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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Snow Moon Ranch

Features Pat Stinson More than Lagers & Laughter: See what the weekend has to offer in Northern Michigan
By Rick Coates
While the marquee events of this weekend will definitely be the
Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival and the Traverse City
Comedy Arts Festival, there are other happenings throughout the region
and that is a good thing. If you do the math there will be about
150,000 residents and visitors within 60 miles of downtown Traverse
City this weekend and the two events are able to accommodate a little
more than five percent of those in the area. So what do the other
140,00 people in the region do this weekend? Here is a snapshot of
opportunities:

Super Happy Fun Time Burlesque at the InsideOut Gallery
Back by popular demand is the
Grand Rapids based Super Happy Fun Time Burlesque at the InsideOut
Gallery, in Traverse City, on Saturday night, February 12.
Super Happy Funtime Burlesque originated in Grand Rapids in 2004 and
has taken their community by storm. While his friends were soaking up
the offerings of current pop culture, Super Happy co-founder Corey
Ruffin was busy with his father’s record collection that consisted of
10,000 recordings from the burlesque and vaudeville era.  Ruffin, who
is the bandleader and show’s host (his stage name is Mr. Happy Pants),
has watched Super Happy Funtime Burlesque grow from its humble
beginnings at the 160-seat Sazarec Lounge, in Grand Rapids to touring
the country. Their Traverse City show a few years back was their first
out-of-town gig.  The sold out show has resulted in the troupe making
an annual pilgrimage back to the InsideOut Gallery this time of year.
“I like to say just in time for Valentines Day,” said InsideOut
Gallery owner Mike Curths. “This troupe has been very popular and
definitely a gallery favorite.”
This show is definitely rated R and while there are several sexual
innuendoes, Super Happy Fun Time is very classy in their approach.
“One thing I want to emphasize is that we are not some sort of
burlesque or vaudeville revival show. We are not doing historical
sketches from that period. Certainly we are in the ‘spirit’ of those
art forms but with a modern perspective,” said Ruffin. “Basically, we
are a variety show with each act having about five minutes to do their
thing. Essentially, ‘American Idol,’ late night talk shows and
‘Saturday Night Live’ are all burlesque and vaudeville in fashion but
for contemporary.”
The show starts at 9 pm on Saturday at the InsideOut Gallery, located
in the Warehouse District. Advance tickets are suggested and for
additional details, call the Gallery at 231-929-3254.

Red Green Show at the Kirtland Center
The popular PBS handyman, Red Green will bring his one-man-show to the
Kirtland stage in Roscommon for two performances on Saturday February
12.  There will be a 2 p.m. matinee as well as a 7:00 p.m. evening
performance; and both shows were nearing sell-out at press time.
Red Green, best known for his work on PBS’s “The Red Green Show” has,
for years, brought laughter to Americans and Canadians with the help
of the other members of The Possum Lodge, as well as come up with
endless uses for the “handyman’s secret weapon”: duct tape.  He will
also be selling his new book “How to Do Everything” at both
performances. For tickets or additional information go to
www.kirtlandcenter.com or call the ticket office at 989-275-6777.
KC & The Sunshine Band at the Little River Casino
Few musicians can take credit for actually creating a music style, but
when you ask who was responsible for the “Disco” music scene of the
early ’70s, a one Howard Wayne Casey comes to mind. Casey founded KC
and the Sunshine Band in 1973 and was behind such hits as “(Shake,
Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” “Give It Up,” “Keep It Comin’ Love,”
“That’s The Way (I Like It),” “I’m Your Boogie Man,” “Get Down
Tonight,” and “Boogie Shoes.”
The band pioneered—along with the Bee Gees and Donna Summer—the disco
music and dance music.
Casey, nicknamed “KC,” brings his band to Northern Michigan this
Saturday to the Little River Casino in Manistee.
“I am looking forward to it up there.  I love the snow,” said KC. “I
have been checking the weather up there and see that it has been
snowing hard. But truly, I like the snow. I live in Miami and we don’t
get snow so I love it because I get to see it and then leave it.”
KC says he is very energized today.  He just turned 60 last week and
says he sees himself on the road as long as people will come to see
him.
“I look out in the audience and I see kids to grandmas. It is really
cool,” said KC. “What I am really enjoying is playing a lot of
intimate venues and I hear that the Little River is a smaller venue so
we are excited.”
So should people bring their “Boogie Shoes?”
“Definitely,” said KC. “KC and the Sunshine Band is not a sit down
concert. It is a partnership and we expect the crowd to do their
part.”
A few tickets still remain for the KC and Sunshine Band this Saturday
February 12 at the Little River Casino in Manistee. Tickets may be
purchased online at www.littlerivercasinos.com or by calling Star
Tickets Plus at 880-585-3737.

 
Monday, January 25, 2010

Wedding DJ puts his spin on the big day

Music Pat Stinson Wedding DJ puts his spin on the Big Day
By Pat Stinson
After “spinning discs” at 1,200-plus weddings and spending 14 years as a WRIF radio personality in Detroit, deejay Mike Staff, owner of the wedding services firm Mike Staff Productions, has seen and heard it all. He offers plenty of sage advice for would-be grooms and brides, based on his observations and those of his seasoned DJs, photographers and videographers.
Anecdotes abound in the wedding business, and there are as many stories as there are participants. Some are funny – such as when the best-looking father-of-the-groom Staff had ever seen turned out to be a transvestite. Some are sad, such as a ‘Bridezilla’ and Winnie-the-Pooh fanatic who used a microphone to yell obscenities at her new husband when he joined her in a dance with her beloved Pooh-bear.
Staff observes that there are two types of wedding clients. Most approach their Big Day as the party of their lives, and are there to have a good time. Others want to control everything. “They can’t really get into the vibe and they don’t have fun,” Staff says of the latter.
On the other hand, would-be grooms should assume one or two responsibilities, so their wishes are heard and prospective brides aren’t shouldering everything. “Remember, grooms, it’s your day too,” he says.
 
Monday, November 9, 2009

Bow and Sparrow

Features Pat Stinson Bow & Sparrow
An ‘urban fairy tale’ of high-flying dancers

Pat Stinson 11/9/09

Like an arrow sailing toward a bull’s-eye, or a songbird heading to its migratory home, Northern Michigan native Alayna Stroud has always known the path she would travel. The co-artistic director of Bow & Sparrow, a San Francisco aerial dance company, will share her life-long love of movement and adventure when she returns to Traverse City with members of her ensemble for the Michigan premiere of “NeverAfter” at InsideOut Gallery, this Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12-13.
“I am truly delighted to have this opportunity to share my art for the first time with my family and friends,” said Stroud, who took dance classes and attended junior high in Traverse City, followed by a year of high school at Interlochen Arts Academy. “Many people that I’ve known all my life have never seen me perform, and I feel lucky to share my passion with them.”
 
 
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