excuses of my past, which had been creating a roadblock from this trip becoming a reality.”
“Three, I placed a large map of the world on the wall with marker points,” he continues, “every day I would look at it and tell myself reasons why I would travel soon - and four, the inspirational moment when Camryn and I finally just decided ‘we are doing this, no more excuses, let the planning begin!’”
 
Monday, June 14, 2010

4Play: Black Keys, Hawthorne Heights, Stone Temple Pilots, Broken Social Scene

Music Kristi Kates Black Keys - Brothers - Nonesuch
The ‘70s-influenced pair of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney worked with pal/producer Danger Mouse on their latest album, on which they kept things close to their tried and true formula while bringing in a few guest collaborators to trick up the mix. A cover of Jerry Butler’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” sets the tone for Auerbach’s fervent vocal delivery and Carney’s decisive drumbeats; other notable tunes include “The Go Getter,” and “Unknown Brother,” with Tchad Blake’s expert mixing bringing out the dynamics.
 
Monday, June 14, 2010

Michigan Music Fests

Music Kristi Kates Michigan Music Fests
By Kristi Kates
This year’s roster of Michigan music fests is another good one with
many of the events either local or just a short drive from Up North to
an amazingly eclectic selection of music and fun.
 
Monday, June 14, 2010

Road Trippin?

Music Kristi Kates Road Trippin’: A bright outlook for summer’s biggest music festivals
By Kristi Kates
Summertime has returned, and with it 2010’s gleaming lineup of
polished-up music festival events, both near and far. Whether you’re
looking to road trip or stay a little closer to home, there’s an event
for every genre of music fan, and most of them are great deals, too,
with dozens of bands performing live on one ticket for extra fun under
the summer sun.
 
 
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