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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 13, 2010

Monty‘s maximum BBQ

Dining Kristi Kates Monty’s Maximum B.B.Q. brings new zing to Boyne City
By Kristi Kates
Monty Wilhelm, a 25-year restaurant/hospitality veteran, is a barbecue believer.
“Everyone loves B.B.Q.,” he states.
Wilhelm, who recently opened the Boyne City restaurant that’s simply been dubbed The B.B.Q., brings a wealth of experience to his role as new restaurant owner, and is bringing an extensive menu of barbecued dishes to the also newly-revitalized downtown Boyne City neighborhood. It’s a match made in barbecue-sauce heaven.
 
Monday, August 30, 2010

Lollapalooza 2010

Music Kristi Kates One Weekend of Rock: Lollapalooza 2010
By Kristi Kates
After several travel-related snafus, our specially-commissioned Lollapalooza spies hit the ground running on Saturday morning in early August for the 2010 edition of the top-notch music festival.
 
Monday, August 30, 2010

Tribute Bands

Music Kristi Kates All Hail: Tribute Bands take over Little River
By Kristi Kates
Tribute bands have been around for a few decades now, most notably
since Elvis impersonators started paying homage to “the King” back in
the early 1970s. Just what is a tribute band? Unlike a cover band
(which just plays the songs of a particular band), a tribute band
works to take on a larger portion of the band’s entire persona, from
the band members’ looks and personalities to the stage setup,
lighting, and set lists.
 
Monday, August 30, 2010

Who Hit John?

Music Kristi Kates Who Hit John? Only the Music Knows
By Kristi Kates
Who Hit John? has made a lot of progress since the eclectic acoustic band began in 2006 as “three guys jamming in the living room for fun,“ as Who Hit John?‘s Dan McCartney puts it. McCartney, joined by fellow multi-instrumentalists Nathan Dannison, Nick Vander Vliet, Josh Keller, and Mark Duval, says that starting the project wasn‘t any sort of pre-planned notion - but was instead spurred by the simple enjoyment of music, and pal Dannison‘s, er, unusual brand of talent.
“We soon found out that my old friend Nathan played the fiddle like a tipsy raccoon, and decided we had a band,“ McCartney laughs.
 
Monday, August 30, 2010

4Play: The Magic Numbers, Various Artists, Sara Bareilles. Ed Kowalcyzk

Music Kristi Kates The Magic Numbers - Runaway - 101 Distribution
A pair of brother-sister, er, pairs, The Magic Numbers are working hard to revive the ‘60s folk/flower-power era, from their dense, well-balanced harmonies (which, in addition to their configuration, often see them being compared to the Mamas and the Papas) to their groovy lyrics and subject matter. “Why Did You Call?” and “Throwing My Heart Away” are peppy and ready for a few tambourine shakes, while “Restless River” and “I’m Sorry” focus more on the instrumentals behind the vocals, but there’s a good balance of both approaches.
 
Monday, August 30, 2010

Mike Curths

Art Kristi Kates Mike Curths: Art’s InsideOut Man Warehouse District gallery renovated & ready
By Kristi Kates
It’s been five years in April since Mike Curths “hung a shingle,” as
he simply puts it, and began what is now one of Traverse City’s
must-see, most eclectic art galleries.
 
Monday, August 30, 2010

The Rowe Inn

Dining Kristi Kates Bienvenue! A touch of Provence inspires The Rowe Inn
By Kristi Kates
You‘ll find some of Northern Michigan‘s most cherished dining traditions at The Rowe Inn in Ellsworth -- a restaurant that pioneered fine dining, ethnic foods and the “fresh is best“ ideals in the region.
“I grew up in my parent’s restaurant, starting as a dishwasher at the age of 10,“ The Rowe Inn‘s proprietor Albert “Wes“ Westhoven says. “My father was a gifted chef committed to the concept of ‘fresh and from scratch,‘ and I learned my cooking skills from him.“
 
Monday, August 30, 2010

Bliss Polo Club

Features Kristi Kates The Galloping Game: Horsing around with the Bliss Polo Club
By Kristi Kates
“We have all sought the state of being that is bliss,“ Mason Lampton explains of his love of polo and the North. “I found it in Michigan.“
Georgia resident Lampton, who purchased a farm in Bliss three years ago, has brought something to the region that few have had the chance to experience - namely, the newly-established Bliss Polo Club.
 
Monday, August 23, 2010

Arvel Bird‘s violin journey

Music Kristi Kates Arvel Bird’s Violin Journey
By Kristi Kates
The dulcet sounds of the violin are perhaps not usually thought of as being part of Native American musical culture. But musician Arvel Bird is drawing on little-known history to bring native violin sounds into the spotlight.
“You’re right - it’s not well-known as an instrument traditional to natives,” Bird explains, “but I understand that the violin was introduced to the indigenous people of North and South America beginning as early as 1689 by the Jesuit priests from Europe who brought the harp, guitar and violin so that they could have music for Mass on Sundays. So I think it’s safe to say that it’s been a tradition for the last 321 years. Almost 13 generations of some indigenous people have played the violin.”
 
Monday, August 23, 2010

Rosanne Cash

Music Kristi Kates Rosanne Cash’s LIST
By Kristi Kates
Rosanne Cash worked with a number of guest performers on her new
album, The List. A covers set, her first, that was narrowed down to a
select dozen songs from a list of an “Essential 100” that her father,
the late great Johnny Cash, gave to her when she was 18 years old, in
order to craft the foundation of her country-music education.
 
Monday, August 23, 2010

The 2010 top men of rock

Music Kristi Kates The 2010 Top 10 Men of Rock
By Kristi Kates
Some of the men making the biggest steps in the rock world this year were U.S. radio favorites, while others were conquering the market overseas. Some were making giant steps well under the radar (but just you wait...), while others were maintaining their already-established status among the world’s biggest bands. Still others were striking out into unknown territory in order to achieve new accomplishments - while the rest were keeping it simple and maximizing what they already do best.
And it’s the perfect balance of all of the above that helps us select who will be this year’s Top Ten Men of Rock.
 
Monday, August 23, 2010

4Play: The Black Crows, Los Lobos, House of Heroes, Filter

Music Kristi Kates The Black Crowes - Croweology - Megaforce
1990 was the year, Shake Your Money Maker was the debut disc, and the band was The Black Crowes. Twenty years later, the band has released their first album of all-acoustic tracks, a double album being sold at the cost of a single set to thank the band’s fans. Produced by Paul Stacey, the album itself includes unplugged versions of prior Crows songs, plus a couple of newbies; opener “Jealous Again” is punchy and strong, while classic “She Talks to Angels” adds in pedal steel and mandolin to the acoustic guitars, and “Thorn in My Pride” finds the band doing a little acoustic jamming to Robinson’s distinctive vocals.
 
Monday, August 23, 2010

Mike Fornes as Gordon Lightfoot

Music Kristi Kates Whispers of the North:Mike Fornes as Gordon Lightfoot
By Kristi Kates
While some tribute bands pay homage to big acts like Pink Floyd or The
Rolling Stones, a plethora of performers around the country choose a
solo artist to be the focus of their act. Mackinaw City
 
Monday, August 23, 2010

Brandi Carlile

Music Kristi Kates Brandi Carlile’s Story
By Kristi Kates
Brandi Carlile may be a relatively new face on the folk-rock circuit,
but she’s paid her dues with years of performing in obscurity.
Carlile started singing at the age of eight, picked up the guitar at
the age of 15, and snagged a gig as a backup singer for an Elvis
impersonator by the time she hit 16. She followed up that experience
with years performing around the Seattle club scene alongside twin
brother musicians Tim and Phil Hanseroth.
 
Monday, August 23, 2010

Tron gets reboot with new film & soundtrak

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Tron Gets Reboot with New Film, Soundtrack
Tron: Legacy, the new Tron remake-slash-sequel, may not be on the way to theaters until this upcoming December, but Tron: Legacy the soundtrack will beat it to stores this fall. Penned by none other than legendary electro-pioneers Daft Punk, the soundtrack for the film will feature Daft Punk music exclusively, and is available for pre-order on Amazon, although the album itself won’t be available until November 23rd (with the movie’s release date being December 17th in both standard theaters and 3D IMAX)...
 
 
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